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City to auction off two former fire stations Thursday

City to auction off two former fire stations Thursday

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Two former fire stations are going on the auction block this week.

City of Tulsa officials say they hope the buildings will go to the highest bidder with an eye for a stylish office or studio space, as occurred recently with other former fire stations.

City Manager Jim Twombly pointed to a former Cherry Street station, at 14th Street and Trenton Avenue.

“That’s the model,” he said. “It was sold several years ago and has been redeveloped, and I think it’s very striking now.”

The Trenton Avenue fire station was transformed into office space, housing James Boswell Architect and Station8, a marketing firm.

The evaluation of city assets is a new focus of Mayor Dewey Bartlett to get unused properties off the books, Twombly said.

“We’re in the process now of saying, ‘Instead of holding onto these properties and pay electricity and gas … we’d just as soon get them into the hands of the private sector,’ ” Twombly said.

The fire stations being auctioned are at 1712 S. Phoenix Ave. and 1401 N. Lewis Ave.

Twombly said the stations haven’t been used in years and are too small to suit the fire department’s needs.

“We’d like to get them in the hands of private developers and have them do something creative with them,” Twombly said.

Cindy Dees, vice president of marketing for Williams and Williams Real Estate Auctions, said her company is conducting the auction on site and online with no reserve — meaning it’s a “true auction” and a property could go for a penny.

“They are pretty cool little buildings,” Dees said. “I think every buyer is going to come with their own vision for this property.”

The auction of the Phoenix Avenue station is scheduled for 10:15 a.m. Thursday, and the Lewis Avenue station auction is set for 3 p.m. that day.

A third auction of city property on Thursday is scheduled at 4:30 p.m. for undeveloped property at 136 E. Mohawk Blvd.

According to the auctioneer’s website, the Phoenix Avenue station is larger at 2,670 square feet than the North Lewis Avenue station at 2,230 square feet.

“It’s really going to come down to what the market is going to pay for these properties,” Dees said.

Jarrel Wade 918-581-8367

jarrel.wade@tulsaworld.com

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