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Hope Engine Co. No. 3
HSP worked with a coalition of organizations in 2016 to successfully prevent the planned demolition of the city's oldest surviving municipal building -- the Hope Engine Company No. 3 fire station built in 1872. A new owner planned to raze the building, located at 1 Leech Street -- just west of the intersection of West Seventh Street and Grand Avenue, to make way for a new hotel. But a lawsuit filed by HSP and several community organizations led to negotiations and a settlement resulting in the incorporation of the fire station into the new hotel development. This instance is a great example of how preservation and development can be integrated for a win-win, better projects that preserve historic resources and enrich the cultural and visual fabric of the city. It also underlines the importance of a legal framework for preservation and the power and effectiveness of small organizations collaborating.
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