Samson Engineering’s conceptual rendering of its plans for the former fire hall on Princess Avenue. (SAMSON ENGINEERING)
Samson Engineering Inc. hopes to attract a major restaurant chain for its fire hall redevelopment project.
"Chop, Milestones, Joey would really lend itself nicely to that," said Phil Dorn, senior engineer and president of Samson Engineering. "So we’re having conversations that way."
The engineering firm’s proposal for the designated heritage building on Princess Avenue, formerly Central Fire Station No. 1, was accepted by city council in April. They will be the new owners of the building, at a cost of $100,000.
Dorn says he expects the firm will take possession of the building toward the end of the year.
"We’re working on some things with the city, working out what to do with the bell, the 911 call centre backup is in there," he said. "In the interim, we’ve been doing a lot of planning."
Dorn said there has been "substantial interest" in the project.
"For big-name clients … sometimes it takes a while for planning because this … would be a big undertaking," he said, adding they are also talking to interested local groups.
The 103-year-old building has been largely out of use since Brandon Fire and Emergency Services moved into a new facility on 19th Street North in 2010.
Since then, the old fire hall has been used for some emergency training purposes.
"Everything’s really going well as far as we’re concerned," Dorn said. "We are still very optimistic and very delighted to be involved in this."
The firm is also looking into costs and designs for replacing the overhead doors with new doors, replacing all the windows and other major upgrades.
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Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition June 19, 2014