Lansing Sells Old Fire Station

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An old Lansing firehouse in the Moores Park neighborhood could very well be someone's home before long.

The Lansing City Council approved the sale of Fire Station No. 5, located at 1821 Todd Ave., to Karen Turkovich and her boyfriend, who plan to use it to build their "dream home," Turkovich said Monday.

"It's been a long road, a lot of hurdles to overcome and we're just so thrilled," said Turkovich, who said she and her boyfriend have been working on financing the move since January.

The couple found the fire station for sale online, Turkovich said, and knew it was the place where they could put their love of renovation to good use.

"We just thought it was perfect," she said. "It had everything that we wanted. And how cool! It's a fire station makes it even better."

The couple plans to do most of the fixing up, themselves.

The city council was happy to give them the property, approving the sale unanimously.

Council member Derrick Quinney said he sees a lot of potential in the property, which used to belong to the city.

"We're really excited about the opportunity as well as the residents," he said. "[There's] a sense that people are buying into the communities, into the neighborhoods and the fact that this is not blighted property anymore, this is property that's going to be occupied for the purpose of residency."

But some veterans say the building could be better used as a place to hold the American Legion -- which has been without a home since 1995, when the city tore down the Civic Center.

"I think we have the opportunity to raise the bar a little higher for the community, for the veterans, for the children of this area," said Victor Diaz, a local Realtor and veteran.

Diaz thinks the American Legion -- which he is a member of, but was not representing Monday -- could use the space to cook meals, teach crafts and work with groups of boy scouts.

Diaz would be happy to help the Legion buy the property from its new owners, he said.

"This means a lot to these guys," Diaz said. "They don't have many years left and they are our venerated elders, the guys that sacrificed. I just think it's a crime that we would turn our back on a promise made."

Neighbors told News 10 they were happy the building was being occupied by someone. Their opinions varied on who they preferred to move in, but all seemed to agree that a neighbor would help the neighborhood.

"It can bring the value of the area up," said Rachel Hoover, who lives across the street from the station. "Obviously it'll be a little nicer so we don't have a big ol' parking lot to look at."

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