Shire sells old fire station

The old fire station in York.
The old fire station in York.

Two tenders were received to buy the station at lot 257 Avon Terrace. The property is zoned town centre, and features an existing building and several asbestos-clad outbuildings.

Shire chief executive Ray Hooper said it was in the community’s best interests to sell the council’s original headquarters, which later became the fire station. He said it had hardly been used in the past few years.

‘It has the potential to be a good business for someone,’ Mr Hooper said. ‘We were surprised we didn’t receive more interest.

‘We have been planning to dispose of it for three years.’

A playgroup and toy library use the building, when needed, at no cost.

‘We have never generated any income from the building,’ Mr Hooper said.

He said the Shire would look into moving the playgroup and toy library to the old bowling club.

The council has agreed to accept a tender of $225,000 from Janette Callaghan to buy the old fire station.

The market valuation for the property is $260,000 and it is estimated the building will require about $30,000 worth of maintenance.

Matthew Keeble submitted a tender of $151,000.

Mr Hooper said the Shire was still trying to decide what to do with the old power station, also on Avon Terrace, which was discovered to be contaminated in 2011.

The site was a coal-fired power station between 1911 and the early 1950s.

The old power station lots underwent contamination assessments, which cost the Shire almost $100,000, to go ahead with a planned workers accommodation project that later fell through.