(02/24/14) - It's a new lease on life for an old Grand Traverse Street fire hall in Flint's Carriage Town neighborhood.
"All these old firehouses catch everyone's eyes. Everyone knows where they are and wants to see great things happen," said Bobby Mukumla, building co-owner.
The Market Fire Station, or Flint Fire Station number 5, was built in 1912, and in recent years has been home to a variety of businesses. Renovations have quietly been taking place since January.
"A couple of our friends had family that worked here that actually served as firefighters, so that's really cool making that connection back," said Jayson Caya, building co-owner.
Mukumla and Caya bought the fire house in September. They have a potential tenant that hopes to convert it into a microbrewery and restaurant, complete with residential and office space.
"It's another commercial entity on the street. Good Beans café has been the anchor commercially up the street, and just one more development here to get customers and get people to hang out on the river and fill up this part of the city will be a huge asset," Mukumula said.
Mukumala has a grand vision of how the area could look this summer.
"There will be chairs outside along the river, a beer garden if that ends up happening, people biking up and down the bike paths that runs right through here, putting boats there," he said.
He believes this Carriage Town firehouse project is part of a much bigger picture.
"Hurley's done a lot of great things around their place and Kettering's done a lot of great things, and Atwood's right around the corner, and then downtown, there's been a lot of momentum. I think it's just trying to link the pieces," Mukumala said.
Plans for that micro-brewery are still in the beginning stages. Right now, the potential tenants are trying to secure a liquor license.
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