Morrisville fire station could find new use

aramos@newobserver.comJuly 22, 2013 

— The town’s original Fire Station 1 on Morrisville Carpenter Road has sat vacant for more than a year. But it may not be empty much longer.

The Morrisville Town Council might lease the building to a church group and an event production company.

It would be the latest use for a space that once served as the town’s only voting precinct.

Morrisville built a bigger fire station, and the put the old building up for bid in August, opening up offers for sale or rent.

But the space only has about six parking spaces, so options are limited.

Now, The Bridge Community Church and Maestro Productions are interested in leasing space at the old firehouse, where about 2,300 square feet are available.

Plans are in the early phase, but so far both groups are considering a three-year lease with the possibility of another three-year extension, according to town documents. Town staff are negotiating monthly rent prices.

The church currently doesn’t have its own building. It hosts Sunday services at Kids R Kids Learning Academy on McCrimmon Parkway in Morrisville, according to the church’s website.

Maestro Productions, which currently leases office space in Cary, wouldn’t mind sharing the space with a church group, said owner Russell Lewis.

Lewis, who lives in Morrisville, has watched the town grow and has been looking for the right place to move his offices within the town.

“We travel for most of our business, and the airport is within quick driving distance,” he said. “That was a major consideration for us.”

With a staff of a few people, most of the company’s business involves hosting corporate events such as training sessions, banquets and ceremonies both nationally and internationally.

The old fire house at the corner of N.C. 54 and Morrisville Carpenter Road is ideal, Lewis said. The location is centralized between Durham, Cary and Raleigh.

The building itself is also appealing, he said. The storage areas are perfect for the company’s audio and video equipment.

“The only way it could be more perfect would be if it had a fire pole,” Lewis said.

Town Councilwoman Liz Johnson said she’s looking forward to the space being occupied once again.

“I’m glad we’re leasing,” she said. “ I’d like to keep it in our inventory for future opportunities, and it will keep some revenue coming in to sustain the building.”

Ramos: 919-460-2609

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