FIREHOUSE FUTURE: Preserving History Of Central Station

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Officials in Des Moines are trying to get more historical protection for the old Central Fire Station.

The Des Moines Social Club purchased the building and plans to renovate the firehouse and setup a restaurant, bar and theater.

The sales deal with the Social Club requires a decade of preservation on the National Register of Historic Places.

Some people are starting to worry that 10 years isn’t enough because once that time expires the firehouse could risk being demolished.

The city council approved a development plan for the site and ordered city staffers to meet with the Social Club and push for the station’s designation as a local landmark.

That would require oversight from a city board.   

Social Club leaders say the organization has taken steps to keep the firehouse in place forever.