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Alta FD unveils plans for fire station addition

Thursday, November 6, 2003

The Alta Volunteer Fire Department laid out some lofty goals during Monday's Alta city council meeting.

Fire Chief Gary Molgaard presented the council with a request for proposal for a feasibility study and preliminary design concept to adapt the old Alta Co-op Creamery into a fire house and truck bay addition for the department.

Molgaard said the fire department has out-grown the present Alta fire station and needs to expand its space.

The department is looking to utilize the Creamery in order to put the building to use and to cut down on the costs of a new structure.

"The fire station is a terrific building," Molgaard said. "It has served the community well for 30 years, but it's just not big enough anymore. We went with an existing structure because we think the old Creamery still has use. It will be able to be used for years to come."

The fire department has purchased the existing Creamery building and its associated site of approximately 15,000 square feet.

It is their present intention to restore the structure to its original state for the adaptive ruse as their firehouse, and add an addition for their truck bay to house their five trucks.

The department is hoping to get the Creamery building registered on the National Registry of Historic Places and to complete the work with the help of grants for adaptive reuse.

"We're going to try to get the building on the Registry of Historic Buildings; that opens up avenues to grants," Molgaard said. "We're trying to get it built without any tax money."

The plans for the Creamery building right now call for kitchen space, storage space, work/assembly space, a trophy case, a shower room, a men's restroom, a unisex ADA restroom, utility space, a chief's office, an assembly space to accommodate 60 and an upstairs weight room.

The new truck bay addition would require approximately 8-10x35 feet of space for five fire trucks, 12x11 foot overheard doors and oxygen storage space.

The Alta Co-op Creamery was built in 1926 by a cooperative of dairy farmers in the surrounding Alta area.

It served as the churning facility for butter, and the point of sale for milk, butter and eggs.

It closed in 1966 and since then has been used as a maintenance shop and lumber storage facility.

The study reports that the building, located on First Street in Alta, measures approximately 75x200 feet. After years of neglect, the building appears structurally sound, but has been left in disrepair. There is an existing chimney and an early heating system, but plumbing and electrical systems are limited.

The Alta Fire Department now intends to retain an architect and multi-disciplined engineer to complete a feasibility study and preliminary design for the adaptive reuse of the Creamery.

"We hope to get it done within three years," Molgaard said. "What it will cost? I have no idea. It just depends on what it will cost to refurbish."



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