Rountree: Restaurant representatives have looked at the old Central Fire Station

Steve Nash
Vehicles on Main are reflected in a window at the old Central Fire Station. A sign in the window gives the fire station’s new location.

The old Central Fire Station in Brownwood, at the corner of Austin and Main, shows virtually no signs of activity now that it’s vacant.

But the property is for sale “for retail purposes” and “more than one retail group” including restaurants has looked at the property, City Manager Bobby Rountree said.

Rountree said he had “nothing specific” to reveal.

“There have been serious lookers,” Rountree said. “It’s no secret there have been some restaurants that have looked at it.”

Rountree said he thinks interest will increase in the property now that the fire department has moved out of the facility and into the new station at 600 E. Adams, where a dedication ceremony is scheduled for 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 28.

Community members are invited to the dedication, which will include presentations by the Heart of Texas Honor Guard, bagpipers and drums and a flag-raising, Fire Chief Del Abright said. There will be brief speeches, a hose uncoupling ceremony — “almost like cutting the ribbon,” Albright said — and guests will be invited to escort the fire trucks as they are moved inside the station.

Two fire trucks remain parked inside the old station. One of the trucks is the department’s old aerial ladder truck, Quint 1, which is for sale. Albright said the department has received some calls of interest on the Quint, and potential buyers will be arriving soon from Washington state.