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Kalamazoo looking to redevelop former fire station downtown

Kalamazoo city leaders want to redevelop the former fire station building on West Cedar downtown.

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The city of Kalamazoo needs your help to decide how to redesign an old building downtown.

Officials are hosting a public meeting Tuesday night to talk about what to do with the property at 116 West Cedar Street.

The building was built in 1957 as Kalamazoo Fire Station No. 1. It has been used as a Kalamazoo Public Safety training facility and the Fire Marshall's Office. Since 2008, it has been used for storage.

The property has the more than 14,000 square foot building, parking and landscaped areas. It is located in a commercial business district downtown.

City leaders now want to know what you would like to see at this location.

Tuesday's meeting is from 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Van Deusen Room at the downtown branch of the Kalamazoo Public Library.

The meeting will focus on building design, streetscape, potential uses, sustainable features, pedestrian facilities and public art. Community members are being asked to share ideas and are welcome to drop in at any time.

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