Affordable Housing Saves Fire Station

An historic fire house is saved and the Old 6th Ward has more affordable housing. Rod Rice reports that the organization that rehabbed Jefferson Davis Hospital has done it again.

Jeff Davis was falling apart and empty for 20-years when Avenue Community Development Corporation transformed it into the Elder Street Artist Lofts.  The latest project has turned Houston's Fire Station No. 6 into three affordable housing apartments.

Avenue CDC's Executive Director Mary Lawler says the building was purchased from the city in 2007.

"It had been vacant for a number of years, I think the city was using it for record storage.  It's located in the Old 6th Ward National Register Historic District, which is also a historic district for the city of Houston."

When it was built in 19-31 it was called the most modern fire station in the south. It's now been transformed into a three bedroom apartment, a studio apartment and a one bedroom apartment.  To qualify a renter must earn less than 80% of the area median income. For example...

"That's $40,000 a year for a household of two people."

The renovations have preserved the building's historic facade and as much of the interior as possible.

"For example there are some cabinets, which I believe the fire fighters used to hang their equipment and coats and that's been preserved."

If you'd like to see the renovations, Avenue CDC is holding an open house at Fire Station No. 6 from 5 to 7 at 901 Henderson Street.
 


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Rod Rice

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Rod Rice became fascinated with radio at an early age, while sitting on his Grandfather’s lap listening to his "programs" on the big Emerson Radio...