Muskogee brewery gives old fire station new life

Posted at 11:39 PM, Jan 27, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-28 07:20:50-05

A Muskogee business is brewing up plans to restore a historic fire station.

“It's been damaged a lot,” Ann Page, Muskogee Brewing Company partner said. “Over the last 15 years it has not been occupied.”

New tenants are on the way. The Muskogee Brewing Company is switching out hoses for taps.

“Oh my gosh, it's going to take a lot of work,” Page said.

Built in 1904, this building needs a major overhaul.

Crumbling walls, ripped up ceilings and other issues must be fixed. But Page and other partners believe this building has a strong foundation.

“It’s a very strong building,” Page said. “Obviously it's lived over a hundred years.”

This building was actually set to be demolished last fall, but the city saw an opportunity and let the brewery buy it for a dollar.

“We are saving the money, it would have cost us to tear it down,” Don Root, Muskogee Economic Development Director said. “I think it's a good deal for the city and a good deal for the brewery

The City of Muskogee expects a payoff in sales tax, also leaders are hoping it generates buzz downtown.           

“This fits in beautifully with us resurrecting our downtown to have something to do in Muskogee every night,” Root said.

There's still a lot of work to do, but the brewery hopes to be open some time this year.

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