Durango, CO: City councilors have directed staff to investigate the fair-market value of a potential swap between the city and the Durango Fire Protection District of River City Hall and the former 9R administration property.
At a joint meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19, the Durango Fire Protection District board and Durango city council heard from fire chief Hal Doughty that the River City Hall location is the best available place for a fire new station, even though a joint station with the Durango Police Department has been deemed infeasible.
“We very clearly got a message from our community that it is more acceptable for them to have us at River City Hall, which is the site from which we’ve served this community for 40 years,” said DFPD chief Hal Doughty.
One option being discussed by Durango city staff and the DFPD is a possible swap for River City Hall (owned by the city) and for the former 9R property (owned by the fire district). Council directed city staff to look into what the fair market value of an exchange between the two properties might look like before its next joint meeting with the DFPD board in March.
“We still need to look at dollar value invested in 9-R and the asset the city has, and figure out what might be a realistic exchange,” said Mayor Barbara Noseworthy.
Additionally, discussions between the Durango city council and DFPD board members prompted a discussion as to whether the 9-R building might be able to be used as a joint administrative fire office and police station, while emergency fire services would operate out of River City Hall.
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