The Vancouver City Council finally offloaded a 53-year-old asset Monday evening when the council agreed to sell the original Fire Station 1 property for $1.255 million.
Josh Oliva, whose family owns Hi-School Pharmacy, purchased the building after three years of negotiations. He told The Columbian in December that the company planned to extend its neighboring headquarters into the property and lease out the remainder of the building as flexible office space.
The former Fire Station 1 was built in 1968, declared surplus in 2015 and decommissioned in 2018. It’s just west of downtown at 900 W. Evergreen Blvd. and includes a 14,500-square-foot building sitting on 0.88 acre.
A new Fire Station 1 — at the corner of Fourth Plain Boulevard and Main Street — opened in 2018.
Linda Carlson, Vancouver’s property management specialist, told the city council at the Monday meeting that profits from the sale will go into a reserve fund used for updates to fire stations in the future. Selling the vacant building will help “facilitate the opportunity of adaptive reuse of this site,” she said.