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Former Phoenix Fire Station No. 4 will become a restaurant

black and white photo of original fire station with firefighters standing outside
Phoenix Fire Department
The original crew stands with the two trucks at Phoenix Fire Station No. 4 when it opened in 1951.

After nearly a decade of searching for a new use for an old firehouse, Phoenix leaders think they’ve found the right partner.

Poolhouse Group, a local company behind Gadzooks and the Green Woodpecker restaurants, is expected to open a full-service eatery in the former firehouse at downtown’s Hance Park.

Councilman Carlos Galindo-Elvira, who represents the area, said, “It's going to be a beautiful opportunity for the Hance Park community to engage, to utilize, and it's a great reuse of an existing building to keep its historic status, but also to bring it into modernity.”

If the council approves, Phoenix will provide $2.4 million to modernize the 73- year-old building's roof, plumbing and electrical systems.

Poolhouse will cover costs to build the actual restaurant and pay Phoenix $128,580 in rent per year, with a 3% increase annually. The deal calls for the restaurant to provide indoor and outdoor seating and be open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

As a senior field correspondent, Christina Estes focuses on stories that impact our economy, your wallet and public policy.
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