North Little Rock approves state grant, use of matching funds to repair historic fire station

  • Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
  • Published: 08/13/2019 12:00 AM

A $50,000 Arkansas Historic Preservation Program grant is intended to help save Park Hill's historic fire station building in North Little Rock, but won't be enough by itself to keep the building's usefulness as a city fire station, Mayor Joe Smith told City Council members Monday evening. The North Little Rock City Council approved authorizing acceptance of the state grant and the use of matching funds of an additional $50,000 in city funding. Council members also approved a separate resolution to waive formal bidding to hire Harness Roofing Inc. of Mabelvale to do the specialized repairs needed to the Spanish-style, red tile roofing. The tiles must be removed by hand, then replaced with the same tiles, if possible, or with new specialty tiles. The roofing contract also allows for the city to fund an additional $125,952 if more than 100 new tiles are needed. The building at 3417 Magnolia St. has been North Little Rock's Fire Station No. 5 to cover the Park Hill neighborhood area off of John F. Kennedy Boulevard, but closed about nine months ago because of roof damage and other structural concerns.


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