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Fire Museum to buy building for $1 from city

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The City of Toledo has a property it is willing to sell for just one dollar.  And it has a buyer.

The Toledo Fire Museum needs extra room and will soon own the museum building, once council approves.

There appears to be no opposition to a plan to sell the museum building itself to the non-profit that operates the museum.

The Toledo Fire Museum will likely buy their building from the city for $1 and then expand the exhibits and offer more fire safety programs.

The Fire Museum is filled with wonderful pieces of fire history like an old alarm system.

It is just one of several thousand pieces of artifacts, records and tools Toledo firefighters have used over the last century.

Tuesday, two members of a volunteer fire company in West Virginia toured the museum. Ray Bryant, a member of the Buffalo Creek Volunteer Fire Department in Logan County, was impressed, saying, ‘It shows the tradition of the fire service and it's just awesome."

The museum has been awesome since 1978 but it needs to expand.

Robert Schwanzl is the president of the museum, he told 13abc's Bill Hormann,  "Our intent and has been, for a long time, to take over the building so that we would own it and then we could pretty much plan our own destiny."

Right now, the city owns the building  but council is likely to approve selling Toledo's interest to the museum's non-profit for one dollar.

The museum could then display more artifacts and add fire safety programs.

Schwanzl says, "We'd like to expand that to include more with the senior citizens in our community."

This way the museum does not have to move to a larger building which is probably for the best since the museum is really an anchor near the library village neighborhood.

Don Brownfield has lived in the neighborhood for 27 years and says "It's always a quiet neighborhood it really hasn't gotten that bad even though we have the influence of drug dealers."

So the museum of what is old will get a new look soon  but it will stay where it's always been.

The museum will spend a million dollars on the expansion, paid for with grants and donations.  Council could approve the $1 sale of the building at next week's meeting.

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