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Clovis is selling former fire station site

The former fire station near Bullard and Fowler avenues in Clovis was being used as a supply center for Clovis Fire Department.
The former fire station near Bullard and Fowler avenues in Clovis was being used as a supply center for Clovis Fire Department. mbenjamin@fresnobee.com

Clovis city officials are putting a fire station up for sale, ending its 37-year watch.

The station at Fowler and Bullard avenues hasn’t been an active fire station for about eight years. It’s been used as a supply facility for the city’s five fire stations but is no longer in the city’s plans, City Manager Robert Woolley said.

“We really didn’t need it for that anymore, and we hate having it sit there,” he said.

The city has notified other government agencies that the fire station and the adjacent 1.5-acre site is available. There are government agencies interested, as well as business interests.

Woolley said a business or commercial use is unlikely because of added noise and traffic. It also seems impractical for new homes, he said.

The Fowler Avenue property is landlocked by a retention basin to the north and west, and homes on the south.

“We want it to still be compatible with the neighborhood,” Woolley said.

The city needs another well site, which would consume a fraction of the land, he said.

We really didn’t need it for that anymore and we hate having it sit there.

Robert Woolley, Clovis city manager

Fire Chief Mike Despain said the building will continue being used until it’s leased or sold so the city can pay for a new building. He said the city plans to put a new “logistics center” at the Clovis Fire Department’s training facility on Lind Avenue in southwest Clovis.

Despain said the city has had problems with vandalism and loitering at the old fire station site.

“We are kicking kids out of there all the time,” he said.

Keeping it also means continuing to pay bills for irrigation and landscaping, Despain said.

The Fowler Avenue station opened in 1979. It closed in 2007 as the city expanded north and east with Harlan Ranch and southeast in the Loma Vista area.

A new fire station opened to serve Harlan Ranch at Temperance Avenue and Highway 168. The Loma Vista area is served by a fire station at Armstrong and Santa Ana avenues that opened more than a decade ago. Both stations are less than two miles from the Bullard and Fowler station.

The city also opened a new fire station in downtown Clovis about five years ago. It’s less than two miles away and further reduced the need for the Fowler Avenue station.

Marc Benjamin: 559-441-6166, @beebenjamin

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