A disused firehouse at 120 East 125th Street in East Harlem will get a second chance at life, thanks to the efforts of Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, according to Untapped Cities.
The firehouse is one of five that were decommissioned in 2003 amidst a swath of budget cuts, and were set to be auctioned off. However, in 2008, Speaker Mark-Viverito stepped in and assured that the buildings would instead be converted into cultural centers for their respective neighborhoods. The Caribbean Cultural Center African Diaspora Institute (CCCADI) was selected as the developer of the firehouse at 120 East 125th. The nonprofit plans to break ground on the site on September 16, with hopes to move in by September 2015.
The Romanesque Revival-style firehouse was built in 1889 and has remained vacant since its closure in 2003.
· “Abandoned Firehouse in Harlem to Become New Cultural Center” [Untapped Cities]
· “CCCADI to Break Ground 9/16 on New Cultural Center in East Harlem” [Broadway World]