“It’s so important for them to be honed on their skills,” Bekins said of the firefighters. “When they get called, it’s a matter of life or death.”
Bekins purchased the house and the commercial building next door in February, and took possession of it in March. He plans to have the house demolished to make way for a parking lot or patio for the adjacent building.
“We’re working with the city on the facade grant,” he said. “We have a couple possible tenants and we want to refurbish it, if it’s economically viable.”
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