Construction work has already begun at the Nutrien location in Imperial, located on East Hwy. 6-61. (Johnson Publications photo)
City purchases Harchelroad Motors Corvette building for fire hall
The City of Imperial will soon have a new fire hall.
At a regular meeting Oct. 7, the council approved the purchase of the Harchelroad Motors Inc. building at the south end of Broadway for $650,000.
The purchase also includes two small buildings behind the large building.
The structure has housed Corvette display and performance work since the building was erected about 2007. Vice President Dillon Harchelroad said the majority of business and customizing concerning Corvettes is already being handled at the main dealership on Hwy. 6-61.
He added that Harchelroad Motors is no longer pursuing Corvette performance work, which has shrunk due to a poor agricultural economy.
Harchelroad said the business approached the city about a possible sale. “We were trying to find purposeful uses for the building,” he commented, adding that he likes the look of a fire hall on a town’s main street.
Mayor Dwight Coleman said the city had considered building a fire hall at the former Wellington School property. He had also suggested building a hall in the Cornerstone location in Imperial. At that time a bond issue for the construction cost was estimated at about $1.8 million.
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