Waterford eyes sale of former fire station to Mobcraft
By Dave Fidlin
The planned transformation of Waterford’s original fire station into a brewpub is back on village officials’ radar, though firm details are still waiting in the wings.
The Village Board held a special meeting Jan. 25 to discuss the potential sale of Fire Station No. 1, 122 N. 2nd St., to Milwaukee-based Mobcraft Brewing LLC. However, the agenda item was tabled without any discussion.
Mobcraft is the latest company eyeing the venue for the aptly titled business Waterford Brewery.
A draft resolution included in the board packet states the village could sell the parcel to Mobcraft for $1 with the caveat “developers must meet minimum investment criteria and enter into a mutually acceptable development agreement with the Village of Waterford.”
An assortment of interior and exterior renderings were included in the Jan. 25 board packet, but there was not any documentation pertaining to a developer’s agreement.
Plans call for further deliberation and potential action at an upcoming meeting.
The reuse of village-owned Fire Station No. 1 into a commercial business has been a talking point in recent years and dovetails into the separate, but related, review of agency operations within the Waterford Fire Department.
For the better part of the past decade, closing Fire Station No. 1 had been mulled in exchange for consolidating all operations into Fire Station No. 2, 819 Mohr Ave.
To accommodate the change, efforts were firmed up in 2020 of expanding Fire Station No. 2 and offering up a number of new amenities within the facility.
The list of new features at Fire Station No. 2 includes three additional garage bays and space to accommodate sleeping quarters for fire and EMS personnel.
For additional news from the Village Board’s recent meeting see the Feb. 4 edition of the Waterford Post.