CAPE CORAL, Fla. - On Monday, Cape Coral city leaders are expected to move forward with a plan to renovate the oldest government building in the city.
Old fire station number one is at the corner of Chester Street and Lafayette, which is near Cape Coral Parkway East. The building is empty.
Now the historic building, which was the original city hall, is set to be transformed from a vacated building into a brand new state of the art police substation and community resource center.
"I like to say it's a place where people gather," said David Mulicka, President of Cape Coral Construction Industry Association.
CCCIA has a big role in getting the project renovated.
"When we get the green light we will go immediately," Mulicka said.
In March, city councilors approved $14,289 to pay for the interior remodeling of the fire station. But the exterior and the façade will be taken care of by CCCIA. The organization plans on renovating the building with donated and at cost materials. This means no additional funds from the city will be required.
CCCIA decided to do this in memory of their former Executive Director, Patti Schnell, who died from cancer earlier this year.
"She was not only our executive director, but one of the most active community public service people our area has seen in quite some time," Mulicka said.
The building will be called the City of Cape Coral Chester Street Resource Center. Inside will be police officers, a community room for meetings, and a place where people can pay bills.
Some business in the area love the idea of having a police substation nearby because it will deter crime. Other businesses say having a community resource center will be good for business cause it will increase foot traffic.
"It should be helpful to business," said Allen Jones, owner of Jone's Joint.
Jone's Join is just a block away from old fire station number one. Many people in this area are thrilled the historic building is getting a 21st-century makeover.
"We all care about Cape Coral. This just another symbol of excellence the citizens of Cape Coral and the construction industry to work on," Mulicka said.