Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street (HLMS) purchased the old Hamilton Volunteer Firehouse building, located at 3015 Hamilton Avenue for use as a retail business incubator. The building, previously owned by the Hamilton Democratic club, was to be auctioned and likely razed for a parking lot. As part of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Main Street program works to save old buildings from demolition, restore them to attract new business and maintain the integrity and character of an old commercial district.
The old Hamilton Firehouse is in the process of being restored. The storefront exterior facade restoration has been partially completed with new wooden windows, transom and door, as well as a brick restoration. The first floor is equipped to incubate new start up retail business. The first business to graduate from the retail incubator is ReNew Botanicals. The second business, Hamiltone Music, will celebrate with a ribbon-cutting grand opening this spring. The second floor will house the offices of Hamilton-Lauraville Main Street program. As the restoration continues, the original wooden windows on the second story will be repaired and the wooden door to the second floor will be repaired and painted.
A generous Community Legacy grant will enable the installation of a solar roof. Solar panels will be installed on the flat roof. Solar tubes will bring natural light to the second floor. A hatch will allow for easy access to the roof from the second floor office suite.
When complete, this building will have a new life and play an important role in the revitalization of the Harford Road business corridor.