The acquisition of the Booker buildings on Main Street for the new fire station is an excellent purchase. The station will still be located in the village, which is very important. Historically, old villages always tried to have their own fire station within the village. This is part of Gloucester’s history. The only design that I have seen needs some improvement to fit in with the Main Street restoration, in my opinion.
There is nothing in the architecture of the Booker buildings to save and restore. Basically, they are block buildings built to be practical in their time. In this instance, history is debatable as they are not an asset to Main Street. The late 1930s and 1940s is not exactly historic architecture period in this case.
The fire station is very important to the village, the county and surrounding counties, being well located to go east, west, north and south.
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