Old Downtown Oswego Fire Barn Getting New Tenants
Mar 03, 2015 02:04PM ● Published by Steven Jack
The long-empty Old Fire Barn in downtown Oswego soon will have new tenants.
Oswego Cyclery owner Art Black Tuesday announced his bike shop will move across Main Street to the building that once housed Oswego’s main fire station. Black, who purchased the property from the Oswego Fire Protection District, said he will invest about $750,000 on plans to redevelop the building into a sports and recreation complex that will not only house his shop, but also up to four other fitness-centric businesses.
“I believe in downtown Oswego, and they believe in me,” Black said. “I’ve been here 12 years and the community has shown me so much support. I wouldn’t be able to do this without all that support. I feel like I've won an Oscar that doesn't even belong to me.”
Black closed on the property Monday morning and workers were in the building by 11 a.m., he said. Oswego Cyclery will be located on the top floor of the 14,000-square-foot building, while the other tenants will be below. Black said his shop will open by June 1, but that he’s not prepared to release the names of the other potential tenants at this time.
“This is great news for the downtown,” said Vijay Gadde, the village’s economic development director. “This is one of the sites we’ve been targeting for redevelopment in the downtown. We’re looking forward to an increase in foot traffic in that area.”
Gadde said he will present more information on the development at Tuesday night's Village Board meeting.