Beer garden may spark new life for old firehouse - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Beer garden may spark new life for old firehouse

(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)
(Source: WMC Action News 5) (Source: WMC Action News 5)
MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

Something is heating up at an abandoned Memphis fire station. 

Owners believe a seasonal beer garden might spark its redevelopment.

"Anytime there's an abandoned building, especially an abandoned historic building,” Benjamin Orgel said.  “I mean, there's never a positive out of that."

Old Memphis Firehouse Number Three has been little more than an eyesore since FedExForum went up around it a decade ago.

Orgel and a group of partners see its potential and hope a beer garden this fall will help others see it too.

"I mean, it's such a beautiful, historic building from the outside,” Orgel said.  “It just needed a little love--like the Tennessee Brewery."

The long abandoned brewery is in the midst of redevelopment. Thanks, in part, to beer garden events.

Orgel's father, Billy, also owns the old firehouse. It will be dubbed "Fire Station Three: The Memphis Firehaus" during the two month event.

"We'll have local food trucks, local musicians, local artists,” Benjamin Orgel said.  “So, it will be a community celebration."

Firefighters Orgel befriended at the Tennessee Brewery volunteered to help clean out debris inside the old building.

Proceeds from opening night will be donated to one of their colleagues currently battling leukemia. 

"I've been told he swears he's coming back to work,” Orgel said. “So I would love to get another hero back to work in this city."

And he’d like to see one of its forgotten spaces revitalized.

The “Memphis Firehaus” event kicks off October 1.

Copyright 2015 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.

Powered by Frankly