Fire museum looking for new location, identity

BRISTOL, Va. - A local museum is looking for a new home, and a new identity, after their lease is terminated.

Bristol, Virginia City Council voted Tuesday to terminate the lease of the Bristol Fire Museum.

The museum leases city property on the corner of Scott and Moore streets.

City officials say the structure has been declining, and repair costs are high.

"What has happened is the building is deteriorating, and it's reaching the point it's actually condemned because the roof is bad. It's leaking, and we're looking at $1.7 million dollars to repair the building," Councilmember Ed Harlow said of the current location of the museum.

Dr. Michael Fleenor, who's spearheading the effort for the museum, said this opens another opportunity for the project.

He said they are looking into options of becoming a "safety museum" that recognizes all law enforcement, fire, and emergency medical service personnel.

The city is already considering new tenants for the building, but is allowing the museum to stay in the location until a formal contract is signed.

The building continues to house museum equipment, including a firetruck.

Fleenor said the museum is actively looking for a new location.

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