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Fire hall still waiting for word on lodge buy

May 30, 1997

The Halfway Volunteer Fire Co. is waiting to hear back from Moose International on its latest offer to buy the vacant Moose Lodge on Downsville Pike, Halfway President Jim Kimble said Thursday.

Kimble said the company would use the lodge as a bingo hall and for special events. If the company doesn't buy the lodge, it will still have to come up with more space to house its bingo operations, he said.

The fire company decided to withdraw from a contract offer to buy the property for about $1.2 million, Kimble said. The new offer was for less than $1 million, he said.

The 24,000-square-foot building was on the market at $1.6 million.

The building has been vacant since Moose International shut down the lodge in February 1994, citing repeated violations of the organization's laws and policies.

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When it was operated as Moose Lodge 212, the lodge had as many as 10,000 members, making it the largest Moose lodge in North America.

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