Fire truck enthusiast proposes museum in Middletown

Kiryas Joel Seagrave Engine, one of many in Leider's collection

MIDDLETOWN – The man who has been storing hundreds of antique fire trucks in a Circleville warehouse, has proposed developing a museum in the City of Middletown.

Andrew Leider would like to convert the former Honda dealership, later the Acme Bus Company garage, on Fulton Street into a fire truck museum and O&W Station Archive.

Mayor Joseph DeStefano said the proposal is an exciting one.

“He has a passion for the fire vehicles and combined with the railroad history here also, those are two big institutions in our community, the railroad and the fire,” DeStefano said. “So, it’s going to be an interesting proposal and he has the means to do it and I’m looking forward to the completion of the plan.”

Leider also recently purchased the former Classy Leather building in downtown Middletown that he plans to redevelop into apartments.

Leider plans to house the museum in this building that at times was a Honda dealership and the Acme Bus Company

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