ProClaim Billing Services is already operating inside the former Tytus Avenue fire house in Middletown. The company specializes in billing services for prosthetics and orthotics providers. The former firehouse was decommissioned in 2014. NICK GRAHAM/STAFF

A new company has transformed a former Middletown fire station as its home

Jennifer Minor said the company specializes in billing services for prostetics and orthotics providers. She said it has one major client, Cornerstone Prostetics and Orthotics, which is based in northwest Washington state.

“We’re hoping in a few months to add several more clients,” she said. “We decided to branch out to other prostetic and orthotics companies.

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Minor said the new office has five employees and the company plans to hire more people as the business grows.

She and her brother in law Mark Minor purchased the former fire house in August 2018.

The company offers consulting services, collection management, compliance and clean claims, electronic clearinghouse management, electronic payment, and posting of payments, according to their website.

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The Minors are from Middletown and last year submitted a development proposal to purchase the former fire station for $38,000. They are planning to invest another $50,000 in renovations to convert it into an office that will employ five people at first and expand to 10 employees, according to a staff report for Middletown City Council. Council approved an emergency ordinance on Aug. 21 to sell the property to the Minors.

This was the third time the firehouse was offered for redevelopment through the RFP process since October 2017. At that time, the minimum bid was $95,000. City officials dropped the minimum bid to $50,000 in March 2018 when it was offered again in February 2018

The Tytus Avenue Fire Station sits on three lots totaling 0.8381 acres, and has 3,413 square feet of space with 1,408 square feet of blacktop. It was decommissioned in 2014 due to budget cuts and a reduction of firefighters at the time, according to city officials.

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