Historically, downtown Casper was a thriving commercial center in Wyoming’s largest city (pop. 49,000), which was the commercial center of the state. Following the oil industry downturn in the 1980â€™s, Casper lost many downtown businesses. Nothing symbolized this more than the long-shuttered Casper Fire Station, a historic structure dating from the early 20th Century that was vacant for 30 years. Renovation and re-use of this 15,000 sq. ft. building for commercial offices has renewed local pride in the city’s center and it was a platform for continuing historic and commercial revitalization. In addition to NDC’s investment, the firehouse also received a HUD Section 108 loan through the City of Casper.