Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.|
Dewayne Atkins, right, adjusts a floor joist. Work is progressing on the former LaBella, left, and Lighting Impressions stores on Second Avenue.
Fire-damaged building to get roof next week
By Eric Fleischauer
Glenna Dee Jones plans to take a one-day vacation, but not yet.
Jones owns the downtown Second Avenue Southeast building that fire damaged Sept. 17. Since that date, she's been on overdrive trying to complete repairs of the structure.
Three tenants have left: The Brick Deli & Tavern, La Bella clothing store and Lighting Impressions.
Willis-Gray Gallery and Home, which sustained water damage in the fire, plans to stay in the building. Jones hopes La Bella and Lighting Impressions will return.
A salon previously located on Bank Street, The Loft, will be joining Jones' list of tenants on the lower level, below the Gallery.
Foremost on Jones' to-do list is getting the roof installed over 207 and 209 Second Ave., locations most seriously damaged in the blaze. She hopes to have enough roof to block the rain by Dec. 15.
Jones had insurance on the building, and she complimented the insurer on fulfilling its obligations.
"There are limits, though," Jones said. "Nobody who's ever had a fire says they've recouped all their losses."
Jones said repairs on 211 Second Ave. should be done by Jan. 1, at which time the Gallery can return and The Loft can begin operations.
The Brick moved
Owners of The Brick Deli terminated their lease.
They purchased and are renovating the Steed building at 112 E. Moulton St.
Co-owner Tina Hall said Tuesday that contractors will begin work on the building this month.
She said she hopes to open by the end of February or first of March.
For Jones, getting a roof up is a priority. Once that and everything else is complete on her building, she figures she's due for a break.
"I'm going to take a vacation of one day when it's over," she said.
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