Archive for Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Boardwalk Apartments rebuilding advances

July 16, 2008


Plans are moving forward to rebuild the Boardwalk Apartments after a 2005 fire destroyed 76 units and claimed three lives.

Commissioners gave preliminary approval to vacating a portion of Fireside Drive between Frontier Road and Trail Road to accommodate redevelopment plans.

Local architect Paul Werner said vacating the street - which would continue to exist as a private street - would allow the project to be built farther away from the existing homes in the area, and would allow for a more creative design of buildings.

Werner said current plans called for 72 one-bedroom apartments. He said he hoped construction could start by the end of the year. Once work is done on that part of the complex, Werner said, plans call for the remaining apartment units that were not involved in the fire to be taken down and rebuilt.

Commissioners urged developers to move ahead, but also said they were concerned about the condition of the property. Some neighbors showed commissioners photos of abandoned cars and trash that had been allowed to remain on the property for extended periods of time. Commissioners asked staff to send an inspector to the property.

An attorney for the developers said the rebuilding process had been delayed by an insurance dispute.


Ragingbear 9 years, 10 months ago

Is the wood from the new apartments going to be built out of matches, sawdust, kerosene and gasoline as well? With the way that fire spread, it pretty much seemed that way.After the fire, I was denied a new apartment there because I complained that maintenance had not been doing their job on something unrelated several months earlier. I would advise people to live at that place ONLY if they have no value of their own life and possessions. Because we can have another fire just like that from anything. A stray cigarette, food burning on the stove, another "arson" or whatever.

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