Metropolitan Apartments will be rebuilt after downtown Raleigh fire

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Plans were revealed for the site of downtown Raleigh fire at a town hall Thursday.

Stephen Day owns Plates Neighborhood Kitchen on Glenwood South. Since the Metropolitan Apartments construction site in downtown Raleigh caught fire on March 16, he said business hasn't been the same.

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"It certainly didn't help our business and it didn't help our regular customers who got sort of spread out," Day said.

Monstrous fire in downtown Raleigh

He was one of about a dozen people looking for an update in a town hall hosted by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance at the Hampton Inn and Suites on Glenwood South Thursday evening.

Baker Glasgow was also in that meeting. He is the Vice President of Construction for Clancy & Theys Construction Co., the company building the Metropolitan Apartments.

"It was a horrible thing that happened," Glasgow said.

He said demolition on the site will take another three to four weeks, then rebuilding will begin six to seven weeks from now.

One questions residents asked is will the plan for the project remain the same?

Glasgow said the answer is yes.

It will still be a five-story building and it will still be a wooden frame. That part was a point of concern for residents since wooden frames are quick to burn.

Wood frame apartments cheaper but fire risks increase

When asked what will be done differently this time around, Glasgow said there will be increased security on the site.

Residents also asked about the security situation on the night of the fire, but Glasgow said couldn't speak to what was on site during that time.
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