Businesses near site of massive downtown Raleigh fire still feeling its effects


OPENING, TONIGHT IN CHARLOTTE. WE’LL HAVE A REPORT FROM A RAINY BANK OF AMERICA STADIUM AT 6:00 IN SPORTS. MORE THAN 5 MONTHS OF A MASSIVE FIRE TORE THROUGH ANUNFINISHED APARTMENT COMPLEX, FRUSTRATIONS CONTINUE FOR THOSE ON THE STREETS. WE’RE JOINED LIVE FROM DOWNTOWN, CARLY, WHERE DOES THE CLEAN UP STAND TONIGHT? Reporter: IT IS JUST A GIANT PILE OF RUBBLE BEHIND ME, SOME OF THE BUSINESSES AROUND HERE MAY NOT HAVE HAD DIRECT DAMAGE FROM THIS FIRE, THEY ARE STILL FEELING SOME PAIN BECAUSE FOOT TRAFFIC IS DOWN, THESE STREETS AROUND HERE, SOME OF THEM HAVE BEEN BLOCK OFF SINCE MARCH, SAYS THEY’LL LIKELY BLOCKED OFF THROUGH THE REST OF THE YEAR. A BLOCK OF RUBBLE IS ALL THAT’S LEFT WITH THE PARTIALLY BUILT METROPOLITAN APARTMENT BUILDING. CREWS ARE LOOKING TO CLEAR THE DEBRIS AND HAVE TO START OVER. THEY ARE STILL MARRED BY THE FLAMES, SCAFFOLDING COVERS AND. THEY MEAN THOSE CONTRACTORS HAVE KIND OF TAKEN UP LIKE BOTH SIDES OF THE ROAD. ADAM HOFMANN SAYS THEIR PROXIMITY TO THE FIRE HAS COST THEM BUSINESS. TRAFFIC WISE, IT AFFECTED US LIKE THE ABILITY FOR PEOPLE TO COME WITH A DOWNTOWN AREA. WITH JONES AND HARRINGTON STREETS CLOSED THE CITY PUT UP DETOUR SIGNS, THE DINNER CUSTOMERS ARE STARTING TO COME BACK, BUT THE CRUSH ON LUNCH CROWDS HAS PUT THEM BEHIND. WE’VE HAD TO DELAY PLANS, LIKE OPEN UP NEW ESTABLISHMENTS OR EXPAND OUR BREWERY, AS YOU SUCK UP THAT CASH FLOW KEEPING THIS PLACE RUNNING. MEANWHILE ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RUBBLE THE EDENTON CHURCH, THEY WERE SCORCHED SEVEN OF THE CHURCH’S ROOFS. SOME WERE BARELY DAMAGED THE OTHERS WERE TOTALLY. COVERED A HALF MILLION DOLLARS IN REPAIRS. WE ARE INCREDIBLE FOR THE FIREFIGHTERS, EMS, OFFICERS, THIS COULD HAVE BEEN A LOT WORSE THAN IT ACTUALLY WAS. REPAIR WORK ON THE CORUM CENTER AND LINK APARTMENTS ARE SUPPOSED TO BE FINISHED UP BY THE END OF THIS YEAR, CONSTRUCTION ON THE METROPOLITAN WILL CONTINUE THROUGH 2018 THAT MEANS THESE ROADS WILL BE PARTIALLY BLOCKED OFF FOR THAT CONSTRUCTION

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