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It's been almost one year since a destructive fire tore through historic downtown Georgetown.
Now the plans to rebuild are in the works but can everybody get on the same page when it comes to getting things done?
Some of the Buildings that once stood on the now, vacant ground on Front Street were built as far back as the 1800's.
On Thursday evening, City Council will begin an effort to find some common ground on what to do next.
Last September, the fire started at the Limp'n Janes and then spread to Goudelock & Co, Doodlebugs, Zest, Buzz's Roost, Boardwalk Markette, Harborwalk Books and Colonial Floral Fascinations. When the smoke cleared, 8 buildings were destroyed and a big piece of historic Georgetown was gone.
Now, talk on the rebuilding process begins but there are some snags that include getting everybody on the same page. The 8 lots where the buildings once stood are owned by 7 different entities. Then there is the flooding. The new structures will be built on new flood plains and will have to be built on some sort of raised structure. Once all this is determined, work can start and a reversal of the fire's economic impact can begin.
Georgetown Mayor Jack Stovall says 135 jobs were lost, not to mention the revenue from the businesses.
Stovall says he wants everybody on board to help preserve Front Street's historic charm. "We expect and hope whoever does the rebuilding will have the facade look very similar to what was there before, at least consistent with the downtown street-scape."
The council meeting will begin at 7pm Thursday at City Hall.
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