Last updated 3:14AM ET
December 15, 2017
KSUT Regional
KSUT Regional
Main Avenue Rebuilding Plans Revealed
(2008-06-16)
Workers are busy building a retaining wall/foundation along Main Avenue at the fire site to support the sidewalk, which will then be completed. Construction of three new buildings at the site will then begin. Below, a design rendering of the new facades proposed by architect Dallas Reynolds. (Photos: Victor Locke, KSUT/Dallas Reynolds)
(ksut) - HOST LEAD: It's been almost four months since fire destroyed three businesses and damaged several others in Historic Downtown Durango.
While work at rebuilding the businesses could take a major step forward next week, the book is being closed on an effort to assist employees and others impacted by the fire.
KSUT's Victor Locke reports.

VICTOR: Reconstruction of the three buildings in the 700 block of Main, that once housed Seasons and Les Rendezvous Restaurants and Half Price Tees, could be underway in July.
Durango architect Dallas Reynolds has been retained by owners of all three buildings.
REYNOLDS: WE LOOKED A LOT AT SOME HISTORIC PHOTOGRAPHS AS WELL AS PHOTOGRAPHS OF THE BUILDING PRIOR TO THE FIRE TO TRY TO LOOK FOR SOME INSPIRATION, SOME INTERESTING DETAILS OR CERTAINLY IF THERE'S ANYTHING HISTORIC THAT WE THOUGHT WAS WORTHWHILE PAYING RESPECT TO IN THE NEW BUILDING, AND CAME UP WITH A DESIGN THAT IS SOMEWHAT UNIQUE. IT DOESN'T REPLICATE ANYTHING OF THE PAST BUT IT DOES RESPOND TO SOME OF THE DETAILING WHICH WAS RATHER SUBTLE DETAILING, NOT REAL BOLD. AND EACH BUILDING IS A LITTLE BIT DIFFERENT THAN THE OTHER BUT THEY BLEND TOGETHER I THINK PRETTY WELL.
His plans presently call for one story buildings, which could accept a second floor later.
He says his designs are consistent with the architectural guidelines for downtown.
REYNOLDS: BUT THEY ARE NEW BUILDINGS, NOT CONTEMPORARY AT ALL, AND THEY CERTAINLY HAVE THE FLAIR OF, THE CHARACTER OF AN OLDER STYLE.
Reynolds plans go before the city Design Review Board next Monday, and if approved, construction could start within 30-days.
Crews are already working at the site to install a foundation along Main and shore up the sidewalk in front of the businesses.
In the meantime, the fund established to help those impact by the fires, including employees of the businesses, has gone out of business.
More than 108-thousand dollars was raised.
More than 62-thousand in assistance was given in the form of gift certificates for gasoline, groceries, utility bill payments, rent assistance and more.
About 35-thousand dollars remaining will go into a Community Emergency Fund overseen by the Community Foundation Serving Southwest Colorado.
From KSUT, Four Corners Public Radio, I'm Victor Locke.
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