June 20, 2011
BRATTLEBORO, Vt. (AP) - The owner of building heavily damaged by fire in the Vermont town of Brattleboro says he's conducting a feasibility study to determine the best way to repair and renovate the historic structure that housed 10 businesses and 60 residents.
Brooks House owner Jonathan Chase says the process is slow because of the size of the five-story, 140-year-old building, damaged by fire April 17. There were no serious injuries in the fire, which was ruled accidental.
Chase says he's hoping to reopen the ground floor businesses in about a year. He tells the Brattleboro Reformer it will be at least another year after that before the rest of the building will be completely restored.
Chase says he's looking at all options for the upper floors, from larger apartments to condominiums.
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