One year after the great fire
destroyed an important part of historic downtown Dubois, developers have
filed plans to rebuild on the site. They intend to put the project up for
bid in January or February.
Unlike the large Mercantile building destroyed in the fire, the new
buildings will house small retail establishments as well as office spaces,
in a structure with a variety of exterior styles architecturally
appropriate to the town center.
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*The morning after the fire. (Pitchengine Communities)*
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*The vacant lot where the fire destroyed multiple businesses. (Karen
McCullough / Pitchengine Communities) *
Reg Phillips of Wind River Land & Building Co., which owns the property,
says construction should begin in the early spring.
Retail spaces will face the street, and office spaces will be at the north
side or on the second floor of the building closest to Silver Sage Gallery.
A central vestibule will provide access to spaces at the north end or on
the second floor.
Phillips said retail spaces can be configured to suit the tenants.
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*Above images: Wind River Land & Building Company - Berlin Architects /
Pitchengine Communities) *
Last year's fire, caused by overheating near a chimney, broke out just
after 8 PM on December 30, 2014, and burned in sub-zero temperatures into
the early hours of December 31. The remains of the previous building proved
structurally unfit for renovation.
*Feature Image: Architect rendering of the replacement structure in
downtown Dubois. (Wind River Land and Building Co.-Berlin Architects /