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   These are the stories you will find in this week's newspaper:
  • A second chance: The new Day Reporting Center in Quincy held a grand opening that featured a recognition ceremony to honor achievements of people in the Alternative Sentencing Program.
  • Classrooms closed: Just days before classes were to begin, Quincy Elementary School staff were packing up classrooms in one wing of the structure because a roof needed to be replaced.
  • Body of missing man found: A search for missing Feather River College alumnus Lucius Robbi ended in Idaho with the discovery of his body and car. He was believed to have died from injuries sustained in a single-vehicle crash.

Plans to rebuild burned downtown block on hold

Debra Moore
Staff Writer
4/23/2014

 

Four months after the Dec. 15, 2013, fire that destroyed a half-block of downtown Quincy, the corner sits empty and will likely remain that way for a while.

Tommy and Carol Miles, who had been refurbishing the former Great Northern building (one of the two structures destroyed in the fire), hope to have building plans and permits completed within a month, but don’t anticipate construction beginning anytime soon.

“We’re in the middle of a legal process regarding the rebuilding costs,” Tommy Miles said during an interview last week. “We probably won’t be able to rebuild this season, but we are absolutely determined to rebuild as soon as possible.”

“We probably won’t be able to rebuild this season, but we are absolutely determined to rebuild as soon as possible.”
 
Tommy Miles
Business owner

Miles had been renovating the former hair salon and clothing store to be the home of Cornerstone Learning Center.

The fire also destroyed a building owned by brothers Sonny and Mo Khalid that housed the Pizza Factory, High Sierra Vapor and Quincy Thrift.

High Sierra has decided not to reopen, and Quincy Thrift is now open in the former La Casa Bella location opposite the post office.

In the immediate aftermath of the fire Sonny Khalid pledged to rebuild, but those plans are now uncertain. Khalid did not respond to requests for an update.

 

Cause of the fire

The cause of the fire remains unknown. The investigation ruled out all but three potential causes: arson, electrical or heat sources.

Quincy Fire Chief Robbie Cassou said, “The fire is still under investigation pending new evidence coming forward.”

In the interim the future of the corner of Main and Bradley, across from the courthouse in downtown Quincy, remains in limbo.

Nearby businesses lament the vacant lot because foot traffic in that portion of downtown has slowed.


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