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Downtown Paoli Renovations Set to Begin

Paoli has begun the rebuilding process from a fire eight months ago.

A fire eight months ago left an Orange County town in need of rebuilding. Paoli officials have begun the rebuilding process.

Construction should begin by month’s end on a building on the southwest corner of the Paoli town square appropriately called “Phoenix” after the mythical bird which rose from the ashes of a fire.

The building will be managed by Hoosier Uplands, a non-profit which serves the poor, elderly and disabled.

“We plan to put four commercial spaces here back on the square, the group’s CEO David Miller said. “There will be 12 apartments, and those will be affordable housing apartments.”

Paoli Chamber of Commerce President Tom Motsinger says his group will trade its existing space to Hoosier Uplands for a piece of the new complex.

“We’ve donated our building to them and in place they’re going to give us a long term lease free lease basically in the new building, so it benefits both us and them as well,” he said.

The project will be funded with a combination of federal and state dollars and includes tearing down an older building across the street to create additional downtown parking.

Motsinger says he hopes the four commercial spaces draw more shoppers to the area, which has been covered in rubble since a fire in November.

Shameka Neely

Shameka Neely, a native of Nashville, Tennessee enthusiastically joined WTIU as Senior Reporter/ InFocus Producer in the news department. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Organizational and Corporate Communication, with a minor in Marketing and Masters of Arts Degrees' in Administrative Dynamics and Communication all from Western Kentucky University. Shameka also holds a Master of Arts degree in Journalism from Indiana University.

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