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.