It’s been two years since a massive fire burned down several buildings on Paoli’s town square. Residents are now celebrating the opening of a building that will replace much of what was lost.
A building that includes a mix of commercial space and apartments is opening Tuesday, exactly two years since the fire destroyed a large section of a block in downtown Paoli. The nonprofit development corporation Hoosier Uplands pulled together about $5 million, mostly in state and federal funding, to build what they’re calling The Phoenix on the Square.
Hoosier Uplands CEO David Miller says he hopes Tuesday’s event will attract are large crowd from around the community.
“We’re going to have a grand opening ceremony, a ribbon cutting, I think the local high school band’s even going to be there to play,” Miller says. “We think it should be and I think it’s going to be a big deal.”
Orange County Economic Development Partnership Executive Director Judy Gray says she lost everything in her office when it burned down. But last week, she moved into her new space in the Phoenix building.
“It’s perfect. I mean I am so excited and so happy to be in my new office,” she says. “It’s just. It’s beautiful, absolutely beautiful.”
Gray says the new building’s brick architecture fits right in with the original buildings on the square.