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Loogootee Could See Downtown Development One Year After Fire

A small Martin County town that was devastated by a downtown fire last November could soon see new development where the buildings that burned down once stood.

The fire damaged six businesses in Loogootee as flames quickly spread from one building to another. Two of the business owners decided not to reopen their shops, but others have moved to different buildings in town.

That means the lots that were cleared after the fire remain empty. But Loogootee Mayor Noel Harty hopes that won’t be the case for long.

"We’re working with an organization that is hoping to submit a grant in March to rebuild the buildings that were lost and more than likely it would be for housing and would look like storefronts on the front," Harty says.

If the grant is approved, construction could be complete by the end of 2017.

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