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Gastineau Apartments: Hopeful signs

Posted: June 4, 2013 - 5:54pm  |  Updated: June 5, 2013 - 12:02am
The owner of the Gastineau Apartments has decided to rebuild the downtown complex which suffered a fire on November 5, 2012.  Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
Michael Penn / Juneau Empire
The owner of the Gastineau Apartments has decided to rebuild the downtown complex which suffered a fire on November 5, 2012.

As far as the Gastineau Apartments are concerned, things are looking hopeful.

The building’s owner James Barrett is closing in on finalizing his insurance issues, according to CBJ building codes official Charlie Ford.

“[Barrett] has informed me that he has every intention of rebuilding if possible,” Ford said. “He’s getting close to finalizing his insurance settlement. It does look like he’s getting close and he does seem sincere about rebuilding when he gets his settlement.”

Ford said that those issues should be resolved by next week, according to talks he’s had with Barrett.

Barrett did not respond to requests for comment.

The CBJ condemned the apartment building last year following the devastating fire and issued a standard Notice and Order requirement to Barrett letting him know he needed to inform the city whether he planned to raze or rebuild the structure.

Pending Barrett receiving the proper permits, the possibility of rebuilding is a good one, Ford says.

“He would need to get his building permits. He’d have to bring in some new plans for what he is going to do,” Ford said of the major overhauls the building would undergo to meet today’s safety codes and standards.

If Barrett decides to move forward with the reconstruction, construction would take at least a year, Ford says.

“We will work with him very closely, once he gets us all the information, to get going as soon as possible,” Ford said.

Contact reporter Kenneth Rosen at 523-2250 or at kenneth.rosen@juneauempire.com.

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