Last night, District 14 rep Angela Hunt posted the latest update concerning the fate of the 2800 block of Lower Greenville that disappeared in a cloud of smoke Tuesday morning, due to an electrical fire at Terilli's. Yes, she writes, one of the building's owners, Jon duPerier, has vowed to rebuild -- and keep the early '30s facade:
He acknowledged that while it would be cheaper to scrape and rebuild, they would rather make the investment and keep a part of Dallas' history alive. They are going to preserve the facade and rebuild in the same footprint asap. The city will be expediting permits for the project, and I told Jon that I would work with him if any issues arose.
This is great news on so many levels. Jon was very sensitive to the loss to the business owners and their families and wants to get them back in business as soon as possible. The reconstruction also means that we won't be looking at a burned out building for months, and will get to see a part of our history revived in short order.