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Cleanup work will soon begin on the half-block of Quincy’s Main Street destroyed by fire Dec. 15, 2013.
Property owners couldn’t proceed with debris removal until an environmental study could be completed.
Jerry Sipe, the county’s environmental health director, said that the report is now complete and indicates that there is asbestos and lead present in the debris.
The property owners are responsible for developing a cleanup plan and Sipe said that as soon as a demolition permit is requested, one will be issued.
Although the owners have said that they want to use local individuals and businesses as much as possible in the cleanup and rebuilding process, there isn’t anyone in the county certified to remove hazardous debris.
Tommy Miles, the owner of the former Great Northern building, is working with Ben’s Trucking out of Redding.
“I am in the process of developing a debris removal plan,” Miles said, adding that he is only working on his portion of the block.
Miles plans to have the Redding company remove the debris down to the foundation and then use a local company to dig out the foundation.
Miles has selected Houston Construction out of Meadow Valley for the rebuilding process. General contractor Mark Houston will help with design and build the new structure for his business, Cornerstone Learning. Miles had been in the process of renovating the Great Northern building when it burned down.
Sonny and Mo Khalid, the owners of the Pizza Factory building where the fire originated, are also working on a plan.
They had been consulting with Modern Building out of Chico for debris removal. As this edition went to press, the brothers were unavailable to discuss their plans.
Miles said that once the debris is removed, the land will be surveyed and then plans to build can proceed.
In the immediate aftermath of the fire, Sonny Khalid indicated that he and his brother plan to rebuild the Pizza Factory and provide space for the other two businesses that were destroyed in the fire: Quincy Thrift and High Sierra Vapor.
Quincy Thrift is opening temporarily in the former La Casa Bella building across from the post office on Main Street. A sign in the store window indicates that the store will open Jan. 25.
Accounts have been established at Plumas Bank for all of the affected businesses, including Jenelli’s Bakery and Main Street Artists, which suffered water damage during the fire.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation.
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