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Downtown Wagoner trying to rebuild one year after fire

Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 03, 2018
and last updated 2018-07-03 18:54:22-04

WAGONER -- For the past year a section of Main Street has been blocked by fencing that covers the sidewalk and parking spaces after a massive fire destroyed historic buildings, but the Mayor of Wagoner says they've been working hard to preserve the history but also bring new life downtown.

After the buildings were purchased by the Wagoner Economic Development Authority, they hit a road block when the engineering firm hired to complete a report quit unexpectedly.

The buildings were deemed unsafe, so they've remained untouched until they found a new company to do a report.

Once they get the report, they'll move forward and decide how to tackle the cleanup.

Owner of Miranda's Cake House across the street says neighboring businesses were forced to shift their hours and end their work days earlier, because of the negative impact the burned buildings made on foot traffic.

But she says she's excited to see what's to come on Main Street.

"They told us a lot of things that they have in the works and that they have planned and I’m excited to see where it goes, so I’m glad to be here," said Miranda Goodwin, owner of Miranda's Cake House.

City officials say they want to have retail spaces on the bottom of the new buildings, and possibly housing on top.

They said many breweries have expressed interest in moving into the buildings whenever they're finished.

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