Things are looking up again for the downtown apartment complex that was brought down by a historic fire in March.
City development records show several building permits were issued Nov. 1 for The Metropolitan, at West Jones and North Harrington streets.
The builders of the 241-unit complex, Clancy & Theys Construction Co., had estimated it would take about a year and a half to rebuild the project after demolition at the site was complete.
A five-alarm fire leveled the five-story, wood-framed building on March 16 while it was still under construction and did not yet have a functioning sprinkler system.
The blaze was said to be Raleigh’s worst fire since the 1920s, causing an estimated $50 million in damage and affecting surrounding buildings and residents.
In June, investigators said they couldn’t pinpoint the cause of the fire because they could not “definitively eliminate several accidental and incendiary scenarios.”