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Downtown street will reopen, 10 months after massive apartment fire

Firefighters on Harrington Street pour water on The Metropolitan, an apartment building under construction in downtown Raleigh that was destroyed by fire on March 16, 2017.
Firefighters on Harrington Street pour water on The Metropolitan, an apartment building under construction in downtown Raleigh that was destroyed by fire on March 16, 2017. cseward@newsobserver.com

A block of North Harrington Street on the north side of downtown will reopen to traffic on Monday for the first time since it was closed on the night of a huge apartment fire last March.

The next day, another block of North Harrington farther north will be closed for good to allow the construction of an 11-story building. Kane Realty and Williams Realty & Building Co. plan to build more than 400 apartments above ground-floor retail that will include a Publix grocery store at the corner of Peace and West streets.

The 500 block of North Harrington Street that will close is the bend between West Johnson Street and West Street.

The 200 block of North Harrington has been closed since the night of March 16, 2017, when fire destroyed The Metropolitan, a 241-unit wood-frame apartment building that was under construction. Heat from the intense fire damaged adjoining buildings, including the six-story Link Apartments across Harrington Street. Harrington was closed while The Metropolitan site was cleared and repairs were made to The Link.

The fire also did extensive damage to The Quorum Center, a 15-story office and condominium building at the corner of Jones and Harrington streets. Repairs to the Quorum are still underway, and the 300 block of Jones Street, between Harrington and North Dawson streets, remains closed.

Richard Stradling: 919-829-4739, @RStradling

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