Greenville fire aftermath: what’s in store for the destroyed space?

Patricia Carr, president of the Lower Greenville Neighborhood association spent the morning on the block of Greenville near her home where a four-alarm fire wiped out four beloved restaurants. (The property actually falls in the Vickery Place Neighborhood Association, but borders LGNA).

Now that the smoke has cleared, she says, neighbors are addressing concerns about the future of the spot.

Ideally, neighbors would do whatever necessary to support the rebuilding of the burned businesses, and then work together to ensure that “good neighbors” fill the space in the future, representatives say.

“Our first priority,” says Darren Dattalo, LGNA crime watch coordinator, “is to get those businesses rebuilt. I would volunteer to help with the fundraising — not speaking for the neighborhood association, but personally, I would.”

Dattalo recalls nostalgically his first-ever shot of tequila at Terilli’s. “Everyone has a memory to share,” he says.

If the businesses are able to rebuild, and that’s a big IF, there’s also the possibility that they may run into restrictions because of new parking and zoning regulations. “It’s not really a concern yet, but something to think about,” Dattalo says.

The neighborhood associations surrounding Lower Greenville regularly battle parking and other night-life related issues, so if new businesses attempt to move in, Carr says, she and her neighbors are concerned about what might happen. “We would like to work with the other neighborhood associations to address concerns about parking and general concept,” she says.

“We want to see businesses that are good neighbors — all of those businesses that burned down were good neighbors,” Carr says. “Gosh, this is such a loss.”

Dattalo adds that he’d hate to see “a bank, or something like that” move in. Agreed.

I will keep you posted on thoughts from the Vickery Place Neighborhood Association members and the District 14 reps regarding the zoning thing as soon as I speak with them.

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  • colinnwn

    Whoever rebuilds, I hope they spend the extra money to make it look period 1920’s, rather than the crappy bland post-modern mixed-use stuff going up everywhere. Though, I am not hopeful this will be the case.

  • aa

    Any word if the burned buildings can be salvaged? It would be a shame to tear down that wonderful 1930 architecture and put up a bland, cheap building like they have in Frisco.

  • none

    Any word if the burned buildings can be salvaged? It would be a shame to tear down that wonderful 1930 architecture and put up a bland, cheap building like they have in Frisco.

  • Rick Wamre

    I think a parking garage at the Whole Foods space in order to create a more walkable environment for the entire neighborhood would be great, but I bet that Mitch Rasansky (who owns the site) would probably tell you that it’s a lot more lucrative to lease the space to a business than spend a bunch of money building a parking garage dependent on parking fees to be profitable. I would venture to say that the only way a garage happens on that spot is if the city buys the land and builds the garage. Theoretically, the city could use revenue bonds (same as are being used to build the convention center hotel downtown) to build a garage on Greenville, but does anyone really think that is likely?

  • Nick B

    I think it would be cool to have a consolidated parking garage (even if part of it needs to be underground to ensure it doesn’t go too high up into the air) at the old Whole Foods. We could then strengthen the connection of walking paths between there, lowest Greenville, and the site of today’s fire. Ann Arbor Michigan has a wonderful central parking structure that acts as the main parking lot for all of the businesses along their Main street. Would be neat!