Work Complete On Manhattan Apartments Previously Destroyed By Arson

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- It was the scene of the biggest and costliest fire in Manhattan’s history but after recovering from the destruction and being forced to start all over, crews have completed work on a downtown building.

Local developers and investors along with members of the Manhattan Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon Tuesday on the Strasser Village apartment complex which boasts 94 new units.

Officials say the $3.5 million project along 4th Street is vital to the redevelopment of the downtown area.

In November 2011, the complex was under construction when a massive blaze destroyed it. Local, state and federal authorities investigated the fire and found that it was intentionally set. The charred structure was torn down and completely rebuilt.

Manhattan fire officials say the arson is still under investigation.

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