Rebuilding underway at historic Loveland buildings damaged in fire

LOVELAND, Ohio -- It's been nearly a year since a fire burned through several historic buildings in downtown Loveland. 

Maintaining the facades and other characteristics of the 1800s buildings is a priority. Rebuilding is underway, as are efforts to prevent future fires. 

"It was important," Loveland-Symmes Fire Chief Otto Huber said. "They wanted to make sure they kept the historic character of the building, so they had to adjust their plans."

Three buildings are being restored: Bike Trail Junction, Tano Bistro and the Bishop Building, which years ago was a grocery store. All three will have fire sprinklers and other fire-resistant construction.

"There are a lot more safety items and exits and lighting and electrical in the systems that are built within the new buildings," Huber said.

Construction crews have made a lot of progress bringing the old buildings back from the ashes. Huber said he's "amazed" at the amount of work done already. But there are still some burn marks left on the brick.

All of the buildings will have rooftop restaurants. They won't be ready by spring, but should be ready for summertime bikers on the nearby trail.

"It's kind of the buzz of the town, I think," Huber said. "I think everybody's very excited."

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