I remember the call in the middle of the night that the Gummer Building was on fire. If the winds did not co-operate, I was advised we might need to call out the Emergency Operations Control Group because of the threat to other buildings on Douglas Street. The winds changed but the fate of the Gummer Building seemed sealed.
I remember the shock the next day. People had lost their businesses and homes. At that time many were pessimistic about the future of these heritage buildings.
Fortunately, Skyline stepped up to redevelop the property and the City was able to provide some support to them to achieve their goals for the property.
There has been a lot of new investment in the downtown recently and some of it has over-shadowed this project. However, it really stands as the first major investment in executing our vision for the downtown.