Local News

Downtown Raleigh high-rise ready to open after massive fire over a year ago

Posted November 9, 2018 12:09 p.m. EST

— Crews are almost finished rebuilding a downtown Raleigh apartment complex that went up in flames in March 2017, and some residents are already looking to move in the newly refurbished building.

At the Metropolitan, the building's white-and-brown exterior is finished and developers are working on sprucing up the apartment homes.

Construction work on the Metropolitan is 90 percent complete, meaning it will be opening its doors soon to residents.

The tower will have 241 apartment homes and offer several amenities for residents, provided winter weather doesn't cause delays.

Residents are expected to begin moving in at the end of January.

The building was about 50 percent complete when the fire broke out during the late night on March 16, 2017.

The blaze started at an apartment building that was under construction near the Glenwood South restaurant and bar district.  The blaze spread quickly to nine nearby buildings and prompted many residents of the growing community to run for their lives.

Only one injury resulted from the five-alarm fire, and that occurred to a firefighter who suffered a cut by glass. The blaze is believed to be one of the worst fires in Raleigh in nearly a century.

The cause of the fire remains unknown.

The property manager said she is thankful that the building is about to reopen.

She says the entire Wake County community rallied to clean up and start rebuilding.