Fate of Depot District Building to be Decided by Committee - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

2/9/04

Fate of Depot District Building to be Decided by Committee

On Tuesday, nearly six months after someone intentionally set fire to a Depot District bar and restaurant, the building's fate will be decided. The Red Door was destroyed back in August and neighboring businesses say it's time to revitalize the site. What used to be the Red Door is now an eyesore and neighboring businesses feel it has set back growth in the Depot District.

City officials tell NewsChannel 11 red tape is to blame for the slow process of deciding what to do with this building, but the structural standards committee will meet Tuesday to figure it out. Lubbock citizens sit on that committee. The building's owner will make his proposal to them and so will the city.

In the meantime, the Lubbock Fire Marshall's Office is still determined to figure out who set the fire in the first place and they're upping the reward for tips. Investigator Sharon Moore says, "Crime Line is offering a $1,000 reward for any information that leads to an arrest and conviction and we're also talking to ATF (Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms Agency) about contributing some money and they have agreed to. As of yet we don't have a set amount but hopefully we'll get it up high enough so people will really come forward."

If you have any info and want to claim that reward, the number to Crime Line is (806) 741-1000.

The Red Door building is not needed anymore for fire marshalls to investigate, so it can be repaired or demolished. If the commission decides it needs to be demolished and the owner doesn't comply within the time given, the city will tear it down and place a lien on the property to recover the cost.

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