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Repairs ongoing at burned-out Tavern


August 29, 2007
IMLAY CITY — Many months have passed since a fire caused significant damage to the upper level of the Front Row Tavern on Third Street.

Although building owner Dan Steckley has a sale pending on the property, he says his insurance carrier's unwillingness to make good on a settlement has delayed reconstruction efforts.

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Work is in progress on the former Front Row Tavern on Third Street in downtown Imlay City. The business has been closed since January, when the building was damaged during a fire. photo by Tom Wearing.
But this week, he says, workers are making some headway on repairs to areas of the building affected by the Jan. 9 fire.

Steckley says he's hired workers from Capac Construction to gut the former upstairs apartment and begin reconstruction of the fire-damaged roof and walls. And it's all being done at his expense.

"The insurance company has not come to the table," says Steckley. All of this is coming out of my own pocket right now."

A farmer who operates north of Imlay City, Steckley says most of the damage was limited to the building's upper level.

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"The upstairs sustained most of the damage," he says. "The downstairs will be left about the same, except we've raised the ceiling and will put in new lighting."

Assuming weather problems don't interfere with current progress, he expects the reconstruction process to be completed within two weeks. Plumbing and electrical installation will follow, he says.

"I have no prediction on when the building will reopen," Steckley says. "Maybe within a month or so —pending inspections. I'm looking forward to getting the building open again for everyone's sake."

City commissioners recently approved a liquor license transfer for the business to Roger and Terri Stout of Lapeer.

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