Coming back after 2011 Easter fire

Wooden bowstring roof trusses will soon be covered by warehouse’s facade

Staff writerAugust 16, 2013 

A 6,500-square-foot warehouse is under construction in downtown Olympia, the site of a fire more than two years ago that destroyed the building.

The new warehouse is sandwiched between Olympia Fireplace & Spa and the restaurant Ramblin Jack’s.

It is set to open in October, said Scott Wall, owner of Scott Wall Construction Inc., the general contractor on the project.

Perhaps most notable about the project to those walking by is that the building’s wooden, bowstring trusses have been set in place.

Wall said they won’t be visible for long because work will soon begin on the building’s facade.

Dick Castle, owner of the building, could not be reached for comment.

The building burned Easter morning in 2011. The warehouse was previously used by Olympia Fireplace & Spa for its vehicle fleet and inventory, but it was not clear whether the business will be moving into the new warehouse. The fire also damaged and temporarily closed the restaurant Ramblin Jack’s. Olympia Fireplace’s retail storefront was unaffected by the fire.

Downtown Olympia has seen three major fires in recent years, all of them on Fourth Avenue.

An office supply business called Griswold’s burned in 2004, followed by the warehouse used by Olympia Fireplace in 2011. Last month, the historic Oyster House restaurant also was destroyed by fire.

Griswold’s has yet to be rebuilt, while the owner of Oyster House has said he plans to rebuild.

Meanwhile, Scott Wall Construction has been a local builder in the Olympia area since 1985, Wall said.

Other notable projects for the largely commercial builder include past remodels of the Bayview and Ralph’s Thriftway stores; all of the fire stations in Lacey, including the one opposite Saint Martin’s University; a remodel of space for South Sound Running in Puyallup; and converting a former auto body shop into a service department for Capitol City Honda.

Although known for its commercial work, the construction company also built eight duplexes at Northwest Pointe, the newest addition to the Panorama retirement community in Lacey.

Rolf Boone: 360-754-5403
rboone@theolympian.com

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