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Apartment rises out of ashes

There is good news on the horizon for homeowners of the Legacy II apartment building that nearly burnt to the ground in Rutland last July.

Construction has been ongoing since the massive blaze and it's anticipated the project will be completed by September, ensuring residents can move back into their homes before the end of 2014.

MGC Construction was first tasked with rebuilding the exterior of the building, including re-framing, roofing, replacement of the elevator shaft, and reinstallation of all exterior materials.

They have also been employed to complete phase two of the rebuild, which includes all interior re-construction including electrical, plumbing, fire protection and finishing.

“Because this building was almost 10 years old, we’re offering homeowners the option to upgrade the finishings in their home, including choices for upgraded flooring and cabinets, more modern interior finishes and revamping/refreshing their colour schemes,” says Corey Makus, president of MGC Construction.

“We’re working to get these displaced homeowners back into their homes as soon as possible, and we hope that providing options to refresh and personalize their homes during the construction process will make the wait easier and make moving back in even more exciting for them.

Residents who wish to take advantage of the upgrades can do so for a “nominal” administrative cost which Makus did not want to disclose.

“We recognize these people have been displaced, so we’ve made it very attainable and it's not really a profit center for us, it's more about giving those people that freedom and flexibility in a difficult time,” he says.

“For one administrative fee per home owner, they can literally change the countertop colour, cabinet finish, vinyl flooring, carpet, paint colour, all that stuff.

“So we have options within the same price point. And if they want to upgrade the finishings to a higher degree finish, then they can do that as well.”

The base package will offer three different options to all homeowners.

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