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Broad Street Apartment building destroyed in Lynn fire to be rebuilt

The former apartment building at 26 Broad St., which was demolished after being destroyed in a four-alarm fire (Spenser Hasak)

LYNN — A Broad Street apartment building destroyed in a devastating four-alarm fire this past winter will be rebuilt.

The fire that ripped through 26 Broad St., an 18-unit building, in January, left 28 people homeless and one woman injured.

Within hours of the blaze, the Inspectional Services Department declared the building uninhabitable and ordered the three-story structure demolished. Fire officials said the cause of the blaze, which started on the third floor, was unattended cooking.  

This month, The Item spotted a construction truck at the property.

Clint Muche, the city’s director of inspections, confirmed that the property owner, Shawn Neal, of Arlington, was issued a building permit on June 12 to “reconstruct the building in the same location and configuration as it existed previously.”

The former building was described as having a brick/stone foundation with a wood frame, according to property records.

Muche said the projected cost for the developer to rebuild is $1.69 million, which resulted in a permit fee of $29,973.

When reached for comment, Neal declined to immediately discuss his plans and subsequent calls seeking comment went unreturned.

It’s not clear when construction would be completed or when tenants would be able to move into the new building.

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