Rising from the ruins
That’s the plan anyway as initial stabilizing work has finally begun at the former Cameo Insurance building, 113 East Cameron (US 79), the most seriously damaged structure from the Aug. 29-30, 2012 collapse of a 125-year-old brick firewall. From left, Cory Peacock, Hector Reyes and (on mezzanine) Richie Thrasher work on the building. After months going through municipal decisions and appeals, the city council agreed to let owner Gloria Thrasher stabilize the structure and proceed with a renovation plan, pending the approval of city officials. The possibility of razing the building still exists, though, if specified deadlines are missed. See editorial, page 3C.