It has been 365 days since the historic Weils Department Store burned up, collapsed, and wounded the heart of downtown Hillsboro, Oregon. I had to take a quick video walk along the fire damaged section of East Main Street between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. The changes are happening but they are slow and methodical. Several businesses have not returned yet. Some will be back by June; 18 months after Roel Leon lit the building on fire. Others will not return.
When it all shakes out, the damage will have proven to be too much for some. Other businesses survived, but had to alter their operations. And a new set of tenants will bring food, fun, and music to the ravaged block. There will be winners and losers as a result of this fire. The resurgence of the primary block in downtown has been slower than anyone would have liked. But it is happening and by July things will be looking much better. At least that is the way things appear to be. Stay tuned for more on this story.