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Project Aims To Rebuild Downtown Block In Anthony, KS

The south-central Kansas town of Anthony will soon rebuild a block downtown that was lost to fire five years ago.

There's a groundbreaking ceremony Thursday for the $3.5 million redevelopment project.

In 2009, several businesses were destroyed by a gas explosion and massive fire that burned for hours. The fire began when a truck broke through pavement in an alley, severing a gas line that then exploded.

Demolition began a year later, and a special sales tax was levied in the downtown area to fund the reconstruction.

The project calls for a building a two-story, 41,000-square-foot shell with nearly a dozen storefronts, which will then be up to individual property owners to complete.