SUN PRAIRIE, Wis. (WMTV) Open lots are all that are left where the Barr House and Glass Nickel Pizza once stood in Sun Prairie. Many are wondering what will happen with these areas near the intersection of Main Street and Bristol Street.
Sun Prairie Mayor, Paul Esser, told NBC15 News that the city council plans to take up discussions in January about hiring a planner. This planner, he said, would help the council find the best opportunities that work for these vacant lots.
Right now, Esser said no one has made any proposals as to how to use the land.
In October during a ribbon cutting ceremony to reopen Main Street, Esser talked about possible memorials honoring fallen fire fighters Capt. Cory Barr. On Thursday, Dec. 20 he said there are no plans, but he expects there will be a memorial at the fire station and one on whatever building is put in place of where the Barr House used to stand.
The July 10, 2019 explosion leveled several buildings, prompted evacuations, and claimed the life of Captain Cory Barr. Barr was a member of Sun Prairie Volunteer Fire Department and owner of the Barr House.
The explosion happened after a utility worker failed to properly mark a gas main. A subcontractor installing fiber communication lines then struck the line. That gas then ignited and caused the explosion. No criminal charges will be filed in this case, that was announced Thursday, Dec. 20 in a press conference.
Three people have sued contractors involved in the explosion, according to online court records. They include the widow of Capt. Barr, Abby Barr, and two other fire fighters that were injured in the blast.