"It looked like a war zone."
Executive Director of the North Carolina Association of County Commissioners (NCACC), describing the aftermath of the fire that destroyed the NCACC offices.
By the end of the night, it would devour the entire 241-unit project and spread to 10 nearby buildings.
When the blaze was extinguished and the smoke disappeared, it would be remembered in the record books as the largest fire to scourge Raleigh in over 90 years.
After intense investigation, the cause of the fire was ruled inconclusive.
In the wake of destruction, businesses, families, and other entities of all shapes and sizes were left without a place to call home. Among them was the NCACC, an organization that advocates for the well-being of North Carolina’s 100 counties.
When NCACC employees left work to head home on March 16th, their offices were located in the Albert Coates Local Government Center and 15-story Quorum Center.
“It was a normal night,” Kevin recalled, “but it was unusually cold.”
When they returned the next day, their office space was hardly recognizable. Windows were shattered, office supplies were melted, and what wasn’t ruined by the ferocity of the blaze was damaged by smoke and water.
They knew they wouldn’t be going back anytime soon.
"It was a normal night, but it was unusually cold."
The following day, they set-up a temporary command center at the Café Carolina in Cameron Village, where they could get their feet under them and put together a plan of action
Realizing that they couldn’t manage everything from the café, they moved their command center to the Wake County Library, where Kevin tasked NCACC CFO Elizabeth Floyd with finding a new office space.
On Monday, March 20, 2017, Wake County offered the NCACC a site. However, due to certain constraints and needs, the NCACC had to pass on the site.
Time was running out.
It was at this point that, through a strange series of events and connections, Elizabeth got in touch with Greg Hobbs, Owner of Hobbs Properties.
As luck would have it, Greg had a space open up at the top of his Six Forks Place III office building that had the infrastructure that the NCACC was looking for.
Greg invited them to the space and personally gave them a tour.
“As soon as we walked the space, we knew this is where we were meant to be,” remarked Kevin.
Knowing that it was crucial for the NCACC to get back on its feet as soon as possible, Greg quickly structured an arrangement that would allow the NCACC to get things up-and-running without skipping a beat.
"As soon as we walked the space, we knew this is where we were meant to be."
“It took one week,” Kevin recounted, which is important because, “For some people it’s an office, for others it’s life.”
The NCACC is now fully operational, advocating on behalf of North Carolina’s 580+ county commissioners from the 3rd floor of Six Forks Place III.
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