GREENFIELD — County residents itching to get started on that new bathroom in the basement might want to wait until early spring before coughing up top dollar for fixtures and plumbing as a new Habitat for Humanity ReStore is coming to town.
In January, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Indianapolis purchased the former Carter Lumber site at 1141 W. U.S. 40 for $440,000, county records show.
The empty store front, storage yard and two outside storage buildings will become Habitat of Greater Indy’s second ReStore location in its service area of Marion, Hendricks and Hancock counties.
Habitat received permission to expand its reach and provide service to Hendricks and Hancock counties last April, and with efforts already under way in Hendricks County, moving into Hancock County was the next logical step, said Abri Hochstetler, marketing and communications coordinator for the organization.
“The location fits our needs as a ReStore and retail location, and it’s a great chance to get our foot in the door in Hancock County and introduce people to what we do,” Hochstetler said.
ReStore outlets accept donations of new and slightly used furniture, fixtures, appliances, windows, lighting and other construction materials and then offers them to the public at significantly reduced prices to fund the organization’s home ownership programs.
The operation is an ecumenical Christian ministry that provides low-income individuals and families the opportunity to purchase and own affordable homes built or rehabilitated by Habitat volunteer efforts, according to the organization’s website.
Habitat hopes to have the store open by early May, but Hochstetler said it will begin accepting donations in April. Small items can be dropped off at the ReStore locations, but Habitat will schedule pickups for large items.
While the new location is under construction, Hochstetler said individuals interested in making a donation can contact the organization’s Indianapolis store at 1011 E. 22nd St.
“We can work with them and plan a pickup down the road,” she said.
Store manager David Hazel, who has been in ReStore retail for five years, said the old lumber yard location provides Habitat additional storage area along with the potential for fabrication work.
“Two truckloads of vinyl siding is a great donation, but it’s hard to sell that all at once,” Hazel said.
But with work only just starting on the store because of the inclement weather, Habitat officials will be taking things one step at a time.
“Our goal for 2014 is to get the ReStore up and running, and when that’s completed move on to our home ownership programs in 2015,” Hochstetler said.
For more information about Habitat’s ReStore operation in the greater Indianapolis area, visit its website at www.indyrestore.com or call (317) 777-6098.