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Expand the ReStore at 31 Meadow Road: add 13,000 sq. feet of retail space & 135 parking spaces The Home Store is now the Habitat ReStore (name used by most Habitat stores). The Grand ReOpening Celebration on September 10th marked the culmination of the remodel and expansion that doubled the ReStore’s retail space and added 135 parking spaces! There is a new customer-friendly loading dock for drop-off donations, the covered parking garage has been enclosed and now holds building materials, large appliances, doors and windows, patio furniture and more. The upper showroom features a more open layout, a new Silent Auction area and a special book/music area.
Implement Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative (NRI) to broaden scope of housing services In addition to building 13 new houses this year, we will partner with 22 existing lowincome homeowners to make affordable exterior improvements such as painting/ staining, minor exterior repairs and landscaping. One of our first NRI projects was completed in partnership with Carl Bowers. Volunteers scraped old lead paint, applied fresh paint on all siding and trim, repaired window sills and installed storm windows on his West Asheville home of fifty years. This project was sponsored by a community affairs grant from The Home Depot Foundation.
Acquire and develop land for 150 future Habitat houses The first house resulting from our ‘land banking’ efforts - The Rosemma and Woody Coppess Memorial House - closed in August and is now home to the RoblesLeon family. This is the first of 22 houses to be located in the Carney Place neighborhood off Virginia Avenue in West Asheville. We have also purchased parcels in the Beacon Village area of Swannanoa, Johnston Boulevard off of Patton Avenue in West Asheville, and we are negotiating the purchase of another parcel also in West Asheville that will host 75 building lots.
Acquire and renovate 33 Meadow Road for office and warehouse space The administrative offices have been in the Southern Railway building for just over a year now. Our large conference room is being used not only by Habitat, but also by community groups and organizations who use it for meetings. The warehouse is serving its intended purpose of storing construction materials and providing a staging area for deconstruction. In fact, it came in handy recently when Pergo donated enough laminate flooring for us to use in 25-30 Habitat houses! Those pallets are now being stored in the southern railway building’s warehouse space.
Interested in learning more about this campaign? Please call Eva Mellert at 210-9385 or Kit Rains at 210-9365.