The Hardin County Habitat ReStore soon will be in a new location on one of Elizabethtown’s busiest streets.
Construction of a new building at 2816 Ring Road is underway as the former mosque on the property was demolished Monday. An official ground breaking ceremony is planned Aug. 1.
Habitat ReStore is operated by local Habitat for Humanity organizations which accept donations and sell home improvement items to the public at a fraction of original retail price, according to the Habitat website.
Hardin County Habitat for Humanity CEO Scott Turner said the goal is for the new building to be finished and in use by February, pending weather. The current ReStore site, which the organization leases, has been operated for about 10 years on South Wilson Road near Elizabethtown in part of a former furniture store. Turner said he has been urging the board for the last five years to build its own location.
Around six or eight months ago, Turner said the property on Ring Road became available. He said the organization worked with the owners and got a good deal.
“It was just something that we couldn’t pass up,” he said.
At the new location, Turner said they expect a quicker turnover of items they acquire because of a higher traffic count on Ring Road.
Although the new building, estimated to cost about $1.5 million, will be somewhat smaller than the current building, Turner said it will house Restore and three office spaces and a conference room.
Currently for meetings, Turner said they are using conference rooms at the Hardin County Government Building or renting rooms at Pritchard Community Center or the visitors center.
The contractor for the new building is Goff Construction.
The organization is a global nonprofit housing organization working in local communities across all 50 states in the United States and in more than 70 countries around the world. Founded in 1992, Hardin County Habitat for Humanity currently is finishing its 67th house before moving on to 68.
Collectively, Habitat for Humanity worldwide has built more than 1 million homes, averaging one home every seven minutes, according to the website.