BY SHERI TRUSTY
Many shoppers pulling into the Port Clinton Plaza have voiced surprise over the construction next to Bassett’s Hardware and City Market. Late last year, work trucks arrived and construction barriers were set up to block off the beginnings of a foundation. The activity will eventually result in an exciting addition to the Port Clinton community: a 10,000-square-foot Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
ReStore shops serve two purposes. By providing an outlet to upcycle gently used merchandise or surplus building supplies, the stores keep waste out of landfills and provide reasonably-priced merchandise to local residents. The donated merchandise is sold at a discount to the public – including homeowners, landlords, contractors and interior designers – who can find great deals on expensive products like light fixtures, refrigerators or kitchen cabinets, depending on donations. The ReStore will also sell new paint.
The project is temporarily stalled until construction materials arrive. Once the contractor has the materials in hand, it will take about four weeks for the building’s shell to be constructed.
“Then our volunteers will work on the interior,” said Habitat for Humanity of Ottawa County Executive Director, Debi Heiks. “They’ll build all the walls. The upstairs will have offices and training space.”
If all goes well, the ReStore will open in late spring or early summer.
In the meantime, Habitat for Humanity is accepting donations by appointment at its storage facility near the construction site.
“We need building materials, furniture, appliances, home décor, tools and outdoor furniture,” Heiks said.
The store will accept many household and construction items, including fishing poles.
“The Oak Harbor Police donated 14 bikes to us,” Heiks said. “We’ll sell fishing equipment and sporting goods because those kinds of things work well in our community.”
To schedule a donation drop-off, call Debi Heiks at 419-346-5843.