Habitat receives grant for ReStore upgrades

Published 3:50 pm Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Polk County Community Foundation has awarded grant money requested by Thermal Belt Habitat for Humanity to address safety, security and energy efficiency needs at its ReStore location in Landrum.

A recent property survey revealed the store&squo;s propane gas tank was situated on a neighbor&squo;s property and relocation of the tank is required. It was determined that the best solution is to do away with the propane tank and hook into the existing natural gas service and convert all systems from propane to natural gas.

One of the three spaces that make up the store has been in need of new and replacement heating, air conditioning and air handling equipment to control the interior environment to a level suitable for the display and sale of merchandise and for the comfort of customers and staff.

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The energy efficiency of the new equipment combined with lower rates for the natural gas service will help the store save on the monthly utility bills. The exterior sales lot which has gained popularity with bargain hunters and the truck storage area at the rear of the store have been rather exposed and as more weather proof merchandise is displayed there has been a need for improved perimeter security with new fencing and security gate.

The $8,000 grant received from the Polk County Community Foundation pays for these projects and enables Habitat to keep store revenues directed toward the construction of decent, affordable homes for those who may otherwise not have an opportunity of home ownership.