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Partnership bolsters HFHNCC inventory with donated materials from former Bank of America building

Posted in: News on April 24, 2013

Thanks to a generous donation from the Community Education Building (CEB), Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County (HFHNCC) will receive more than nine floors of building materials and other items such as doors, windows, cabinets, furniture and other fixtures from inside the former Bank of America Bracebridge IV building.

Formerly used to house part of its headquarters for credit cards and consumer banking products, Bank of America announced on February 16, 2012 that it would donate the Bracebridge IV building to the Longwood Foundation. The Longwood Foundation subsequently created a separate entity, the Community Education Building Corporation, to receive the donation and transform it to a home for several charter schools.

In keeping with the spirit of building a stronger, more connected community, representatives from Wohlsen recommended to the CEB that it donate to the HFHNCC ReStore any usable furniture and housing materials removed from the building. The donation is expected to include doors, windows, carpet, cabinetry, and many other building materials.

“During the evaluation of the scope of the project, we realized that cabinetry and over one hundred doors could be reused,” said Mike Berardi, Vice President for Wohlsen Construction. “Based on our past history of working together in various manners, we immediately thought of Habitat for Humanity and recognized that these items could be donated to the ReStore, ultimately benefiting the community.”

The ReStore sells new and gently used construction and home goods to the public at greatly reduced prices, and all money earned from ReStore sales directly supports HFHNCC’s construction and home restoration efforts in New Castle County.

“These donations substantially increase the volume of available housing materials at our ReStore and ultimately provide us with increased revenue to put towards building quality, affordable homes in New Castle County,” said Kevin L. Smith, CEO of HFHNCC. “We are thankful to the Community Education Building for the generous gift and to Wohlsen Construction for creating the opportunity, and we look forward to seeing the development of this building’s new education community.”

© 2013 Habitat for Humanity of New Castle County

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