We have experienced a tremendous amount of community support since we started working inside the new building. The people at Blue Springs City Hall have been very supportive of the project and many volunteers have helped put up the framing and drywall. Groups from Pointe of Hope Church, Rockhurst University, and First United Methodist Church have made this a very easy undertaking. It is sometimes a little overwhelming to see all the people willing to give their time and talents to support our cause. We have a regular “Wednesday Crew” that works on the houses we build. They have been an exceptional resource for us. Thank you everyone.
We currently have the walls up, and most of the electrical work completed. The plumbing should be finished in the next few days. Once the painting is complete, we will focus on the ceiling and the floor, both of which are big projects. We need to replace the suspended ceiling paniels (1,250 of them) and the floor needs to be cleaned. It is bare concrete and will probably stay that way. To grind it, stain it, and polish it would probably be the most durable process but even that is outside our budget. Bare concrete isn’t bad.
The signs have been ordered and the billboards will be up on I-70 soon. Keep an eye out for them.
We received our building permit from the City of Blue Springs yesterday! The next big hurdle has been cleared. Tomorrow we will have electricians and plumbers start the process of getting the utilities in. Saturday, group from Pointe of Hope Church and Rockhurst University will be in to frame walls and put up drywall. This will be an amazing week for us. I will be evaluating the progress over the next couple of weeks to determine the grand opening time frame. It will be party time!
We are making good progress on getting the new ReStore ready for you to come shopping, donating, and volunteering. We need to repair some electrical and HVAC equipment, put up some walls, paint and pretty up everything before we start moving in inventory. I am working with Blue Springs City Hall to get the permits in place then everything will really get rolling.
My first concern will be with having enough volunteers to help run the ReStore. They are what really keep our overhead low, maximizing the amount of money that goes to help families in our communities through Habitat. We have the best volunteers in the world, freely giving of their time to make our ReStore a place where customers want to come back again and again. I will need many more for the new Restore.
We plan to open in April if all goes close to “as planned” but we will need help getting things together before then. If you have some time and would like to help, call me at the office at 816-886-7374 of sign up on our web page on the VOLUNTEER tab.
Yesterday we got into the building and starting cleaning. Gerard, Matt, (the two managers) and I really got a lot accomplished. Michael, our Habitat construction director, ordered lumber to be delivered tomorrow morning. We hope to have a number of volunteers there tomorrow to get a lot of the framing finished for the receiving area, the sales office, and the admin offices. The place will look completely different by tomorrow afternoon.
I have written on the wall that I would like ReStore 2 to be open by April 1. That is extremely ambitious and totally impossible. But if we get a lot of help…
Well, we’ll see.
After a long period of “due diligence”, we have a lease in place for the new ReStore in Blue Springs. With the help of many volunteers, it will take us a couple of months to get it set up but we hope to be open in April.
The building is located at 1215 North 7 Highway. Many of you may remember the Payless Cashways store or what was later 84 Lumber. THAT’S IT! We will have about 14,000 square feet of windows, doors, toilets, furniture, appliances, and all sorts of other stuff. We really want this to be a big deal in Blue Springs and other Eastern Jackson County communities. Please help spread the word for us.
Jim Gamble, a local architect, has put together the drawings for the city’s permit requirements. We will be cleaning for a few days but the first big project is to repair the restrooms and the break room. We will then start on the donation receiving area. Long before the Restore opens we will need to start taking donations. Be looking around for things you don’t need anymore. We will find a new home for them
Here is a brief list of projects I will be working on for the next few weeks…
Concrete Donation Area
Let me know if you have some time to help clean. We will have plenty of volunteer opportunities in the coming days.
Thanks for checking in. We’re really excited about this. I hope you are too.