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Habitat for Humanity gets do-it-yourself gift from Brunswick Schools

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    Dennis Jolly, left, and Roger Rose loosen windows in the front of one of the homes that will soon be demolished.

    ALYSSA ALFANO / GAZETTE

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BRUNSWICK — Habitat for Humanity of Medina County seized an opportunity Friday to obtain new materials for future construction projects and for its ReStore thanks to the school district.

Brunswick Schools recently purchased several properties for its new stadium that will be built behind the new middle school. The school board reached out the local Habitat for Humanity to see if it wanted to gather items from the homes on the properties before demolition.

“I mean, these houses are going to be demolished anyway,” said Amy Rutledge, the district’s community relations coordinator.

Rutledge said the nonprofit, which builds and refurbishes homes with local families, would take materials that would otherwise be thrown away and repurpose them in upcoming projects.

“We’re looking for two things. One, if there are things that we can use in a future home build then we are always looking for that just to save on costs. But then, also, things that may be sellable in our ReStore,” said Executive Director Mary Raitano.

The demolition of the current two middle schools will start as soon as students finish the 2019-20 school year. The project is the result of voters approving in November 2016 a $48.1 million bond issue to allow Brunswick Schools to consolidate Edwards, Visintainer and Willetts middle schools into one building on 30 acres of land owned by the district on Pearl Road behind Edwards, built in 1921, and Visintainer, built in 1949.

Edwards and Visintainer schools will be torn down; the future of Willetts on Hadcock Road has not been decided.

Doors and windows were the most common items taken from the homes Friday. They will be sold in the ReStore, said Raitano.

While picking up and reusing or selling materials from old homes is common for the Habitat crew, actually removing the materials from the homes is not.

Raitano, who has been working with the organization for a year, and construction coordinator Ruth Patton, who has been working with the organization for about three years, said that this is the first deconstruction that has been done in a while.

Volunteer Dennis Jolly, whose has been volunteering for nearly a decade, said that he has only worked on a few deconstruction projects himself.

“This is the first since I’ve been here,” said Patton. “We normally just do pick-ups at houses where things are all ready for us to go. I feel like this is new for us.”

The ReStore is at 342 E. Smith Road, Medina. It is open to the public 8 to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

For more information, call (330) 907-1978 or visit www.medinahabitat.org.

Contact reporter Alyssa Alfano at (330) 721-4063 or aalfano@medina-gazette.com.

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