Habitat for Humanity’s proposal to turn a warehouse into a 15,000-square-foot building supply and home improvement re-sale store got the support of the Atwater Village Neighborhood Council.
The store, which will sell construction supplies, will be located inside a warehouse near the intersection of Brazil Street and San Fernando Road in Atwater’s industrial sector. Habitat for Humanity ReStores are operated by affiliates of the nonprofit known for providing housing and shelter around the globe through volunteer efforts and donations.
Before opening, the Atwater store requires an estimated $500,000 in repairs, according to the non-profit. The warehouse requires painting, structural stabilization and alterations to be ADA accessible.
“It’s a nice addition to the community and a clean-up of a site,” said project architect Richard Dell of the Red Architectural Group during last week’s council meeting.
The store will have about six employees and provide around 29 parking spaces. More car slots, however, will be open to customers because the other tenants only use their building for storage, the developer said , developers said
Micah Hillis, manager of the Habitat For Humanity store in Pasadena, said the non-profit chose the location because of its proximity to sources of leftover contracting materials.
The neighborhood council and stakeholders, which is an advisory body and has no formal say over the project, supported the group because of its charitable mission.
“I’d rather give money to a company that’s trying to do good rather than someone who’s trying to get rich off of selling used two-by-fours,” said former board member Bruce Fleenor.
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