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Habitat's ReStore finds new home

BY LAUREL BLACK lblack@paducahsun.com

Paducah-McCracken County's Habitat for Humanity has found a fitting home for its future ReStore location.

Banterra Bank announced Tuesday morning at a news conference that it has donated a historic downtown building to the nonprofit. The building, located at 313 Broadway, boasts three stories and about 3,454 square feet.

"Our ReStore facility currently is extremely limited due to its minimal square footage, and this building will not only provide plenty of space, but also offer exceptional visibility," Habitat for Humanity Executive Director Angie Wilke said.

The ReStore on Paducah's Southside lacks space to show doors, cabinets and appliances, Wilke said. That limits donations and sales, which in turn limits the organization's revenue and supplies for building homes.

The donated building was constructed in 1897 and previously housed the Bernard Lewis & Co. jewelry store, Bobby Koehler, board president for Habitat for Humanity, said during the news conference. The structure has an appraised value of $135,000 as of March 26.

"We are honored to continue that retail legacy in Paducah's downtown riverfront area," Koehler said.

Bank President Jeff May said he hopes the donation will not only fill a need for Habitat for Humanity, but will also support the development and revitalization of downtown Paducah.

Habitat for Humanity's ReStore is a nonprofit home improvement store and donation center that sells new and used furniture, home accessories, building materials and appliances. The organization will begin renovations immediately and plans to relocate its ReStore to the new location by fall of this year.

Contact Laurel Black, a Paducah Sun staff writer, at 270-575-8641, or follow @LaurelFBlack on Twitter.

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