Organization saves Victorian-era home furnishings from landfill

Habitat Restore resells fixtures, cabinets to raise money for Habitat for Humanity

Published On: Jan 13 2014 09:45:54 PM CST   Updated On: Jan 13 2014 09:54:11 PM CST

A local organization tore fixtures and cabinets out of a Victorian-era home in a near west side neighborhood, which will be replaced by a new apartment building.

The Greenbush Neighborhood in Madison will soon see a new neighbor in the way of a four-story apartment building.

The building will feature one- and two-bedroom units in the former spot of a Victorian-era home on Mound Street.

If someone bought the Victorian-era building that went up for sale last fall, the new owners would have had to move the building to another lot, but nobody bought it.

Monday, volunteers with Habitat Restore tore out items like metal, pipes and cabinetry, so instead of going into a landfill, they’re go up for resale or recycling.

“There’s less material to take to the landfill, it helps us to sell this material to fund new construction. So it’s a win, win for everybody,” Habitat Restore Deconstruction Manager Frank Byrne said. "There is material we are able to offer the public at the Habitat restores."

Proceeds from items sold at the Restore help to build Habitat for Humanity homes. There are two locations, one at 208 Cottage Grove Rd. and another at 5706 Odana Rd.