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Habitat plans blitz

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By Todd Cohen

RALEIGH, N.C. — Two-dozen Triangle custom-builders are teaming up to build 24 homes for Habitat for Humanity of Wake County, which also has received a grant from the Weyerhaeuser Company Foundation to boost a Habitat partnership that recycles lumber.

The building blitz, scheduled for the first five days of December, will construct homes at Habitat’s newest neighborhood, Rosalynn Place in Southeast Raleigh, which eventually will total 42 homes.

Habitat expects to build a total of 50 homes this fiscal year, up from 40 last year, and will begin the second phase of the Rosalynn project in January.

Plans for the December blitz already have received more $800,000 in commitments for cash and materials.

That includes materials donated by Adams Products, Fay Block, Johnson Concrete, Triangle Block and Stock Building Supply.

Jim Derrickson, senior vice president at BB&T, is heading a fundraising drive that has received gifts of $25,000 and up from Stock Building Supply, Stock Interiors, the city of Raleigh, N.C. Housing Finance Agency, Kitchen and Bath Galleries, Home Builders Association of Raleigh-Wake County, Builders Mutual Insurance Co., and Thomas Gipson Homes.

The blitz is chaired by Tom Gipson of Thomas Gipson Homes and co-chaired by Mark Massengill of Mark Massengill Builder.

The Weyerhaueser Company Foundation has given Habitat $2,500 to boost a lumber-recycling effort by its ReUse Center in partnership with PCM Construction, an Apex construction and demolition waste hauler.

The ReUse Center, which recycles 900 to 1,000 tons of new and salvaged building materials a year, generating $577,000 in revenue in the fiscal year ended June 30, aims to increase to 100 tons a week by next spring from 40 tons a month now the lumber it currently recycles from construction sites, says Liz Cairns, marketing coordinator.

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