Kindness Kottage renovating future home

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Progress is being made toward moving Kindness Kottage from its longtime North Johnson Street shop to the former Robinson Furniture building on East Broad Street.

Volunteers are targeting May 1 as the opening date in the new location.

Purchase of the building was made possible with a grant from the Meredith Foundation. The Kindness Kottage and donors have financed the extensive renovations that are taking place in the building. A bank loan was also obtained with plans for payoff when the Johnson Street shop is sold.

Electrical equipment, plumbing and insulation are all being completely redone. Last week when the plumbing work was being done, it was discovered that below the concrete floor of the building were several inches of dirt in which the plumbing was located and below that, another floor.

Retired engineer Charles Fry is volunteering to help with the project for which Greenlaws Construction of Quitman is serving as the contractor. A retired architect is also helping with the project that will see an area in the southwest corner of the building enclosed for the food pantry.

It is expected that the Kottage will fill a large portion of the space with its current inventory of donated items, which includes furniture. However, Fry said there are some people who have indicated a desire to donate large amounts of items that are waiting until the business is moved to do so.

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