Habitat ReStore Unbuilds Apartment Complex

Blacksburg, VA - Most of us are used to hearing about Habitat For Humanity's efforts building homes for the less fortunate.

However this week the Habitat for Humanity ReStore of the New River Valley is actually taking dozens of them apart.

The company that owns the Oak Bridge apartment complex is getting ready to demolish it to make room for higher density living.

They figured they could kill two birds with one stone by letting Habitat salvage what they can for future sale.

Gifts can come in all shapes and sizes.

For Habitat for Humanity of the New River Valley's ReStore, that means this week's gifts could be anything from a dishwasher to a stove to a refrigerator.

Whatever they can reclaim to either reuse or resell at the group's ReStore - it's theirs for the taking.

"There's a lot of useful stuff in here. A lot of valuable building materials that otherwise would be going to a landfill."

Virginia Tech Professor Annie Pearce's class designed the plan of attack.

"Taking things apart in a way that they can be recovered and reused is a difficult challenge so that's important too," said Pearce.

For the company that owns these 198 apartments the gesture to give this stuff to Habitat helps take care of two problems, as the complex is set to be razed in coming weeks.

"Habitat would be the best place to go. They have the ReStore. Most of this stuff they can sell and benefit them and it gets it out of our way," said Charlie Comer, Vice President for CMG Leasing.

For the ReStore's General manager, Kimberly Snider, the gift is a windfall.

"It's a huge deal that they've done this for us and I can't be more grateful. In the end we will benefit a great deal," said Snider.

More than 400-appliances, storm doors and electronics.

Much of which will be on sale very soon as the store, while not complaining, is suddenly a little short of storage space.

"Haha. working on it, working on it. We need to sell it. We need people to come in and buy it," said Snider.

If you want to help the ReStore reclaim these items they could use a hand as they have just six more days to get it done.

You need to be at least 16 and not afraid of some hard work.

If you have tools... bring them too.

You can sign up on the ReStore's website at