Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore

The new Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore will hold its grand opening Nov. 21.

The new Austin Habitat for Humanity ReStore will hold its grand opening Nov. 21.

Procurement Specialist Jordan Teasdale collects donations at the new ReStore location. Procurement Specialist Jordan Teasdale collects donations at the new ReStore location.[/caption]

Austin Habitat for Humanity’s new ReStore, a retail outlet that sells discounted construction materials and home furnishings, is opening in October, Austin Habitat Communications Manager Carly Yansak said.


The $3.5 million renovation of the 53,000-square-foot building on Ben White Boulevard, which has been the site of a Chuck E. Cheese’s and a Ross department store, has been underway since February. Austin Habitat chose the location in South Austin to replace its existing ReStore location at 310 Comal St. in part because there is more traffic in the area, Director of Operations Greg Anderson said.


In addition to the ReStore, the building will also house a new construction warehouse as well as offices for finance, communications and the nonprofit’s Home Services Program, through which staff meet with families to help them enter into homeownership.


“Right now they are all a couple of miles apart; now they are all going to be under one roof, which is a really big deal for us,” Anderson said.


The building design includes conference rooms, an 800-square-foot community center room, and features such as natural light and brightly colored accent walls. Anderson said the nonprofit is seeking a four-star Austin Energy Green Building rating.


Staff began using the offices Oct. 1. The ReStore will have a soft opening at the end of October and a grand opening Nov. 21, Anderson said.


In addition to building homes for low-income families, Austin Habitat offers a variety of programs, such as home repair and financial counseling, some of which are free and open to the public, Yansak said.


“Any time you shop with the ReStore you’re actually shopping for our cause because all of it will come back into our programs and help us fund our mission,” Yansak said.







How to donate 


The new Austin Habitat ReStore location at 500 W. Ben White Blvd. plans to begin accepting donations when it has a soft opening in late October, Austin Habitat Communications Manager Carly Yansak said.


“When you’re donating to us you’re donating for hope because you’re giving families a chance to achieve their American dream of homeownership just by bringing in a table that you can’t use anymore,” Yansak said.


People wishing to donate can drive up to the northwest corner of the building to drop off supplies such as furniture and appliances. Items cannot be damaged or broken, and the ReStore does not accept mattresses, she said.

By Kelli Weldon
Kelli joined Community Impact Newspaper as a reporter and has been covering Southwest Austin news since July 2012. She was promoted to editor of the Southwest Austin edition in April 2015. In addition to covering local businesses, neighborhood development, events, transportation and education, she is also the beat reporter covering the Travis County Commissioners Court.


MOST RECENT

A screen capture of Chief Equity Officer Brion Oaks at a Travis County Commissioners Court meeting
Austin Equity Office asks Travis County to be mindful when administering COVID-19 relief

Chief Equity Officer Brion Oaks named several areas for continued support in relief distribution and COVID-19 test administration.

A photo of meal options from KO's Cafe
KO's Cafe expands to offer family-style meals to Dripping Springs community

The in-house culinary service at Hospital Housekeeping Servies in Dripping Springs began expanding its reach in March.

Austin City Hall was one of several downtown buildings to get vandalized. (Christopher Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Four Austin City Council members publicly call for Police Chief Brian Manley’s resignation

The Austin Police Department has come under heavy scrutiny for how they handled recent protests against police brutality.

Austin is starting the process to redraw the boundaries for its 10 City Council districts. (Jack Flagler/Community Impact Newspaper)
For the first time, Austin will redraw its 10 City Council districts

Most of the process will take place in 2020 and 2021, with new boundaries in place by the November 2022 council elections.

The theater will be renovated over the next year. (Rendering courtesy EVO Entertainment Group)
EVO Entertainment Group taking over former Sky Cinemas in Dripping Springs

The Sky Cinemas space will reopen in Belterra Village on July 1 as EVO Cinemas.

SNAP, a federal program overseen in Texas by the HHSC, assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families statewide. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
Emergency SNAP food benefits extended in Texas during COVID-19 pandemic

SNAP assists around 1.4 million eligible low-income individuals and families in Texas.

Austin Automotive Center plans July relocation after 10 years in business

The business is preparing for a move from William Cannon Drive to Cullen Lane in South Austin.

Demonstrators marched in the streets in front of the Texas Capitol on May 31. (Chris Neely/Community Impact Newspaper)
Austin City Council hears from community on police response to weekend protests

"He is in so much pain, and I can't help him," said the brother of a 16-year-old injured in the weekend's protests.

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to see its COVID-19 cases. (Courtesy Adobe Stock)
CMS reports 321 coronavirus deaths in Texas nursing homes, nearly 32,000 nationwide

CMS also unveiled an interactive map that lets users search any nursing home in the U.S. to its COVID-19 cases.

The city's public pool will reopen with new guidelines aimed at health and safety. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Dripping Springs' Founders Pool to officially reopen June 29

The city's public pool will reopen with new guidelines aimed at health and safety.