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Steuben County ReStore headed toward reopening after 2023 fire

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The Steuben County Habitat for Humanity ReStore, significantly impacted by a fire in July 2023, is progressing towards reopening this spring. The fire resulted in the demolition of one building and necessitated renovations for the remaining structure at the Corning location on State Route 414. Spokesperson Jay Overacker reported that demolition is complete and refurbishment efforts are underway, focusing on ceiling replacement, cleaning, and electrical enhancements.

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Although an exact reopening date remains tentative, Habitat for Humanity remains optimistic for a late April or early May return. The uncertainty stems from potential unforeseen challenges in the restoration process. The organization aims to avoid setting unrealistic expectations for the community eagerly awaiting the ReStore’s return. The ReStore operates as a nonprofit retail center, selling donated goods at reduced prices to fund Habitat for Humanity’s mission of building affordable housing.

Proceeds from the ReStore are crucial for local housing projects. In March, the Steuben County Habitat for Humanity will celebrate the completion of two new homes within a duplex on Hornby Road, demonstrating the positive impact of ReStore revenues. Despite the setback caused by the fire, whose origins remain undetermined, the community continues to support the ReStore through donations and volunteerism, looking forward to its resurgence as a key resource for affordable home building and sustainability initiatives.