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NEWS RELEASE

 Ohio Department of Transportation  Internet News Release
January 6, 2004

Ohio Department of Transportation
Giving Back to the Community
A New Partnership Formed with Habitat for Humanityr

(COLUMBUS)  The Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Habitat for Humanity volunteers, for the first time in Ohio, jointly worked to salvage materials from a home purchased for the upcoming Interstate 270/State Route 161/Sunbury Road construction.

Parts salvaged from this house, slated for demolition, will be sold at Habitat for Humanity's Build it Again Center

Through the new partnership, ODOT and Habitat for Humanity will work jointly throughout Ohio to salvage materials from homes that are to be demolished as the result of road construction. Materials such as windows, doors, furnaces, sinks, woodwork and other household items will be removed by Habitat for Humanity volunteers prior to the demolition of property by ODOT. These items will be resold to the public at the Habitat for Humanitys Build It Again Center Store

 with profits going to help build additional homes in Ohio.

"This agreement is a first for ODOT and goes a long way toward ensuring materials that would otherwise wind up in a landfill are put to good use elsewhere," said ODOT Director Gordon Proctor. "This partnership will help a multitude of people across Ohio."

Habitat for Humanities Executive Director Bob Perryman, ODOT District 6 Deputy Director Jack Marchbanks and Public Information Officer Lindsay Mendicino discuss salvage efforts at the house.

When planning for new construction projects, ODOT closely examines the effects on local lands and residents. Unfortunately, there are cases when the acquisition of property is necessary, and this new partnership will reduce the waste associated with the demolition of property.

 

"ODOT does everything it can to avoid having to acquire personal property, but there are times when that is not possible," said Proctor. "However, working with Habitat for Humanity we will turn these unfortunate incidents into positive ones."

Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization that partners with families and the community to build new homes that are sold at cost with a zero-interest mortgage to low-income families living in substandard housing.