By Thea Hassan:
Buffalo ReUse has announced plans to expand to a second location in the Schiller Park area.
ReUse is set to open the new location on the corner of Genesee Street and Hagen by August. The former bank branch site was donated by HSBC Bank USA, and will feature a recycled home improvement supply store, a tool lending library, and space for workshops ranging from first time homebuyer programs to home energy seminars.
“It will be a small satellite store… a smaller version of what is already up and running,” said Michele Johnson of Buffalo ReUse.
The new location will also house administrative offices. No major modifications are necessary to prep the building for the ReUse purpose, with only cosmetic changes like painting planned.
“The building is beautiful, it’s in impeccable shape,” said Johnson. “We’re really excited about it.”
Johnson also noted the councilmen for the Lovejoy district, Rich Fontana, was excited as well, due to the need in the area for a ReUse store. Fontana was unavailable for comment.
Buffalo ReUse has also hired a new executive director, James Green. The US Army Colonel has a background in strategic planning, management and development. He also has served as President of the NAACP for the Parkersburg West Virginia chapter for 8 years and as a board member for the Mid-Ohio Valley United Way for 3 years.