- Associated Press - Monday, October 24, 2016

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - The Black Hills Area Habitat for Humanity says it plans to deconstruct several homes and buildings in Rapid City, rather than build them.

Pennington County is donating a row of homes for the project, and Habitat for Humanity will tear down the structures to create part to be sold through its retail outlet or used in future home projects.

Executive director Scott Engmann told The Rapid City Journal (https://bit.ly/2dGZlSa) that the group will pull out items like doors, trim, old plumbing fixtures, cabinets and flooring. Engmann said the county’s donation of the properties helps to fill the need for more affordable housing and keeps materials out of landfills.

He said this is a unique opportunity because the organization usually gets to deconstruct one home at a time.

“The ReStore recycling process extends the life of our landfills by reducing the amount of materials dumped,” Engmann said. “The combined recycling impact of our Black Hills stores, not including material sold to consumers, is an estimated 50 tons per year, the equivalent of 40 Honda Civics.”

The county plans to use the area where most of the homes are currently located for a parking lot to serve new facilities planned for the former National American University building.

County Attorney Jay Alderman says the structures left behind by the nonprofit organization will provide training for police and fire officials who don’t normally get the chance to train.

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Information from: Rapid City Journal, https://www.rapidcityjournal.com

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