NEWTON, NJ - Newton Habitat for Humanity will soon have a new home of its own. The non-profit organization received the deed to a foreclosed property on Mount View Road from Wells Fargo.
The dwelling on the property will be demolished and replaced with a pole barn. The building will be 40' x 50' by Shirk from Pennsylvania. The new facility will have 1400 square feet of unheated warehouse and 600 square feet that will be heated . The heated section will have an office, conference room and bathrooms.
On Wednesday Newton Habitat for Humanity President Ken Landrud, Vice President Bertha Todd were joined by Newton Town Manager Thomas S Russo, Jr. and Planning and Zoning Officer Kathy Cotterbart for the official ground breaking of the project.
Demolition will begin immediately, with the work to be done by volunteers.
"This is one of two properties in Newton that is not connected to the city sewer system," said Landrud. He explained Newton Habitat for Humanity will have to add a septic system as part of the project.
The property will also be used as an outdoor storage yard.
The Newton chapter began in 1992 "but didn't get running until the late 90's," said Landrud. They have renovated 13 properties since then.
Habitat for Humanity works in partnership with people in need to build and renovate decent, affordable housing, according to their literature. The houses then are sold to those in need at no profit and with no interest charged.
"We like to get people approved before the home is worked on so they can contribute sweat equity," said Todd.
Todd said they will be accepting applications for a home in Hopatcong shortly. "Volunteers are always needed," she added. "We are also currently looking for board members to join Newton Habitat for Humanity."