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TNP sale benefits new homes

WARREN — Landon Kline, coordinator of Building a Better Warren, said he was surprised by the items people wanted at a recent sale of salvaged materials taken from demolished homes.

Trumbull Neighborhood Partnership held the sale of the materials that included furniture, antiques, doors, flooring and windows.

The items were claimed by Building a Better Warren program members.

He said the job training program that employs residents full-time, year-round as part of the neighborhood revitalization effort give experience in property maintenance, landscape maintenance and installation, housing revitalization and other blight remediation skills.

Proceeds from the event go to support the program.

“We go into the houses to see what can be preserved or reused for our next projects. Sometimes we can save a whole house; other times we may just be able to save pieces of houses. It’s a great opportunity for artisans and handy persons and anyone with an interest in local history to get involved,” Kline said.

Kline said of the 100 people who attended the four-hour sale, he was surprised by what people were getting.

“What I thought people would want they did not take. The appliances and kitchen cabinetry did not sell much, but people bought antiques, doors, wooden window trims, desks and furniture,” Kline said.

Kline said when the Trumbull County Land Bank demolishes a home, he and others with Building a Better Warren salvage the materials from the home. The especially look for architectural items like doors, windows, cabinetry, furniture and countertops.

This was the second time this year the sale has been held and the fourth time overall. “We had a surplus of items and felt this was a good time to have a sale,” Kline said.

Since the program started, 350 renovations have been done in Warren. For information on items still available, call 234-254-0518.

bcoupland@tribtoday.com

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