“People probably have never seen anything like this,” Pytel said. “The real reason to come out is some of the beauty inside Gary’s structures that they may have passed over. There are endless possibilities with all the items that have been reclaimed.” Anyone who’s interested in more information should visit www.delta-institute.org or call Pytel at 312-554-0900.
Source: Salvage City to host building material pop-up market Saturday | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines | nwitimes.com
Four neoclassical columns salvaged from the facade of the former First National Bank on Main Street will reappear later this year as features of a small waterfront park at the south end of Mill Street.
Source: Menasha will reuse historic bank columns in park
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Abandoned and burnt homes stand vacant in this now-barren Gary neighborhood in 2010. Steel City Salvage is training contractors on how to salvage materials from abandoned homes.
The group estimates there’s a $12.8 million market value to salvageable materials sitting untouched in abandoned Gary homes. “Demolition contractors are critically important to supply the marketplace,” Delta Institute Director Eye Pytel said. “While there is a learning curve, training gives contractors the capacity to safely and effectively get the most valuable building materials out of homes.”
Source: Steel City Salvage training contractors on deconstruction in Gary | Northwest Indiana Business Headlines | nwitimes.com
“You hope to see all this stuff up again somewhere and not just packed away in storage forever,” said Tom Ripberger, another lifelong member who helped on Tuesday. “Lots of members have been part of this church their whole lives. That’s a long time, and it’s hard to see it come down. It’s probably for the best, but I just hope we can build a new one.”
Source: Parishioners salvage items from church before its demolition | www.whio.com
“I think having a salvage shop shows Franklin Heritage, Inc.’s mission of restoring buildings instead of tearing down structures and using new materials and resources to rebuild on those sites,” said Rob Shilts, executive director of Franklin Heritage.
via Around Town: Local architectural salvage gets a new home | The Franklin.
Photo: Flickr (taberandrew) Many Indiana cities are facing urban blight due to home foreclosures.
Merritt says Indiana lawmakers are also seeking permission from the federal government to use upwards of $100 million for communities to tear down abandoned properties.
via Proposed Legislation Targets Foreclosures, Urban Blight | News – Indiana Public Media.
Don Knight / The Herald Bulletin From left, Heather Chandler-Robleto and Jason Crist are owners of What Workz in Anderson. What Workz has been open for three months but Crist and Chandler-Robleto want to celebrate with an open house noon to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Even the space itself fights convention. The building used to be a liquor store and the owners are using it to their advantage.
Along the back wall they converted freezers that once stored cold beer into a giant tool box. Customers can peer through the glass doors at the materials and watch the two in their workshop.
“We want people to see us at work,” Crist said. “I don’t mind people coming up to ask me questions.”
What Workz has been open for three months but Crist and Chandler-Robleto want to celebrate with an open house noon to 2 p.m. Saturday. They’ll have face painting, a magician and free pizza from their next door neighbor, Columbus Pizza.
“We’re trying to get people in here to see we have other things,” Chandler-Robleto said. “It’s not just our art.”
The two said they don’t want people to mistake their place for a normal flea market. They describe many of the items for sale as things that have been repurposed or “upcycled.”
via What Workz to showcase art, repurposed furniture at open house » Local Business » The Herald Bulletin.