Workers break out sledge hammers for new center

March 2, 2010 by

Workers wielding sledge hammers and crowbars today began tearing out the old concrete entry to a century-old downtown building, as the next step in the creation of the Neighbor to Neighbor center.


Meanwhile, workers inside the two-story building at 103 E. Sixth St. continued that renovation of the former Conn’s Electric and Appliance store into a center providing services, classes and information for women and women with children.

Heath Hoge and Jesse Williams are the workers hired for the deconstruction and reconstruction of the entryway at the front of the building. Once their work is complete, the old single concrete step will be replaced by a wheelchair-accessible doorway.

This morning’s work had them breaking up the old concrete with sledgehammers and then loading up the rubble to be hauled away.

Inside, employees of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Concordia — Gene Ganstrom, Brad Snyder, Curtis Mansfield and Jim Helton — worked on installing door frames and doors throughout the building. Much of the interior renovation has been completed, with the bulk of the work done by the sisters’ employees and a number of volunteer crews.

Sisters Pat McLennon, Jean Befort and Ramona Medina will operate Neighbor to Neighbor when it opens this spring. In the meantime, the three staff a small interim program at the Nazareth Motherhouse every Monday and Wednesday morning.

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