2017-05-18 / News

Students to debut project

A single family home on Main Street in Biddeford sat shuttered for years. The abandoned home was less than 1,000 feet from the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology and despite its condition and back taxes owed, Superintendent Jeremy Ray saw an educational opportunity. As a member of the Biddeford Saco Rotary Club, he worked with its board of directors to consider sponsoring a renovation of the house. They agreed and the city deeded the property to the club for the duration of the renovation. A year later, a celebration with an open house will be held 9 to 11:15 a.m. Wednesday, May 31 followed by lunch. Park and gather at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology on Maplewood Avenue in Biddeford.

Donors to the project included: Master Level – Anderson Insulation, BRC Bedard Roofing and Construction, Maine Granite & Marble, Spang Builders, Tremblay Kitchen Cabinets, Moody’s Nursery, and Coastal WinAir Company; Journeyman Level – Quality Floors, Kevin Bedard Construction, and Distinctive Tile; Apprentice Level – Nate Libby Masonry, Kamco Supply, Biddeford Painting, Ventura Staircase & Woodturning, K&S Overhead Door, Deering Lumber, Southern Maine Builders, Parent Drywall, Boise Cascade, and Woodman Edmands Danylik Austin Smith and Jacques; and other donors – Taylor Rental, Dupuis Hardware, Builders Supply, Maine Street Design, Hydronic Alternatives and Ray Dusseault Masonry.

The house is in the final stages of renovation and will culminate with a celebration that recognizes all who contributed. Local businesses that contributed will be honored during lunch at the Biddeford Regional Center of Technology.

“The city was so impressed with the work of our students and volunteers that they’ve agreed to deed another property in the area to the club. In September, a new group of Building Trades students will again partner with Rotary volunteers to restore a shuttered property and improve our community,” Superintendent Jeremy Ray said.

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