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University donates material to Habitat for Humanity

By : Karen Fennie

Binghamton University is donating building material from a house on Murray Hill Road to the local Habitat for Humanity for use in its future construction projects.

The material hails from the University-owned property, which is slated for demolition and was purchased to provide better access to the former NYSEG building across the street.

"We carefully evaluated the house to see whether it would serve any University need and we determined that it is not possible to bring it up to Americans with Disabilities Act standards," said Anthony Ferrara, vice president for administration.

Donated products include plumbing fixtures, wiring, piping, electrical switches, furnaces, carpeting, doors and windows.

Juniors Melissa Lee and Eyal Cohen move building material. All products will be used for local Habitat for Humanity construction projects.
No date has been set for demolition.

Ferrara said the administration determined that donating the material to Habitat provided the best opportunity to make use of the products.

Last Thursday, several students from Habitat's campus chapter, along with Physical Facilities, helped load the material onto a truck. "This is a great example of the campus chapter helping the local community," said Judith Nelson, executive director of Habitat in Binghamton.

Habitat plans to use the products in a renovation project underway on Arthur Avenue in Endicott. Material will also be sent to Habitat's local resource facility, which sells new and used building material. Sales benefit the organization.

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Last Updated: 10/14/08