Mercantile Center helps Habitat with storage space

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WORCESTER – Franklin Realty Advisors LLC, owner of Mercantile Center at 100 and 120 Front St., has donated 20,000 square feet of storage space to Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester on the first floor of 100 Front St.

The nonprofit organization was in crucial need of space to store materials for its Project Playhouse program and ReStore, a retail outlet at 11 Distributor Road that is open to the public. It sells quality, gently used and surplus construction and home improvement materials as well as home furnishings for a fraction of regular retail prices. Due to increased growth, Habitat is planning a second ReStore in the MetroWest area.

“Mercantile Center’s generous donation helps us navigate through a period of increased growth that will allow us to help even more low-income families realize their dream of home ownership,” said Tim Firment, executive director of Habitat for Humanity MetroWest/Greater Worcester.

Proceeds from ReStore brought in enough revenue last year to build one home for a low-income family in the MetroWest/Greater Worcester area. Project Playhouse is a special volunteer event for groups and corporations to build, design and decorate children’s playhouses, which are then donated to local military or veteran families in the same day. HFH MWGW began the program in 2014 and is the only Habitat affiliate in Massachusetts to offer Project Playhouse.