MT. VERNON — — An area contractor has donated materials and labor to help construct a storage building for the local Habitat for Humanity organization.
Shores Builders, based in Centralia, recently cleared out a tree line and constructed a building pad in the 1700 block of North Street.
The Mt. Vernon City Council recently approved a zoning request from Habitat for Humanity from residential to light industrial that allowed for the storage building to be constructed.
"We put it out that we were looking for bids to clear the lot and get the building pad built up," explained Shawn Laughlin, a board member for Habitat for Humanity and an employee of Shores Builders.
"I went to Steve Shores, the owner, and asked him if he would give a number. He asked for some specifics on the project and he said, 'You know, no more than it is, we'll just go ahead and take care of it for them,' " he added.
Shores is involved in several construction projects in Mt. Vernon, including the new Good Samaritan Hospital, Aquatic Zoo water park and demolishing the former St. Mary's Hospital.
"We've done a lot of work in Centralia but we've had a lot of work the last several years in Mt. Vernon so he (Shores) kind of wanted to give back in this area as well since the area has been just as good to him as his hometown," Laughlin said.
"Jefferson County Habitat for Humanity is grateful to Shores Builders for supplying the labor and equipment to clear land for our new building site," said Bob Shaw, secretary of the organization. "As an all-volunteer organization we rely on the support of good corporate citizens like Shores Builders in our mission to help provide affordable housing for under-privileged families."