Last updated on March 25, 2020
This article has been edited to correct a grammatical error.
The expansion of Reach Out Lodi’s Community Store has begun. The 54’x28′ addition will allow Reach Out Lodi to better and more efficiently serve the needs of our community.
Retired Lodi contractor Jim Krinke is coordinating the efforts of local builders and suppliers on the project. Those efforts are from Brian Lane Construction, Meade Concrete Co., Stranders Roofing, and Hillestead Heating. Dane Lumber Company and Koltes Do-It Center are supplying the bulk of the construction materials.
Where ever possible, local businesses are being used in the construction process. “The contractors and suppliers are working to find us the best deals they can” says Krinke.
Progressing According to Plan
The basement walls have already been poured, and the basement floor should be going in this week. This will be the only section of the building to have a basement. This part of the edition will allow for greater storage area for not only the Community Store, but for the equipment to be used in the relocated Community Garden.
Once the foundation and structure are up, volunteers will start with insulation, painting, and eventually completely residing the entire building.
An additional part of the project will replace 2 older ceiling-mounted furnace units with a new energy-efficient furnace and air-conditioning units. This will not only reduce operational costs, it will make maintenance much easier (and less expensive).
The plan is to have the new store area open and operational by July 1st. They have raised $92,000 of the projected $150,000 cost of the project, and are still accepting donations.
A Lodi native, Blaze attended the University of Wisconsin, Green Bay where he graduated with a degree in theatre technology & design. He has traveled extensively throughout the United States and the world–including a 6-year stint in China. He has been a teacher, a writer, a designer, and is the founder of the Redleaf Consulting Group.