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Over the weekend, backhoe and skid steer operators work to excavate and remove limestone and shale from a four-foot deep pit that will form the bottom of the enlarged, 10-by-10-foot elevator shaft that opens onto Riverwalk (alley) from behind the store. To be environmentally friendly and as a safeguard to the nearby Kinnickinnic River, the new elevator will run on vegetable oil instead of hydraulic fluid. Submitted photos

Turningpoint store expansion: Dig, pound, clean, haul

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business River Falls, 54022
River Falls Wisconsin 2815 Prairie Drive / P.O. Box 25 54022

Interior demolition work got underway last week at the future new site of Second Chances, 117 N. Main St., the store where proceeds benefit the local Turningpoint domestic abuse shelter.

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Turningpoint Executive Director Kim Wojcik called the four-day project a "huge success thanks to the tireless work of dedicated volunteers."

Among the highlights were knocking out drywall and removing old wiring on the main floor and mezzanine of the old furniture store, plus resizing and widening the shaft that will convey an elevator from the basement in the alley to the upper (third) floor. Wojcik said she was humbled by the hard work provided by volunteer crews. She noted that 15 volunteers gave 150 hours of labor over four days. For herself, she said: "Every time I swung the hammer, I did it for all of the individuals who are suffering from domestic and sexual violence that I know this project will ultimately benefit. That felt great."

Second Chances secondhand store is expected to relocate in August 2013 from its current address next door to the larger building that Turningpoint has bought. Even with the volunteer labor and donated materials, renovation costs are projected to exceed $150,000.

Craig Pilgrim of Pilgrim Construction out of Chippewa Falls is general contractor for the job. Pilgrim is donating some of his time to oversee volunteers.

Over the weekend, backhoe and skid steer operators worked to excavate and remove limestone and shale from a four-foot deep pit that will form the bottom of the enlarged, 10-by-10-foot elevator shaft that opens onto Riverwalk (alley) from behind the store. To be environmentally friendly and as a safeguard to the nearby Kinnickinnic River, the new elevator will run on vegetable oil instead of hydraulic fluid.

Wojcik said she welcomes anyone who wants to help with work on fixing up the new store site. Contact her at Turningpoint's number, 715-425-8751 or by email at kimw@turningpoint-wi.org.

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