Owner James Kent moves an architectural detail salvaged from Shawen Acres at The Architectural Reuse Store at 280 N. Findlay St.
Photo: Jim Witmer
Photo: Jim Witmer

Pieces of local architectural history to go on sale

Piles of limestone steps and landscape stones, rows of structural lumber, iron work and elaborate oak interior trim are on display in anticipation of Saturday’s sale of building materials reclaimed from local homes.

The Architectural Reuse Store in a warehouse at 280 N. Findlay St., is the work of James B. Kent II, who operates the Architectural Reuse Company, or ARC, in conjunction with nonprofit partnership Dayton Works Plus.

The sale is Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. It’s a good idea to bring your own means of picking up and delivering what you purchase, but delivery can be arranged by the store, Kent said. The store will be open every Saturday.

The business and workforce training initiative uses funds from legal settlements in bank predatory home lending cases to train the disadvantaged and long-term unemployed.

About 10 are on the payroll now learning how to run a warehouse and inventory and successfully salvage building materials from a selection of the area’s thousands of abandoned homes, Kent said. ARC has deconstructed more than 200 homes in three years.

There’s green in ARC’s mission, too. Kent is keen on keeping historically significant building materials out of the landfills. Kent says he emphasizes skills such as punctuality, attitude, comprehension of tasks, work ethic, leadership and compatibility among workers while deconstructing blighted structures. His target is to do 50 homes per year.

Some prize materials now decorate new homes and garages, and businesses such as Jimmie’s Ladder 11, 936 Brown St., and the Dublin Pub, 300 Wayne Ave.

“Thankfully, our outcomes are not only positive employees reintegrated back into society, but the reclamation materials being made available to the community,” he said.

Kent said he looked long and hard to find the right spot for the Reuse Store. The warehouse that houses the ARC store is a century-old structure once used to build railroad cars. Updates on building materials being sold can be found on ARC’s Facebook page.

“Our customers are so excited,” said Tyler Payne, warehouse manager.

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