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SAU Recycles Old Houses on Harrison St.
posted on: June 6, 2005

University-owned houses that were once home to St. Ambrose students are coming down, giving the university a presence on Harrison Street and creating room for additional parking and green-space.

But all the wreckage isn’t heading for the nearest landfill.

Jim Hannon, physical plant director, says St. Ambrose is working with Gateway Redevelopment Group of Davenport to make use of building materials from houses on Harrison Street between Lombard and Locust Streets prior to being hit by the excavator. Gateway is salvaging the building materials for use in rehabilitating homes around the Quad City-area, and for inventory in the soon-to-open “Rescue Shop at the Jipp.”

Hannon is pleased to donate the building materials for a good cause. “It is great to save this material from going to the landfill, plus we are able to help an organization that is dedicated to rehabbing properties in Davenport.”

While plans are not finalized on usage of the land where the houses currently stand, preliminary plans include a brick walkway, an eye-catching entryway at the corner of Lombard and Harrison St. and additional parking. “The east side campus entryway is going to be much more appealing,” added Hannon.

Jack Haberman, president of Gateway Redevelopment, and his crew of volunteers have salvaged windows, doors, trim, fireplace mantels, hardware, railings, plumbing fixtures, porches, light fixtures, staircases and even wood floors.

Haberman describes his latest salvage from Harrison St., an early 1900s fireplace mantel, as “the nicest single piece we have salvaged so far; it is beautiful and in amazing condition. It is going to be our focal piece in our inventory when we open the Rescue Shop.”

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