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Fuller Center looks to build two new homes

WEST POINT — The Chattahoochee Fuller Center Project has a goal of building two new homes over a three-week period.

Work started on the first house on Thursday, Sept. 20. It was framed up and dried in by the end of the workday on Friday. That was the first major step. The next big step starts this Thursday when work begins on CFCP No. 42, the second of the two houses. A site has been graded on East 7th Street in West Point, the plumbing is in the ground and the framing is in for the concrete pad to be poured.

“We’re on schedule to do that Tuesday morning,” said Mayor Steve Tramell, who’s serving as the house captain for the build. “We’ll have to have some gravel on the site, some plastic and the concrete will be going down on that.”

Work on No. 42 will get started at 7:30 a.m. EDT on Thursday.

“We will have a good group of local volunteers,” the mayor said.

Among them will be firefighter/paramedics from the West Point Fire Department. There should be somewhere between 15 and 20 people working at the East 7th Street site both days. The goal is to have No. 42 dried in by the end of the workday on Friday. Weather could be a factor as rain is in the forecast this week.

The busy period for both new houses will be the week of October 8-12. Somewhere between 25 and 30 volunteers will be needed at both work sites. Employees of Norbord and Knauf have stepped up to play a leading role in this.

“We want to thank them for offering to help us,” said CFCP Executive Director Kim Roberts. “We also want to thank them for donating to the build. OSB from Norbord and insulation from Knauf will be going into both new homes. World Vision of Fort Worth, Texas has donated shingles for the house, and Hardie Board has donated the paneling for the exteriors of the new homes. We want to thank them.”

Coca-Cola has donated plenty of drinks for the workers, and local churches will be preparing meals on the upcoming work days.

Roberts thanked members of the First Baptist Church of Valley for the work they did last Thursday and Friday to get No. 41 dried in.

“They did a wonderful job,” she said. “The weather was good, and that helped. It was hot, but we had plenty of bottled water.”