Decatur – The Northeast Community Fund hopes to have a new home sometime in 2017.
“I think it will position us to be around for many, many years and hopefully decades to come,” Director Jerry Pelz told WAND’s Doug Wolfe.
Northeast, which provides food and clothing for those in need, operates out of its current location at 825 N. Water Street. The space has run out of room. The new facility, to be built near Wabash Crossing off of King Street, will be about 20,000 square feet.
“We’re serving somewhere around 2,000 families a month,” Pelz stated referring to the number of people the agency feeds. “More and more of our product is coming in frozen and refrigerated form. The freezer in the new place is going to be about three times the size and able to be accessed by fork lift.”
The Decatur City Council voted to sell land for the project for a cost of just $650. Northeast hopes to start a fund raising effort soon to help pay for the total cost of nearly $2.5 million.
Pelz hopes to have construction started this summer with the project being completed in about a year.