Photo by Kirby Neumann-Rea
RE-BUILD IT Center’s Patrick Morris stands in front of the facility’s entrance. He is poised to phase out the non-profit unless new blood can be found to take it on.
As of Tuesday, February 27, 2018
Gorge Re-Build It Center, a local institution since 2004, will soon close unless someone comes forward to take on operation of the non-profit.
General Manager Patrick Morris said this week, “we just can’t pay our rent,” and the organization board has all but disbanded. But hope remains for either a move or revival of the flagging non-profit, which takes in cast-off building supplies — nuts and bolts to appliances and furniture — and sells them at low prices.
Morris said he was given a target closure date of Aug. 31 by Bryant Pipe and Supply, which owns the property, and is making plans now to unload as much merchandise as possible in order to clean up the facility. “Between now and then, everything needs to be out of there,” Morris said.
But Clark Bryant of Bryant Pipe said keeping the facility where it is “would be my first choice.” He said he is willing to help with any transition but cannot take the lead, and he had turned down an invitation to serve on the board.
“We want to see people get involved. It has done well in the past, and just needs new energy,” Bryant said.
“If it can be operated well, and cleaned up, and the rent paid, we are all for it. It is a great thing for the community,” Bryant said. He said much of inventory has been on site for more than 10 years “and is probably not sellable.”
Morris said Bryant has been flexible, but part of what drives his decision is that, as the sole employee, at age 60 he is past the point of being able to put the energy into a revival or a move. He has been in touch with the Oregon Department of Justice, which oversees registered non-profits, about the organization’s transition.
Morris said anyone interested in talking about the future of Re-Build It may call him at 541-387-4387.
The Re-Build It center hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It is located at 995 Tucker Road, just south of Eliot Drive, adjacent to Bryant Pipe and Supply.