In addition to the ReStore, the nonprofit also does grant-writing, holds fundraisers and collects mortgage payments on all the homes built.
Mankato Mayor Eric Anderson and North Mankato Mayor Mark Dehen attended the unveiling of the plans Wednesday morning and offered comments about the services Habitat provides to the community.
For example, Schmillen said, since the ReStore has been open, it has diverted 620 tons of materials from the landfill. The new store is expected to divert 160 tons of materials per year.
Other economic factors people might not consider include the tax write-offs for donations; the property value increases for people who purchase items at the ReStore to improve their homes; and the boost to the tax base when those property values do increase, Schmillen said.
And when people buy things from the ReStore, Habitat can build more homes, she said.
“So it trickles down,” she said. “We always call it the win-win situation.”