BELFAST — If you travel west of the Hutchinson Center on Route 3, you may have noticed activity and progress at the site of the Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County ReStore site.

Instead of a pile of dirt, there are now the makings for a foundation with radiant heat. A couple of weeks ago, a dedicated group of volunteers, working under the direction of volunteer Larry Jones, put down a layer of foam insulation sheets over the dirt, which had been prepared by Faulkingham Inc., followed by a layer of plastic. Then they placed concrete bricks on the prepared surface, three feet apart, followed by rebar.

Volunteers lay concrete bricks atop layers of foam insulation and plastic sheeting in preparation for pouring the Habitat for Humanity ReStore foundation on Route 3, Belfast. Courtesy of Waldo County Habitat for Humanity

According to a press release from Waldo Habitat, the bricks were donated by Gagne & Son Concrete Products and transported from Belgrade at no charge by Whitecap Builders. The rebar was purchased for half price from Harris Rebar and transported from Canaan, New Hampshire, by Stone Earthworks. And Moore’s Septic Inc. has provided a port-a-potty at no charge.

Among other big donors to date are First National Bank, Waldo County General Hospital, Viking Lumber, Robbins Lumber, Hammond Lumber and Overhead Door Company of Bangor. There have also been many individual donations to help with the project.

Since that workday, more rebar has been installed over the bricks in both directions and much of the rebar has been tied. Work on the tying is continuing, with tubing for the heat to be put down and tied off.

When that is completed and a permit from the state Fire Marshal is received, a foundation will be poured and then a weekend of “barn-raising” will be set with many area contractors volunteering to help with that process.

The Waldo County ReStore has been a dream of many in the area for a decade or more. At present, the nearest Habit for Humanity ReStore is in Rockport; many area residents also patronize the Habitat ReStore in Portland.

Volunteering on the first workday were John Gage, Richard Fiske, Sarah Garbe, Hadan Kaufman, Joel Krueger, Dan Mailloux, Sam Kirkpatrick, Jason Varney, and board members Ed Varney, Beth and Roger Haynes, Steve Alspach, and Toni and Randy Mailloux. Board members Dorothy and David Ailing and Dorothy’s twin sister, Marjorie, provided lunch.

Since then, Dan Mailloux, Ed Varney, Beth and Rober Haynes and Randy Mailloux have continued to work at the site.

More volunteers are needed and welcome! Anyone interested in volunteering to help with construction of the new ReStore should call 338-2344 to discuss availability, skills and abilities, and provide contact information. Donations of money, goods and services are welcome any time; for more information, visit