Open house shows off RCC work

Published 6:35 pm Saturday, May 5, 2012

Riverland Community College students are almost finished renovating a delinquent property on Eighth Street NW, and now the community can see their work.

Riverland carpentry and electrician program students are only a few months away from completing a Housing Improvement Project home at 1003 Eighth Avenue NW, but they’ll be showing off their work from 1 to 4 p.m. this Sunday.

“It really turned out nice,” Housing Redevelopment Authority manager Karen Mattson said. “Such a cute house.”

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The HRA partnered with Riverland officials to take a delinquent home and renovate it. The Mower County Board of Commissioners sold the property to the HRA for a little more than $1,500 last summer, and Riverland students have been working on the home ever since.

“This is a project that we cannot duplicate in our shop,” said Dan Rayman, Riverland Electrical instructor back in January.

There’s still work to be done — the house needs to be painted, and the basement and landscaping work still needs finishing — but HRA and Riverland officials are pleased with the progress.

Riverland students will also show off the home they built from scratch at 2206 16th Avenue SW from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. this Sunday.