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Under one roof

Hands Across Middlesex and Habitat for Humanity may finally get a home.

Last week, the Middlesex Planning Commission recommended approval of a zoning change that would allow a 9,600-square-foot headquarters where the two charitable organizations would be combined.

The new building is proposed for 6 acres on westbound Route 33, just west of the traffic light at Harmony Village.

Hands Across Middlesex (HAM) was formed 18 years ago to help the less fortunate, said Penny Lawson, a member of HAM. “This facility has given us a lot of hope to pull together under one roof.”

Habitat for Humanity has built three homes since it began in June 2000, said Habitat member Lyle Predmore. “The building will give us a lot more flexibility. Not having a permanent building restricts us in grant applications. There will be a lot of advantages for us financially.”

Dave and Lynda Cryer of Urbanna are donating the entire cost to buy the land, erect the building and furnish it. “We fell in love with the county and these groups,” said Mr. Cryer. “We are blessed to be able to help.”

The Middlesex Board of Supervisors will consider the rezoning after its public hearing on April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Cryers, who are the applicants, have proffered that the building and property only be used for qualifying community service organizations.

posted 04.15.2009

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