New Britain City Journal

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ReCONNstruction Center Celebrates Grand Opening

Although the ReCONNstruction Center is now located in Newington to many of its directors it’s heart is in New Britain.

“We are only a hundred feet from the New Britain line and most of us still live in New Britain,” said Doug Janssen, manager of the center. “New Britain is still where our heart is. We consider ourselves a New Britain based business.”

Last Saturday the center celebrated its official Grand Opening, although it moved in November, at Twin City Plaza, 731 New Britain Ave.

The new 12,500 square foot store is decorated by E.C. Goodwin Tech students.

“The kids have been very supportive of this,” said Carol Suel of Goodwin Tech. “It’s the Green Technology Club and they have been gung-ho about helping everybody. They like doing things for the City.”

The walls have signs reminding people to shop green as well as using green materials for designs on it.

“It’s a great experience. Doug is wonderful working with the kids,” said Suel. “We hope to help open the eyes of the community to the many things that were thrown in a dump that can be used and re-used.”

Janssen said the larger facility now has four rooms and is much more spacious.

“We have a receiving room to clean and price items,” Janssen said. “It offers us a lot more opportunities.”

The center is also looking to offer free piano lessons to underprivileged children in New Britain. A baby grand piano was donated to the center. They just need someone who can teach the piano to donate time for it.

“We want to continue to be a vital part of the City,” Janssen added.

The store is chock full of rebuilding materials including kitchen cabinets, vanities, counter tops, doors, windows, knobs, lighting, plumbing fixtures, toilets, tile, lumber and so much more.

All the items are donated and donations are accepted every day. About 60 percent of its customers are homeowners and about 40 percent own multi-family dwellings.

Their mission statement at ReCONN is to keep building materials out of the local landfills, to the extent that they can. ReCONN accepts almost any kind of building material that can be used or reused, unless the item might be considered hazardous.

The phone number is 860-597-3390 or you can find them online at: Store hours are: Tuesday through Friday from 9 a.m. to p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m. Volunteers are always needed.