Steel City Salvage is now training area contractors on how to reclaim building materials from the thousands of vacant houses in Gary.

The Delta Institute recently won a $385,000 grant from the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. The Chicago-based sustainability-focused nonprofit set up Steel City Salvage that aims to turn the liability of Gary’s urban blight into an asset by harvesting building materials like lumber that can be reused or converted to higher quality materials.

“Demolition contractors are critically important to supply the marketplace,” Delta Institute Director Eve Pytel said.

Pytel said they are scouting for a location for the reuse facility and hope to have one by spring.

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Anyone who's interested in more information should visit www.delta-institute.org or call Pytel at 312-554-0900.

A similar training course also will be offered this summer.

Nine contractors have signed up for the current training. They will partially deconstruct two vacant homes in Aetna that were donated by Roger Hayward of It’s Gary’s Time.


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