American Legion renovation coming soon
by Emily Adams
American Legion Post 45 in Sylacauga is getting a facelift, and volunteers are wanted to make the transformation a success.

The Home Depot Foundation awarded $11,100 of store credit to the post in December to fund exterior and interior building renovations. As a project of “Team Depot,” Home Depot’s community involvement organization, employees from nearby store locations will volunteer their time to carry out repairs to the building on April 4 starting at 8 a.m.

“We will have 15 Home Depot employees there who will get out of work and work for free all day, so it’s a true volunteer project,” said Joe Hogan, lead generator of Home Depot in Sylacauga. “We also need any and all volunteers from the community. No help will be turned away.”

Some of the planned renovations are roofing, woodwork and exterior painting, as well as replacing interior lighting fixtures, sinks, vanities, ceiling tiles and flooring. Hogan said workers will do as much as possible on April 4, starting with the inside, but may set another work day if necessary.

The most recent renovation done to the Legion building was in the 1940s when an addition was built on the back side, said Vice Commander Jim Heigl. He said Legion members are anticipating a much-improved building that can be used as a community resource.

“Our bathrooms especially are terrible right now, so once everything is re-done, people will be more apt to use the building for receptions, parties and different gatherings,” Heigl said. “Of course, Legion members can access it for anything they would like to have. We’re happy the work will be done in time for the Marble Festival also, because we plan to house six to eight of the visiting marble sculptors at the building during the length of the festival.”

The Home Depot Foundation has committed $50 million over the next three years for veteran’s projects. For more information or to volunteer, contact Sylacauga Home Depot at 256-245-4953.

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