Construction at the Beverly Bootstraps facility on Rantoul Street has begun! The current thrift store is remaining in operation while construction happens below, above and adjacent to them. Demolition is nearly complete at the lower level, which will be home to the executive offices and food pantry areas. The first level spaces currently under construction will be connected to the existing thrift shop, approximately doubling its area. The upper level demolition is also nearly complete. This level will utilize existing infrastructure to create class rooms, work shop areas, a community room, a babysitting room, and offices. An addition will be created at the back of the building to bring the building up to current fire and accessibility codes. Equally important, the addition will create a new face for the building and will offer connectivity to all functions of Beverly Bootstraps with a common stair and elevator. We look forward to construction progress as Beverly Bootstraps gets closer to their goals of helping the community with improved and expanded services in their new facility.