Catholic church to build $400K rerun shop

The current rerun shop on Howard Street will likely be demolished and used for handicap accessible parking

Holy Spirit Catholic Church in Creston is planning construction of a new $400,000 rectory rerun rummage shop to be located directly north of St. Malachy School.

The Rev. Ken Halbur said $250,000 has been raised for the project, thusfar, including a $100,000 grant from a foundation remaining anonymous at this time. This new rerun will be 7,000 square feet with 4,000 feet of retail space for gently used clothing and household items.

“The current rerun shop has been a wonderful benefit to the community for more than 25 years,” Halbur said, “and we plan to continue providing that benefit, but we need something that’s more handicap accessible and more inviting to the Creston community. It’s time.”

The current rerun is located at 107 W. Howard St., directly east of Holy Spirit Catholic Church.

Halbur said the building was constructed more than 100 years ago as housing and eventually office space for Catholic priests. However, priests moved out in the 1980s, leaving the building vacant.

So, a group of volunteers from the Catholic church decided to start a rerun shop inside the house, selling various discounted items that would provide financial assistance to St. Malachy School.

Today, though, Halbur said the building has poor accessibility and needs several thousands of dollars in repairs.

“Plus, it’s a house. It’s just not designed to be a store,” Halbur said.

Halbur added no decisions have been made regarding the fate of the current rectory rerun building, but it’s likely to be demolished and used for handicap accessible parking — a strong need for the Catholic church.

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The church has applied for several grants to help assist them financially in this rerun shop project, but are still waiting to find out whether they’ll receive any funds.

Halbur did say private donations are welcome and “much appreciated.” Make a donation by sending a check to Holy Spirit Board of Education (BOE) and placing the words “rectory rerun” in the memo line.

“That’s important because if you don’t put rectory rerun in the memo line the money will be used for the school, not rerun shop,” Halbur warned.

The address to mail the check is 403 W. Clark St., Creston, IA, 50801.

Halbur said the current rerun shop receives about 100 visitors each week with the bulk of the traffic on Fridays and Saturdays. He believes the new rerun shop will better serve the community and hopes for a completion date by Christmas 2014.