Volunteers rip out the carpeting of the old Workers Credit Union at 12 N. Main Street in Orange where The North Quabbin Community Co-Op is relocating.
Sean Pollock of the Mount Grace Land Trust, which bought the Workers Credit Union, and Amy Borezo, board president of the North Quabbin Commuity Co-Op, clear land outside for raised gardens. Americorps volunteers are in the background working.
Volunteers and Coop members work to clear a garden and renovate the new home of the North Quabbin Community Co-Op which is moving to 12 N. Main Street in the old Workers Credit Union building now owned by the Mount Grace Land Trust.
ORANGE — Work is coming along at the new home of the North Quabbin Community Co-op.
Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust and the North Quabbin Community Co-op collaborated on buying the former Workers’ Credit Union Building at 12 North Main St.
Recently, volunteers worked on improving the landscape outside the building and are renovating the interior.
The building will serve as the retail store and headquarters of the food co-op. Mount Grace will lease the first floor to the co-op and make the building a center for the community and a site for activities that demonstrate and strengthen the connections between local farms, local food and the local economy.
Currently, the cooperative, which has been operated exclusively by volunteers, is busting at the seams of its 250-square-foot corner several blocks west of downtown. The new space will have 1,7500 square feet of retail space to house a full line of groceries and produce, including fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables, organic and natural foods, dairy foods, local cheeses and frozen meats.
There is also about 1,500 square feet of meeting space upstairs for educational events and community gatherings. It will have café seating for coffee and snacks, and a street-level entrance.