Volunteers are continuing to put the finishing touches on renovations to a Passaic Valley Road property known as the "Little House" so that three local groups can move in and make the house a home.
Once completed, the house will be used by the Montville Township Recreation Department, the Montville Kiwanis Food Pantry and the Montville Police Explorers program. Currently, the food pantry is using space at the Montville United Methodist Church but does not have enough room for storage and the Explorers are using the police station for training, although coordinator Frank Cooney said it would be better to be out of officers' way in a separate facility.
The house, which was built in the 1940s, has been vacant for some time after being used for special services by the Montville Township Public Schools Board of Education. After the board moved out, the township, which owns the property, solicited interest from local groups and organizations to occupy space. The Recreation Department will be using its space in the house as a meeting area.
Recreation Director Maryann Witty said volunteers will return to the house Saturday to install a new roof on the building beginning at 9 a.m.
"The volunteer workers should be there until early afternoon," she said.
The volunteers are from Home Depot and part of a grant program the township was accepted into where workers from several local stores take time to assist with a community project.