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Charity flea market will benefit Norwalk Emergency Shelter & Norwalk Housing Foundation College Scholarship Fund

By United Storage Norwalk

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Norwalk, CT – United Storage Norwalk located at 80 Fair Street in Norwalk will host a charity flea market on June 19th & 20th from 11am – 4pm & 11am – 2pm. All proceeds will benefit the Norwalk Emergency Shelter & Norwalk Housing Foundation College Scholarship Fund. Donated items for the sale are being solicited from current storage tenants and from the community. Community members are also invited to set up a table for $15. Vendors are encouraged to donate a portion of their sale profits to the charity, but are not required to.

“As part of our unique organizational core values, our staff is encouraged to make a positive impact on our communities by identifying local people and organizations that need assistance. The Norwalk Emergency Shelter and Norwalk Housing Foundation College Scholarship Fund are such strong assets to our community and we wanted to be a part of their fund raising efforts so they can continue to offer the resources we need as a growing community, “said Chris Martinez, manager of United Storage Norwalk. During these economic hardships, there are more families in need of vital assistance. Norwalk Emergency Shelter and Norwalk Housing Foundation College Scholarship Fund need all the help they can receive to continue to give hope to local families in need. A variety of merchandise will be on sale like tools, baby items and jewelry. “We are collecting donations from the community and our tenants to sell up until the day before the event. We are already getting a lot of great donations and vendors for the sale. “We’re hopeful that we’ll attract a lot of buyers the day of the event, “comments Mr. Martinez.

In addition to the flea market, a cash collection jar will be available throughout the event for the community to stop by and drop off funds for both charities. The community is invited to drop off donations for the sale between office hours at the storage facility; Saturday 9:30am-6pm. As a way to say thank you to their community, United Storage Norwalk will also offer a special discount on storage space to flea market patrons on the event day. For more information, contact the store manager, Chris Martinez, at 203-845-7945.

For more information about the Norwalk Emergency Shelter & Norwalk Housing Foundation College Scholarship Fund, please visit their websites: and .

About United Storage Norwalk: United Storage Norwalk is part of a new philanthropic development at 80 Fair Street, a unique project recently completed by Connecticut-based developer Building and Land Technology (BLT) in which all profits are donated to Norwalk area charities. The project includes a new four-story apartment building with 59 one and two bedroom flats and a 355-unit climate controlled self-storage facility.

“80 Fair Street was intended to be an affordable housing project that was going to be completed by the Human Services Council of Mid-Fairfield County,” said Carl R. Kuehner, III, President and CEO of Building and Land Technology. The affordable housing plan was derailed when a neighboring property owner sued the Human Services Council because the project would block the view of its signage from Route 7. “We were approached by the City of Norwalk and asked to acquire the land in order to help the City complete the affordable housing project. We agreed to do it because we understand the need for affordable housing in lower Fairfield County is great. To fund the development BLT constructed the self-storage project adjacent to the apartment building, and consistent with the original intent for this project, BLT is donating all profits from the apartments and the self-storage facility to Norwalk area charities. To this end, BLT is encouraging businesses and members of the Norwalk community to support this philanthropic effort and choose United Storage Norwalk for their business and personal storage needs."

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