By: Fred Barcon
NOTE: ATTENDANCE BY MIAMI RESIDENTS AFFECTED BY THIS PROJECT AND OTHERS INTERESTED PLEASE ATTEND THE NEXT MEETING AT THE MIAMI COUNCIL CHAMBERS MARCH 21, 2019 AT 5:00 PM.
The Inspiration School Apartment project being proposed at the Miami Council meeting on Thursday, March 21st is a project 12 years in the making.
Reid Butler, of Butler Housing, is a consultant specializing in Tax Credit financed housing projects. Reid, a personal friend of Alfredo Gutierrez and myself, first came to the Globe-Miami area in 2008-2010 to look into potential housing projects. Several sites were considered, including the Hill Street school and East Globe school, both properties ended up being sold to Dr Wilt. Other sites were also considered and for various reasons, each potential project fell through.
As fortune would have it, when we informed Reid of the critical housing shortage in Globe-Miami and asked him to return to tour sites in the community for potential housing projects, Reid mentioned a good friend of his, Glen Lineberry, had moved to the area and was the principal of Miami High School.
Together with Glen, we arranged to take Reid on a tour of several buildings and Inspiration School was considered ideal due to the fact that the School District owns the property and having affordable teacher housing would be a beneficial incentive to help bring talented teachers to the area and offer incentives to the current teachers.
Reid is a professional and is fully aware of the many issues and challenges surrounding the redevelopment of historic treasures, such as Inspiration School. Butler Housing has a long, successful track record for redeveloping historic properties while protecting and enhancing the historic charm and character. A major redevelopment in Miami will result in more redevelopment and cleanup projects and community pride.
The potential redevelopment of Inspiration School and having Butler Housing involved in our community is a tremendous win for our communities!