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Lennar Homes adds five beds to Drew Park

(Tampa, FL-Jan. 3, 2014) -- Drew Park (Gracepoint-ACTS) looked like a site from “This Old House” in January when a massive 50-person crew from Lennar Corporation pulled up with trucks and tool belts. The big build day was covered by Lenora Lake of the Tampa Tribune. Read her report.

Lennar Homes team
James McClanahan and Mark McDonald of Lennar “do stuff.”

“Everyone at Lennar leaves their regular job for Acts of Caring once a quarter and helps out with one of our selected charities,” said Arcadia Jimenez, Lennar marketing manager.

Kami Corbett, a member of Steps Forward Tampa which built the Cypress Landing project for chronically homeless people, works at Lennar. She recommended the Drew Park reno for Lennar’s quarterly Acts of Caring. “The idea of converting office space into beds for women veterans was inspiration for all of us. Creating structurally secure, warm and livable spaces for these people who served our country is transformative,” she said.

As Director of Entitlements and Due Diligence for Lennar Homes Central Florida Division, Corbett put in her own sweat equity on work day, painting, scrubbing and sprucing up areas including the new family gathering area at the back of the old Drew Park Air Corps officer’s quarters.

Lennar’s crack construction team renovated office space into a new women veteran’s dorm. In one day they:

  • Refurbished the building siding
    Paula McCarl, shines the common area bathroom all the way to the ceiling.
  • Repaired the air conditioning
  • Refreshed the bathroom
  • Replaced all the flooring
  • Added lighting and fire protection

Inside the officer’s club, they

  • Painted the new family gathering room
  • Replaced furniture
  • Installed a flat screen TV
  • Replaced flooring
  • Added decorative touches to the dining area

The Lennar team invested about $5,000 plus labor. These Lennar partners also donated labor and supplies Bayonet Plumbing and Air Conditioning, Edmonson Electric, Wesco for lighting, Boardwalk Drywall, Stewarts Flooring, Mohawk for new vinyl flooring, Builders First Source provided lumber and trim, Certified Construction for trim carpentry and Sherwin Williams.

Drew Park family gathering room reno“We like doing this kind of thing once a quarter. We get all the construction managers together and instead of directing people we actually do stuff that makes a difference,” said Andy Hitchcock, a construction supervisor with Lennar Seminole.

Jeff Morin’s dad was a Marine. “I like giving a hand where we can.”

We applaud Kami, Jeff, Andy, Kaidy and the 46 other folks who hammered, sawed, scrubbed and painted their way through Drew Park. Their full-on assault means the $270,000 renovation grant Drew Park received from the Veteran’s Administration will go much farther. Thanks so much!