FORT MYERS, FL, June 2023: Alexander Goshen + Cornerstone Strategic Partners, developers of several major projects in Florida and beyond, have been selected to redevelop the historic Tomlinson Adult Learning Center in downtown St. Petersburg. In partnership with D.C.-based development company Dantes Partners, the three companies have formed a strong minority-led development team, Tomlinson Community Partners, to create housing for teachers and staff in Pinellas County. The first of its kind for the school board, Goshen + Cornerstone believes this project is a model for not only other school boards in the state but the entire country.
“We are honored to begin this project for our teachers and educators who are often overworked and underpaid. Our goal is to create a space where teachers are proud to live,” comments Leonard Burke, Managing Partner, Cornerstone Strategic Partners, LLC. “We are thrilled to create high-quality housing that fits into the lifestyle of our hardworking educators,” says Miles Alexander, Principal of Alexander Goshen.
To directly understand needs from the teacher’s and staff’s perspective, Goshen + Cornerstone partnered with Nixon & Co., a consulting group that excels at community listening and engagement and brings over 30 years of experience in the education field. Nixon & Co. will work directly with the Pinellas County School Board to facilitate focus group listening sessions with teachers and staff members to understand their housing needs, such as what their day-to-day looks like and what they would want in a residential community.
“Being a part of this project is an incredible opportunity. This is not just a 14-story property but a remedy to the decline in teacher and staff retention in the area due to the lack of assessable housing options,” says Kellen Nixon, Principal of Nixon & Co.
Tomlinson Community Partners plan to build 225 residential units; 113 will be set aside for workforce housing for teachers and district employees. The units will target those earning between 90% to 120% area’s median income, and rents will range between $1,263 and $2,160. The property will include studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments, and an on-site fitness center.
About Alexander Goshen
Alexander Goshen, founded in 2014, is a well-capitalized, vertcially integrated real estate development firm with offices in Ft Lauderdale and Atlanta, GA. They focus on projects that are innovative and that redefine the community. The firm specializes in strategic added value acquisitions, re-development, and vertical development, including multifamily, mixed-use assets & commercial. Since 2014, Alexander Goshen has grown its portfolio to over 2000 units amassing over $280 Million in value, including senior housing and hospitality assets. We succeeded in aligning ourselves with committed management teams and entrepreneurs to help build quality, attainable products that provide significant value. For more information, visit alexandergoshen.com.
About Cornerstone Strategic Partners
Cornerstone Strategic Partners (CSP) is a certified Minority Business Enterprise in the State of Florida. Cornerstone Strategic Partners is a mission-based development firm of multifamily homes designed to be impactful and strategic. CSP has experience developing mixed-use, mixed-income, market-rate apartments or supportive housing for income-sensitive individuals. CSP team directs the development process with the same people-first approach that creates an unlimited demand for it’s communities. CSP has a tremendous amount of experience working with various Cities and Counties on development projects throughout Florida. CSP development approach has included public-private partnerships (P3), revitalization of CRAs, opportunity zones, and under-invested neighborhoods. For more information, visit cstonesp.com/
About Nixon & Co.
Nixon & Co. provides high-quality consulting services that bridge the pervasive gaps between impact and practice for its partners. We are a model for organizations that want to think more consciously about their work. We center on communities and ogr anizational prowess and honor them as mutually dependent. If our partners aer to serve efectively in a globalizing world, the sustainability of people, communities, and cultures in their sphere of influence must be prioritized. For more information, go to nixonand.co.
About Dantes Partners
Dantes Partners is the development division of Dumas Collective®. Dumas Collective is a real estate and social impact conglomerate with development, property management, acquisition, and construction management divisions operating across the Mid-Atlantic region. Established in 2006, Dantes Partners is a Black-owned business with a mission to develop Luxury Affordable Housing® and community-focused real estate initiatives across the Mid-Atlantic region. Dumas Collectives’ growing portfolio entails over 3,200 units under management and over 76,00 units that have been financed, developed, and acquierd, with an estimated financing and investment value of 2.2 billion dollars. To learn more, visit dantespartners.com.
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