WHAT WE DO
We provide real estate development, brokerage, and management services, including credit repair and homeownership counseling for first-time homebuyers, in under- served communities.
HOW WE DO IT
The clearest indicator of a neglected neighborhood lies in the neglect and misuse of that community’s residential and commercial real estate. These neighborhoods tend to have a lower percentage of owner-occupied housing, and a higher amount of vacant, abandoned, or under-utilized commercial properties.
Our goal is to revitalize communities by promoting affordable housing and providing innovative commercial solutions through our development, brokerage, and management services.
Wind & Rain, Inc. looks for strategic housing and commercial development opportunities in emerging neighborhoods.
Residential Development goals:
Commercial Development goals:
Wind & Rain Properties, Inc., an affiliate of Wind & Rain, Inc., provides buyer-centric brokerage services with special attention paid to low-to-moderate income, first-time homebuyers. Wind & Rain Properties also actively encourages local residents to pursue real estate licensing. Wind & Rain Properties’ commercial brokerage division actively promotes investment in target communities.
Wind & Rain Properties, Inc. provides property management services for both residential and commercial properties in target areas. We believe that good property management in emerging neighborhoods is vital to the community revitalization process.
WHAT WE’VE DONE
2006: Author of citizen editorial in Miami Monthly advocating preservation of the Neighborhood Conservation District and against variances allowing high rise condominiums on Grand Avenue. Completion of 15th single family home built and sold to low-to-moderate income family, in partnership with non-profits Ardent Housing Foundation, Inc. and Coconut Grove Collaborative, Inc. Awarded Commendation from Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Alvarez and County Commission for “Instrumental and indispensable help in the planning, execution and completion of the Grand Avenue Streetscape.” Opening of new parking lot in partnership with Miami Department of Offstreet Parking.
2005: Completion of 6 affordable houses in partnership with the Rafael Hernandez Housing and Economic Development Corp. Completion of historic model "Dogtrot" affordable home designed by University of Miami Center for Urban and Community Design and developed for the Coconut Collaborative, Inc. Development of first affordable home sponsored by Ardent Housing Foundation, Inc. Completion of "Grand Island" Building, first new commercial building in heart of Village West Island District in 50 years, including Land Lease initiative with Miami Department of Offstreet Parking to develop public parking lot to serve the community.
2004 Recipient of the Village West Homeowners and Tenants Association "Maude Elizabeth Dean Pitter Pitter Community Spirit Award." Commenced renovation of former "Gil's Spot" bar into new five tenant retail building, the first new retail building on Grand Avenue in 50 years. Signed Pointe Bank as anchor tenant, the first bank ever to open in the heart of West Coconut Grove.
2003 March of Dimes and South Florida Business Journal "Building Our Community Awards" Finalist in Residential Development.
2002 Anthony R. Parrish, Jr., President of Wind & Rain, is Founding member and Housing Committee Chairperson of “ The Island District Coconut Grove Collaborative”, Cecelia E. Holloman, Coordinator. The Collaborative is a local community based initiative whose mission is “ To work together to improve housing, business and the quality of life in Coconut Grove, to protect, preserve, and promote a prosperous community that will retain its residents, attract other families, businesses and individuals, and serve as a pleasant place to live, visit and invest. Appointment of Mark Ogletree, new owner of 3410 Frow Avenue, as first associate of Wind & Rain Properties, Inc., in charge of “ New Homeowner Counseling.”
2001 October 9, 2001 is proclaimed “Wind & Rain Properties Day” by Hon. Joe Carollo, Mayor of the City of Miami, to celebrate ribbon cutting of 3410 Frow Avenue, a former drug house “ gut rehabbed” into a new affordable 3BR/2BA home for the Mark Ogeltree family, first-time home buyers.
2001 Awarded “Certificate of Appreciation for Business and Economic Development” by Hon. Alex Penelas, Mayor, Miami-Dade County.
2001 Recognized by University of Miami School of Architecture at “ Valued Friendship and Support” Annual Dinner.
2001 Emerged as both the Social Enterprise and Overall Grand Prize Winner of the Second Annual Harvard Business School-African-American Student Union 2001 Entrepreneurial Ventures Competition. Awarded the Grand Prize of $10,000.
2001 Launch of the Island District™ community re-branding initiative.
2001 Pre-Development of 6 "Live/Rent" ™ units on Hibiscus Street as part of company’s "anti-gentrification” strategy for Coconut Grove.
2001 Awarded Coconut Local Development Corporation’s first annual “Business/Economic Development Award.”
2001 In conjunction with the UM Center for Urban and Community Design, creation of “Live/Work" and “Live/Rent”™ housing solutions for sub-standard size lots in Coconut Grove.
2001 Formation of Joint Venture with Rafael Hernandez Housing Corporation to develop 4 new houses for low-income homeownership in the Allapthan and Wynwood sections of Miami.
2000 Assisted County Commissioner Jimmy Morales in creating a "Deep Subsidy" Mortgage Program for the Miami-Dade Housing Finance Authority.
2000 Sixth Place Award (out of 315 entrants) in the Miami Herald’s Year 2000
Business Plan Contest.
2000 Acquisition of “Royal Poinciana Bar” at 215 Grand Avenue and begin conversion into a law office.
2000 Awarded the University of Miami School of Architecture’s "Distinguished Service Award."
2000 Outdoor Presentation (on wall of “Gil’s Spot”) of the University of Miami’s film "KEBO" documenting and the University’s multi-disciplinary efforts to date in the revitalization of the historic Bahamian community of Coconut Grove.
2000 Development of Two-Story affordable 3/BR 2+1/2BA house at 3644 Thomas Avenue, designed and built by architecture students at University of Miami’s Center for Urban and Community Design.
1999 Awarded Coconut Grove Local Development Corp’s "Community Leadership Award."
1999 Completion of Development of the Caribbean Building at 141-149 Grand Avenue, the first new office building built in West Coconut Grove in 40 years which becomes headquarters of Wind & Rain, Wind & Rain Properties, Inc., and development partner Devon Construction, Inc.
1999 Articles of Incorporation filed for Wind & Rain Properties, Inc., a full-service real estate brokerage and property management firm.
1999 Formation of collaborative partnership with the University of Miami Center for Urban and Community Design under leadership of Dr. Samina Quraeshi and Prof. Richard Shepard.
1998 Acquisition of “Gil’s Spot Bar” at corner of Grand Avenue and Douglas Road as part of company’s commercial revitalization/development strategy.
1996 Awarded Coconut Grove Civic Club’s “Spirit of the Grove” Award for “Selfless Service to the People and Community of Coconut Grove."
'95-'03 Thirteen more houses developed and sold to first-time low-to-moderate income Coconut Grove families. One “custom” house built for retiree returning to Coconut Grove.
1995 First affordable house built and sold at 3416 Frow Avenue, Coconut Grove, to Cheryl Ogletree, postal worker and lifetime Grove resident.
1994 Request made to City of Miami for creation of “Soft 2nd” Mortgage Program. Prior to this, Miami had no such program to assist developers to build homes for first-time homebuyers.
1994 Articles of Incorporation of Wind & Rain, Inc. filed.
WHO WE ARE
Anthony R. Parrish, Jr., Founder, President and CEO, was a tax lawyer before becoming in 1984 a founding partner of a commercial real estate brokerage company and later of his own real estate consulting practice. In 1994, he started Wind & Rain, Inc. in order to initiate the revitalization of the historic Bahamian community of Coconut Grove.
Andy Louis-Charles, Principle, Sr. Vice President and COO, holds a bachelor’s degree in Industrial & System Engineering from Georgia Tech, and a law degree for the University of Florida. He has held various positions in both the engineering and legal community. In 2000, he joined Wind Rain, thus joining the growing field of individuals who identify themselves as “social entrepreneurs” and who are involved in the operation of market-based businesses that pursue a social mission.
David J. Alexander, VP of Marketing, with a degree in marketing and business administration was the Executive Director and CEO of the Coconut Grove Local Development Corporation form 1983 to 1998 where he directed the development of over 40 new houses, and the rehab of 76 others. In 1999, he joined Wind & Rain, Inc.
Ysmael M. Benitez, VP for Construction and Development, is a Florida licensed general contractor who has built all of Wind & Rain’s houses as well as its office headquarters. He has performed as general contractor or subcontractor on contracts in excess of $25 Million for all types of residential, industrial and commercial construction.
Richard Shepard, VP of Design, is currently the Director of the Center for Urban & Community Design the University Of Miami School of Architecture. A practicing architect since 1982, he is also a principal of Shepard Quraeshi Associates, a multi-disciplinary graphic design, publishing, and architectural firm
Board of Directors:
Dr. Samina Quraeshi, the Henry R. Luce Professor in Family and Community at the University of Miami , is an award-winning artist, designer and author. With her husband Richard Shepard, she is a principal of Shepard Quraeshi Associates, Since 1998, she has led an interdisciplinary team of faculty, students and community leaders to provide networks to support family life in Miami’s impoverished urban environments. Prior to coming to Miami, Ms. Quraeshi served as Director of Design at the National Endowment for the Arts. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Fulbright Scholars programs, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and the Arango Design Foundation, among others. In addition to her recent work in revitalizing West Coconut Grove, she led design and community involvement workshops all across the country, including Salt Lake City in preparation for the 2002 Winter Olympics.
Mark L. Rivlin, Esq., is a practicing attorney specializing in real estate transactions. A 1981 graduate of the University of Miami School of Law, he joined the Weil, Gotshal & Manges law firm in 1985. In 1991, he started his own law firm. Representing such clients as Northern Trust Bank and Executive National Bank. He has been the corporate counsel for Wind & Rain from its inception in 1995.
WHAT THEY’VE SAID
Results of The Miami Herald’s 2000 Business Plan Contest, published Monday, September 18, 2000 in the Miami Herald Business section.
“Developer Revitalizes West Grove Neighborhood” by Charles Rabin
published Thursday, August 31, 2000, in the Miami Herald Metro section.
“Group Pays Visit to West Grove” Buy Charles Rabin, published Sunday, July 2,
2000, in the Miami Herald Neighbors East”
“Blighted Areas Can Bounce Back”/”Sweeping changes in the works” by Tony Doris Web Published Monday, June 5, 2000. Published in Daily Business Review on Monday, June 5, 2000
“Sweeping Changes in the Works” by Tyler Bridges, Miami Herald, April 24, 2000, page B-1.”
Cleaning up the Grove, a Few Blocks at a Time” By Tony Doris, Web Publishers Thursday, April 13, 2000
“Facelift in the West Grove: Designs Make the Most of Space,” Miami Herald
Neighbors section, Thursday November 18, 1999
WHERE WE ARE
Wind & Rain, Inc.
145 Grand Avenue
Coral Gables, Florida 33133