| Columns |

Despite Federal Probe, Carlisle Development Group Gets New County Deal

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Miami and help keep the future of New Times free.

In early May, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez and the County Commission delayed the certification of 11 affordable-housing developers because one of the firms, Carlisle Development Group, is under investigation by a federal grand jury. Citing a Miami Herald report, Gimenez's administration put on the brakes because the feds suspect Carlisle defrauded the government of tax subsidies used to build low-income rental apartment projects in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.

Two months later, now that the media glare has worn off, Carlisle is apparently back in the county's good graces.

On Tuesday, county commissioners, based on Gimenez's recommendation, approved a deal for Carlisle to redevelop a county-owned public housing complex at 1146 NW Seventh Ct. The project is in Commissioner Audrey M. Edmonson's district. Edmonson, who received dozens of bundle campaign contributions from Carlisle entities for her reelection last year, is the firm's biggest supporter.

According to county documents, Carlisle is set to receive $2.5 million in tax credits that it is using as collateral to obtain a $1.2 million construction loan from Bank of America. The renovation and construction of new units are going to cost an estimated $2.4 million.

The problem, however, is that the feds issued subpoenas to Carlisle CEO Matthew S. Greer, retired CEO and founder Lloyd J. Boggio, and general contractor Michael K. Runyan of BJ&K Construction Services, as part of an ongoing probe into whether the three men inflated construction costs on projects to maximize their profits, according to the Herald. Company attorney Jeff Marcus told the daily that Carlisle has nothing to hide and is cooperating with the investigation.

In a memo to county commissioners, Deputy Mayor Russell Benford urged them to approve the lease agreement with Carlisle because delaying a vote could jeopardize the firm's private financing.

"It is imperative that the county move forward with this item given the time-sensitivity of the low income housing tax credit funding schedule," Benford wrote. "Without these tax credits the project is not viable."

Follow Francisco Alvarado on Twitter: @thefrankness.

Follow Miami New Times on Facebook and Twitter @MiamiNewTimes.

Keep Miami New Times Free... Since we started Miami New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Miami, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Miami with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in Miami.