During the upcoming Leon County Commission meeting on July 12, elected officials will consider the acceptance of a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $3.6 million to restore the Concord School in Miccosukee.
Additionally, the county will vote to accept $1 million in federal funding as a part of Congress’ Fiscal Year 2022 appropriations bill, which also requires a county match of $850,000.
After engaging with the Miccosukee community to hear citizen input and inform the public of the project’s design and intentions, the county approved the application for the grant in October 2021.
The CDBG requires funds to go toward actions that allow the county to “prepare, prevent, and respond to the health and economic impacts of COVID-19 and must benefit low to moderate-income residents of unincorporated Leon County.
The $5.4 million investment in restoring the 1940-era building located at the Miccosukee Community Park will be the only public meeting space in the rural community. The renovations will allow the public to gather, receive needed services, and connect with neighbors. Additionally, it will have an emergency generator to serve the community and provide comfort during severe weather events.
“This game-changing $5.4 million investment represents the county’s long-term work on the Miccosukee Sense of Place initiative to shape the community for generations to come,” said Leon County Administrator Vincent S. Long in a press release. “I am proud of all the work of our county teams since 2016, from the significant citizen engagement to the tireless legislative work.”
Restorations on the building will begin this calendar year and continue through the end of 2023.