Odebrecht-OHL and Rebuilding Together Miami Link Up to Repair Homes Near Airportlink Metrorail Extension

Project Connects Earlington Heights Families with Much Needed Assistance

For Immediate Release

October 5, 2010


Miami, Florida -
- The sounds of hammers, shovels and saws aren’t new to Eddie Fitzpatrick, Sr. Starting as a laborer and working up to a construction superintendent, Fitzpatrick was surrounded by jobsite noise for most of his life. Now it’s not noise he’s hearing, it’s the sweet sound of repair.

Construction joint venture Odebrecht-OHL is teaming up with Rebuilding Together Miami to repair Fitzpatrick’s home, in addition to three other Earlington Heights families, with a dedication on Saturday, October 16th. Odebrecht-OHL will provide materials and manpower, with about 75 company volunteers pitching in to provide repairs to the four houses in dire need of attention, making them safe for their owners.

“My life used to revolve around the construction industry and I am so thankful that they [Odebrecht-OHL] are giving back by helping to repair my home.” says Fitzpatrick. “My health may have left me unable to work or fix my house, but I have heart and it is filled with pride when I see what these wonderful folks are doing for our community.”

All four houses are within blocks of Odebrecht-OHL’s current Metrorail extension project by Miami Dade Transit, the AirportLink Project. The AirportLink Project includes a 2.4 mile elevated guideway, three power substations and a new multi-level Station next to Miami International Airport (MIA). It is scheduled to open in 2012 and has already created thousands of local jobs. The AirportLink Project is an extension to the current Metrorail services from Hialeah to Dadeland South which will provide a fast, reliable Metrorail connection to MIA for the millions of residents, visitors and employees who travel to and from MIA every year. With this project, Miami-Dade County joins the ranks of major metropolitan areas around the world with rapid transit connections to their airports.

“The new AirportLink project is a huge boom for the area and we want to show our appreciation by offering our services and support to these families in need,” says Paulo Brito, Odebrecht-OHL Project Director. “Many of these homeowners have experienced unforeseen obstacles that have caused their houses to fall into disrepair. It is an honor for us at Odebrecht-OHL to use our resources to help repair their homes.”

In Fitzpatrick’s case, his 1930s, three-bedroom, one-bath home is right across the street from AirportLink. With the help of Rebuilding Together, the nation’s leading nonprofit working to preserve affordable homeownership and revitalize communities, Odebrecht-OHL plans to repair the Fitzpatrick’s home, to ensure a safe dwelling for him and seven other family members, ranging from 10 months to 29 years, who live there.

Odebrecht-OHL volunteers will meet at the corner of NW 41st Street and NW 23rd Court at 7 a.m. on October 16th to finalize work on all four homes and conduct a dedication.

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