Dorothy Inglis Reindollar Award
Madison Inc. honors Flint
for work on two properties
Lodge Furniture, Madison High School
(November 2007) At the tender age of 5, Deputy,
Ind., resident Mike Flint would follow his father, Gerald, around the
old buildings he worked on and learned the tricks of the restoration
trade. It was then that the younger Flint developed a passion for historic
preservation from his father, an electrician who specialized in such
That passion was rewarded Oct. 19 when Flint was awarded the 2007 Dorothy
Inglis Reindollar Preservation Award by Historic Madison, Inc. He received
the award for his rehabilitation efforts at the old Madison High School
on Broadway and the former Lodge Furniture Building that now houses
his Madison Coffee & Tea on Main Street and several upstairs apartments.
The Preservation Award is designed to recognize exemplary
preservation or restoration accomplishments occurring within Madison
and Jefferson County. Ideally, the award recognizes a person or entity
that has made overall outstanding contribution to the community embracing
preservation techniques over a period of time that result in making
the community a better place to live, work, play and raise a family.
Heidi Valco, HMIs director of programming, said each year the
organization gets a handful of nominations for the award, and it is
a tough process to choose the winner. Flint joins an impressive list
of winners that include John and Donn Campbell, who won last year for
their work on numerous buildings throughout Madison, and Jae Breitweiser,
who won the award in 2005 for her work at historic Eleutherian College.
Flint grew up in Madison and attended Indiana University, where he received
a degree in political science. He then spent a decade in Washington
D.C., where he worked for various members of Congress. It was during
this time that he became interested in infrastructure development.
He left Washington and spent several years in Louisville, Ky., where
he formed the Flint Group, a consulting firm that helps communities
and authorities with funding for infrastructure.
of HMI's Dorothy Inglis
Reindollar Preservation Award
2007: Mike Flint, Madison Coffee & Tea; Rivertrace Apartments
2006: John and Donn Campbell preservation efforts in Madison
2005: Jae Breitweiser, Eleutherian College
2004: Robert Maile, preservation efforts in Madison
2003: John E. Galvin, retiring HMI director
2002: John Staicer, Schroeder Saddletree Factory
2001: Christ Episcopal Church, restoration of windows
2000: Establishment of Reindollar Preservation Award
I looked at historic preservation as a side opportunity,
said Flint, 42.
However, when he saw no one working toward the renovation of the old
high school on Broadway, he decided to do it. From my previous
experience, I saw good reuse potential for the building to be developed.
The project resulted in the Rivertrace Apartments, a 33-unit affordable
dwelling for persons 55 years or older and persons with disabilities.
We took a vacant building that was off the tax role, turned it
into housing for 43 people and put it back on the tax role, said
Flint. All of those people shop, work, dine and relax in downtown
After developing the apartment, Flint saw a prospect in the old Lodge
Building on Main Street that would augment the apartments. I saw
the opportunity for an oasis that would compliment the area, he
It was then he decided to open his Madison Coffee & Tea shop, which
has become a busy attraction along Main Street.
He said every two to three years he re-evaluates his projects and looks
at ways to improve them. He is also developing a model for his next
redevelopment project that will incorporate multiple buildings and maximize
all floors and levels of those buildings.
I am currently forming an idea for re-use that would be different
than ordinary retail and regular use, he said.
Flint is dedicated to his work in preservation and is particularly focused
on the desperate need for infrastructure upgrading in older buildings
and communities. Infrastructure upgrading is critical and crucial
for communities; however, many of these types of projects are simply
overlooked for more visible improvements or projects.
One example he gave of such infrastructure upgrading was to add broadband
Internet access throughout the city. Apparently, many downtown areas
in rural communities and smaller cities are upgrading their telecommunications
networks to accommodate high speed broadband Internet access. They are
then using that access as an amenity to attract global businesses that
rely on high-speed connectivity and could operate anywhere in the world
We have many upper levels in historic buildings that could be
restored to then house these new companies, he said. We
wouldnt have to offer huge deals for companies to build new buildings
to set up shop, and we wouldnt have to compete with other communities
for those businesses.
Flint said he was honored and humbled by the HMI award. He remembers
taking tours of the historic HMI sites when he was in elementary school,
and that was how his interest was peaked.
I was the last kid to leave, and then I would go back after school
and wear them out, he said. Who knows who might be that
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