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Mike Myers, co-founder of the Repurpose Project and founder of Bearded Brothers Solutions, a building deconstruction nonprofit, outside of the Repurpose Project’s building, 519 S. Main St.

Mike Myers has a Santa Claus-inspired white beard about as long as a candy cane. It stands out against his deeply tanned skin.

Myers, 66, can move through a house, removing windows, doors, lighting fixtures, appliances and even hardwood floors or granite countertops. He works quickly, first taking the things he knows will be easy to sell later.

The Repurpose Project has made its home in a building that was a shabby white auto shop when the founders purchased it. Now it is brightly colored and overflowing with items to be repurposed.

But he’s not a Grinch. He’s the founder of Bearded Brothers Solutions, a nonprofit that deconstructs buildings and salvages the materials to divert them from the landfill.

Myers sells most of the materials, which range from wall studs to kitchen sinks, through Craigslist.

He keeps the salvaged items in a 4,000-square-foot warehouse, which sounds large until you have to find room for things like the 350 doors he saved from a Gainesville housing project that had been condemned for “structural defects.”

Some of those gray metal doors now form a ceiling in part of the Repurpose Project’s building, 519 S. Main St. Myers is the cofounder of the Repurpose Project, a nonprofit that focuses on finding new uses, especially in art projects or crafts, for old items.

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