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Construction begins at Waterford Bay Resort, Minnesota

Waterford Bay, a four-story, 243-unit multifamily complex at 380 Randolph Avenue in Street Paul, Minnesota, designed by BKV Group, a multidisciplinary design firm, paved the way for construction.

The company built the waterfront district for client Stoneleigh Companies, who created it as one of St. Paul’s first opportunity zone developments, with the goal of connecting the surrounding Mississippi River through a combination of public and private spaces.

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The property provides public access to the river with the installation of a kayak/small boat launch, the expansion of the regional network of biking/walking paths and a section of land donated to the town for a park space along the river.

Also Read: Neighborhood Construction Begins in Mankato, Minnesota

The 295,000 square foot property is a partially wraparound residential idea with a parking structure in the middle and living units on three sides. In response to site restrictions, the BKV Group used a lower three-story facade along the river that drops to four stories along Randolph Street and the nearby Mississippi River entrance.

The upper residential levels encircle two second-level courtyards divided by an ornamental pavilion, forming an E-shaped design that separates the swimming pool from the green roof. BKV Group used its full-service strategy to lead all architecture, structural, mechanical and electrical engineering, interior design and landscape architecture.

Learn more about the Waterford Bay multi-family complex in Minnesota

The building itself is comprised of micro-units, studios, one-bedroom, and two-bedroom apartments with high-end features such as 9-foot ceilings, hardwood-style floors, and modern kitchens with shaker style cabinetry, quartz countertops. , and stainless steel appliances.

An outdoor pool and manicured amenity deck with a four-season porch, outdoor grilling stations and fire pit couches are among the features of the community. Indoor facilities include a large fitness center and yoga studio, residents’ lounge, business center, rooftop club room with demonstration kitchen, secure storage for bicycles and kayaks, a dog wash station and indoor parking with charging stations for electric vehicles.

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Rejection of new building in downtown Pleasanton toppled, parking considered | Pleasanton News

While unanimously overturning the rejection of a new downtown residential building at its March 1 meeting, Pleasanton City Council also considered parking lifts as a way to improve the scarcity of space available downtown.

Project proponent Wassim Naguib originally proposed in August 2020 a new two-story 1,069 square foot building at 218 Ray Street adjacent to an existing office building on the property.

The planning commission, however, after two rounds of review, rejected Naguib’s application in a 3-2 vote in January on the grounds that the scheme only provided for 11 parking spaces despite Pleasanton’s municipal code ( PMC) required 12.

The commission did not accept a temporary parking space fee, preferring to keep the project parking lot on site. He also did not accept additional space provided by a parking lift in the on-site carport, believing that the lift – a mechanical system that allows two cars to be stacked on top of each other other – did not meet PMC’s requirement that a parking space be “free”.

Naguib, in his appeal, offered to open the property’s nine existing surface parking spaces to the public on weekends in addition to paying replacement costs and constructing the elevator.

“We’re not trying to make the problem worse; in fact, we are trying to solve it,” Naguib said.

While council appreciated the aesthetics of the project and acknowledged neighborhood support, some council members were reluctant to accept the lack of parking.

“I think our priority for this area should be to protect the momentum of retail,” said board member Julie Testa. “Adding an additional parking burden to our already crowded downtown core does not seem appropriate. Again, the replacement fee does not create a parking space at any time. The funds will be used one way or another, but it will not create that parking space to offset that demand that is created.

Mayor Karla Brown added that while the commercial building currently houses a quiet dental office – open only two days a week – future tenants could impose a higher parking charge, and any approvals must take this into account. She also questioned the safety of the parking lift.

However, Council Member Jack Balch saw the parking lift as an innovative solution to a growing problem.

“I think the impacts (of the parking space deficit) will be quite minimal,” he said. “And we can determine if (the elevator) is also a solution for downtown parking.”

At the March 1 meeting, the council decided to overturn the rejection on the condition that Naguib enter into an agreement with another company to secure a nearby non-residential parking space for his project, and that the shelter of car on site is not used for storage.

If Naguib is unable to secure the additional space, the project cannot be completed, but he will remain free to pursue other uses of the property.

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The downtown development mess | Mail boxes

Glenn Stewart, Livermore

In a July 7, 2016 letter to The Independent, former Mayor Marchand said: “Our greatest successes come when we work together.

In 2016, the city council chose Lennar Multifamily and Presidio to develop 8.2 acres of land without inviting the community.

The city council had already decided to build a hotel to the east (Presidio) and high-rise condominiums (Lennar) next to Blacksmith Square on the 8 acres of prime real estate without input from residents of Livermore.

The City was moving forward without a master plan and, for most of us, without consultation with planners. I assume that our former and current members of the city council have experience in urban planning.

Council member Bob Woerner proposed in June 2017 to the Town Center Development Steering Committee that a hotel and its parking lot be separated from the planning of the rest of the Town Center development site.

This is exactly what the city council approved 5 years ago.

The City has hired three consultants regarding the feasibility of a downtown hotel. Consultant #1 said they work with a hotel developer on parking needs. Consultant #2 said a hotel should engage and activate the community, have character and a fit that reflects community consensus. Consultant #3 said a 125-room hotel would need a 2,000 square foot conference room, as meeting space to fill the rooms. Rakesh Patel of Presidio said a hotel in the west or east is doable. He was asked if timing (to build a hotel quickly) was not an issue, if a hotel on the west side would work. He said yes.”

At several council meetings, residents urged the council to increase public participation through workshops. Community workshops for the downtown redevelopment began in September 2017.

The results of the workshops indicated that the majority of residents preferred a hotel on the west side, were concerned about increased traffic congestion, lack of parking, community character, open spaces, new commercial uses, facilities cultural with housing last.

In 2018, the City Council approved a massive 5-level L-Street conventional parking lot, 4.5-story Eden Housing on the west side, and a 4.5-story boutique hotel on the east side of Livermore Ave.

Did you know that openness and accountability go hand in hand with local government transparency?

How many of you reading this letter think there has been transparency from our past and present city councils?

Residents should put in place public servants, who work in the best interests of the community.

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Lake Forest office campus sold to Prologis for $96 million – Orange County Register

Pacific Vista, a 322,262-square-foot, 24-acre Class A office campus in Lake Forest, has been sold to Prologis Inc. for $96 million, according to Cushman & Wakefield.

The campus has five two-story office buildings leased to seven long-term tenants, Cushman & Wakefield said.

The seller has not been identified by the brokerage. Representatives said Prologis plans to continue operating the property as an office project.

Jason Ward of Cushman & Wakefield represented the buyer and John Harty of Cushman & Wakefield with the assistance of Jeffrey Cole, Nico Napolitano and Ed Hernandez also represented the seller.

A 39,796 square foot medical practice complex in Hemet has sold for $5.56 million. (Courtesy of Progressive Real Estate Partners)

Newport Beach investor sells Hemet resort sold for $5.56 million

An unidentified Newport Beach investor has sold a 39,796 square foot medical office complex to Hemet for $5.56 million, according to Progressive Real Estate Partners.

The buyer for the Courtyard Medical & Professional Center at 910-960 N. State St. was identified solely as a foreign investor represented by CBD Investments.

Built in 1981, the fully leased resort generated 13 qualified bids, according to Progressive’s Greg Bedell.

Bedell said the deal further bolstered “the continued rebound in demand we’re seeing for multi-tenant commercial assets in SoCal’s Inland Empire.”

Three new commercial properties at the Monterey Crossing Mall in Palm Desert have been sold for a total of $15.7 million in three separate transactions. All three sales included a new single-tenant block leased to Chick-fil-A. (Courtesy of Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors)

New Brunswick firm sells 3 Palm Desert retail blocks for $15.7 million

Fountainhead Development of Newport Beach has sold three new commercial properties at the Monterey Crossing Mall in Palm Desert for a total of $15.7 million in three separate transactions, according to Hanley Investment Group Real Estate Advisors.

Hanley represented Fountainhead in all three transactions.

The transactions included two new pads leased from Chick-fil-A and Quick Quack Car Wash as well as a two-tenant pad leased from AT&T and Spectrum.

Other national brand tenants at the mall include Costco, Home Depot, Kohl’s, Sam’s Club, Walmart, 99 Cents Only, Ashley HomeStore, JOANN Fabrics and Crafts, PetSmart and Regal Cinemas.

“In 2022, we anticipate that more mall developers and owners will seek to implement a break-up sales strategy to capitalize on the strong demand for single-tenant and multi-tenant retail products at premium prices. “said Bill Asher, executive vice president. chairman of Hanley.

Five Point Holdings has tapped former Irvine Co. executive Daniel Hedigan as its new chief executive, effective immediately. (Courtesy of Five Point Holdings)

Five Point taps ex-Irvine Co. exec as CEO

In case you missed that news on Thursday, Irvine-based Five Point Holdings named a new CEO four months after its founder Emile Haddad was demoted to an advisory role.

Daniel Hedigan, who spent 10 years on the Irvine Co. management team, immediately assumed the role, according to a Five Point statement released on Wednesday, February 9.

“He will bring an excellent balance of management skills and experience, with a focus on sizing our cost structures to fit the size and scale of our business,” said Stuart Miller, Executive Chairman of Lennar, Five Point’s largest stakeholder.

The announcement capped a series of leadership changes at the Irvine-based developer. Last August, Five Point announced that Haddad would become a senior adviser. The company has promoted its chief operating officer, Lynn Jochim, to president. Wednesday’s announcement said Jochim would step down from both roles but remain as a councilor for three years.

In late January, chief financial officer Erik Higgins resigned but indicated he would remain at Five Point to complete regulatory filings, which are due this spring. The company has appointed Leo Kij, its controller, as interim chief financial officer.

Five Point declined Thursday to comment on the leadership changes beyond its prepared statement.

The Brea engineering firm acquired by the Long Beach firm

Power Engineering Services Inc., a Brea-based electrical engineering company, has been acquired by P2S Inc. of Long Beach.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed by either company.

P2S is also a provider of engineering and construction management services for institutional, industrial and commercial clients.

In a statement, the companies said PES would continue to provide its customers with the same services, along with the support of P2S and its engineering services.

“Joining P2S allows us to expand and accelerate the design, service and deployment of projects for our customers with a significantly increased workforce and exceptional resources,” said PES President Barbara Effenberger. “Joining P2S is the ultimate partnership.”

Oren Hillel is the new director of development for Waterford Property Co. in Newport Beach. (Courtesy of Waterford Property Co.)

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Oren Hillel is the new director of development for Waterford Property Co. in Newport Beach. Hillel will oversee the company’s real estate development, including grassroots projects, in the market-priced and affordable housing categories. Previously, he worked at Greystar, a property developer and manager with over $50 billion in assets under management.

Future

Stephanie Young Group is partnering with the American Red Cross to host a blood drive from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, March 18 at Highland Park in Irvine.

Photo ID is required to donate. Appointments can be scheduled online at RedCrossBlood.org with referral code SYG or by phone at 1-800-733-2767. To verify your eligibility to donate blood, call the Red Cross Donor Support Center at 1-866-236-3276.

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Real estate transactions, leases and new projects, industry hires, new companies and upcoming events are compiled from news releases by editor Karen Levin. Submit articles and high-resolution photos via email to Business Editor Samantha Gowen at [email protected] Please allow at least a week for posting. All elements are subject to change for clarity and length.

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SLO representative changes plans for new theater and asks for money amid rising costs | News | San Luis Obispo

Skyrocketing construction costs have put San Luis Obispo Repertory Theater’s long-discussed plans for a new downtown performing arts center out of reach.

Now, SLO Rep is revising his project design and asking the City of SLO for a $3.94 million boost to help him get to the finish line.

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  • Courtesy of SLO Representative and City of Slo
  • RISE IN COSTS The price of a new SLO Repertory Theater in downtown SLO has doubled in recent years, prompting design changes and a new fundraising plan.

“We were determined not to abandon the project,” SLO Representative Senior Artistic Director Kevin Harris and Board Chair Pam Nichter wrote in a joint letter to the city last month. “We are seeking your approval for a $3.94 million challenge grant from one-time funds to ensure the construction of a new SLO Performance Theater.”

At its February 15 meeting, the SLO City Council will consider setting aside funds for the SLO Representative, whose proposed theater is on city property and has been planned in tandem with a new city parking lot at the corner of Palm and Nipomo streets, which will soon sprout.

The $3.94 million is available as part of a “fund balance” — or year-end savings from the prior fiscal year, according to city officials.

“The city sees this as a great opportunity to support the downtown economy, and it’s another way to move forward on economic recovery and resilience,” said Whitney Szentesi, SLO’s public communications manager, in an e-mail of February 9 to new times.

Originally planned as a three-story, 22,000 square foot building with two theaters, rehearsal spaces, classrooms, offices, and more, SLO Rep is narrowing its vision after a recent study showed the price had nearly doubled from $9.5 million to $18. million, due to “various delays”. The cost is “beyond the fundraising ability of SLO Rep,” according to Harris and Nichter.

“This price represents a cost per square foot that would likely set a record for downtown construction,” reads the SLO representative’s letter to the city.

In December 2021, the SLO Rep Board approved a new design for the theatre, which preserves the goal of building a 205-seat main theater and a 99-seat “black box theatre” downtown, but moves offices, costume and set construction facilities, classrooms and off-site rehearsal spaces to a building on Empleo Street, at the former headquarters of People’s Self-Help Housing.

The cost of this project is currently projected at $14.3 million, and SLO Rep says it has raised $5.6 million to date, with assurances that it can eventually reach $10.4 million. dollars in fundraising. The city grant would make up the difference, Harris and Nichter said.

“This plan presents a clear path to completing a critical pillar of SLO’s Cultural District at a cost significantly less than $18 million,” their letter read. “It also offers significantly more functionality and programming. … Notably, it will allow SLO Rep to exponentially expand its educational programming at least two years earlier than originally planned.”

Appealing to the city, SLO Rep argued that its new “two-site” plan is embraced by the project’s donors and that the theater will be an economic and cultural engine for the city “for decades to come” once ended.

“Once fully operational, the new theater would deliver 324 shows per year on 176 dates, generating an economic impact of more than $3 million per year,” Harris and Nichter said. “For a relatively modest investment, the city would be able to complete a large central portion of its downtown concept plan.”

The letter also pointed out that the city will ultimately own the theater as a community asset. If it advances on schedule, the theater will open to the public in 2027. Δ

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The Day – The building of The Day grew with the newspaper

Inch by inch, the last of the linotype machines, stripped of its small parts, rose slowly with block and hoist until it reached the fourth floor. Then it was tossed inside through a window and back up into the composing room.

With that, The Day, then in its 27th year, was ready for a milestone: the following afternoon, it would be posting for the first time from its own home. As of August 13, 1907, the house was at 47 Main St., New London, a building erected by publisher Theodore Bodenwein with an eye to the future.

This future lasted a long time, but it could not last forever. With his circumstances altered by the internet and the COVID-19 pandemic, The Day plans to leave his 115-year-old home, although he maintains his commitment to downtown New London.

But the building, much larger than at the start, has a story to tell. Its century-long metamorphosis has followed the fortunes of the newspaper, growing with it and reflecting its mission.

In the place where we cover the news, from time to time, news would reach us. The building was the target of an anarchist bomb threat. Hurricanes crippled his presses. Civil rights protesters marched past its gates.

But over the last decade of digital transformation, it gradually emptied out until there was too much space to hold onto. Now, about to go up for sale, the place is more than a building: it’s an artifact of The Day’s history.

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In its first quarter century, The Day bounced around New London, occupying three sites on Bank Street and one on Main Street. Most were inadequate, but in 1893 the paper moved to a spacious new building which it shared with the Boston Furniture Co., occupying two floors and the basement.

It was The Day’s best house so far, but Bodenwein, who had bought the newspaper two years earlier, thought his business needed its own premises.

“The Bank Street surroundings including a lumber yard in the back and a furniture store beside and above us gave me shivers every time the fire alarm sounded”, he later recalled.

Adding to his concerns, the owner asked if The Day would be willing to leave if Frank Munsey, the publisher of a national magazine, decided to move his business there.

“It definitely gave me a pot,” Bodenwein wrote. “Of course, nothing ever came of it, but it gave me some restless nights.” In Munsey’s brief flirtation with New London publishing, he erected his own building, which became the Mohican Hotel.

Bodenwein began looking, and in 1904 purchased the site of a confectionery wholesaler on Main Street. Architect Dudley St. Clair Donnelly designed a “fireproof” four-story building, with arched windows and terracotta lion heads on the facade.

The first stone was laid on July 2, 1906, the day of the 25th anniversary of the first edition of the newspaper. The structure then rose between a plumbing company and a paint shop. The builders did not remove a large boulder when digging the foundation, but instead poured concrete around it. It is still there, crossing the basement like the tip of an iceberg.

The “Day Building”, whose name is carved in stone above the door, became a symbol of the newspaper’s progress, and for a time a picture of it adorned the page’s bear. editorial.

In 1911, when the newspaper launched a campaign to raise $100,000 for the Connecticut College Foundation, the building took center stage. A huge clock face, two stories high, was placed on the facade to track the progress of the campaign. In the days before the radio, crowds gathered outside during championship boxing matches to hear Associated Press updates relayed by megaphone from the third-floor newsroom.

Just seven years after moving in, the newspaper outgrew the space, which included an office rented by a dentist. The press, which printed a maximum of 16 pages, was no longer sufficient, so the company purchased a larger press to double the paper size. A new press room was the first of many expansions, a 60ft by 40ft wing facing Bradley Street, one block behind.

With the addition, on the site of a tailor’s shop, a model began. As The Day grew, his building gradually absorbed the surrounding neighborhood.

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As smoke filled the first-floor business office on December 14, 1921, Bodenwein’s fear of a fire seemed to come true. But the flames were nearby and staff evacuated as firefighters put out the blaze. Bodenwein turned the close call into an opportunity and purchased the damaged building. Other purchases followed, including the BP Learned Mission house on Bradley Street, then renamed North Bank Street.

In 1927 Bodenwein decided to turn its holdings into two major expansions. First, a seven-bay traffic garage at the mission site. Then a team demolished the building where the fire had started.

This paved the way for a complex construction project: a second four-storey Day building was built next to the first, and then the two were designed into a single structure.

Architect Edward L. Scholfield designed a new facade with input from Bodenwein. Made of buff brick and limestone, it faced the two buildings and subtly followed the curve of Main Street. Above the first-floor windows, gothic letters spelled out “The New London Day”.

On May 6, 1929, The Day welcomed 1,000 visitors to the marble-lined lobby when the building opened. Linotype operators inscribed people’s names in keepsake-like slugs, Bodenwein greeted everyone in his wood-panelled second-floor office, and the press churned out copies of an eight-page “New Home” section.

“It seems,” Bodenwein reflected, “as if … we had provided space and facilities for all the growth (and) expansion likely to occur over the next quarter century.” His prediction was correct.

* * *

When Elizabeth Bodenwein Miles sank a golden shovel into the ground of North Bank Street on February 27, 1960, it had been 31 years since the last expansion, just slightly longer than her late father had expected.

“I wish he could be here now to see the beginning of a new construction that he hoped would one day be necessitated by the growth of this region and this newspaper,” said Barnard L. Colby, who will soon be appointed editor, at the inauguration of the works.

Since 1929, The Day’s circulation and staff had doubled. The planned two-story annex, which displaced H. Marcus & Co. and a few other businesses, created space for a new press, a larger typesetting room, and improved circulation facilities. The former composition room on the fourth floor has become a modern newsroom.

At the time, New London was about to launch the Winthrop Urban Renewal Project, which radically changed the city. The Day supported the effort and benefited from it. When the wrecking ball leveled nearly every building on Main Street, The Day and the New London Savings Bank were the only survivors.

The company has reached an agreement to sell the former North Bank Street police station, which it used for storage, to the city. In return, the city widened the street, where the newspaper’s loading docks were located, and provided land for further construction.

“The Day’s expansion in partnership with redevelopment has transformed North Bank Street from an area congested with shops, vacant frame buildings, bars and brothels into a cleaner but desolate service road for the newspaper “, wrote Gregory N. Stone in his book “The Day”. Paper.”

In 1968, after the city evicted the newspaper’s neighbors, the Salvation Army and Bishop Studio, The Day built an advertising wing, with a parking lot in front.

Within the white brick wall was a 400-pound stone rendering of the New London City Seal which formed part of The Day’s logo. It had been salvaged from the police station as a relic of a neighborhood that, by then, The Day had entirely survived.

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In the 1980s, The Day’s fortunes soared when the full effect of Bodenwein’s will, which established trust ownership of the newspaper, took effect with the death of his last heir. With new revenue, the company added staff until each newsroom desk was shared by two people. It was again time to expand the building.

One day in 1986, employees were surprised to see a demolition notice in the front window. But the building wasn’t falling, just the traffic garage. It was replaced with a four-story addition which included a new garage, mailroom, and space for a larger press room and executive offices.

Then came a three-story, 6,000-square-foot building on Eugene O’Neill Drive to house a new press capable of printing color photos. Finally, the parking lot in front was transformed into a park named in honor of the retired Colby.

“This fine young park now bears a fine old New England name,” said publisher Reid MacCluggage at the 1992 grand opening.

That’s where things were when the internet arrived, disrupting the business models of newspapers around the world, including The Day. Broadcast and advertising revenue began to decline, and cost reductions followed. In 2011, the company turned over its printing to the Providence Journal and closed the newsroom. The newer part of the building was suddenly obsolete. Elsewhere, empty desks were increasingly common.

When the pandemic subsided, The Day became a mobile phone company overnight. For 14 months the building sat empty, and it has been only lightly occupied since.

The newspaper is now looking forward to a new chapter in a new home. It’s an unexpected turn, but one person might not have been surprised. In his will, Bodenwein anticipated this possibility, but even earlier, in 1929, it was in his mind.

Although the building then seemed poised to serve the newspaper’s needs indefinitely, Bodenwein, ever a visionary, acknowledged that sooner or later “The Day may have to move again.”

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Transit facilities prove their worth as City Hall decision looms | News, Sports, Jobs

The Trade and Transit Center II at 144 West Third Street. KAREN VIBERT-KENNEDY/Sun-Gazette

As the city grapples with what to do with the multimillion-dollar solution of the doomed City Hall, Commerce and Transit Centers I and II remain viable options for continued city government operations, according to city ​​officials.

Today, the Joseph McDade Trade and Transit Center I at West Third and Pine Streets and the Trade and Transit Center II are the current headquarters of the city’s administration, including the Chief of Police, Chief deputy and captain and other employees because of the conviction. of the town hall damaged by rain in July.

These buildings were built several years apart, but each was built using mostly state and federal transportation money.

They have proven to be safe and accessible places for municipal government to operate and conduct business and for non-profit organizations to have their headquarters.

Trade and Transit Center II was funded primarily by investments of $8.8 million from the United States Federal Transit Administration, while the State Department of Transportation (PennDOT) contributed $5. $8 million and $416,528 came from local contributions, according to grant receipts in records obtained from the state Department of Transportation.

A total of $15.1 million in federal, state and local investments went into Trade and Transit Center II, according to PennDOT Records.

“The Trade and Transit Buildings I and II, which were constructed with state and federal transportation dollars, have proven invaluable to the downtown business district in a way that goes to the beyond the obvious of being a public transport hub”, said veteran councilor Randall J. Allison, former chairman of the council.

“They also provide much needed space for organizations such as Uptown Music Collective, Community Theater League and formerly the Williamsport/Lycoming Chamber of Commerce.

“There are larger and smaller rooms that can accommodate meetings for public purposes including seminars, conferences, intergovernmental uses, etc., as well as private rental options.”

The conjunction of the two transit buildings, the parking deck, the parking addition in the lot behind Trade and Transit II, the Lycoming County Courthouse, and the county-owned Third Street Building transformed the intersection of Pine and West Third Street aesthetically and functionally adding to the cohesion of downtown.

“I’m sure they will serve our city and region very well for years to come,” Allison said.

Funding flow

Funding for the construction of Trade and Transit Center II began arriving in 2009, when River Valley Transit received $1.9 million in federal funds, followed by $400,000 in PennDOT cash and $79,904 in local contribution for $2.3 million, according to PennDOT records obtained by the Sun-Gazette.

The largest capital investment came only in 2013, when the federal government provided $4 million, the state $833,500 and the local contribution was $166,500, records show.

In 2014, $170,385 was invested in Trade and Transit II, with the bulk coming from PennDOT, and a year later the building received $2.6 million in federal funds, $3.7 million in state funds. State, $156,113 from local funds.

The last years to invest in the property were 2016 and 2017. Federal funding in those two years was $282,792, while PennDOT contributed $703,197 and local contribution was $14,011, records show.

Commerce and Transit Center I was built in 1999/2000 with PennDOT and FTA funds.

Alexis Campbell, press secretary at PennDOT in Harrisburg, said the department could not immediately recoup the full investment for the McDade property.

City Hall repair costs are estimated at $6 million and more. Rain in a leaky roof in July caused heavy damage.

The air ventilation system that could spit out mold spores and the horrible smell caused Mayor Derek Slaughter to decide, after receiving a letter from Joseph Gerardi, the city’s code administrator, that it was unhealthy for the public and employees to stay inside the building, said Norman Lubin. , city attorney.

The Streets and Parks Department spent the late summer and early fall moving filing cabinets and equipment, using city trucks, to transfer personal effects and work equipment employees in the new office spaces.

Voices and actions of the past

Now 80, former mayor Phillip E. Preziosi, who served as mayor from 1992 to 1996, said he hoped for the best for Slaughter and the administration and could see his need to use the transit facilities and to get employees, including police, out of City Hall.

Under Preziosi, the germination of the idea of ​​the first commercial and transit center in the city center was born.

Although it was completed under administration when Mayor Steven W. Cappelli (1996-2000) was in office, Preziosi said the concept was the brainchild of his chief financial officer, William E. Nichols Jr. , who was City’s chief executive. Bus, the predecessor of River Valley Transit.

Nichols was fired by Slaughter days after Slaughter was sworn in.

“We thought it was the right thing to do at the time,” Preziosi spoke of building a transit building to serve more bus riders and be the focal point of a city center he said was suffering losses due to the popularity of the Lycoming Mall and other stores.

Those days are long gone as the mall continues to lose stores and nears closure. Back then, however, the city’s merchants and business community had to shift gears.

“The mall had taken away a lot of business from our merchants,” said Preziosi.

“Nichols was a master at getting grants, as was his team of people,” he said.

The facility was named after the late U.S. Representative Joseph McDade, whose connections helped bring in federal transit grants and other helpful grants.

The condition of City Hall – even before the most recent damage – was suspect, as Preziosi described a collapse of the floor beneath his watch.

A day before Christmas vacation, the entire upper floor collapsed due to the weight of filing cabinets above the Sechler meeting room on the second floor, Preziosi said.

It was a situation that could have resulted in injury or worse, but luckily the holiday party broke down before the collapse happened, he said.

McDade was notified of the collapse and, through his relationship with Nichols, was able to secure emergency funding to repair City Hall, Preziosi said.

Cappelli also recalled how, in 1999, River Valley Transit’s predecessor, City Bus, carried an average of 3,800 passengers a day and saw an almost 20% annual increase in ridership.

Construction of a 34,000-square-foot flatiron-style building (Trade and Transit I) began upon receipt of a federal grant, Cappelli said.

The building resembled a corner, with one side accommodating bus passengers and offices at the entrance from the Third Street side.

The building was completed, largely, by the city with funds from PennDOT and the Federal Transit Administration, Cappelli said.

“One of the contingencies for receiving the federal transit dollars was that the building would have to provide space for non-profit organizations, which it did with the Community Theater League which leased space, as did Williamsport/Lycoming County Chamber of Commerce, said Capelli.

The building was part of plans for the city center which was on the verge of renaissance, he said.

At the time, city and county leaders considered ways to bring businesses downtown. These ideas led to the formation of the Greater Williamsport Alliance in 2001 and the “main partners”, a group of visionaries who were influential in their day in government, business and the chamber of commerce.

Our Towns 2010, a non-profit organization whose goal was to articulate – with community support – a county-wide vision, including the integration of art and culture into designs and future plans, was also involved, Cappelli said.

During this period, many people had their say as PennDOT redesigned and replaced the Market Street Bridge.

The McDade Building was the headquarters of the Williamsport/Lycomng Chamber of Commerce until 2015, when the chamber moved to the bank building at West Fourth and Pine streets, Cappelli said.

As the discussion continues on what to do with City Hall, the city administration and council need to consider whether the rent they pay and the maintenance they will need to perform on transportation facilities in common outweigh the costs it will take to repurpose City Hall for government use. .

At the same time, the city is awaiting the outcome of a statewide grand jury investigation and an investigation by criminal agents with Attorney General Josh Shapiro into the use of state and federal grants. by the former management of River Valley Transit.

“That’s a shame,” Preziosi spoke about the damage to City Hall and the investigation into the handling of grants and finances by the previous administration. “Hope everything works out.”

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Council pledges $1.5 million for low-income housing

by Steven Felschundneff | [email protected]

On Tuesday, Claremont City Council voted to authorize a $1.5 million payment to the Jamboree Housing Corporation to partially fund the construction of a 33-unit “permanent supportive housing project” on the Harrison Ave.

The council voted 4 to 1 to approve the resolution, with council member Corey Calaycay casting the only negative vote. Calaycay expressed a number of reservations about the deal, including the apparent coupling of financial commitment to architectural design. He also felt that the proposed four-story structure was too tall.

Council member Sal Medina and Pro Tem Mayor Ed Reece expressed reservations about the process, being specifically asked to approve funding for a project before the council had seen the plans. Mayor Pro Tem Reece also asked city staff why this particular project was moving so quickly through the process when other land use decisions were taking much longer.

The rushed process was driven by the developer’s schedule, including applying for tax credits through Los Angels County with a deadline of a few weeks. Jamboree requested monetary commitment from Claremont to strengthen its request for future funding.

“Typically, an Affordable Housing Agreement would be negotiated and presented to City Council for approval, but Jamboree first requested a funding commitment to demonstrate public financial assistance. Jamboree is in the process of applying for capital funding through the Los Angeles County Development Authority and the application is due in early February. The proposed commitment of $1.5 million from the Successor Housing Fund will make the project more competitive for LACDA’s next funding cycle,” according to the staff report.

This development is quite unique to Claremont as it will feature 100% public housing, which qualifies the project for a density bonus under current state law. By ordinance, the Jamboree receives an 80% density bonus which increases the number of units from 17 to 31. The promoter has requested two additional units to “operate a facility of this type efficiently”, including the manager and on-site services. The development also qualifies under state law for a reduction in the number of parking spaces required.

The proposed supportive housing project will provide on-site resident services “for people who are previously or currently homeless,” according to the staff report. Housing would be limited to people whose income is at or below 30% of the region’s median income, also categorized as extremely low income.

The property at 731 Harrison Avenue between Larkin Park and the Friends of Quaker’s Claremont meeting place is currently owned by Pilgrim Place, which is selling the property specifically for use as a very low-income development.

The project will consist of a four-storey building that will be designed to “integrate and enhance the character of the surrounding neighborhood”. The unit configuration will include nine studios approximately 373 square feet each, twenty-three one-bedroom units ranging from 455 to 485 square feet, and a two-bedroom management unit. Additional facilities will include a 781 square foot community hall with a kitchen, 547 square foot rental space, laundry room, dog park, outdoor barbecue and 18 parking spaces.

If built, the apartment building would be managed by Housing with Heart which “provides the high quality support services needed to help residents successfully stay in stable housing, as well as overseeing the multiple agencies, partners and volunteers who will also be engaged with residents,” according to the report.

Claremont’s $1.5 million contribution will take the form of a loan from its Successor Housing Fund, which will be secured by a deed of trust and will have a term of 55 years. The loan will be funded when construction begins and will be disbursed in “scheduled payments”. The money will not need to be repaid if the developer honors the agreement to build the affordable housing and maintain low-income status for the 55-year term.

The city will now provide the Jamboree with a funding commitment letter, however, no money will be released until the developer and the city reach a successfully negotiated project agreement which requires further approval from the city council.

The approximately half-acre lot is zoned institutional and has been identified by the city’s housing component in the general plan as an ideal location for low-income housing.

On Wednesday, the Claremont Architectural Commission reviewed the project, including a number of concessions demanded by the Jamboree, such as reducing Harrison’s setback from 25 feet to 19 feet; increased batch coverage from 60% to 75%; increased floor area ratio from 2.0 to 1.12 and increased number of units allowed from 31 to 33.

“Affordable housing is a high priority for the City Council and the State of California. Providing affordable housing to low-income households is a particularly urgent need throughout the region and this project represents an effort by the city to meet its fair share of this type of housing which is identified by the regional housing needs assessment. and mandated by state housing law. said community development manager Brad Johnson.

Jamboree Housing Corporation is a 31-year-old non-profit community development organization that builds, acquires, renovates and manages permanent affordable housing for the rental and sale markets. Jamboree currently has $320 million in affordable housing projects and an asset portfolio of $1.1 billion, including development projects and an interest in 7,500 homes across California.

Jamboree partnered with the city to build the affordable housing complex, Courier Place, located in the former Claremont COURIER office at 111. S. College Ave. This project was completed in 2011 and was partially funded by the city’s former redevelopment agency.

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Lenexa to review plan for Vista Village off Prairie Star Parkway

LENEXA, Kan. — On Tuesday, Lenexa City Council will vote on a revised site plan for a 46-acre mixed-use development near Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road.

Plans for the Vista Village project include seven retail buildings, 119 townhouses and a five-story, 207-unit condominium.

In 2019, the city approved a plan that included a flexible use option for the property, which meant it could include offices, retail, business parks or light industrial space.

Now the developer is seeking approval for a revised site plan to redistribute commercial and residential space on the western half of the property and create townhouses on the eastern part of the property.

The proposed change would reduce the amount of commercial space on the site by approximately 5,900 square feet.

The eastern half of the proposed site would include 119 townhouses and a 6,600 square foot retail building. The townhouses would be distributed among 25 buildings in groups of two, four, five and six units. Each unit would include two parking spaces in a garage.

Developers plan to create a plaza at the prominent corner of Prairie Star Parkway and Ridgeview Road. The project also includes plans for a public amphitheater near the center of the property.

The western half of the property would include six commercial buildings and a 207-unit condominium. Once built, the condominium will appear as three separate buildings, but it would be connected by a parking garage on the lower level.

The space between the upper levels will include yard space and a dog park. Residents of the condominium would also have access to a swimming pool and a patio overlooking the amphitheater.

Council will review the revised site plan on Tuesday, January 18 at 7 p.m.

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Arkansas-based Splash Car Wash nears opening of 12th location

Splash Car Wash, a Company based in Arkansas, plans to open its 12and location later this month. Commercial real estate company Colliers Arkansas, a development partner, made the announcement Thursday, January 13.

Splash is renovating a 35,233 square foot building at 15701 Chenal Parkway in Little Rock. It previously housed the Altitude Trampoline Park. Baldwin & Shell Construction Co. is leading the redevelopment.

According to Pulaski County property records, a limited liability company operated by Splash purchased the 2.2-acre property in December 2020 for $4.5 million.

According to Colliers’ announcement, the Chenal site will be the 10and-the largest car wash facility in the country. Features will include:

  • Two car wash tunnels
  • Two express interior cleaning strips
  • Member Indoor Vacuums
  • On-site oil change in 10 minutes
  • Ultra-fast charging station for electric vehicles
  • State-of-the-art water recycling system and energy-saving motors
  • Touchless car wash with license plate recognition technology
  • Luxurious child-friendly lobby

“Thanks to the years of experience we have in car cleaning, coupled with the opportunities we have had to travel to the United States and Western Europe to study best practices, we are able to offer a unique and memorable to our customers,” Paul Stagg, Splash Founder and CEO, said in a statement. “But all of that would be wasted if it weren’t for our genuine, caring team that loves serving others.”

Bradford Gaines of Colliers Arkansas leads the development of Splash. Colliers also provides property management.

“Our company was fortunate to have had the opportunity to manage Splash’s development process in Arkansas,” Gaines said. “This Chenal location enjoys one of the best traffic rates in the city and should provide an excellent return on investment for the business. Their car wash facilities are truly state of the art and we are proud that they have chosen Little Rock for their largest yet.

The Chenal site will kick off a busy 2022 for Splash. The company plans to open eight additional Arkansas locations this year in Little Rock, Maumelle, Cabot, Conway, Bentonville, Greenbrier, Russellville and Sherwood.

Colliers Arkansas also provides brokerage, development and facility management services for each location.

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Hong Kong property prices remain high, despite challenges


The problem for Hong Kong is that it doesn’t have a lot of land available. About 75 percent of the land is protected or too mountainous to build there. As a result, construction in developed areas appears to be relentless. It is common to see new apartment buildings being constructed in the gaps between two existing towers in impressive use of space, but disregarding the view from residents’ windows.

Yet demand far exceeds supply, even with rising prices. The scarcity of land means that buying a property is seen as a long-term game. “It’s still crazy. If there are 100 units in a new building under construction, it is normal for it to be oversubscribed more than 10 times, and it will have to go to raffle lots, ”said Eunice Tenh, who is a real estate agent in the city for over 15 years.

The announcement that Hong Kong’s border will reopen with mainland China by June 2022 is already boosting the market, according to real estate agents. In November, just days after the border was announced, an apartment on Mount Nicholson in Hong Kong Island sold for HK $ 640 million, or HK $ 140,800 per square foot, a record in Asia.

“The main developers in Hong Kong are all very optimistic about the market,” Tsang said. “Hong Kong is still considered the Monte Carlo of China.”

PURCHASE GUIDE

Hong Kong is now technically open to non-residents who are fully vaccinated, but anyone who moves or visits must self-quarantine in a hotel room for 21 days if traveling from 25 countries, including US and UK, or 14 days from almost anywhere else. The exception is mainland China: visitors from some provinces can travel without quarantine, although there is a strict limit; most vaccinated visitors from China must self-quarantine for seven days.

Hong Kong has imposed strict mortgage requirements in an attempt to control prices – with little effect. Buyers must deposit at least 40 percent of the value, and there are stricter rules for foreign buyers. Mortgage applicants with income primarily from outside the territory face a maximum loan-to-value ratio of 40% for properties over HK $ 10 million and 50% below that price.

To delay overseas speculation, Hong Kong introduced an additional stamp duty for buyers who are not permanent residents, which is a flat rate of 15% of a property’s value.

WHAT YOU CAN BUY FOR …

45.8 million Hong Kong dollars

A three bedroom apartment on Macdonnell Road in Mid-Levels Central, a short drive from the central business district. The property includes an additional maid’s room, a balcony and a parking space. For sale with Knight Frank.

55 million Hong Kong dollars

A four bedroom, three bathroom house with private pool and garden in a quiet hillside location. There is also a maid’s room, three parking spaces and a mountain view, as well as a partial sea view. In the market with Knight Frank.

HK $ 1.2 billion

A four bedroom detached house on Island Road in Deep Water Bay, South Hong Kong Island. Built in 2009, the property has a rooftop terrace with views of the bay and the hills. Available at Christie’s International Real Estate.

By Tabby Kinder © 2021 The Financial Times


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UCSD paves the way for 15-year $ 3 billion reconstruction of Hillcrest campus


UC San Diego reaffirmed its commitment to serving patients in the city’s central and southern areas on Friday, paving the way for what officials say is a $ 3 billion investment to rebuild its existing medical campus at Hillcrest. .

It is estimated that it will take 15 years to complete the transformation, which begins with the construction of a 250,000 square foot ambulatory care building and 1,800 space parking lot on a plot just east of the medical center. UC San Diego.

A second phase requires significant amounts of new housing on the western and northeast edges of the 60-acre complex. A new hospital that will replace the existing medical center will follow, possibly leading to the removal of existing medical buildings.

The Price Philanthropies Foundation helped launch the public fundraising campaign for this expensive venture, contributing $ 10 million.

Robert Price, the chairman of the charity, noted that the property was the epicenter of San Diego health care when he grew up in nearby Mission Hills in the 1950s and housed a county-run hospital until UCSD bought it in 1968 to serve as the main cog in its new medical school.

“Over the years medicine has moved north and resources have moved north,” said Price, referring to the large investments in new facilities that UCSD and Scripps Health have made in La Jolla.

Very active in some of the city’s most economically disadvantaged areas, particularly City Heights just to the south, Price said it was important that those in need of care did not have to travel so far.

“To have that kind of commitment from UCSD… getting back into this area is really a big deal,” Price said.

Many dignitaries who attended Friday’s inauguration, which turned the earth under clear skies and with COVID-19 masks in place, credited State Senate Speaker Pro Tempore Toni Atkins with helping obtain government funding to make the project feasible.

Although there have been rumors over the past decade that UCSD intends to pull out of Hillcrest and consolidate its services at Jacobs Medical Center in La Jolla, Atkins said on Friday he did not There was simply no way for the state to erode its presence in the center of the city where many of the poor need care.

“This location is necessary for our vulnerable San Diego population,” Atkins said. “This infrastructure is critical.

The project has heights of support in the form of a Bill Walton, who was on hand Friday afternoon to cheer. The retired NBA and UCLA basketball star, sports presenter and San Diego legend have undergone spine surgery at UCSD and is not shy about sharing the fact that his care saved his life.

“This is where the action is, right here in the center of town, and I will do anything and everything to help them build that,” Walton said.

On his to-do list, he added, a new orthopedic center in Hillcrest is named after its spine surgeon, Dr Steven Garfin, chair of the University Health System’s orthopedics department.

The first phase of the project is expected to be completed in 2025 and will house a wide range of services, including oncology, neurosurgery, urology, otolaryngology and orthopedics. Outpatient surgery capabilities will include a new space for gastroenterology procedures as well as space for drug infusion and radiation oncology.


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Blair planning group reviews warehouse plans | News, Sports, Jobs

Plans to build a new warehouse in Allegheny Township received positive feedback from members of the Blair County Planning Commission on Thursday.

BS Realty LLC plans to construct a 36,000 square foot warehouse for Window World along Vision Drive in the Walter J. Lee Business Park.

In addition to the new warehouse, a paved parking lot, a paved parking lot and stormwater management facilities are also offered. A lot merger is proposed which will result in the consolidation of the three lots that make up the 3,311 acre site into one lot.

Site access will be via a 30 foot wide access aisle to Vision Drive, with internal aisle widths between 18 feet and 60 feet, with a 24 foot wide aisle in the proposed parking lot, said Jamie L. Klink, regional planner.

The proposed parking lot will contain eight spaces, including one space accessible to persons with disabilities in the United States; the proposed parking amount will meet the parking requirements of Allegheny Township for a land use type of this size, Klink said.

A sidewalk will be included between the building and the parking lot, however, no sidewalk will be included along the property line adjacent to Vision Drive.

“While we generally recommend the inclusion of sidewalks adjacent to surrounding roads, the exclusion of sidewalks is understandable given the fact that this proposed development is located in Lee Business Park and the lack of connecting sidewalks in the area. . “ Klink said.

We recommend that the developer, at a minimum, ensure that the Township of Allegheny requirements are met regarding grading an appropriate area as if sidewalks were to be installed.

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Former Maple Valley Ski Resort Project Subject to Public Hearing on December 2 | Business

DUMMERSTON – There will be a public hearing and site tour at the former Maple Valley ski area on Thursday, December 2 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the basic brewery and distillery lodge renovation with a tasting room that can accommodate 100 persons.

Sugar Mountain Holdings, which bought the ski area in 2018, also hopes to host events, such as weddings, at the site.

According to the Vermont Secretary of State’s office, Sugar Mountain Holdings, which is based in Weatogue, Connecticut, is “member-managed.” He purchased the 375 acre property for $ 745,000 from MVS Associates.

Keane Aures, who is named as a member of the list of companies, is senior counsel in the Hartford office of the law firm Gordon & Rees and specializes in construction law. He is also listed as a director of Slippery Slope Brewing Company and Slippery Slope Distillers.

Aures and Jonathan Tobin, COO of Sugar Mountain Holdings, declined to speak before the meeting.

The public is invited to attend the hearing and those who wish to obtain party status may attend the hearing. Those unable to attend the hearing and still seeking party status should contact Stephanie Gile, ACT 250 District Coordinator with the Vermont Natural Resources Board, at 802-289-0597 or [email protected] gov, before the meeting. .

A pre-hearing conference “has narrow purposes and is designed to identify parties and issues before calling a hearing to assess the merits of the case,” according to the Vermont Natural Resources Agency.

Members of the Act 250 Regional Commission will be present during the site visit.

According to documents filed with the Natural Resources Agency, the project received approval from the Dummerston Development Review Board in December 2019.

The plan provides for a 1,900 square foot distillery production area and a 3,400 square foot tasting room. The facility is expected to employ 12 people working 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week, and the tasting room and retail space should be open from noon to 9 p.m. seven days a week. There will be space on the site for four food trucks, which will have access to electricity so that gas generators are not needed.

Special events including live music are planned in an area on the west side of the existing lodge building. The existing raised deck will be removed and replaced with a ground level patio to accommodate these events.

A noise study conducted by the Cross-Spectrum Analysis concluded that the noise at the facility would not be louder than the traffic currently passing on Route 30, although noise during construction could potentially be louder.

“Although the Maple Valley ski area has been closed for several years, the facility was previously used as a concert hall,” says the noise study. “Therefore, the reintroduction of special events including live music would not be a new or unusual source of noise for the region.”

The site plan provides for 41 parking spaces for guests and 10 spaces for employees. The gravel parking lot on the east side of Highway 30 will be used for overflow parking, with access to the facility through a corrugated iron pedestrian tunnel that passes under the road. However, the gravel will be removed and the land will be covered with grass. Public access to the West River will be retained.

The application of Law 250 indicates that when the facility is fully functional, it will generate more than $ 200,000 per year in sales and alcohol taxes.

Three new structures are proposed for the site: a pavilion for clients and small events, a wastewater pre-treatment facility and a whiskey storage barn.

The property is currently valued at $ 1,477,300, and applicable municipal and state taxes for the project site are $ 27,343 per year, the request indicates. Based on the proposed improvements and using current tax rates, the estimated value of the project site after completion will be approximately $ 2.5 million and the estimated taxes would be $ 47,000 per year.

All brewery and distillery production wastewater will be gravity-fed to an underground tank located on the island between the current ski lodge and Highway 30, and will be periodically pumped and transported to the local waste treatment facility. .

All spent grain will be composted on-site upon receipt of a state small composting facility permit. The compost will be used on site to promote plant growth and regenerate the soil.

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Park District receives $ 1.78 million grant for community center


Oak Park Park District Press Release:

October 31, 2021

A generous grant of $ 1.78 million has been given to the Park District of Oak Park to build its community recreation center as a net zero energy building, which will generate as much renewable energy on-site as the building has. need to operate. The funding, from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation, will support conservation measures for the 40,000 square foot building to be located at 229 Madison Street. Oak Park is the third park district in Illinois to receive a grant to construct a net zero energy building.

“We are delighted that the Foundation has given the Park District of Oak Park this grant to have the community recreation center built with net zero energy construction requirements,” said District Executive Director Jan Arnold. “This is our third Foundation grant, so we see them as an excellent partner in the District’s efforts to preserve and improve our environment.”

The Community Recreation Center (CRC) is an innovative design by Chicago-based Perkins and Will with experience in the design and construction of recreational facilities. The Park District of Oak Park has worked with architects for the past five years, from feasibility to design, and now to construction of this multi-faceted facility.

This energy efficient building will feature selected building components and materials to meet the requirements of net zero energy buildings, including:

A network of solar panels on the roof and the parking lot

HVAC systems and mechanical equipment with the highest efficiency ratings

Increased insulation values ​​in walls and roof

High performance window Green roof and organic channel

LED lighting throughout the project

Presence sensors in rooms and daylight sensors in peripheral areas

EPA Indoor Air Plus requirements for paint and materials

On-site backup battery resilience

In order to be eligible for the grant, the Foundation requires that the building receive a certification by a third party guaranteeing that the building is efficient in its energy consumption.

This facility is expected to receive Zero Energy certification from the International Living Future Institute. In addition to funding construction and materials, the grant program requires recipients to provide educational opportunities to help residents learn about the building’s energy efficiency features. The community recreation center will have educational signs and an energy use display to illustrate how the building is constructed. Once the facility opens, the district will also closely monitor performance and usage to ensure the building meets the benchmarks for the net zero energy building, which is a requirement for the final portion of the grant. .

“We are proud to recognize the Park District of Oak Park’s leadership in sustainability with this net zero energy building,” said Gabriela Martin, director of the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation program for energy. “The Foundation’s goal is to encourage exemplary buildings and demonstrate that Net Zero-energy performance of buildings is realistic and achievable. We hope the new community recreation center will inspire more park districts to take up the Net challenge Zero. ”

The Community Recreation Center is the culmination of a long, open community process that ensures the facility will provide the highest priority amenities to residents without a tax increase. The Parks Foundation of Oak Park was instrumental in raising private funds to help cover the cost of construction. Amenities include an indoor walking and running track, multi-purpose halls, community halls, electronic gym and gymnasium for pickleball, basketball, camps and other activities.

The Net Zero Energy Building program provides grants to nonprofit, government and higher education organizations for exemplary buildings that maximize energy efficiency. Over a 12 month period, projects should achieve Net Zero Energy (or better) building performance. Net Zero Energy buildings compensate for their own energy consumption by generating the required energy on site from renewable resources. This will be the second Net Zero installation for the Park District of Oak Park.


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The Candied Yam to Convert South Division Horror into New Restaurant and Banquet Hall

GRAND RAPIDS – The owner of a southern style restaurant Candied Yam LLC is considering expansion with a new banquet hall and restaurant along South Division Avenue in Grand Rapids.

The Grand Rapids Planning Commission on Thursday approved the special land use request for a banquet hall that allows liquor service in the existing 7,000 square foot building located at 932 S. Division Ave. The space was previously occupied by Club Tequila.

“Over time and years things have changed and this building has become an eyesore to the community,” Jessica Ann Tyson, owner of Candied Yam, told the Planning Commission. “This is now a property where we can say we want to make a better place where the community can come, dine and create new memories.”

Concept plans call for a restaurant component in part of the building with an occupancy of approximately 96 people, as well as a banquet area that can accommodate 218 people. Plans also include improvements to the 73-space parking lot at the site.

The location would complement The Candied Yam’s existing restaurant at 2405 44th St. SE on the south side of Grand Rapids.

The Town Planning Commission granted a minimum parking space exemption under the special land use permit due to the restaurant’s proximity to public transport.

Alcohol would not be served in the restaurant. Events held in the banquet space that serve alcohol would be done through a licensed caterer. Plans call for events in the banquet hall to end at 11 p.m. and employees to vacate the premises by midnight.

Nearby owner Cynthia Hicks criticized the plan to allow alcohol in part of the building and called it a “slap in the face” for neighbors and community members.

During this time, Baptist Church of New Hope, United Methodist Community House and others submitted letters in support of the project.

“We have the support of the community,” Tyson said. “We couldn’t get to where we are now without the support of the community and without doing the right thing for the community. ”

The project would turn the currently vacant property into a source of community pride, Elliot Muller, sales associate at Ben M. Muller Realty Co. Inc. and co-owner of the project, said at the meeting of the planning commission.

“This property has been vacant or underutilized for over a decade now, and is ripe for use that fills a need in the neighborhood and allows the city to raise tax revenue and provide employment opportunities nearby. for the neighbors, ”Muller said.

Mull Trie LLC – which is registered in the name of the president of the real estate company, Mark Muller – acquired the property in November 2019 for $ 500,000, according to the city’s real estate records.

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The 10 Most Expensive Real Estate Listings in Massachusetts


Sometimes it’s just nice to fantasize, and there’s no shame in that.

On that note, allow us to offer the 10 Most Expensive Real Estate Listings in Massachusetts. The list, curated by our friends at Redfin, has everything from island getaways to big city behemoths. Something for everyone, as long as you have at least $ 15 million and want to stay inside I-495.

Click on the links below for more complete listings. All images are courtesy of Redfin.

314 Quissett Ave., Falmouth – $ 27.5 million

“This is one of New England’s most spectacular harbor properties. The site alone is second to none: a four-acre elevated peninsula with panoramic views over Quissett Harbor and beyond to Buzzards Bay as well as a deep water dock with a large float suitable for a large yacht and a small sandy beach. The house was built circa 1908 in an eclectic Cape Cod style with nearly 12,000 square feet of living space. living with covered porches, balconies, mansard roofs with cedar shingles, turrets and multiple skylights. ”Read more here.

8 Mount Vernon Place, Boston – $ 22.5 million

“Historic details and modern luxury and style blend perfectly in this magnificent 9,000 square foot single family residence on the south side of Beacon Hill. Complete with 5+ bedrooms and 7 full baths / 2 3 directly to exterior on Mt Vernon Place), this property is in a class of its own; with its graciously proportioned rooms and fabulous open plan layout. ” Read more here.

34 Paine Ave., Beverly – $ 22 million

“Built in the Georgian Revival style, the home offers 28,000 +/- square feet of beautifully appointed living space, with 11 bedrooms and 12 bathrooms, and sits on over three meticulously landscaped acres. its architectural style, Rock Edge (so named because of its position above a rocky shore) has classic proportions and scale, with a handsome brick facade with limestone ornaments and a slate roof. ” Read more here.

24 Belknap St., Boston – $ 19.5 million

This listing has no seller notes.

186 Windswept Way, Barnstable – $ 18.8 million

“Waterfront Legacy property on Oyster Harbors! On an elevated 4-acre lot overlooking Cotuit Bay sits this remarkable Tudor-style home built in 1933, beautifully maintained and updated in keeping with the original design. Exquisite architectural details give out set the tone for this large house with 10,000 sq. ft. of living space, an inground pool, a boathouse with an extraordinary view, fireplace, lounge area and changing rooms, 437 ‘of frontage on the water and a large deep water dock, combine to create a great deal in one of Oyster Harbors’ best locations. ” Read more here.

51 Scotch Pine Road, Wellesley – $ 16 million

“Never before has a home been more of a haven. This extraordinary contemporary custom-designed is beautifully situated on nearly 1.5 private acres. After undergoing a large-scale renovation and addition, the residence has been completely renovated. redesigned and rebuilt by an award-winning team with natural materials, all imaginable amenities, integrated technologies and cutting-edge sustainable systems. ” Read more here.

410 Beacon St., Boston – $ 15.99 million

“410 Beacon Street is truly a one of a kind single family townhouse comprising 10,200 +/- SF with a 6 story elevator and a 2 car garage plus 2 additional parking spaces. Renovated with the utmost attention to quality , designed and detailing in 2015, this extra large home offers the ultimate balance of function and warm contemporary aesthetics with all the amenities of Back Bay. Read more here.

227 Bridge Street, Barnstable – $ 15.9 million

“Four distinctive accommodations located on 2 separate lots (198-1.28 ac & 227-2.45 ac) provided the platform for many encounters, both formal and informal, but more often than not were the canvas. Underneath the tranquil serenity and immeasurable beauty this unique waterfront oasis has to offer. Imagine the splendor of a life lived as a port steward. Read more here.

10-12 Greenway Ct., Brookline – $ 15.75 million

“Presenting 10-12 Greenway Court, a boutique property of 14 units at 100% market rate located in the heart of Brookline, Massachusetts. The property consists of 14 units and 14 parking spaces. The property is located on one street quiet location in the coveted Coolidge Corner neighborhood of Brookline, an affluent and highly sought-after town bordering Boston to the west and has one of the best school systems in the country. ” Read more here.

165 Brattle Street, Cambridge – $ 15.3 million

“The Bartlett House, one of Cambridge’s finest. Superb site close to Harvard Square and the 2nd largest house lot on Brattle. Secluded and private, majestic Victorian entrance center set back behind beautiful flower gardens. Entrance portico with columns, 10 ‘ceilings, sumptuous proportions throughout. ” Read more here.


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Watch Now: ‘Majestic’ Augmented Reality Mural Unveiled in Downtown Tulsa ‘Pushes the Boundaries’ of Public Art | Local News


The $ 230,000 project, which adorns both sides of the Main Park Plaza parking garage at 410 S. Main St.



Described as the world’s largest augmented reality mural, a 15,000-square-foot piece of public art was officially unveiled in downtown Tulsa on Monday, with city leaders joining the artists for a first look at its operation.

“I just want to say how grateful we are to the city for everyone who has played a role in beautifying this public space, making better use of it and really putting Tulsa on the national and international map.” , said Mayor GT Bynum, standing in front of the “The Majestic” mural, which adorns both sides of the Main Park Plaza parking lot at 410 S. Main St.

The $ 230,000 project, whose augmented reality features come alive when viewed using a smartphone camera, was commissioned by the Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity and created by the artists of Los Angeles Ryan “Yanoe” Sarfati and Eric “Zoueh” Skotnes.

“It pushes the boundaries of our art further than we ever thought possible a few years ago,” Skotnes said.

“Augmented Reality is something no one has ever tried on this scale, and this animation is something new. We really appreciate that you are giving us this opportunity to do this. We are glad we did in Tulsa. , and it feels like it’s a second hometown for us. “

“The Majestic” is an Art Deco-inspired depiction of flora and fauna native to the Tulsa region, including dovetail flycatchers, swallowtail butterflies, flathead catfish and buttons Eastern Reds, which seem to come to life thanks to augmented reality technology. The central figure of the work is an angel holding two babies, also in Art Deco style.


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Dane County Says It Cannot Afford To Cut Alliant Energy Center Proposals | Local government






The first phase of a massive redevelopment of the Alliant Energy Center was supposed to include a 74,000 square foot extension of the centre’s exhibition hall. But the developers have abandoned the expansion and instead focus on building a new hotel, another major part of the overall project.


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Plans for a roughly $ 600 million portion of the massive Alliant Energy Center expansion far exceed Dane County’s budget and fall short of what county council and committee members expected.

The three developers who submitted proposals for the first phase of the project abandoned the expansion of the Dane County-owned exhibition hall and instead focused on building a private hotel – a major change from this. that the county was looking for in its master plan for the center.

Even with the scaled-down proposals, there is a huge budget deficit: Dane County would need around $ 100 million in public dollars under current project plans. The county has no plan to find that much money.

“We don’t have $ 100 million to spend on this right now,” Dane County CFO Charles Hicklin told members of the Alliant Energy Center redevelopment committee on Tuesday.

Two developers have been asked to adjust their plans by Friday to cut costs. But even if it is successful, Sup. Dave Ripp, 29th District, said he was disappointed that the plans did not include improvements to the county’s existing facilities, namely the expansion of the 74,000-square-foot exhibition hall that the county was seeking in the part of the first phase of the project.

“I think we were hoping that somehow the private sector would help us fund some of the public projects that we want to do,” Ripp said. “Instead, it looks like we need to invest, say, $ 100 million just to get them to come onto our property, to use our land, to do private development.”

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The focus of the relocated Elk Grove library on Wednesday’s forum


Work in progress at Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street in historic downtown Elk Grove on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The pavilion structure, now complete, will be the centerpiece of a community gathering space that will be enhanced by relocation of a new library two blocks away.

Work in progress at Old Town Plaza on Railroad Street in historic downtown Elk Grove on Tuesday, June 8, 2021. The pavilion structure, now complete, will be the centerpiece of a community gathering space that will be enhanced by relocation of a new library two blocks away.

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Elk Grove’s plans for a new library on the outskirts of the city’s old town will be a visit to two community events Wednesday.

Residents can stop by an open house Wednesday at 2:30 p.m. at the Elk Grove Library, 8900 Elk Grove Blvd., Elk Grove-Florin Road; or 5 p.m. at the city booth during the Food Truck Mania event at Old Town Plaza, 9645 Railroad St., Elk Grove Boulevard, to learn more about the plans and influence the design of the project.

The new library branch is slated for the old Rite Aid location, 9260 Elk Grove Blvd., a few blocks east at Elk Grove and Waterman Road, replacing the two-story 13,875 square foot site in the cramped corner of Elk Boulevard Grove and Elk Grove-Florin Road.

The planned 17,340 square foot site at the former Rite Aid will be more than 3,500 square feet larger than the current library house and, with 95 parking spaces, will have double the number of spaces at the current site of the old Town.

Elk Grove and the Sacramento Public Library are designing the project.

Elk Grove bought the Rite Aid site earlier this year in a $ 3 million deal, one-third of its 2018 asking price of $ 9 million. A 2018 city study on needs Elk Grove’s long-term library and arts facility revealed that the Old Town and Franklin High School branches were undersized for the town’s population.

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Darrell Smith covers the courts and California news for The Sacramento Bee. He joined The Bee in 2006 and previously worked for newspapers in Palm Springs, Colorado Springs, Colorado and Marysville. Originally from the Sacramento Valley, Smith was born and raised at Beale Air Force Base near Marysville.



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Churchill Downs Incorporated Announces Historic Race


LOUISVILLE, Ky., September 30, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) – Churchill Downs Incorporated (“CDI” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: CHDN) today announced its intention to open a new historic racing machine (“ HRM ‘) entertainment venue, Derby City Gaming Downtown, Louisville, Kentucky. The 43,000 square foot entertainment venue will be located at 140 South 4e Street, corner of South 4e and West Market, diagonally from the Kentucky International Convention Center.

Derby City Gaming Downtown will initially feature 500 HRM, an outdoor playground and more than 200 on-site parking spaces. The new entertainment venue will offer guests – including locals, tourists and convention attendees – three unique bar concepts: a main level sports bar with a stage for music and shows, a top bourbon library range and an elegant wine and charcuterie lounge. A retail and merchandise store will be located at street level where customers can purchase Kentucky Derby-themed merchandise. Construction of Derby City Gaming Downtown will begin later this year with an expected opening date of early 2023.

The investment in the new entertainment venue will create 450 jobs for the local economy, including 350 construction jobs and over 100 new permanent jobs. The Company will collaborate with OneWest and other community organizations in an intentional effort to provide employment opportunities in the entertainment venue for those residing in the most disadvantaged neighborhoods of Louisville, as well as to provide training and support services. additional social focused on retention, workforce development and career advancement. CDI will intensify its efforts to identify and contract with women-owned and minority-owned businesses for supply chain and contracting needs.

CDI also announced a pledge of $ 1 million to the West End Opportunity Partnership (the “Partnership”), a community-led collaborative initiative that will fund projects to kick-start economic development and improve the quality of society. living in a neighborhood made up of nine West End neighborhoods. : Shawnee, Portland, Russell, Chickasaw, Parkland, California, Park Hill, Park Duvalle and Algonquin. The new Tax Increase Funding District (“TIF”) was created by legislation championed and passed by State Senators Robert Stivers, Julie Raque Adams, Morgan McGarvey and Gerald Neal, and representatives of the State Ken Fleming and Pamela Stevenson. The TIF guarantees that for the next 20 years, 80% of the new tax revenue generated in these neighborhoods will be returned to the Partnership to reinvest in economic development projects and homeowner stabilization in the West End. Seed capital and revenues will be managed by a partnership council made up of neighborhood residents and appointees from community organizations.

“CDI is committed to investing in the city of Louisville and today we are especially excited to announce this new downtown entertainment venue,” said Bill Carstanjen, CEO of CDI. “Our expansion of human resource management will be a victory for the entire Louisville area community. and will create an additional $ 10-12 million per year in scholarship for Churchill Downs Racetrack. The West End Opportunity Partnership and our collaboration with OneWest can help us achieve this vision in a responsible and sustainable manner.

“We congratulate Churchill Downs for their continued investment in Louisville hotel infrastructure. Having a downtown point of contact with one of our most iconic brand pillars is a godsend in helping us successfully market our destination, ”said Cleo Battle, President and CEO of Louisville Tourism. “The attraction will meet a need for much-requested evening options for convention delegates and provide locals and visitors with yet another authentic experience in the heart of Bourbon & Derby City.”

“Today, Churchill Downs is becoming an important part of a revitalization of downtown Louisville that has gained momentum in recent years. The downtown area is the center of our community and, as the economic engine of the region, our downtown area is also the center of our region, ”said Mayor Greg Fischer. Derby City Gaming Downtown will bring even more life to Fourth Street with just under an acre of space for more entertainment offerings, another stop for bourbon fans, a store for Kentucky Derby merchandise and permanent jobs downtown. Thank you, Churchill Downs, for your commitment, your investment and for your confidence in our great city. “

“OneWest is extremely excited about this collaboration and what it will mean for minority contractors in Louisville,” said Evon Smith, President and CEO of OneWest. “This initiative represents intentionality around inclusion and diversity and it starts at the top. The Churchill Downs Incorporated management team is leading the action! “

“I applaud the leaders of Churchill Downs for taking this meaningful step to support the West End Opportunity Partnership and for encouraging other local corporate citizens to follow suit,” said State Senator Gerald Neal. “By taking action to address the inequalities and disparities in our local communities, we are helping to make our Commonwealth a better place for all Kentuckians.”

About Churchill Downs Incorporated

Churchill Downs Incorporated is a leading racing, online betting and gaming entertainment company anchored by our iconic flagship event, the Kentucky Derby. We own and operate three betting-mutual gaming entertainment venues with approximately 3,050 historic racing machines in Kentucky. We also own and operate TwinSpires, one of the largest and most profitable online betting platforms for horse racing, sports and iGaming in the United States and we have eight retail sports betting. We are also a leader in physical casino games in eight states with approximately 11,000 slot machines and video lottery terminals and 200 table games. Additional information on the CDI is available online at www.churchilldownsincorporated.com.

Certain statements made in this press release contain various “forward-looking statements” within the meaning of the “safe harbor” provisions of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements are generally identified by the use of terms such as “anticipate” , “Believe”, “could”, “estimate”, “expect”, “intend”, “may”, “could”, “plan”, “foresee”, “plan”, “seek” “,” “” Will “and similar words or expressions (or negative versions of such words or expressions).

Although we believe that the expectations reflected in these forward-looking statements are reasonable, we cannot guarantee that these expectations will prove to be correct. Important factors, among others, that may affect actual results or results are: the impact of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and related economic issues on our results of operations, financial conditions and our outlook; the effect of economic conditions on our consumers’ confidence and discretionary spending or our access to credit; additional or increased taxes and fees; public perceptions or lack of confidence in the integrity of our business or any deterioration in our reputation; loss of key or highly qualified personnel; restrictions on our credit facilities limiting our flexibility to operate our business; general risks associated with real estate ownership, including fluctuations in market values ​​and environmental regulations; catastrophic events and system failures disrupting our operations; online security risk, including cybersecurity breaches; failure to recover under our insurance policies for damage sustained to our properties in the event of inclement weather and accidents; increased insurance costs and the inability to obtain similar insurance coverage in the future; failure to identify and complete acquisition, expansion or divestiture projects, on time, on budget or as planned; difficulty in integrating recent or future acquisitions into our operations; the costs and uncertainties associated with the development of new sites and the expansion of existing facilities; risks associated with equity investments, strategic alliances and other agreements with third parties; the inability to respond to rapid technological changes in a timely manner; inadvertent infringement of the intellectual property of others; failure to protect our own intellectual property rights; payment risks, such as the risk associated with the fraudulent use of credit and debit cards; compliance with the law on corrupt practices abroad or applicable money laundering regulations; risks associated with current or future legal proceedings and other actions; the inability to negotiate agreements with representatives of the industry, including riders and other racetracks; work stoppages and manpower problems; changes in consumer preferences, attendance, betting and sponsorship with respect to the Churchill Downs Racetrack and the Kentucky Derby; litigation for bodily injury related to injuries occurring on our racetracks; weather and other conditions affecting our ability to run live races; the occurrence of extraordinary events, such as terrorist attacks and threats to public health; changes in the regulatory environment for our racing operations; increased competition in the horse racing industry; difficulty in attracting a sufficient number of horses and trainers for full horse races; our inability to use and provide aggregation services; changes in the regulatory environment for our online horse betting business; A reduction in the number of people betting on live horse races; increased competition in our online horse betting business; the uncertainty and changes in the legal landscape regarding our online horse betting business; the continued legalization of online sports betting and iGaming in the United States and our ability to anticipate and benefit from such legalization; the inability to expand our sports betting operations and compete effectively; failure to manage the risks associated with sports betting; failure to comply with laws requiring us to block access to certain people could result in penalties or impairment of our mobile and online betting products; increased competition in our casino business; changes in the regulatory environment for our casino business; concentration and evolution of the manufacture of slot machines and other technological conditions which could impose additional costs; and the inability to collect gambling claims from customers to whom we extend credit.

We assume no obligation to update or revise forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.

Investor contact: Nick Zangari
(502) 394-1157
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Media contact: Tonya Abeln
(502) 386-1742
[email protected]

A photo accompanying this announcement is available at https://www.globenewswire.com/NewsRoom/AttachmentNg/6466005f-8ba1-418c-a24e-86c306f3f112


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Lompoc Planning Commission Gives Green Light for Mustang Cannabis Plant | Local News


A proposed 68,100-square-foot facility for growing and processing cannabis passed through the Lompoc Planning Board on Wednesday evening, one of two similar projects the committee will be considering in a few weeks.

Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC’s one-story facility is proposed for 3 acres at 1501 North O St. plus 801 and 851 Cordoba Ave. in the city business park area. The three vacant lots are located along North O Street between Cordoba Avenue and Aviation Drive.

Commissioners voted 4-1 to approve several aspects of the project, including reviewing the architectural design / site development and a mixed negative statement for the Mustang cannabis facility, which will also distribute cannabis.

Commissioner Dan Badertscher voted alone against the project without explanation.

The site improvements would include an 8-foot-high fence and gates at the back of the building, which would be surrounded by other members of the business park as well as Walmart to the east of the site, the planner said. Greg Stones at the commission.

“We have done everything possible to comply with the current code. We are very comfortable with the terms of approval as well as the mitigation measures, ”said John Dewey, who is listed as CEO of Newport Beach-based real estate investment group Mustang Lompoc Partners LLC.

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Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC plans to build a 68,100 square foot facility for growing, processing and distributing cannabis in Lompoc. (Map of the city of Lompoc)

The architectural style of the Mustang facility will maintain the character of the neighborhood with a design similar to the nearby Sea Smoke, Dewey said. .

A greenhouse gas condition due to the project’s expected energy consumption – for lighting, freezing and cooling – will most likely lead to the installation of solar panels on the roof as a mitigation measure , said Dewey.

“We’re going to give Lompoc (Electrical Division) a very good customer,” said Dewey.

Sixty-one off-street parking spaces are available, exceeding the 59 spaces required by municipal regulations.

Mustang Lompoc Partners must still submit an application for a commercial cannabis use license for review and approval by the city before starting operations, city staff said. This application process through the City Clerk’s Office includes a comprehensive review of the applicant’s background, business proposal, and operational procedures.

An artist's concept shows the Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC cannabis installation project on North O Street.
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An artist’s concept shows the Mustang Lompoc Investors LLC cannabis installation project on North O Street. (courtesy of the city of Lompoc)

This was one of two similar facilities proposed for Lompoc, which has no limit on the number of cannabis businesses allowed in the community.

In October, planners will review Organic Liberty Lompoc LLC’s proposal for 1025 and 1035 Central Ave. to accommodate a center for cannabis cultivation, manufacturing, processing, testing and distribution on an undeveloped 3.8-acre site.

The building would be approximately 91,000 square feet and two stories, or 35 feet in height, with protection for mechanical equipment on the roof up to 44 feet in height.

The two companies would only sell cannabis products at state-licensed wholesale facilities and would not provide on-site retail, city staff said. They would also not be open to the public, with visitors only allowed when escorted and for specific business purposes.

“It’s good to see new businesses coming to town,” said planning director Brian Halvorson, “and it’s bigger companies that will provide a new base of jobs for Lompoc.”

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Crime report | Robesonian



FAIRMONT – The Commissioners here present heard from local business leaders that 60 new jobs will come to town in the near future.

Marvin Frink, president of Briarwood Custom Meats LLC, told commissioners that the Marion Stage Road business, which opens on February 14, will create 30 new jobs in its first year and another 30 in the next. Frink and his wife Tanisha, who is the company’s CEO, announced the news to commissioners on Tuesday.

“So that’s 60 more jobs we’re adding here at Fairmont,” Marvin Frink told Commissioners.

The company is a meat processing plant, which will process cattle and pigs for building customers. On August 19, the Rural Infrastructure Authority Board approved a grant of $ 200,000 to support building reuse for the business. Briarwood Custom Meats plans to invest $ 1,248,874 in the project.

The 27,432 square foot building will also include a classroom for animal science students at the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and North Carolina State Agricultural and Technical University. to learn more about meat processing. The company plans to hire these students once they graduate, Frink said.

The company also sets up reintegration programs to help employ formerly incarcerated people.

“I want to thank you and your wife for choosing Fairmont to start your business,” said Terry Evans, a Fairmont Commissioner.

“I am very excited about a new business coming to town,” said Heather Seibles, a Fairmont Commissioner.

In other areas, the commissioners approved a request from the Fairmont Rotary Club to place a free library at Fairmont Community Park, where community members can pick up books to read for free and bring them back when finished.

“We, as a club, have built a free library and we would like permission from the commissioners to place it in the community park,” club member Phillip Wall said.

Wall said the library will be placed near the bike racks at the main entrance and maintained by the club. Wall hopes to place the library in the park next week.

The commissioners also approved a contract with VC3 to provide information technology services to the city. The one-time fee of $ 25,930.62 will be paid through the city’s US bailout allowance.

“I negotiated this contract with VC3 so that we are not charged a monthly fee until a cost reduction is achieved by Fairmont,” wrote CEO Hank Raper in a memorandum to the mayor and commissioners. .

Raper said the monthly fee of $ 3,221.79 will be sustained “through continued operating income and expenses.”

He wrote that the one-time charge will support improvements to the water and sewage system and protect “the integrity of the system against potential hacking and ransoms by third parties.”

The commissioners also approved a community development grant infrastructure contract with the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality for the improvement of the Brown Street pumping station. The initial grant is $ 97,000 and the second construction grant is $ 1,903,000.

The commissioners also approved the appointment of LKC Engineering as the grant administrator and engineer for the pumping station project.

Mayor Charles Townsend played the role of tiebreaker in the vote to appoint Butch Lennon to the Fairmont ABC board of directors. Lennon will serve on the board for a three-year term and replace Steve Floyd, whose term expires this month.

Mayor Pro Tem JJ McCree and Commissioners Charles Kemp and Heather Seibles voted in favor of Lennon. Commissioners Felecia McLean, Monte McCallum and Terry Evans voted against.

Evans appointed Khairalla Aziz, also known as Mr. G, to the ABC board. Commissioners McLean and McCallum also voted in favor of his appointment to the board of directors. Aziz operates Mr. G’s Mart on Iona Street in Fairmont.

Evans said Aziz could add his experience in the liquor trade and sale to the board. He also said that Aziz was a prominent member of the community. The commissioner also said he intends to promote racial diversity on the board and make all races feel at home. The nomination and votes for Aziz fell through following the decisive vote for Lennon.

“You’re in the same old routine because your mindset is still the same, it’s not going anywhere. We have to think outside the box, ”he added.

Also on Tuesday, the commissioners learned that the Fairmont Farmers Festival competition will take place on November 6 at around noon at Rosenwald Elementary School in Fairmont. Madison Davenport is the director of the competition, which has not taken place for two years, after the festival was canceled due to health concerns related to COVID-19.

The Reverend Leslie Sessoms, a member of the Ministers of Justice group, introduced the group to the Commissioners on Tuesday. The group of ministers was formed shortly after George Floyd’s death on May 25, 2020 and seeks to provide prayer and support to local law enforcement agencies. The group also seeks to promote racial unity in Robeson County.

“We are looking for peace,” she said. “We are looking for reconciliation.

The commissioners also returned from a closed session to discuss the acquisition of assets, but took no action.


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The Recorder – State funds to help build Greenfield skate park and Buckland community pool projects

A skate park in Greenfield and a community pool in Buckland are among four Franklin County projects that are about to come to fruition with state grants funding parks and open space projects.

Greenfield and Buckland each received $ 400,000 under the Parkland Acquisitions and Renovations for Communities (PARC) program, while Whately received $ 62,588 and Orange $ 83,449.

“I’m so thrilled for Western Mass.,” Said Christy Moore, Greenfield Recreation Manager, who is also a member of the Buckland Recreation Committee. “To be recognized by Boston is always a good thing. “

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Moore said that securing the $ 400,000 grant, which will be used to design and build the proposed skate park for the upper portion of the Chapman Street and Davis Street parking lot, was “completely unbelievable.”

“It was a huge effort on the part of community and city members to support this project,” Moore said.

Moore previously said the total estimated cost of the skate park project is $ 775,000, which the city expects to fund entirely with the PARC grant, a city contribution (from capital funding) of $ 350,000. , plus donations and fundraising.

So far, just over $ 30,000 has been raised for the project, she said, although the money generated by the Greenfield Soapbox Race has yet to be added to the total.

“Any additional funds will go towards amenities,” she said.

In a city press release, Mayor Roxann Wedegartner said the skate park will provide children “with an opportunity to grow, develop skills and socialize in a park that they will enjoy for years to come.”

“This project is the direct result of unwavering community dedication and involvement on many levels,” said Wedegartner.

The new skate park, with an estimated completion date of June 2023, would replace the old 17,000 square foot skate park behind what is now the Olive Street Apartments.

“To say I’m happy,” Moore said, “is an understatement.”

Buckland

City administrator Heather Butler said the $ 400,000 PARC grant, which will help fund the construction of a new community swimming pool and pool house, should allow the city to enter the design and engineering phase of the project.

Butler explained that the pool, which was closed in 2016 for safety reasons, has long been a city priority.

“The original community pool was such a source of community pride and a real eye-catcher for the residents,” said Butler. “When this had to be taken out for safety reasons, I think the idea of ​​replacing it was immediate, and they have been constantly working on a new pool every day since.”

The cost was originally estimated to be around $ 1.2 million – roughly $ 1.1 million available to the city through the PARC grant, an annual allocation of $ 150,000 for the municipal assembly, and community donations. – but that was almost five years ago, she explained.

“A lot has happened in the past five years – a lot has happened in the past two years – that has impacted construction costs in general,” Butler noted.

A more discounted cost will come with the design phase.

Selection committee chairman Zack Turner said he was on the recreation committee about 20 years ago when the Buckland recreation area needed a “huge overhaul.” Although he is no longer a member of the committee, he is delighted to see the community pool being rebuilt.

“The pool is the lifeblood of Buckland,” said Turner. “I couldn’t be happier that we are going to see him return to his former glory.”

Butler said ideally construction on the new pool will begin next spring.

Orange

The $ 83,449 PARC grant Orange received will help fund the Butterfield Park renovation project, according to a state press release.

Alec Wade, director of community development at Orange, worked with five seniors from the Ralph C. Mahar Regional School to apply for the grant.

In a presentation earlier this year, students explained to city officials that the courthouse hoops are rusty and unstable, posing a risk to both health and safety. In addition, the terrain itself is cracked and uneven.

Wade could not be reached at press time Wednesday for more information.

What

The city’s grant of $ 62,588 will be used to improve the safety and accessibility of Herlihy Park, according to the state press release.

The project will include accessibility improvements to the washrooms, pavilion and concession area, as well as the driveway and parking lot, the statement said. At a meeting of the select committee in June, members discussed the need for paving the parking lots in particular.

City administrator Brian Domina could not be reached for further information on Wednesday.

Mary Byrne can be reached at [email protected] or 413-930-4429. Twitter: @MaryEByrne.

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A pandemic space race: self-storage roars back


Last fall, Blackstone acquired Simply Self Storage – with eight million square feet of rental space – for $ 1.2 billion, adding to the $ 300 million already invested in the industry. And in April, Public Storage completed its acquisition of ezStorage for $ 1.8 billion, adding 48 properties with 4.2 million net rentable square feet.

With investor interest and consumer demand high, Edison Properties, owner of Manhattan Mini Storage, is reportedly considering selling its division, which has 18 locations and 3.1 million square feet, for an estimated $ 3 billion. dollars, or nearly $ 1,000 per square. foot, Bloomberg News reported.

Edison declined to discuss the sale, but the price tag is not surprising, said Mr. Sakwa of Evercore, given the generally high cost of real estate in New York City.

Much of the growth is in general units, but storage for extras like RVs and boats, as well as cold storage, has also increased.

Despite peak demand and sparkling acquisition prices, “all is not rosy under the hood,” said Stephen Clark II of the Clark Investment Group in Wichita, Kan., Which specializes in self-storage among d ‘other categories of real estate. Rental statistics that show a high occupancy rate can be misleading, he said, as they include a number of long-term tenants whose rates are below the market.

And experts don’t know how postpandemic behavior will affect the industry. For example, what happens when storage tenants move out of their parents’ home or don’t need to use their second bedroom as a makeshift office?

But with house prices escalating nationwide, so-called starter homes have become more expensive and some new owners are opting for smaller spaces. That, Mr Morales said, could translate into a constant demand for storage.


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San Francisco embraces first tiny homeless cabin village with plans for SoMa

After years of resistance, San Francisco is finally embarking on the mini-house technique to shelter the homeless with the intention of installing them in two parking lots between Market and Mission streets, The Chronicle has learned.

The lots at 33 Gough St. have been in use since December as a city-sanctioned ‘safe sleep village’, housing 44 tents for homeless people while they receive guidance on how to get them to permanent homes. These tents will be replaced in late fall with 70 mini-homes, dubbed cabins, similar to those already in use for years in Oakland, the Peninsula and San Jose.

Each 64 square foot cabin will have a steel frame, 2 inch thick walls, heating systems, desk, bed and window. The site will benefit from improved bathrooms, storage space and a dining room.

The $ 1.7 million cost of building and installing the cabins, as well as the dining room and other facilities, will be paid for by money raised by nonprofits DignityMoves and Tipping. Point Community. The cabins will remain in place for 18 months, when the lease signed by the city for the use of the parking lots as outdoor shelters runs out.

The cabins are only a pilot program, and this test is just the latest in a series of new techniques the city has tried in light of the growing homeless population during the coronavirus pandemic. With new tax and federal funding that will bring funding for the homeless in San Francisco to around $ 800 million for each of the next two years, programs and policy makers plan to buy more properties for the homeless. shelter, place people in vacant apartments in the city and open a secure campervan site for 150 vehicles.

“So many homeless people don’t want to go to collective shelters, and tents have been a good outdoor alternative, but these huts are a big next step,” said Elizabeth Funk, founder and director of DignityMoves, who is the developer of the cabin site. “When you have your own bedroom and a door that locks, it makes a big difference.

These cabins will be set up at 33 Gough Street in San Francisco, replacing the current tent village for the homeless.

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“I believe when you give someone that kind of dignity that you can get with your own bedroom and a lockable door, you close them for more success,” Funk said.

Several of those now living in the tents at 33 Gough Street said they were excited to swap their fabric walls for solid ones. Each will be offered a place in the chalet community when it opens, officials said.

“Coming home to something that really looks like a home would be so great,” said Benjamin Longmore, 36, who has been at the Safe Sleep Village since it opened and is studying to become a poverty counselor. “A door you can lock, a little warmth so you don’t get cold at night – I’d love that.”

“I’m really trying to take the next step in my life and need all the help I can get. “

A few tents away, Jacqueline Smith, 29, said she was still recovering from the trauma of living on the streets for several years before moving to the Safe Sleep Village a month ago.

“I have never felt safe outside, and this place is a big improvement over the street, but I would really like to have a real door and window that I could look through without being exposed,” said she declared. “Having a place with walls would make you feel more like going back to normal, which I want so badly. “

Like many in the village, she said she agreed to move into the tent site after being intermittently homeless for 10 years because “it felt a lot safer than a typical indoor shelter, especially during a pandemic where you get sick from being so close to so many other people.

Oakland has served more than 600 people with similar cottage camps since 2017, and city officials say about half have moved to more permanent housing after stabilizing. The cities of San Jose and Mountain View, in partnership with several agencies and associations, have created more than 640 units of this type over the past two years, also used as transitional housing.

San Francsico has always been reluctant to set up tiny houses rather than assembly shelters due to the severe shortage of open and unused space in the city. But the pandemic forced authorities to be more flexible, and sheltering people in outdoor tents was safer than placing them in confined indoor assembly shelters.

The city now operates five of these sites, containing 220 tents and dubbed “Safe Sleep Villages”. Officials have been criticized for the relatively high cost of each site, $ 61,000 per year per tent, and said they have looked at that cost to reduce it.

The cabins are considered an improvement over the tent model. They will also reduce the cost of the site, since the 70 cabins in total will cost about the same cost to operate as the total of 44 tents.

In an email to The Chronicle, the Mayor of London Breed said the shacks were a promising method of providing people with a safe and dignified place to live while waiting for scarce permanent housing to open up.

“As we move forward, our goal is not to return to where we were, but rather to use the lessons learned during COVID to move this city forward and make a real difference for our residents,” she said. in the email. “We know we need more housing, but we also need temporary places for people to come off the streets and go to housing, and we want to test this new strategy for its effectiveness.”

Several people who work or live in the area seemed to embrace the idea of ​​the cabin, citing the lack of issues associated with the location of the tent.

“This place (the tent site) has been really quiet – organized and tight,” said Allen Beard, who works in a construction office across the street. “There was no problem. They have good security and actually help keep the area more secure. “

Kevin Fagan is a writer for the San Francisco Chronicle. Email: [email protected] Twitter: @KevinChron

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Avon Planning Commission approves revised parking plan for library expansion – Morning Journal

The Avon Planning Commission voted on September 15 to reduce the parking plan for the expansion of the Avon branch of the Lorain public library system.

Avon’s director of economic development Pam Fechter said the site was short of a few parking spaces and the city was working through a deal with surrounding businesses.

However, due to unforeseen circumstances, this could not be achieved, Fechter said.

According to the city code, she said the Avon branch, located at 37485 Harvest Drive, would normally require 156 spaces.

But due to the circumstances, the plaintiff requested a plan consisting of 101 parking spaces, Fechter said.

In conversations with the architect about the project, she shared the city’s feeling that the parking plan was sufficient and that any additional parking would have a detrimental effect on the historic French Creek neighborhood.

Jason Nolde of the GPD Group said in a review of Numbers and Other Northeast Ohio Libraries that the parking plan strikes a good balance for Avon’s needs.

“By our calculations, we have about 228 square feet per parking space, so we offer more than our neighbors do in terms of library parking,” Nolde said. “And so, we feel like… we’re in the French Creek district trying to maximize as much green space as we can, I think that’s a good balance for this particular project.”

The Avon branch launched a 16,000 square foot expansion on August 10 that will double the size of the structure.

The $ 9 million project is funded by a 20-year, $ 2 million tax that is expected to raise $ 1.9 million annually.

The expanded library will total 26,867 square feet, up from the current facility of approximately 10,000 square feet, which will allow the library to meet the needs of the Avon community, library officials said. .

The design plans have the library expanded with a reading garden, a driving window, and an aesthetic aimed at blending in with Avon’s historic French Creek neighborhood.

The interior of the building will have increased meeting room capacities, technology upgrades and a dedicated area for programming for children and youth.

The library is expected to be completed in the summer of 2022.

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Developers Propose $ 120 Million Alternative Vision for Block 800 in St. Pete • St Pete Catalyst


Texas-based Trammell Crow Residential, one of the largest multi-family developers in the United States, is proposing to transform the city-owned 800 Block into a $ 120 million apartment complex.

The group submitted a proposal to the city of St. Petersburg as the city had to open the solicitation process for the property following an unsolicited offer from the Moffitt Cancer Center, as first reported by the Saint Pierre Catalyst. The group’s proposal is one of five new proposals submitted to the city vying for the site.

“We have been researching sites in St. Pete for the past two months. This is a complete block of land and when the advice was issued it sparked and sped up our process, ”said Seven Epps, vice president of development for the South East division.

“The big component of the project is the high percentage of housing for the workforce. Usually you would only see 10% of the workforce housing units in projects and that’s 30%, ”he said.

The development would have 120 workforce housing apartments. Apartments for those earning the median income in the area would represent 30% of units, and the remaining 70% would be 280 apartment units at market rate.

The presentation shows five floors of residential units ranging from studios (approximately 600 square feet) to one and two bedroom units, ranging from 750 square feet to 1,100 square feet.

Epps described the apartments as having a “sleek modern style” with quartz countertops in the kitchens, modern appliances, and vinyl floors. The complex would also provide residents with amenities such as a resort-style swimming pool, a pet spa, a “hammock garden” and electric car charging stations.

Unit prices were not included due to fluctuating market rates, Epps said.

The development would also include 11,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor and a public / private parking garage.

The site map. The photo is provided by Trammell.

Although a parking garage is not required, TCR wants a parking element to complete the project.

TCR would use 2.51 acres of the site for development, which it said would allow the city of St. Petersburg to keep 2nd Ave. S. open to further development opportunities and to maintain the city’s network system.

“It will also be beneficial as Tropicana’s redevelopment plans progress, allowing future access directly to development,” the group wrote in its proposal.

This development would be the group’s first project in St. Pete. Epps said the goal is to shut down the site within the next 10 to 12 months with completion in mid-2023.

TCR is active in the Central Florida and Tampa market. Its properties include the Alexan Grove Apartments in Tampa and Alexan Winter Park, Alexan Crossroads and others in the Orlando area.

TCR works with the civil engineering firm Kimley-Horn from its office in St. Pete.

The group has several offices, with the Atlanta office looking after properties in Florida; however, the group may open an office in St. Pete to establish its roots.

Epps said the group is planning further developments in the Tampa Bay area.

In the unsolicited offer that Moffitt made

The Moffitt Cancer Center and a lead developer are interested in purchasing the site to create a cancer care facility, residential tower and a potential future building for St. Pete-based UPC, known as United Insurance Holdings Corp. (NASDAQ: UIHC).

The site map of the development group. Documents from the town of St. Pete.

The city received the group’s unsolicited $ 5 million offer several weeks ago and had to open the door to other prospects interested in the site.

The breakdown of the entire project:

  • 75,000-square-foot, three-storey outpatient cancer medical building
  • A 30-storey, 350-unit residential tower that will include a housing component for the workforce and at least 10% retail businesses on the ground floor
  • A parking garage with public access with a planned minimum of 500 parking spaces
  • A potential hotel development of 14 floors

A significant factor in the unsolicited proposal is Moffitt’s penetration into the downtown St. Pete market. This would allow residents of St. Pete to have a direct connection to Moffitt’s providers and services – an asset that is not otherwise available at the city’s current ambulatory care facilities, according to the offer letter.

Thursday in the Catalyst: for information on the other four proposals that have been submitted to the city. The city is seeing them again.


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County seeks public opinion on plans for vacant Wendy’s land

Arlington County invites the public to comment on the planned development of the vacant Wendy’s land at 2025 Clarendon Blvd.

Greystar Real Estate Partners proposes to transform the 0.57 acre lot about one block from the Courthouse metro station into a 16 story apartment building, with up to 231 residential units and 4,000 square feet of retail Retail.

Until Thursday, September 16, residents can comment on the land use – whether the building is to be used for apartments or offices – as well as the size of the building, architecture, transportation and open spaces.

Initially, the project was to be an office building, proposed by the former developer, Carr Properties. After receiving the go-ahead from the county council in 2015, the fast food restaurant was demolished in 2016, but the office building never materialized. Instead, the vacant lot was used as a staging area for 2000 Clarendon, a condo project across the street.

A representative for Greystar said in a presentation that Carr could not find a tenant for the office building. The new developer therefore turned to apartments instead.

“While a conversion from an office to residential use will always require some modifications to a building, we took a fresh look at the previously approved project, while modifying it to fit a residential floor plan and by adding a modest extra height, ”the representative mentioned.

For the new project, the county and Greystar are interested in commenting on the architecture.

Greystar and architect Cooper Carry liken the building to a ship, county planner Adam Watson said. At the “bow”, pointing west towards N. Courthouse Road, an “angular glass vessel” perched on marble-clad columns will rise above the square, while the facades along Clarendon and Wilson Blvd will be red brick, he said.

“We are really looking forward to hearing your thoughts and comments on what you would like to see in terms of signature gateway architecture on the site,” he said.

A 1,497 square foot public pedestrian plaza will be located under the columns at the intersection of Courthouse Road, Wilson Blvd and Clarendon Blvd. Greystar is looking to fill the retail space with a restaurant that can use the place for alfresco dining, according to a spokesperson.

In the basement, the new project includes a parking ratio of 0.32 spaces per unit, for a total of 74 spaces for residents, but no commercial parking, according to a staff presentation. There will be 252 secure bicycle parking spaces and eight visitor spaces.

At 16 stories and 165.5 feet tall, the project is much higher than the recommended maximum of 10 stories in the Rosslyn Urban Design Study in Courthouse. But Greystar has a plan to secure the desired height and density.

The project involves a 104,789 square foot transfer of development rights to Wakefield Manor, a small garden apartment complex located less than half a mile from the proposed development. Housing on N. Courthouse Road – featuring elements of art deco and modern design – has a historic easement, depending on the county.

Once the comment period is over, the county plans to hold virtual sitemap review committee meetings in October and November. Dates for committee meetings and final county council approval have yet to be determined.

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Cannae Holdings Shifts to Water Efficient Landscape with Aim to Create a Sustainable Workplace


When Facilities Manager Jim Rainey was tasked with finding ways to implement more sustainable practices in the building he manages, he hatched a plan to replace the property’s water-thirsty grass with a landscape. smart and introduced it to the new management team.

“It was an easy sale. The grass dies every year anyway, and it takes a lot of work to keep it alive, ”said Rainey, who oversees a Cannae Holdings Inc. building on Village Center Circle in Summerlin. Built in 1998, the building’s mature landscape also included shrubs that had seen better days. “After so many years, you can only prune the shrubs before they look like sticks.”

To help offset the costs of the landscape upgrade, Rainey applied for the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA) Water Smart Landscapes rebate program, which offers up to $ 3 per square foot for grass replaced by a drip irrigated landscape. The 2,750 square foot conversion has earned landowners a cash incentive of $ 8,250 and saves more than 151,000 gallons of water per year.

“Saving water is a big deal,” Rainey said. In addition to reducing water bills and operating costs for the property, the landscape conversion has also eliminated water wastage caused by over-spraying sprinklers. “On windy days, the wind would just blow the water from the sprinklers onto the grass, wasting water. With drippers around plants and trees, you eliminate water waste and use water more efficiently.

The tenants also expressed their support for improving the landscape. “Everyone is really happy with the result. People said it’s a great place to work, and they’re happy with the change, ”said Rainey.

For homeowners who may be reluctant to remove the grass because it provides greenery or because they don’t know where to start, Rainey noted that desert landscapes can be vibrant and colorful, and they can use plants from the existing landscape. As part of the Village Center Circle upgrade, Rainey has retained dozens of healthy trees and shrubs that continue to provide shade and keep the area surrounding the building lush and green. The aesthetic presentation of the improved landscape includes mature foliage as well as new plants and, of course, drip irrigation.

“You don’t have to start from scratch. What you want to do is capitalize on what you already have and build on that, ”said Rainey, who recommended keeping trees and shrubs healthy. “So you don’t get rid of everything, and at the same time you save water.”

“Jim Rainey is a great example of a champion of water conservation,” said Doug Bennett, conservation director for SNWA. “We need more people like Jim to help homeowners see the benefit of replacing grass with water-efficient landscapes, especially as our community continues to face historic drought and harsh conditions. of shortages that will reduce our community’s water supply by nearly 7 billion gallons by 2022.. “

SNWA has taken important steps to prepare for the scarcity conditions, including building Intake 3 and the lake’s low-level pumping station and storing the unused water in reserve for future use by our community. A new law signed by the governor of Nevada will also help protect the valley’s water supply. Assembly Bill 356 prohibits the use of Colorado River water to irrigate non-functioning sod in streetscapes, medians, parking lots and other lawns not used for recreational purposes. by the end of 2026.

“The amount of water we apply to these areas of decorative turf exceeds the scarcity we face. The solution to balancing our water supply is literally under our feet, ”said Bennett, noting that with the declaration of unprecedented scarcity, business leaders and residents must step up their commitment to conservation. “These efforts will help ensure the long-term economic success of our community.

Find out how you can lower your business operating costs and take advantage of cash incentives by emailing one of SNWA’s business experts at [email protected] or call 702-862-3740.

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$ 4 million land deal marks start of Sauer industrial center


A conceptual rendering of one of the industrial buildings planned for the first phase of the Sauer Industrial Center. (BizSense File Images)

A massive new industrial park near Richmond International Airport is one more step towards a seven-figure land deal.

Becknell Industrial has paid $ 4.26 million for 83 acres which make up the bulk of the planned first phase of the Sauer Industrial Center, a 450-acre site just south of the RIC that local developer Sauer Properties plans to eventually fill with. 3.3 million square feet of class A industrial buildings. Space.

Sauer Properties was the seller of the larger of the two parcels involved in the transaction: a 75-acre parcel that was sold on July 22. Although part of the same transaction, an adjacent 3-acre parcel owned by Gerald and Patricia Merridew was recorded as having sold August 2, according to Henrico County property records. The two plots occupy the northeast corner of the Airport Drive-Pocahontas Parkway interchange.

While these parcels are about 5 acres less than the total amount of land Becknell purchased, Ashley Peace, president of Sauer Properties, attributed the difference to the tax-free right of way that was ceded as part of the OK.

The online property records did not include recent appraisal data for the 75-acre parcel.

A map of the Sauer industrial center site, oriented with the right side to the north.

Becknell’s purchase does not include three additional plots that make up the remainder of the Phase 1 site. Peace said Sauer Properties, which still owns those plots, will develop them itself.

The purchase paves the way for Becknell to begin construction of two warehouses totaling approximately 726,000 square feet, according to the company. The Indiana-based developer has already filed plans with Henryrico that called for a larger footprint, with around 100,000 square feet more.

The largest building will now total nearly 446,700 square feet and will be a transshipment facility. The other building, a rear-loading configuration, will total approximately 279,300 square feet.

Becknell is targeting completion of the two buildings in May 2022. He is working with investment manager Ares Management on the project, which will include on-site car and trailer parking and construction features such as sprinkler systems. rapid response to early suppression and LED lighting with motion detectors. .

Peace said Becknell rented one of the buildings and sent it back to Becknell for user confirmation. A call to a spokeswoman for Becknell was not returned on Friday.

Elevation renderings of the proposed first phase of buildings.

The buildings are kicking off what is slated to be a multi-phased development, with Sauer Properties developing two subsequent phases that would fill the Sauer-controlled land on the west side of Airport Drive to Laburnum Avenue.

Peace said the company is finalizing a conceptual layout for the rest of the industrial center site. She said efforts to market these facilities to potential users could begin in a few weeks.

A regular in the area, Becknell developed the nearby airport distribution center just west of the Sauer industrial center site. Earlier this year, she sold four properties there, along with another at 8750 Park Central Drive, in northern Henrico, to New York-based Raith Capital Partners for $ 65 million.

Becknell has also signed on to develop a 1.1 million square foot distribution center for Lowe’s Home Improvement in Hanover County.


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Phase 3 of Tempe’s Novus Innovation Corridor Nearly Completed


The Novus Innovation Corridor, a 355-acre planned mixed-use development located on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University, is nearing completion of its third phase. At the time of construction, Novus will include more than 10 million square feet of retail, restaurant, urban residential housing, hotels and offices.

According to ASU’s Seidman Research Institute, the economic impact of developing completed and active projects is estimated at $ 1.86 billion. It is also forecast that 33,734 will be created by 2035 through operations at Novus, with an additional 20,000 temporary construction jobs.


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The land that is being built is owned by ASU in what is called a sports facilities district. Developers within Novus pay fees to ASU instead of property taxes, and these funds must be invested in the university’s sports facilities.

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity where a university has all of this underutilized land and market demand to create something that will successfully generate income,” said Brian Kearney, senior vice president of development for Catellus – the main developer of Novus – at a lunch hosted by AZCREW.

A new urban center

Development at Novus is planned in four phases. Marina Heights, a 20-acre, 2.1 million-square-foot campus for State Farm, anchored the first phase. Transwestern Investment Group and JDM Parners acquired Marina Heights in 2018 for $ 928 million. The second phase gave the Sun Devil Stadium a $ 375 million renovation, which was completed in 2019. An office park is planned for phase four, on the south side of Rio Salado Parkway and east of Rural Road .

The third phase, currently under construction, focuses on the creation of an urban district at the crossroads of University Drive and Rural Road. Tower 777, developed by Ryan Companies and opened in July 2020, is a six-story building with 160,907 square feet of office space and 8,316 square feet of retail. Mortenson Development built the eight-story, 259-room Hyatt Place / Hyatt House, which began taking reservations in August 2020.

Novus Innovation Corridor Tower 777 won the 2021 RED award for best office project over 150,000 square feet.

In support of the surrounding neighborhood and ASU events, the Novus Place parking garage was completed in June 2020, adding approximately 1,800 parking spaces. “It was a better use of the land to create a centralized parking structure, rather than creating three or four smaller ones for individual uses,” says Kearney.

Projects to be completed in the third phase include the Piedmont, a multi-family structure that will add 318 units to the market when completed in December 2021. Opening in the third quarter of 2023 will be 700 Novus Place, which will be approximately 147,800 feet tall. office squares. and 11,500 square feet of retail space on the ground floor. A new apartment complex developed by Transwestern and slated for completion in the second quarter of 2024 will contain 200 micro-units, with 80% of the studios averaging 450 square feet.

“Most of the units are studio apartments fully furnished with furniture that can convert the space from a bedroom to a living room when there is no sleep,” notes Kearney. “This complex is not intended to accommodate large concentrations of students. Nothing prevents students from renting accommodation and there will be students living in these places, but the idea for Novus in general is not to be student-oriented. It is truly a mixed-use commercial district.

“Development within the Novus Innovation Corridor aligns with our vision to be America’s premier hub for innovation and entrepreneurship at all levels,” said Michael Crow, president of ASU, in a statement. “The benefits to our students, faculty, the university, the city of Tempe and the business community are already being felt – and they will only increase as other visionaries construct new buildings and facilities to deliver. opportunities under Novus. “


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Winvic completes its construction program for lease in Milton Keynes


Winvic has completed on Aubrey Place, a 294 rental unit construction program in the heart of Milton Keynes

In January 2020, Packaged Living and Fiera Real Estate, the original owners of the site, signed a financing agreement with Invesco for this purpose-built rental building program.

When completed, the development will include 294 one, two and three bedroom apartments for rent spread over 18 floors.

The development will also benefit from 83 parking spaces, 294 bicycle storage facilities, 2,500 square foot commercial space and 17,324 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space, ranging from a reception and from a living room on the ground floor, to the terraces on the roof, to the storage of parcels and to two landscaped courtyards.

An important step for the Almere

Mark Woodrow, Deputy Managing Director of Packaged Living, said: “We are delighted to be a part of The Almere’s closing ceremony – an extremely important program for Packaged Living as the first of our more than 2,000 homes. .

“We thank Winvic for doing a great job under the difficult circumstances of the past year.”

Mark Jones, Multi-Room Director, added: “We are delighted to have reached this milestone despite the unprecedented challenges of the past year.

“I want to commend the team for their hard work and dedication in bringing the project to this point. It’s great to be able to welcome the Packaged Living and Invesco team to the site to enjoy the view from the top of the 18-story building.

Construction of the Almere is expected to be completed in early 2022.


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Real Estate Market Reports Show Slow, Positive Gains


Speculative industrial construction is on the horizon in western Michigan. Meanwhile, retailers are struggling to fill vacancies in the wake of the 2020 pandemic, and many large national businesses are still reluctant to send people back to the office.

The western Michigan industrial market continued to perform well despite the challenges of the past year. According to second quarter reports from NAI Wisinski of West Michigan, the overall vacancy rate stands at 3.3%, which has increased slightly since the end of 2020, which ended at 2.7%.

NAIWWM industry specialist Andrew Kapanowski said the slight increase in the vacancy rate appears to be coming from the southeast Grand Rapids and lake shores submarkets and is most likely due to available speculative construction.

Average rental rates for the second quarter are $ 4.76 per square foot, which is up from the average triple net rental rates of $ 4.28 in the first quarter.

“These numbers are signs of the record demand we are seeing in the western Michigan industrial market and testify to the lack of inventory available for lease,” said Kapanowski. “We expect these rates to remain high until 2021, but should start to stabilize as new construction becomes available and helps meet demand.”

New construction is expected to persist until 2021, as the continued shortage of inventory has kept demand at an all-time high. That said, skyrocketing construction costs are forcing some developers to wait for costs to drop again before launching new projects.

Kapanowski added that many transactions continue to take place off-market, and many of those off-market transactions occur before the signs are released and are based on relationships within the brokerage community. The quality buildings that find their way onto the market tend to disappear quickly, he said.

Notable market activity in the second quarter included the near completion by Mission Design & Automation of a new 50,000 square foot facility at 9898 Black River Court in Holland.

The industrial automation and robotics company has invested more than $ 5 million in the expansion and plans to add at least 109 high-tech jobs in western Michigan. The company receives financial support for vocational training from the Michigan Strategic Fund of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation and West Michigan Works !, as well as a 12-year tax exemption for industrial facilities from Holland Charter Township.

Additionally, Autocam Medical, a Kentwood-based global manufacturer of precision surgical and medical devices and components, is investing $ 60 million through 2024 to build a new headquarters and manufacturing facility in Kentwood. The new facility will be 100,000 square feet, located at Broadmoor Avenue and 36th Street, and will be ready for occupancy in January.

After much uncertainty, the second quarter of 2021 is starting to see how the effects of the pandemic and work restrictions have impacted the Grand Rapids office market. More immediate was the concern over the reaction of the office market to the lifting of said work restrictions, which took place during this quarter.

“The parking lots have seen more cars than in the last 15 months, but they are still not ‘full’. Some businesses are back to pre-COVID normalcy, while some are cautiously returning to work in person, and others are still working remotely, ”said Mary Anne Wisinski-Rosely, NAIWWM partner and office specialist. “The trend we’re seeing is that small local businesses are back to the new normal, while many large national / global businesses are still working remotely with limited in-person work.

“Some companies are committed to getting back to the office 100% while others find remote working is possible full time or on a hybrid model.”

Vacancy rates edged up as businesses decided how to proceed. Some gave up their space altogether and others reduced their current location or moved to a smaller space if their lease allowed. There are a few companies that have actually increased their space requirements to better distribute their employees.

In the second quarter, the overall vacancy rate was 6%, up from 5.5% in the first quarter, and the total average rate per square foot was $ 15.58, down slightly from 15.60 $ in the first trimester.

The only market segment that saw a slight decline in vacancy rates was the Southeastern Grand Rapids B&C class market – 6.3% vs. 6% in the first quarter. The suburban markets seem to be doing better than the downtown market in general. In addition, rental rates increased slightly in all sectors except the NW office market which saw rental rates decline slightly.

Vitreo-Retinal Associates, an ophthalmology practice providing eye care services in Grand Rapids, Kalamazoo, Muskegon and Ionia, in June announced plans to double its Kalamazoo space in 2022. Currently located in 4,800 square feet of space at 1080 N. 10th St., the new location will be a new single-tenant building at 1060 N. 10th St. in the West Pointe office park.

MCPc will also move to 1601 Madison Ave. SE in 2022. The Cleveland-based technology logistics and data security company will replace the building that has been vacant for decades and opened the new project in July. This move to the heart of Madison Square is expected to create around 100 new jobs in the local community.

By far the hardest hit industry during the 2020 pandemic, retail is now gaining momentum in the second quarter, but that momentum is hampered by a lack of employees. Retail businesses, in many cases, offer more than minimum wage and signing bonuses to attract much-needed help. Some restaurants still offer take-out or have very limited hours because they don’t have the staff to meet consumer demand.

“The good news is that rental activity in our market is on the rise,” said Bob Lotzar, senior vice president and retail specialist for NAIWWM. “The demand for smaller retail spaces has increased dramatically over the past month. Western Michigan is also seeing national retailers entering our market for the first time. “

The overall vacancy rate is 7.4% and the average demand rate is $ 10.52 per square foot. These numbers are virtually unchanged from the first quarter, when the overall vacancy rate was the same and the average demand rate was $ 10.46 per square foot.

Whole Foods is under construction on 28th Street SE across from Woodland Mall. Ross Dress for Less is currently reviewing sites in Grand Rapids for the first time. Other retailers, such as Tropical Smoothie Café and B2 Outlet Stores, are looking to expand into the local market.

Quality Class A space is hard to find in the most important retail corridors, Lotzar said. The spaces available are still at pre-COVID rental rates. Momentum in the western Michigan retail sector is likely to continue to build up through the end of the year, but will depend somewhat on the ability of business owners to fill vacancies. .

Grove, the gourmet farm-to-table restaurant of the Essence Restaurant group, will reopen this fall. Located at 919 Cherry St. SE, Grove has been closed due to COVID-19. During the closure it was converted to a temporary take-out chicken outlet and later a private food court. When it reopens, Grove will have a refreshed interior and a new menu with 13 to 15 daily seasonal dishes.

Sparrows Coffee, a Grand Rapids-based coffee shop, is opening a new location at Kingma’s Market in the Creston / Cheshire Village neighborhood (2225 Plainfield Ave. NE). The new store measures approximately 600 square feet and offers a large outdoor patio. Sparrows is open 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Sparrows will also partner with local suppliers such as Rise Bakery, Lively Up Kombucha and Atucún Chocolate.


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Prologis buys land near Philadelphia airport


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PHILADELPHIA – Popular parking lot near Philadelphia International Airport bought for $ 45 million by Prologis, a real estate giant specializing in leasing space to retail, e-commerce and logistics businesses , according to the company that negotiated the agreement.

What caught the attention of the San Francisco-based company is the nearly 19-acre property, long used by travelers who have parked their cars on the PreFlight lot. Owned by a subsidiary of InterPark – a Chicago-based company that operates nearly a dozen parking lots in Philadelphia – the PreFlight lot was closed to the public last month.

“The pandemic has really accelerated this trend of last mile, logistics-driven industrial real estate,” said Ryan Guittare, with commercial real estate firm Newmark, who represented InterPark in the sale. “Everyone is working to shorten the time it takes to get products to consumers. “

Entrance to the PreFlight long-term parking lot on Island Avenue near the Philadelphia International Airport. The lot closed last month and the property was acquired by Prologis. (Tom Gralish / Philadelphia Enquirer / Tribune News Service)

Prologis acquired Philadelphia developer Liberty Property Trust, and with it more than 500 industrial sites, in a $ 13 billion transaction that closed last year. As of June, Prologis owned or had invested in nearly one billion square feet of real estate in 19 countries. The company said its main customers are Amazon, Home Depot, FedEx, UPS, and DHL.

Prologis did not immediately comment. InterPark did not return a request for comment.

A 271,000 square foot facility is located on the plot. In marketing materials, Newmark highlighted the property’s proximity to the airport, downtown and PhilaPort, its easy access to freeways, and the 49 million people within a 200 mile radius.

In June, the airport announced a major initiative to expand cargo facilities over the next five to ten years. News of these plans “tied very well to our sales process,” Guittare said.

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Walton County Approves Commercial Project on County Road 30A

FREEPORT – A unanimous vote by the Walton County Technical Review Committee on Wednesday paved the way for commercial development on County Road 30A at Tanglewood Drive.

Panama City Beach-based developer Nissim Afuta’s plan calls for the construction of a 6,233 square foot one-story structure on 0.80 acre land on the west side of CR 30A, about a mile south from its western intersection with the US Highway. 98. There is a mix of land uses in the area, including residential properties, and residents of the area have expressed concerns about previous versions of the proposal.

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The proposal had already been submitted to the Technical Review Committee (TRC), and following feedback from the neighborhood, Afuta and the engineering firm working with him, Nautilus Civil Engineers, based in Santa Rosa Beach, redesigned the project. .

As approved on Wednesday, the project now includes entry and exit points along CR 30A and Tanglewood Drive, as well as nearly two dozen internal parking spaces and increased attention to the site’s vegetation.

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Going forward, however, will require the developer to pay just over $ 61,000 as a “proportional fair share” of the projected impact of the development on transportation infrastructure in the immediate area. In addition, Afuta underwent a “preservation buyout” assessment – a reflection of the project’s impact on the natural environment, before work could begin.

Since the project is classified as “minor development” under county regulations, it will not require any review or decision by the Walton County Council of Commissioners. It will, however, have to meet construction requirements and other necessary permits to continue moving forward.

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TRC votes to move plans for Greg Orr Porsche dealership

On Wednesday, the TRC voted to move plans for a car dealership – proposed for the south side of US Highway 98 east of Don Bishop Road and west of Sugar Drive – forward for the September meeting. of the Design Review Board, the next step in the development review process.

Greg Orr Porsche is currently planned as a 28,450 square foot structure, comprising a showroom, service and office spaces and associated infrastructure on a 3.44 acre lot.

Plans for the dealership had been filed earlier by the county for a redesign, and TRC members learned on Wednesday that Porsche itself had requested a redesign of the plan.

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And at a January TRC meeting, Walton County Planning Director Mac Carpenter questioned whether the concessionaire could be authorized on the US 98 portion of the Scenic Corridor.

David Smith of Innerlight Engineering, the Miramar Beach firm working with Orr, told TRC on Wednesday that the firm was responding to a number of questions included in a report from planning staff on the proposal, including issues related to the presence of the concessionaire on the panoramic corridor. .

Some of the issues that must be addressed for the site include the location of parking spaces, required vegetation and signage.

Addressing the engineering firm’s work on planning staff questions, Smith told TRC members that the firm was “in great shape to respond” just before the committee’s decision to send the proposal to the Board of Directors. design review.

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Biff-Burger has a new owner, the ICOT Center offices have been acquired • St Pete Catalyst


The iconic Biff-Burger joint is acquired by a local investor. The Clearwater ICOT center, among other offices, is taken over by a single entity. The property across from Derby Lane where the greyhound races were held could be used for multi-family development. A home in Clearwater Beach sells for $ 10.5 million, making it the highest home sale in Pinellas County. The home of a former St. Pete mayor hits the market.

Here is this week’s roundup of local real estate offers:

Property across Derby Lane may be used for multi-family development

Two vacant commercial plots opposite the Derby Lane site have been purchased.

10491, boulevard Gandy N. in Saint-Pierre. Google Maps.

St. Tropez Investment Co. LLC has sold two lots at 10491 Gandy Blvd. N. in a $ 2.3 million agreement with MD Gandy LLC, which is related to Clearwater-based HC JV LLC, managed by Loci Capital Management Co. LLC.

The acquired lots are directly across from the Tortuga Point apartments and are described as an ideal location to build a multi-family development.

The area surrounding the Derby Lane track is one place the developers are keeping a close eye on.

Since the Derby Lane track closed in 2020, due to the passage of an amendment banning greyhound racing, local officials have said they could potentially see the Tampa Bay Rays build a new stadium on the site.

However, no effort has been reported to move the conversation forward on the Rays potentially occupying the stadium, and although greyhound racing has ended inside the stadium, the popular Derby Lane poker room remains open.

Biff-Burger and Buffy’s BBQ have a new owner

The nostalgic Biff-Burger and Buffy’s BBQ adjoining St. Pete are new owners.

Biff-Burger. Photo by Bill DeYoung.

Justin Basil, director of Tampa-based Rockwell Investments, purchased the two plots at 3939 49th St. N. in a $ 1.4 million deal.

He was interested in the property because of its frontage on 49th Street. Basil’s wife Lauren Basil operates the Mosh Posh consignment store in Tampa, which has closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Basil told the St. Pete Catalyst that restaurant operations will continue.

The Biff-Burger restaurant in St. Pete first opened in the 1950s and has had several different owners over the years, but has remained mostly the same.

Biff-Burger. Photo by Bill DeYoung.Today, only two known locations of the former Punch-The burger chain still exists – one in Greensboro, NC, renamed Beef Burger, and the other in St. Pete.

This location also has many elements of the “classic” Punch-Architecture and characteristics of the burger, with an existing original road sign, as described by the company.

Next to Biff-Burger is Buffy’s Southern Pit BBQ, recognizable by the pink Chevrolet 57 on the roof.

Buffy’s BBQ next to Biff-Burger. Google Maps.

California company takes over office complexes, including ICOT Center in Clearwater

A California-based management company has acquired several offices at the ICOT Center in Clearwater, a 262-acre business park on Ulmerton Road in Clearwater, as well as several others for a total of approximately $ 42.18 million.

Offices of the ICOT Center. Loopnet.

The procuring entity is related to Birtcher Anderson Realty Management Inc., a property management services company that acquires and sells office, industrial and commercial buildings.

The largest purchases included: five packages within the ICOT Center for $ 8.22 million; the Turtle Creek Office complex in Clearwater for approximately $ 11.26 million; and three plots in the Starkey Business Center for about $ 18.1 million, according to Pinellas County public records.

Pasadena Mall Sells To Big Shopping Buyer

In New York acquired a shopping center anchored in the Walmart Neighborhood Market at 6818 Gulfport Blvd. in southern Pasadena.

It was sold from Branch South Pasadena Associates LLC to South Pasadena RG2 in a $ 32.65 million deal.

South Pasadena RG2 is linked to RPT Realty, which is the same company that recently purchased plots in and around the Walmart Neighborhood Market anchored plaza in the East Lake Woodlands neighborhood.

RPT has dozens of shopping centers across the country.

The mall consists of eight buildings totaling 166,188 square feet and has over 30 tenants, including Anytime Fitness and Ace Hardware.

Mandalay Point house sells for $ 10.5 million, making it the most expensive sale in the county

A house in Mandalay Point, a closed subdivision of Clearwater Beach, sold for $ 10.5 million, making it the most expensive sale in Pinellas County this year.

House at 1150 Mandalay Point in Clearwater. Loopnet.

Beach Investment Holdings LLC, which is linked to a Florida-based law firm, sold ta waterfront home at 1150 Manadaly Point to Michael and Allyson Hyer.

House at 1150 Mandalay Point in Clearwater. Loopnet.

The 3,338 square foot home, built in 1949, offers views of the bay that stretches to Caladesi Island.

It has four bedrooms and five bathrooms as well as a veranda and a swimming pool.

House at 1150 Mandalay Point in Clearwater. Loopnet.

Tech exec sells its Tarpon Springs home located on a finger of land

Shereef Moawad, owner of Tarpon Springs-based ChatLead.com Inc., sold his Tarpon Springs home for approximately $ 2.43 million.

156 George St. S., Tarpon Springs. Zillow.

His business, which includes CarChat24, helps car dealers sell more vehicles by converting a higher percentage of their website visitors into quality leads.

The 5,521 square foot home located at 156 George Street S. sits on a piece of land that juts out onto Tarpon Lake and is surrounded by water on three sides.

The house has four bedrooms which each open onto the roof terrace.

156 George St. S., Tarpon Springs. Zillow.

Outside is a swimming pool, an infinity spa, an outdoor kitchen and a private dock with two slides.

A 2,600 square foot humidity controlled garage is also unique to the house.

The old house of St. Pete Mayor comes to the market

The home of St. Petersburg mayor Randolph Wedding is back on the market and awaiting sale.

The Snell Isle Estate at 990 31st Ave. NE, is a 5,878 square foot home built in 1968. The asking price is $ 2.5 million.

The house, whose design was inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright, has five bedrooms and four and a half bathrooms and overlooks a canal.

990 31st Ave. NE, St. Pete. Zillow.

The home has floor to ceiling windows and sits on half an acre with lush landscaping, a pool, and an outdoor kitchen.

990 31st Ave. NE, St. Pete. Zillow.

The listing agent is Emil Suileman of EXP Realty LLC.

Wedding, who died in 2012, was mayor from 1973 to 1975 and helped persuade the state to build highways 375 and 175 and connect them to the city center.

He was also known by his architectural firm, which designed the original Busch Gardens theme park.

990 31st Ave. NE, St. Pete. Zillow.


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M7 Real Estate secures four new rentals in Dublin warehouse portfolio


Pan-European investor and asset manager M7 Real Estate has secured four new leases across three programs within its portfolio of industrial and logistics properties in Dublin.

As a first step, M7 entered into an agreement on behalf of a large financial institution with the HSE for 12,800 square feet of warehouse and office space at Unit 8 North Park. The property in question was acquired on behalf of the ambulance service on a new 10-year lease at a rent of € 10.50 per m² following a complete renovation.

The second deal sees Clevamama, the baby and juvenile brand retailer founded by sisters and mothers Martina Craine and Suzanne Browne, taking up 11,400 square feet of newly renovated warehouse space at € 10.75 per square foot. on a 10-year lease at the B3A airport business park. , which is located close to Dublin Airport.

The third transaction concerns the leasing of Unit 3 from Screwfix Ireland to Westlink Industrial Estate. The subject property comprises 5,850 square feet and will be occupied by Screwfix on a 10-year lease at a rent of € 10 per square foot. The building underwent a major renovation in the second half of 2020 on a speculative basis and terms were agreed with Screwfix prior to its practical completion. Screwfix is ​​the UK’s largest retailer of tools, accessories and hardware products and is part of the Kingfisher group, which also includes B&Q, Castorama and Brico Dépot.

The fourth and final lease sees Commercial Interior Supplies (CIS) expand its existing footprint to Westlink Industrial Estate with an agreement for Unit 27 (5,808 square feet) at rent of € 9.50 per square foot. CIS was part of a new generation of tenants to enter the field in 2017 when occupants sought a commercial counter location with the security of a managed business park.

Since the acquisition of the Westlink device for € 13,870,000 in 2018, M7 has invested around € 1.5 million as part of its asset management program. The list of tenants of the estate includes: Euro Car Parts; ADI Gardiner; Vinny Byrne (commercial supplier to Dulux); and Silverskin roasters. Westlink is located just off Kylemore Road in Dublin and includes a combined 195,000 square feet of light industrial space.

Founded in 2009, M7 manages a portfolio of some 610 assets across Europe comprising 45.2 million square feet with an estimated capital value of 4.1 billion euros. M7’s Irish portfolio comprises 16 assets spanning approximately 1,000,000 square feet, primarily in industrial and logistics space.

In January 2020, the company acquired Primeside Park in Dublin for 6.75 million euros. The industrial zone, which is located in Ballycoolin, has an area of ​​71,300 square feet spread over 25 units. The development is almost fully leased. The group also controls Century Business Park in Finglas, which it acquired for 4.47 million euros in September 2019.

His first investment here was in 2017 when he bought Fumbaly Lane, a combined office and housing development in Dublin 8 that was on the market for € 24m. M7 sold Fumbally Lane to BCP Asset Management in 2018 for € 33.5 million, following the completion of a vast asset management program which reduced the building’s vacancy rate by 17% to 2% thanks to the addition of 19 new tenants, and which has seen its annual rental income increase by € 1.14 million.

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Publix to anchor East San Marco Mall in Jacksonville

Residents waited about 18 years for the first shovelful to be turned on the construction of the East San Marco shopping center anchored by a new Publix supermarket built on top of a parking lot.

The project – which also includes a separate Publix liquor store, Orangetheory fitness center, and other retail stores – is well underway at the corner of Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard in historic San Marco in Jacksonville.

“The provisional opening date is scheduled for the end of the second quarter [second quarter] of 2022, ”Chris Norberg, community relations manager for the Jacksonville division of Publix, said in an email to The Times-Union.

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Norberg declined to comment on the supermarket’s planned amenities.

Previously released plans show the 38,294-square-foot supermarket will be above a first-floor parking garage. Escalators will take shoppers to the grocery store.

Construction is well advanced on Publix which will anchor the East San Marco shopping center at the corner of Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard.

Publix officials said in 2019 that the East San Marco store would be the first in Jacksonville built above a parking structure. But there are several with a similar design in the supermarket chain’s multi-state service area, they said.

Eric Davidson, a spokesperson for developer Regency Centers, told The Times-Union that construction on the project is going well.

“We are still on schedule to complete our construction after the summer of next year,” he said. “At this point, we will then hand over our spaces to our new tenants, who can then update how long their construction will take. ”

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Right now, the concrete block is rising, but there is still a lot of work to be done, Davidson said, noting that despite the weather and the COVID-19 pandemic “we are still on schedule.”

Davidson said Regency Centers is in talks with potential tenants and concepts to join Publix and Orangetheory in East San Marco, but nothing has been finalized and ready to announce.

Construction of the new East San Marco shopping center anchored by the Publix supermarket is well underway at the corner of Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard.

The project has been in operation since the early 2000s. The recession as well as the withdrawal of a residential development partner were among the factors cited over the years for the repeated delays.

Finally, a groundbreaking ceremony held on February 16 kicked off construction.

In addition to the supermarket, the project also includes a 1,430 square foot Publix liquor store and another 18,800 square foot “shell” retail or restaurant space for other tenants, according to building permits. and project plans.

An architectural drawing shows the East San Marco shopping center project on Hendricks Avenue and Atlantic Boulevard.

Publix East of San Marco

  • Address: 2039 avenue Hendricks, at the intersection of avenue Hendricks and boulevard Atlantic
  • Publix Planned Completion: Second Quarter 2022
  • Estimated overall completion of the shopping center: summer 2022
  • Total estimated initial cost: $ 9.7 million
  • Site area: 3.25 acres
  • Tenants with signed leases: Publix and Orangetheory Fitness
  • State of construction: exterior concrete block walls are in place and infrastructure work is underway
  • Developer: Regency Centers
  • Contractor: Construction J. Raymond
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City of Billings leaders move closer to purchase of Stillwater Building

BILLINGS – With a 10-1 vote on Monday night, Billings City Council gave the mayor the power to sign a buy / sell agreement, signaling the city’s intention to purchase the Stillwater building with possible plans to build the space of a center of law and justice.

“This idea is a long-term investment. It’s not just about kick-starting another problem that another board will have to address in 10 or 15 years,” said Kendra Shaw, member. of the council, which represents district 1.

Alaska-based WC Commercial LLC currently owns the building, walkway, and nearby parking across North 26th Street.

Once Mayor Bill Cole officially signs the document, the city will have 60 days to do their due diligence to inspect the building for any issues that may cause city staff or council to reconsider their decision. . September 15 is the date scheduled for the city to close the deal.

MTN News / Mitch Lagge

Members of Billings City Council are discussing the possible purchase of the Stillwater building to add more room to city services at their Monday night meeting.

The city negotiated a price of $ 17 million for the building and its land. Construction was estimated at an additional $ 10 million and could take between three and four years. The construction price does not include the cost of furniture, fixtures and equipment.

Part of the money to buy the building would come from $ 20 million of money freed up from the general fund. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, the city paid for part of its public safety services using federal COVID-19 relief dollars from the CARES Act and the American Rescue Plan Act, freeing up money from the general fund to spend on other things.

The Stillwater Building was originally built in 1960 and was once a federal courthouse. The building has five floors, a basement with parking and an underground access for the transport of prisoners.

The idea of ​​the purchase is to have a central location for all of the City of Billings services. The Planning and Community Development Department, Zoning Department, Code Enforcement Department, Building Division, Public Works, City Court, and Police Department could all be located under the roof of the Stillwater Building at over the next few years if the city agrees to buy the property.

City services are currently spread over three sites in the city center. After a tour of the current city hall, council member Mike Boyett said everyone was too crowded for space.

“It is not (handicapped accessible). When I broke my ankle, I had a hard time walking through this building. There are people in the cupboards. There are people in the boiler room. Yes, there’s another building in Billings, but let’s let all the kids play in one place. Let’s make room for expansion, “Boyett said.

City administrator Chris Kukulski said the plan would first be to address the immediate need for a legal and judicial center. Then other departments could move in as leases expire on their current spaces over the next two years.

“We are also renting out several different spaces in the city center. We are tenants today of several of our office services and this is money that taxpayers are paying and will not pay anymore,” Kukulski said. .

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The front side of the Stillwater Building in downtown Billings which is connected to the Stillwater Parking Garage across North 26th Street via an overhead bridge.

The city would occupy only about two floors of the Stillwater Building and would have the option of leasing the remaining space. Kukulski said the goal would be to get state or federal law-related services located in the building.

“My interest is not to go out and compete per se and try to book retail operations or other operations in this building. It is to put other local government departments or state departments or federal services that complement the local government services we provide, ”Kukulski mentioned.

The Yellowstone County government already occupies 7,000 square feet of office space on the third floor of the building. The county pays approximately $ 365,000 per year to lease space at WC Commercial. The lease ends in 2025.

Kukulski mentioned that the Yellowstone County Council of Commissioners recently took a 2-1 vote to sign a buy / sell agreement to purchase the Miller Building at 301 N 29th St.

“They are one of our most likely tenants. If they determine that they are going to move out after 2025, long before we know that answer,” Kukulski said.

The need for more space for municipal government was first identified after the completion of a facilities master plan in 2015. Over the past 18 months, the city has entered into negotiations regarding the Stillwater Building. As a price was not agreed, negotiations turned to evaluations.

Jessica Iverson, City Construction Manager and Facilities Manager, provided the background to the assessments. Elkhorn Appraisal valued the building at $ 22 million and NVC Appraisal at $ 12 million, Iverson said. An evaluator-reviser was then called upon to analyze the methods of the other evaluators. Review appraiser Dave Thomas valued the building at $ 13.5 million.

“What determination of market value the review appraiser seeks to find is based on a typical buyer or investor in the market. This does not take into account the value of the specific benefits that the city has. The negotiating committee took this into account during negotiations to determine the price with the seller and concluded that the building has greater value to the city than the review’s assessment suggests, which is why a price The higher purchase price was offered to the seller, ”Iverson said.

With the price tag of $ 17 million, the city would purchase the building for $ 85 / square foot. Much less than the $ 375 / square foot it would cost to build a new building.

Council member Shaun Brown said he was concerned that the city was paying more than appraised value and disliked the possibility that a majority of the building would remain vacant if the city could not find space. tenants.

“Is this going to sit empty for years? I’m struggling with this, but I’m working really hard to support this as an opportunity we wouldn’t have had otherwise, but it’s still $ 4 million So I’m fighting with that, but I will support it, ”Brown said.

Ward 4 representative Penny Ronning, a council member, was the only one to vote against approving the buy / sell agreement. Ronning said she supported the move to the Stillwater Building, that there was not enough public commentary on how the city should spend the money freed up thanks to the federal government.

“I don’t think that’s good government the way this process has worked,” Ronning said.

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Penny Ronning, a member of Billings City Council, who represents Ward 4, shares her position on the Stillwater Building buy / sell agreement with council.

“Not a single request to the public on how the public wants to use this money. Not a single presentation on our options for using this money. Could we build an 8 fire station, where 40,000 Billings Heights members could actually be? served with additional fire departments? What else could we use this money for in terms of public safety services where our crime is so high it’s unbelievable. I don’t dispute that we need it? ‘additional space for the town hall. I do not dispute that we need the space of the center of law and justice, I do not disagree with that at all, but I do not agree with the fact that it is the only option that is even given to us and presented by our municipal administration for the use of these funds, ”Ronning added.

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Construction of a parking garage and community space has started as part of the Kew Gardens prison project

A render of the parking garage and community space (NYC DDC)

June 28, 2021 By Allie Griffin

Workers have opened a community space and parking lot near Queens Borough Hall – the first major step in building a prison in the Kew Gardens borough, Mayor Bill de Blasio said on Friday.

The new facility, which will be 105 feet high, will include a 25,000 square foot multi-use community space and over 600 public parking spaces.

The facility is being built next to the future site of a 195-foot-high jail – where the disused Queens Detention Complex is located at 182-02 82nd Ave. The detention center will be demolished while the garage is being built.

The garage / community space will be erected on the west side of an existing parking lot at Union Turnpike between 126th Street and 132nd Street. The future 886-bed prison will eventually expand both on the site of the former Queens detention complex and on the east side of the parking lot.

However, the east side of the land, with 140 parking spaces, will remain open to the public during construction of the parking lot – which is expected to be completed in early 2023.

The facility is under construction ahead of the new prison – whose earlier proposals design and construction is expected to begin in 2023.

Queens Detention Center decommissioned in 2002. The building will be demolished and redeveloped for Borough Prison (Photo: QueensPost)

The future prison is part of the city’s largest $ 8.3 billion plan to close Rikers Island prisons by 2026 and replace them with four smaller prisons in every borough except Staten Island.

“Today we are one step closer to our goal of a fairer and more equitable prison system for all New Yorkers,” de Blasio said in a statement. “The closure of Rikers Island will make our city stronger and fairer, and I am proud to propose a system that better reflects the values ​​of this city. “

The city council voted to approve the district’s prison plan in 2019, despite the rejection of the four community councils where the prisons will be located.

Queens Community Board 9 voted unanimously against the jail plan, arguing that large prisons should not rise in residential areas.

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People’s Park Complex parking lot put up for sale at a target price of S $ 42 million

SINGAPORE: A multi-storey car park at the People’s Park Complex was put up for sale by public tender on Tuesday, June 22 with a guide price of S $ 42 million, equivalent to S $ 57,000 for each parking lot .

The parking lot, which occupies levels three through six of the 31-story mixed-use commercial and residential development in Chinatown, includes 648 parking lots, 56 motorcycle parking lots and a catering unit on the upper level of the parking lot.

This spans a total strata area of ​​approximately 182,340 square feet, including the 2,809 square foot restaurant.

Marketing agent Brilliance Capital said the price of S $ 42 million is about S $ 208 for the parking lot and S $ 1,673 for the restaurant.

On a per parking basis, this translates to approximately S $ 57,000 per parking lot.

This is an “attractive price,” the agent said, referring to two other parking sales he made last year at Holland Road Mall and Parklane Mall. These parking lots were sold for over S $ 360,000 and S $ 70,000 respectively per lot.

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People’s Park Complex is zoned commercial, which means it can be purchased by local and foreign buyers without paying additional stamp duty for the buyer or stamp duty for the seller.

“As communal car parks are no longer allowed to have separate strata titles, it has definitely become one of the most closely held asset classes that is well sought after, but rarely available for sale,” Sammi said. Lim, executive director of Brilliance Capital.

She said incoming buyers can enjoy the security of immediate rental income from the restaurant unit.

It also presents an opportunity for investors, Ms. Lim said, adding that there is “potential for change in use through the settling of part of the parking lot”.

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Brilliance Capital said the parking sector “has proven to be an attractive alternative to traditional property classes” such as residential and commercial units, and is considered “relatively low risk investments”.

This has attracted investors who are looking for stable cash flow and a resilient asset class in which to invest.

With authorities limiting the number of parking lots in new developments, existing buildings with generous parking space hold a competitive advantage, he added.

“Due to the limited number of parking spaces and the high and significant parking costs in the heart of Raffles Place and Marina Bay CBD, the People’s Park Complex car park has become one of the beneficiaries where the office crowd uses a parking system. incentive parking to get to their offices, ”mentioned.

The call for tenders will close at 3 p.m. on July 29.

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Seagate’s Windward Island is now sold out


Seagate Development Group has announced that picturesque Windward Isle – a gated enclave of 28 single-family residences on Airport-Pulling Road in Naples – is sold out.

Considered one of the premier luxury communities in the heart of Naples, Windward Isle offers eight fully customizable one and two story floor plans. They can accommodate from 2,583 to over 4,000 square feet of living space. This includes three to five bedrooms, three to five and a half baths, and a two to three car garage, all presented in an open plan layout that streamlines room-to-room flow.

Windward Isle homes showcase Caribbean-style coastal architecture, decorative aluminum shutters, cypress wood corbels, and a custom pool. These distinct details appeal to all age groups and a wide variety of lifestyles.

Designer interiors range from tray and volume ceilings with crown moldings to hardwood floors. Kitchens feature granite and quartz countertops, tile backsplash, Bosch appliance set, wood cabinetry, and accent lighting under cabinetry. The laundry room has a stainless steel refrigerator, while the master suite is topped with a freestanding tub, large walk-in closets, built-in sinks and a frameless shower stall. All interiors conform to the latest design trends and the most requested selections. Although these are some of the most popular finishes, they are customized according to each owner’s desire.

Windward Isle is just a few miles from the Mercato, Waterside Shops, The Ritz-Carlton and other popular shopping, dining and entertainment destinations. Facilities of this nature attract active individuals and families from across the country and around the world.

“We have developed and built a central and sensational community of enhanced functionality in a highly landscaped location. The finished product speaks for itself, ”said James Nulf, COO and partner at Seagate Development Group. “Windward Isle’s success in this tropical landscape inspired our team to seek future development opportunities with a similar concept. Seagate is already generating interest and is looking forward to revealing more details. “

About the Seagate Development Group

Seagate Development Group is a leading full-service development company specializing in a design-build process through new build, custom renovations, interior design, and management and rental services.

We are currently building custom residences for end users at Esplanade Lake Club, Quail West, Talis Park, Hill Tide Estates and other luxury residential communities in Southwest Florida. In addition to having recently completed a large estate model over $ 5 million in Quail West, Seagate is the developer and builder of 28 Windward Isle homes. Our team also continues to lead renovation projects in and around the region.

Seagate’s large-scale design-build projects include the $ 60 million global headquarters of NeoGenomics and the 60,000 square foot North American headquarters of Scotlynn USA Division Inc., as well as the management of more than 1 , 5 million square feet of retail space.

Seagate Development Group head office is located at 9921 Interstate Commerce Drive in Fort Myers. For more information, visit SeagateDevelopmentGroup.com.


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Natural Light’s Da Vinci Debt Surpasses Da Vinci As The Most Expensive Artwork In The World

Da Vinci of Debt celebrates the return of the Natural Light College Debt Relief program, launched in 2018. Each year, the program offers $ 1 million to help those burdened by the debt burden. Now entering the fourth year of his ten years, 10 million dollars engagement, Natty discloses the “highly ranked” plan behind his $ 100 rentals of diplomas in 2020 as he unveils the magnificent exhibition.

“The art world is filled with absurd price tags that most people find impossible to justify,” said Daniel blake, vice president of value brands at Anheuser-Busch. “This is what made it the ideal medium for this campaign. It’s a very apt analogy for the exorbitant cost of attending a typical four-year college. Da Vinci of Debt, we hope to inspire action around the college debt crisis and get more fans to participate for a chance to see Natty College’s debt relief program pay off their student loans. ”

Only in the art world can a single banana sell $ 120,000 and used linens from an artist go for $ 150,000. While other works of art like these are valued arbitrarily, the value of Da Vinci of Debt is derived from the average total cost ** of a four-year college education. The result is a work of art valued at $ 470 million, surpassing the most expensive work of art ever sold at public auction – Salvator Mundi, a 600-year-old Da Vinci painting that sold $ 450 million in 2017.

The design of the artwork is a fascinating collection of real diplomas, suspended in the air as if a gust of wind had dispersed them throughout the cavernous 6,000 square foot space of Vanderbilt Hall in Grand Central Terminal. The design aims to illustrate both the scale of the crippling debt crisis while also alluding to the chaotic impact college debt creates on those burdened with it. Each diploma has been carefully molded in place and brilliantly suspended using an intricate network of cables.

US university debt snowballing to a new record in 2021: $ 1.7 trillion* in total debt, and the average graduate pays more $ 180,000 ** By the time their degree is in hand, Natural Light is appealing to funds from the fine art world to view its exhibition and is open to entertaining bidders on the historic artwork.

“If that means giving more people the opportunity to enjoy the college experience without the debt that comes with it, we’re all ears,” Blake said. “Natty is committed to doing everything in our power to provide real solutions to college debt, and if there’s a serious bidder, you know where to find us… @naturallightbeer.”

The installation is in residence for a limited time in new York at Vanderbilt Hall at Grand Central Terminal from January 14-16, 2021. A complete gallery of the installation will be visible virtually at https://www.naturallight.com/davinci-of-debt.

In addition to the installation at Grand Central Terminal, Natural Light has partnered with Snap Inc. to replicate the Da Vinci of Debt in augmented reality (AR) making it accessible to anyone aged 21 and over via Snapchat. Using the Natural Light AR lens, Snapchatters can view and explore the exhibit virtually by placing it wherever they are and tapping sections of the setup to learn more about the crisis. University Debt in America and the Natural Light College Debt Relief Program.

In 2021, Natty is back with another $ 1 million in debt relief. Fans can tell Natty what prompted them to go to college for a chance to see Natty pay off his debt. Natty Light will accept entries using #NattyStories and #Contest from From January 11 to March 21, 2021. The complete contest rules are available on https://www.naturallight.com/natty-stories-2021. For more, follow @naturallight on Twitter and Facebook, @naturallightbeer on Instagram.

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ABOUT NATURAL LIGHT
Natural Light was introduced in 1977 as Anheuser-Busch’s first low calorie light beer. Currently America’s sixth best-selling beer, Natural Light is brewed with a blend of premium hops and a combination of selected grains producing crisp flavor, light body and satisfying refreshment.

ABOUT ANHEUSER-BUSCH
For over 165 years, Anheuser-Busch has carried on a heritage of brewing high-quality, flavorful beers that have satisfied beer drinkers for generations. Today, we own and operate 23 breweries, 14 dealerships and 23 agricultural and packaging facilities, and have more than 18,000 colleagues across United States. We are home to several of America’s most recognizable beer brands including Budweiser, Bud Light, Michelob ULTRA and Stella Artois, as well as a number of regional brands that offer beer drinkers a choice of the tastiest craft beers in the world. industry. From responsible drinking programs and emergency drinking water donations to cutting-edge sustainability efforts, we are guided by our unwavering commitment to supporting the communities we call home. For more information visit www.anheuser-busch.com or follow Anheuser-Busch on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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