Focus is committed to partnerships in the communities where we work, a culture that extends beyond on our own properties.
The development is moving forward despite neighborhood opposition
(August 21, 2017) Chicago, IL – On the tenth of July, longtime Northfield local, Focus, moved its offices to 100 South Wacker Drive in the heart of the Loop in downtown Chicago.
Focus is thrilled to be selected to provide general contractor services for a new apartment building at 2340 North California. The 130,088 GSF, 6-story building will be the new home of 138 luxury apartments in Chicago’s Logan Square. The ground floor will include a lobby, surface parking, and multiple retail spaces totaling approximately 9200 sf. A mix of studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units will take up the majority of space throughout the top five floors of the building. The building will also offer amenities such as a fitness space, yoga room, outdoor park and a rooftop terrace.
(June 28, 2017 – Chicago, IL) On May 31st, Focus Associate Vice President of Development, Christine Kolb was joined by Rex Tolliver (Interim Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, University of Illinois at Chicago), Brian Thompson (Executive Vice President of Investments, CA Ventures) and Jim Hennessy (Associate Vice President for Commercial Real Estate, University of Chicago) to discuss the future of campus-centric development at the Real Estate Finance Forum (REFF) bi-annual luncheon. Attendees of the event, held at the East Bank Club in downtown Chicago, included representatives of the real estate industry, higher-education institutions, and stakeholders from communities adjacent to the UIC and U of C campuses.
(June 21st– Chicago, IL) On June 15th, eighteen Focus team members joined more than 2,000 participants to take part in the annual Gibbons 5k run and 3K walk along the lake shore. Runners and walkers braved the heat to benefit the Leukemia Research Foundation, in order to raise funds to support a search for a cure for leukemia, lymphoma, multiple myeloma and blood cancers of all types.
(June 20, 2017 – Chicago, IL) Focus Development, one of Chicagoland’s premier developers was joined by Soul City Church, a Chicago organization with the vision to lead a movement that transforms the soul, the city and the world, to celebrate the topping off of the Soul City Church project last month. The project includes renovation of the existing church building and construction of a new, 45,000 square foot, 3-story addition to a church in the West Loop neighborhood of Chicago. The event included lunch for the dedicated group of tradesmen and woman who have been working to make the project a reality since the project kicked off in October of last year.
Developers are looking to make big investments in the Near West Side neighborhood
BY JAY KOZIARZ JUN 7, 2017
The 410 units of the rebranded SCIO apartments are being renovated and will be joined by a new 19-story tower.
While the West Loop continues to heat up, some of the energy is migrating south over the Eisenhower Expressway to Chicago’s University Village/Little Italy neighborhood. With its proximity to downtown and the Illinois Medical District, transit options, and an established commercial corridor on Taylor Street, developers are taking notice. At a meeting last night, several upcoming developments were shown to residents—many of which were surprisingly eager to see their neighborhood’s vacant and underutilized land revitalized.