(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.
Wednesday, April 26th 2017 – (Chicago, IL) On the 56th floor of Chase Tower, a group of Chicago’s premier Developers met to discuss the state of the market. Jonathon McCulloch of Belgravia, Marty Paris of Sedgwick Development, Steve Fifield of Fifield Companies and Tim Anderson of Focus Development addressed the crowd and answered questions from moderator Michael Golden, @ Properties’ Co-Founder.
April 7th, 2017 – (Chicago, IL) As the sun sets over Chicago’s West Loop, Focus Development CEO, Tim Anderson welcomed his guests to the 6th floor amenity space at The Parker – Fulton Market. Members of the Focus family, corporate partners, friends and family crowded around delicious bites catered by local company FIG and chatted over signature cocktails.
The Parker at Fulton Market has been selected as a finalist for ULI’s 2017 Vision Award. Projects selected for this award are examples of excellence across “the full development process – construction, economic viability, marketing, and management—as well as design – and promote best practices in development”. Winners in this category utilize creativity across process, partnerships, problem-solving and design.
April 18, 2017
By ALBY GALLUN
The developers of a 29-story apartment tower in the Fulton Market neighborhood have put the “For Sale” sign up, even before taking the “For Rent” sign down.
A group led by Chicago-based Shapack Partners has hired CBRE to sell the Parker Fulton Market, a 227-unit tower at the southwest corner of Lake and Halsted streets that opened last summer.
On November 29, Focus team members from all departments gathered together to celebrate the start of the holiday season with a volunteer outing to benefit Feed My Starving Children in Libertyville, IL. Continue reading
The two proposed apartment buildings would flank the Medical District Apartments (foreground), which sit between the Illinois Medical District and the University of Illinois at Chicago.
A development group plans about 500 apartments on the near West Side, convinced it can fill them with workers and students from the Illinois Medical District and University of Illinois at Chicago.