Category Archives: Construction

REI, Nordstrom Rack to Open at New Upscale Mall

Amie Rowland April 25, 2017 11:09 am ET

VERNON HILLS, IL – Area shoppers will soon have more retail options as a new upscale mall recently broke ground in Vernon Hills. Located on nearly 33 acres at the northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue and Townline Road, Mellody Farm has already signed on some major tenants, including Whole Foods, outdoor retailer REI, Home Goods and Nordstrom Rack with plans to announce more stores and restaurants in the coming months.The $200 million project will also include a residential component with 260 apartments on site, according to the Vernon Hills Review.

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The Parker Qualifies as ULI Vision Award Finalist

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.

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Focus and Regency Centers to Kick Off New Project in Vernon Hills

On April 21, 2017, the Focus team will join Regency Centers, Atlantic Realty Partners, and members of the Vernon Hills community to celebrate the ground breaking of Mellody Farm, a mixed use development community is a project consisting of 274,000 SF of retail space and 260 luxury rental apartments at the historic Hawthorn Mellody Farm Dairy site.

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People on Move

Coming off a successful 2016, Focus has spent time reflecting on the strengths and accomplishments of its team members. As a result there are several substantial and well-deserved promotions to announce:

Joe Vartanian, promoted to SENIOR PROJECT MANAGER

Joe joined the company in April of 2015 and held positions as a Project Manager I and Project Manager II, during which he made substantial contributions to our Development business practices and was integral in the initial work on the 831 Emerson project. Joe has been a great asset since day one and is currently working on two projects in Downtown Chicago; Medical District Apartments and Soul City Church.  He brings a wealth of knowledge and energy to all of the projects he has worked on.

 

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New Faces at Focus

Northfield, IL – Spring has sprung and Focus is eager to announce 5 unique additions to our corporate family. Eric Johnson (Project Manager II), David Beane (Senior Superintendent), Corey Miskell (Project Accountant), Gosia Bajor (Accounts Payable Specialist) and Margaret Hasemann (Marketing Coordinator) have made the beginning of 2017 a very exciting time at Focus. Hired to support the increasingly varied needs of a growing company, the new additions will help to scale the company’s capacity to whole new levels. “We are thrilled to be able to bring onboard such a qualified group of individuals. The addition of Eric, David, Corey Gosia and Margaret elevates an already irreproachable group and kicks off what is sure to be an extraordinary year for Focus” said CEO Tim Anderson. “The skill-set of this group will enable us to realize significant growth goals for 2017 and enable Focus to deliver quality construction and an exceptional client experience”.

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Kelmscott Park Breaks Ground

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Orren Pickell (Orren Pickell Building Group), Tim Anderson (Focus), Mayor Don Schoenheider (Lake Forest), Jack Reisenberg (Lake Forest 3rd ward Alderman) and Christine Kolb (Focus) scoop a ceremonial first dig at the Kelmscott Park residential property site November 3 morning in Lake Forest.

LAKE FOREST — Lake Forest officials and representatives of the real estate and development communities broke ground November 3 on Kelmscott Park, which will add a mix of 165 new housing opportunities at the northwest corner of Laurel and Western Avenues.

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Downtown Wheaton’s converted courthouse district welcomes luxury rentals

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Units at Courthouse Square Apartments in downtown Wheaton have 9-foot ceilings, in-unit washers and dryers and white quartz kitchen counters. (Eric Hausman / Marquette Management)

For nearly a century, the neighborhood surrounding Wheaton’s downtown red-brick courthouse and its signature clock tower served the legal and civic needs of DuPage County.

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Courthouse Square Apartments open in downtown Wheaton

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First residents started moving into complex in May

Community and business leaders are welcoming the opening of the 149-unit Courthouse Square Apartments complex in downtown Wheaton.

“It’s a terrific project, and I’m looking forward to having a lot of new neighbors in downtown Wheaton,” Wheaton City Councilman John Rutledge said during a grand opening celebration Sept. 7 hosted by the Wheaton Chamber of Commerce.
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Mellody Farm shops-apartments proposal moves forward in Vernon Hills

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A proposed $200 million plan for a retail center anchored by Whole Foods and luxury apartments at the northeast corner of routes 21 and 60 in Vernon Hills is moving through the approval process.

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A retail center promising to incorporate hip urban elements reminiscent of Chicago’s Wicker Park or west Loop neighborhoods in a suburban setting has been recommended for approval by a Vernon Hills advisory board.

A three-story building with 260 luxury apartments also is a key element of the proposed $200 million Mellody Farm development unanimously approved Wednesday by the village’s planning and zoning commission. The recommendation was to allow residential development at the northeast corner of Milwaukee Avenue (Route 21) and Townline Road (Route 60); development of a mixed-use property with variations for building height, landscape buffer, signs, parking and other elements; and permits to allow restaurants that may serve alcohol and/or have a drive-through.

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Focus Development Returns To Lake Forest

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Kelmscott Park offers new construction, maintenance-free living on North Shore