Category Archives: Development

Exploring the Union of Real Estate and Higher Education

(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.

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Evanston aldermen approve nine-story apartment building near downtown

This rendering shows the proposed nine-story apartment building at 831 Emerson Street in Evanston. Plans were approved by city council on June 12, 2017. (City of Evanston)

By: Genevieve Bookwalter, Pioneer Press

Evanston city leaders on Monday approved plans for a nine-story apartment building development at 831 Emerson Street near downtown.

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New apartments, townhomes, museum, and library proposed for Chicago’s Little Italy

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.

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