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

Focus Team Expanding, Adds Two Project Managers For Growing Construction Division

Highly skilled, experienced project managers hired for new projects in Lake Forest and Chicago.

Northfield, IL– This summer, Focus Construction, Inc. welcomed two new members to their growing team. Jeremiah Miller, Senior Project Manager, and Quintin Huckabee, Assistant Project Manager, were hired to support the rapid growth of new development projects in Lake Forest and Chicago. Both Miller and Huckabee have proven track records in construction management, with experience in single-family and multi-unit housing developments. “We are incredibly excited for Jeremiah and Quintin to join the Focus family. They are a great addition to an already exceptional team,” said Focus CEO Tim Anderson. “They bring to the table a depth of expertise and knowledge that is so valued here at Focus and I am confident in their ability to deliver the high level of craftsmanship and customer service that we are known for.”
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Developers propose 500 apartments next to Illinois Medical District

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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.
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Sales Center Now Open at Kelmscott Park

03_1080-western-Avenue_177001_Kitchen_PrintNorthfield-based Focus Development and its exclusive sales and marketing representative, @properties, announced the start of sales for Kelmscott Park, a new maintenance-free community of condominiums and luxury single-family homes in east Lake Forest. An on-site sales center featuring kitchen and bath vignettes, a scale model and renderings of the homes is now open.

Located at Laurel and Western avenues at the north end of downtown Lake Forest, Kelmscott Park’s for-sale offerings include 12 single-family homes and 42 condominiums.

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Upsides to Downsizing

The woman is 86 years old. She has called her North Shore house “home” for 53 years. Realities settled in recently, forcing her to consider downsizing.

The house was put on the market. It was sold.

“She needs to be out of the house by mid-August,” says the woman’s broker, Patti Skirving of Coldwell Banker-Winnetka. “It was overwhelming. It was difficult for her, stressful. There’s a lot of emotion involved, for many, when they downsize.”
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A Look Inside the New Parker Fulton Market Apartment Tower

The 227-unit development is the latest luxury offering in Chicago’s hottest ‘hood’:

Chicago’s Fulton Market District in the West Loop has emerged as one of Chicago’s trendiest spots. A testament to the neighborhood’s recent success, the new 29-story Parker Fulton Market towers over the southeast corner of Lake and Halsted like a glassy exclamation point. Developed as a joint venture between Shapack Partners, Focus Development, and Atlantic Realty Partners, the 227-unit rental building is abuzz with activity as it prepares to welcome its first residents. The project not only represents the newest luxury residential offering in Fulton Market, but perhaps provides a glimpse into the near future of this rapidly-developing neighborhood.

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Focus Development Receives Approval For Luxury Residential Community In Lake Forest; Sales To Start This Summer

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Kelmscott Park at Laurel and Western to include single-family homes, condominiums and apartments; @properties tapped for sales and marketing

Northfield-based Focus Development has won final approval for Kelmscott Park, a new community of luxury single-family homes, condominiums and apartments located at Laurel and Western avenues at the north end of downtown Lake Forest. The development will be built on a 10.7-acre site with more than 50 percent of the area dedicated to open space.

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