Park Luxe

Sherry Thomas • May 1, 2017

A new development steps from Market Square caters to a new generation of Lake Foresters.

Lake Forest’s historic Market Square and downtown area is iconic for many reasons. But soon the anchor of the city will have an elegant new addition unlike anything its seen before — a luxury living community at the corner of Laurel and Western avenues that combines the best of Arts & Crafts tradition with a refined, maintenance-free lifestyle.

Kelmscott Park, the product of Tim Anderson of Focus Development, will offer a variety of new construction options, from nearly 4,000 square-foot single family residences to chic apartments with an in-town vibe. And to keep the development in harmony with Lake Forest’s legacy of distinguished residences, Anderson and his team even brought in some North Shore architecture and landscape design fixtures—Booth Hansen and Mariani Landscape.
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A night at the Parker with Focus Development and Selah Freedom

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.

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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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New Fulton Market apartment tower on the market

April 18, 2017

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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.

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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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