Union Berkley Riverfront Park Breaks Ground in Kansas City

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On Tuesday, Flaherty & Collins Properties broke ground on Union | Berkley Riverfront Park in Kansas City, Missouri. The exciting project, developed by Flaherty & Collins Properties, is a mixed-use development along the Missouri River just blocks north of Downtown Kansas City.

You can read more about the project in our press release. And visit www.unionbp.com for more about the features and amenities of the project.

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We set up the site and prepared for a great morning with our project partners from Port KC, TCF, First Merchants Bank, Citizens Bank & Trust, Parse Capital, Landform and Cuningham.

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“We are excited to begin construction on this transformative property for Berkley Riverfront Park and Downtown Kansas City,” said Ryan Cronk, Vice President of Development for Flaherty & Collins Properties. “We believe this project, with quality housing that supports the growing Riverfront area, is another component that will continue to build on the thriving downtown of Kansas City. We have great partners with the Port KC team and can’t wait to showcase this project.”

The $72-million mixed-use development consisting of 410 luxury apartments and 12,400 square feet of retail space. A secure parking garage featuring 400 parking spaces, to be used by residents and retail customers, will be housed on property.

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Former Mayor Berkley (which Riverfront Park is named after) joined the festivities and celebrated the project. The development is just the beginning for the plans the Port KC team have envisioned for the Riverfront area.

“Port KC is very excited to have such tremendous partners in Flaherty & Collins Properties, building our first mixed-use development at Berkley Riverfront Park. Our partnership, from day one, has been focused to on fulfilling the vision of creating a vibrant new community along our waterfront,” said Michael Collins, President and CEO of Port KC.

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“It’s truly humbling knowing we can address so many desires today,” Collins said at the event. “We’re building a story.”

The project is chalk full of cool amenities and features – just check out the design and open space in the Club Room area:

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Residents of Union will enjoy features and amenities that include a 1st floor bar/coffee shop, high speed Wi-Fi throughout, and a state-of-the-art 1,600 square foot Fitness Center with yoga studio. Also included in fitness options is a Group Cycling Studio. Union will showcase a year-round, resort-style, heated saltwater pool with wet deck and hot tub, plus 35,000 total square feet of outdoor courtyard space with an Outdoor Living Room featuring fire pits, commercial grade grills and outdoor furniture. A pet-friendly community, Union features a 1,600 square foot private and elevated Bark Park with a Dog Park Express Course that includes a water station and waste area. The Bike Shop amenity features bike storage with repair tools, stands, TVs, post work-out relaxation area, ping pong, and beer tap.

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And Union will offer residents and guests gorgeous, panoramic views of downtown and the riverfront park area. These amenities will support and activate the Berkley Riverfront Park space next to the Missouri River and meets the goals that Port KC had in mind when they identified the project.

Apartments will include LED lighting, with luxury wood-style flooring in kitchen, entry and living area. Kitchens feature oversized, flat slab cabinets with custom hardware. In addition, apartments will feature premium carpet in bedrooms, oversized energy efficient windows, front load, full size Energy Star rated washer and dryers, and quartz countertops, plus luxury features including Nest® thermostats, frameless shower doors and recessed/decorative patios or balconies. Union will also include three furnished guest suites.

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Construction will occur over an 18-month period. Union expects to see first residents move-in mid-2018.

Learn more about the project at www.unionbp.com!

F&C Gives Thanks

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While Flaherty & Collins Properties works hard throughout the year to support local, regional and national charitable causes, our efforts increase during the holidays, highlighted by Thanksgiving and our work with both the Mozel Sanders Foundation and Amber Woods on the Far East side. This year was no different, as we spent the early part of this week with both groups.

On Monday, Flaherty & Collins Properties donated over 1,000 goods and $6,500 (in conjunction with our friends at Vision Communities) to the Mozel Sanders Foundation.

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In an event held at Westlake (which once again, raised the most goods to donate), F&C team members took part in a cookie contest. Awards were presented to:

  • Best Decorated Cookies: Melissa DeLong (Corporate)
  • Best Tasting Cookies: Julia Young (Corporate)
  • Most Creative Cookies: Stefani Williams (Dakota Ridge)

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Derek Miller won the cookie eating contest, and in our blindfolded decorating contest, Demetria Page took on all challengers to best the competition.

We would like to thank all the properties who collected goods and donated to this wonderful cause, and of course, thank you to all our volunteers for coming out and supporting such a wonderful event. And special thanks to our judges – Stephanie Sanders, LaKeisha Jackson and Lynne Petersen!

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Mozel Sanders Foundation reached their goal in raising $100,000 in their annual Thanksgiving Day campaign. Each year, the Mozel Sanders Foundation feeds approximately 40,000 in Central Indiana on Thanksgiving – in addition to distributing bags of goods and groceries each and every month to those in need. As Stephanie Sanders likes to say, “If everyone would feed one, every one would be fed.”

We could not agree more.

On Tuesday, F&C team members gathered in the Amber Woods to pass out grocery bags to those in the community in need of food and household items this holiday season.

“We’ve been doing this for so many years,” said Flaherty & Collins President Jerry Collins, “that everyone feels like family.”

From the Flaherty & Collins Properties family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

 

Behind the Scenes: Historic Whitlock Place Grand Opening

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Last week, Flaherty & Collins Properties held a Grand Opening ceremony of Historic Whitlock Place. Historic Whitlock Place is an adaptive reuse development that creates 56 apartment homes in the historic Culver Union Hospital in downtown Crawfordsville.

“We are excited to open Historic Whitlock Place,” said Julie Collier, Vice President of Development with Flaherty & Collins Properties, at the event. “This is truly a remarkable, transformative project for Crawfordsville and the greater neighborhood and community.”

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Historic Whitlock Place consists of studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Nearly every unit is an individual, unique design, and features Energy Star windows and appliances to achieve the Silver level of National Green Building Standards for energy efficiency.

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Historic detailing within the building were retained through construction, such as bullnose plaster corners, terrazzo floors, unique wood-frame windows, and painted stencil detailing in the hallways. Community Activity areas include a community atrium, a community room with a TV, a computer room with free internet access, and an exercise room with equipment. The exterior will also be landscaped with trees, shrubs and garden seating. Paved parking is also be provided on-site.

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“It was extremely important to keep the historical aspects of the building and enhance the exterior and interior look and feel of the building,” said Collier. “We’re thrilled with the results of Culver’s transformation.”

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Crawfordsville, consistently rated in the Top 100 Best Small Towns in America, is looking forward to this residential project in downtown that will serve seniors and families in need of quality housing. A historical rich community, Crawfordsville features cultural trail links, parks and many other forms of recreation.

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“Identifying an appropriate adaptive reuse for the former Culver Hospital has been a top priority and I am confident Historic Whitlock Place will fit nicely with our efforts to create a more livable community,” said Crawfordsville Mayor Todd Barton at the groundbreaking in June 2015.

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The project is a collaborative effort between Sustainable Solutions, Vision Communities, Flaherty & Collins Properties, the City of Crawfordsville, Palma Architects, and McKinley Development. Historic Whitlock Place is funded by the National Equity Fund, the Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis and the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority. Merchants Bank of Indiana was the construction bridge lender for the development.

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Flaherty & Collins Properties Takes Home 9 Midwest Prodigy & IAA Awards of Excellence

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For the third consecutive year, Flaherty & Collins Properties was honored with more awards than any other company at the annual Midwest Prodigy & Indiana Apartment Association (IAA) Awards of Excellence, at the conclusion of the 2016 Midwest Multifamily Conference. Presented annually, MMC recognizes the Midwest’s best multifamily communities, employees, and management team.

Since 2014, Flaherty & Collins Properties has been honored with 27 awards (8 in 2014, 11 in 2015 and 9 in 2016).

The Prodigy Awards recognize apartment communities of all types and sizes in categories ranging from floor plans and decoration to marketing efforts and curb appeal.

This year’s Flaherty & Collins Properties won in the following categories:

Best Floorplan, Under 800 sq. ft., 11+ Years in Age – Country Club

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Best Floorplan, over 1100 sq. ft., 1-10 Years in Age – Millikan on Mass

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Best Clubhouse, 1-10 Years in Age – Axis

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Best Company Wide Employee Relations Program – Flaherty & Collins Properties

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Best Overall Amenities – 1-10 Years in Age – Flats at 146

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Best Use of Technology – The Depot at Nickel Plate

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Best Overall Community Marketing Program – Axis

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Best Corporate Marketing Program – Flaherty & Collins Properties

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The Awards of Excellence honor the region’s top professionals in a number of categories: multifamily manager, assistant manager, maintenance supervisor, and more. This year, one of our very best took home a huge honor:

Rick Stapp Regional Property Supervisor of the Year – Teri Hedemark

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Congratulations to all the winners at the Midwest Multifamily Awards program and Flaherty & Collins Properties is humbled and honored to receive recognition from the judges.

One Team, One Dream

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On Wednesday, Over 250 of Flaherty & Collins Properties 450-plus employees descended upon the JW Marriott in Downtown Indianapolis for our 2016 Company Wide Event.

The theme – One Team, One Dream – could not have been more appropriate.

At F&C, we are everywhere, as our Development, Construction and Management teams not only work on building affordable and market rate multifamily housing across the country, but also work on building strong communities where we live, work and play.

This week was a chance for us to invest in building ourselves and uniting our team to celebrate, well, us. Our hard work and efforts, our accomplishments, and to come together under not just a slogan or mantra, but a goal.

After a wonderful introduction to the day by our President, Jerry Collins, we kicked off our day-long, jam packed event with an amazing session of self-reflection and motivation from our guest speaker, Anne Grady. Anne shared several powerful messages with our team and we learned a great deal about not only ourselves, but interacting with others.

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After lunch and our lunchtime awards program – where we recognized winners in several construction and property management categories – we did a group event for charity, building 40 bikes that were donated later in the day to Boys & Girls Club organizations in Indianapolis and Noblesville, as well as Pathway on the Far East side of Indianapolis.

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Next up, our teams went on a Scavenger Hunt around White River State Park in Downtown Indianapolis. Our teams worked together to accomplish finding specific items or points of interest in the guide book, and winners received an Olympic style medal – and perhaps most important – a paid vacation day!

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From there, we broke for a few hours to allow everyone to get dressed to the nines for our capstone event – our dinner and awards program, followed by casino night and dancing in the Grand Ballroom.

Awards were presented to the following:

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Safety Award – honoring employees who continually have safety on the mind, following guidelines and SOPs and look for ways to expand their knowledge and bring safety to the workplace.

  • Gavin Greene
  • Dustin Stevens

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Construction MVP – the Construction MVP who has shown outstanding dedication, professionalism, hard work and positive mental attitude.

  • Gary Waters

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Property Manager of the Year – the Property Manager who has shown outstanding dedication, professionalism, hard work and positive mental attitude

  • Kourtney Cowell, The Heights Linden Square

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Maintenance Supervisor of the Year – the Maintenance Supervisor who goes above and beyond at their property, showing dedication, hard work, professionalism and positive mental attitude.

  • Steve Idol, Westlake

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Leadership Award – employee(s) who have shown outstanding leadership, direction, professionalism, hard work and positive mental attitude.

  • Teri Hedemark
  • Noelle Malatestinic
  • Brian Moore

Employee of the Year  – presented by Jerry Collins and David Flaherty, the award recognizes the best attributes of all our winners and goes above and beyond at all times to exceed all expectations. Our MVP!

  • Thomas J. (TJ) Hinds

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With that, we danced the night away and played games to close out our celebration.

We would like to thank all our Flaherty & Collins Properties team members who were able to attend, as well as our sponsors for their generosity in helping us put on the event:

Platinum Sponsors

  • Belfor
  • Hays + Sons
  • KSMC Consulting
  • PPG Paints
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Wilmar

Gold Sponsors

  • Assurant
  • Signworks
  • Moen
  • RealPage

Silver Sponsors

  • Landman Beatty
  • LB Gray LLC
  • Ring Construction
  • America’s Floor Source
  • BrightView
  • Cleansweep
  • Gold Seal
  • Indy Pro Tow
  • Maintenance Supply Headquarters
  • Outdoor Management
  • Ray’s Trash
  • Sandlin Law Group
  • State Farm – Chris McCreery
  • Window Coverings, Inc.
  • Wise Landscaping

Bike Build Sponsors

  • BGI
  • Barry Daming Excavating
  • Drexel Interiors
  • Hulsey Drain & Sewer Service
  • Impact Trash Solutions
  • Kelly Landscaping
  • On Call Construction Services
  • PooPrints
  • Renovia
  • Ryan Fire Protection
  • Ryan Cronk
  • Sandlin Law Group
  • Shaw Flooring
  • Simplex Grinnell
  • United Road Towing
  • Yael Carpety & Floor Cleaning

Scavenger Hunt Sponsors

  • A Perfect Promotion
  • Cleansweep
  • IPS Inc.
  • Maintenance Supply Headquarters

General Sponsors

  • A-1 Painting Inc.
  • Accurate Construction Services
  • America’s Floor Source
  • ASAP Aquatics
  • AT&T
  • Craven’s Carpet Cleaning
  • Glass Tree
  • Handy Helpers
  • Heartland Golf Carts
  • Jani-King of Chicago
  • Joers Carpet One Floor & Home
  • Klean Restoration
  • Leaders of the Class Property Services
  • Liberty Painting
  • Pemberton Lawn Care
  • RentPath
  • Sandlin Law Group
  • Sebert
  • Waste Management