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Monday, October 5, 2015

First Coast Apartment Association Out to Tackle Hunger with Annual Food Drive

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  -- The First Coast Apartment Association (FCAA) has kicked off their annual canned food drive to help tackle hunger in Northeast Florida.

“As an organization we believe that what we do every day matters. The apartment industry strives to make a positive impact in the community. The annual food drive reconfirms that commitment,” said Holly Fox, FCAA board member and co-chair for the drive.

Collection boxes are being set up in apartment communities and offices to collect canned food for the Clara White Mission. FCAA members and community residents are encouraged to contribute to this worthy cause. 

 “We encourage all FCAA associate and community members to make this important endeavor a success by donating and urging residents to help take up the fight against hunger. The canned food drive is a simple but effective way to tackle hunger here at home,” said co-chair Shannon Gregory, regional director at WRH Realty Services.

FCAA volunteers will pick up donations Nov. 18 - 20. Cans will be delivered to the Clara White Mission on Nov. 21.

“The apartment industry canned food drive is a great example of how to step up to recognize and serve a real need in the community,” noted Clara White Mission CEO/President Ju’Coby Pittman. “Hunger is an everyday reality for some and the apartment industry should be proud of this annual project.”

Founded in 1979, the FCAA serves the apartment industry in Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Flagler, Putnam, and Nassau Counties.  FCAA’s mission is to promote, inform and serve the apartment industry through education, legislation, and professional networking.

For more information contact FCAA at (904) 292.1345 or e-mail

Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Generation Homes Bringing Fresh Approach to New Coastal Community

ST. AUGUSTINE BEACH - Generation Homes has announced they will be the building  in the new coastal community of Sea View in South St. Augustine Beach.

“Sea View will boast splendid coastal-style architecture that is timeless, unique, and personal in design to ensure the highest aesthetic appeal in this cozy and serene setting,” said Cora Johnston, president of Generation Homes.

While beach communities share some similar features, none more so than Generation Homes’ attention to style, quality and detail. Sea View will be a small, quaint community located on AIA South that will feature charming lots, a park and swim club. The community is expected to open next April.

“New home sites are limited and we have had a lot of interest already from homeowners looking to build their ideal home in Sea View as well as attracted to our versatile designs and floor plans,” said Donna Sadowski, vice president of sales and marketing for Generation Homes.

Generation Homes’ floor plans are thoughtfully and deliberately created for lasting appeal. By optimizing the construction process and working closely with the homebuyer every square inch of a new home is a luxurious brushstroke in a grand masterpiece. Generation Homes creates a place to spend a lifetime, enjoy as a second home or relish as a vacation getaway.

Generation Homes is currently building in premier communities along the First Coast from Ponte Vedra Beach to Hammock Beach, including Anastasia Dunes, Beach Haven, Magnolia Dunes, Marsh Creek, Sea Colony, Sea Grove, and Whispering Oaks and on various private lots throughout Northeast Florida.

For more information on Generation Homes in Sea View call Donna Sadowski at (904) 955-4769 or

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Greenbuild And NAHB Announce New Strategic Partnership

Informa Exhibitions and the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) are pleased to announce a new, strategic partnership for 2015. NAHB has signed on to become one of three Greenbuild Top Tier Partners for 2015, in addition to AIA and BOMA.

Greenbuild will feature a variety of residential offerings at the 2015 event, inclusive of a residential product pavilion; a LEED v4 Platinum, net zero electricity demonstration home on the show floor and an extensive educational track. The residential track has increased to 15 sessions focused on both multi-family and single-family that runs Nov. 18-20 at the conference. Thursday, Nov. 19, is the primary residential day with 12 sessions taking place in three different time slots.

“Greenbuild has historically featured a small residential contingency, and this is the time to expand our offerings to keep apprised of marketplace demands. NAHB is the perfect partner to provide additional support in this critical sector,” stated Lindsay Roberts, Greenbuild show director. “Their commitment to sustainable residential building is evident in their support of Greenbuild. Informa Exhibitions has a strong existing relationship with NAHB and we look forward to a mutually successful partnership.”

“NAHB has long been an advocate of sustainable, high-performance building and remodeling, and Greenbuild is a perfect venue for us to continue educating the industry about the importance of building green,” said NAHB Chairman Tom Woods, a home builder and developer from Blue Springs, Mo. “We are excited about this new opportunity, and look forward to helping build up the residential green building presence at Greenbuild.”

“USGBC and NAHB have always worked to increase awareness, education and better understanding of the benefits of higher-performing homes,” said Kate Hurst, vice president, community, conferences and events, USGBC. “As the premier educational opportunity for the green building community, Greenbuild continues to expand its offerings. This partnership with NAHB allows us to further develop our residential track in a way that truly benefits attendees and our community.”  

Greenbuild, owned and operated by Informa Exhibitions U.S., Construction & Real Estate and presented by the U.S. Green Building Council, is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building. The three-day conference attracts 20,000+ attendees and 600 exhibitors annually from across the green building sector, spanning commercial and residential professionals, architects, building owners and operators, students, advocates and educators. This year’s conference takes place at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from Nov. 18-20.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

MYGENERATION BLOG: Two-Car Garage Most Common in New Homes

ST. AUGUSTINE, Fla. -- According to an analysis of a Census Survey of Construction data, a majority of new homes that started construction in 2014 included two-car garages.

"Not really a surprise. We talk to homeowners everyday about what they want and need in their new homes," said Donna Sadowski, vice president of sales and marketing for custom coastal builder Generation Homes. "Garages for vehicles, bikes, a work area and additional storage is always a consideration when working with homeowners on their ideal design."

For single-family constructions starts in 2014, 61.9 percent of homes included a two-car garage. Another 23.5 percent of homes possessed a garage large enough to hold three of more cars.

"The size of garages in the survey was correlated with home size. The data showed that the two-car garage remains the most common parking option for newly-built homes," noted Sadowski. "In addition to size and use we work with homeowners on location within in the overall floor plan."

More than 396,000 homes that began construction in 2014 possessed two-car garages, according to the Census data.

Generation Homes is currently building in the new Sea View community in St. Augustine Beach and premier communities along the First Coast from Ponte Vedra Beach to Hammock Beach, including Anastasia Dunes, Beach Haven, Magnolia Dunes, Marsh Creek, Sea Colony, Sea Grove, and Whispering Oaks and on various private lots throughout Northeast Florida.

For more information on Generation Homes call Donna Sadowski at (904) 955-4769 or

Friday, September 4, 2015

ICSC: Lots of activity, deals at Florida Conference in Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. --  The dust has settled from a busy International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Florida Conference just concluded in Orlando.

Across the United States, rents have been stable since 2012, with occupancy has steadily climbed more than 1.5 percent. Florida, however, has seen a slight growth in rents—driven primarily by the South Florida markets—with occupancy growth aligned with the nationwide trend.

Looking back at the three day event held at the Orange County Convention Center:
  • Healthy and growing. Those are two words used to describe the Jacksonville, Fla. retail market. But there is one quadrant of the city that is outperforming all the rest. Cliff Taylor, a senior vice president at CBRE, told Globe St.'s Jennifer LeClaire that the retail market is healthy and is growing. The vacancy rate fell to 9.2% in the second quarter of 2015, compared to 10% a year ago. The St. Augustine submarket, which is the lowest, remained at 3%. Most of the growth is taking place in the southeast quadrant of the city, along the Butler corridor and east of Interstate 95, Ponte Vedra, and northern St. Johns County. There, St. Johns Town Center, which has about 1.41 million square feet of retail and features every major retailer from Target to Tiffany, continues to drive the majority of retail growth for the entire market. It is one of the most popular centers in the entire southeastern United States with more than 16 million visitors per year.
  • Central Florida’s big retail real estate conference attracted more than 4,000 to the Orange County Convention Center this year — and the majority of them spent much of Monday engrossed in the huge deal-making part of the convention. The conference brought in bigger crowds than in past years, and that means new real estate deals likely will emerge in the coming weeks and months.
  • Again this year, ICSC's Leadership Development Program offered one-on-one and group mentoring appointments with a variety of industry professionals at the ICSC Florida Conference. Appointments were an opportunity to discuss general career strategies, industry developments, and trends.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

ICSC Florida expo participants look to spawn big deals

From the Orlando Business Journal

In case you hadn’t noticed, the Sunshine State is in the midst of a love affair with the retail real estate market.

That’s according to a new retail report unveiled on Aug. 31 by JLL President of Retail Brokerage Naveen Jaggi during the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) Florida Conference at the Orange County Convention Center.

Now that the Great Recession is well behind us, retailers are aggressively hunting for sites again and developers are reworking plans pulled off dusty shelves to bring more shopping and dining options to some of Florida’s most active metro areas. 

Not only does that make the state more attractive to top talent, helping major employers retain and recruit, it also helps generate temporary construction jobs and permanent service industry jobs.

Sidelines to scaffolding: Retail vacancy rates are down, ranging from an “ultra-low” 3.3 percent in the Miami region to 6.5 percent in Orlando. So, with retail space scarce, developments that have been on the sidelines for a decade or so are finally starting to move dirt.

Sense of place: It’s obviously important that people come to buy things at shopping centers, but more new developments are offering entertainment, leisure and other options to keep people on property for longer. The bigger focus for new developments is to create an experience surrounded by shopping and dining options.

Urban or bust: The concept of walkable, urban living has been exploding nationwide, and the Sunshine State has seen that expand beyond downtown areas into even suburban communities. So, even new retail projects include a live-work-play concept, which appeals especially to millennials — 86 percent of which expect to live in urban areas at least until they are 33.

Reshaped retailers: With the new live-work-play concepts dominating the new development marketplace, retail concepts have revamped their store formats to capture those shoppers. Examples include Forever 21’s new F21 Red concept, which focuses more on the family than the retailer’s traditional pre-teen to young adult demographic.

Size matters: Mega-stores are so last season, as many publicly traded and even privately held retailers have either reduced their store sizes for new developments or come up with small-shop concepts to shrink overhead and drive up sales per square foot, a big indicator of retail success.

See the full JLL 2015 Florida Retail Report and find out more of what’s happening at the ICSC Florida Conference by following @ICSC or the hashtag #FLConf on Twitter.

Sunday, August 30, 2015

FHC Annual Conference Begins Today in Orlando


ORLANDO, Fla. --
  The Florida Housing Coalition’s Annual Conference begins today in Orlando.

The event is expected to attract more than 600 affordable housing advocates, lenders, developers, administrators and policy makers. 

The Annual Conference offers training from the nuts and bolts of housing to cutting edge training and an opportunity to learn from a broad range of experts.

In addition to the more than 30 workshops, this year’s Conference will feature 4 workshop tracks: Housing for Elders and Individuals with Special Needs; Financial Resources for Affordable Housing; Energy Efficient and Sustainable Housing; and Housing for Persons Experiencing Homelessness.