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Sunday, August 30, 2015

FHC Annual Conference Begins Today in Orlando

By MIKE BONTS
REAL ESTATE WIRE

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.


Wednesday, August 26, 2015

LandSouth Construction Named to Florida Fast 100 by State’s Business Journals

JACKSONVILLE, Fla.  --- For the second consecutive year LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla.-based general contractor specializing in multifamily, senior housing and mixed use developments, has been recognized as one of Florida’s Fastest Growing 100 Private Companies by the state’s Business Journals.

LandSouth was one of six Jacksonville companies that made the prestigious list. The recognition as one of the Fast 100 comes on the heels of recently being named one of Jacksonville’s 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

As one of Jacksonville’s Fastest Growing Private Companies, LandSouth Construction was No. 14 with 65.97 percent growth rate and was No. 5 by dollar volume list for top revenue increase. LandSouth was also named one of “2015 Best Places to Work” by the Jacksonville Business Journal.

“We are honored to again be listed among some of the most promising and successful companies in Jacksonville and across the state of Florida. By focusing on client satisfaction through expertise, quality and value, we have been able to establish long-term relationships with developers and owners by offering innovative solutions and services that meet their requirements and expectations.”,” said LandSouth President/CEO James Pyle.

The annual award rankings are viewed as a benchmark for success within the aggressive Florida business environment. This latest honor caps another busy year for LandSouth.

LandSouth Construction is currently working on projects throughout the Southeast including apartments and mixed use developments in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Oviedo, Sanford, Jacksonville, Davenport and Orlando Fla., Mt. Pleasant, S.C, Collegedale, Tenn. and senior housing in Bonita Springs, Fla. In its 16-year history, LandSouth Construction has completed more than 12,000 multifamily units, including apartments, senior living, condominiums, and townhomes.

“It’s a testament to the relationships and hard work that our team puts forth every day in the field and in the office,” said Joe Passkiewicz, LandSouth’s Senior Vice President of Development. “We recognize our success is closely aligned with our partners and reflects the incredible commitment of our employees as well as the great confidence that our clients have shown in us.”

Business Journal researchers surveyed more than 800 businesses in Florida to determine which companies would make this year's list, which is based on the percentage of revenue growth between 2012 and 2014. Because the list highlights fast growth, it is one of the most dynamic and respected lists published by the Business Journal each year.

To make the list, companies must have recorded revenue of at least $1 million and demonstrated revenue growth through 2014. In addition, these firms must have been privately held during the reporting period. They have to be headquartered in the state and cannot be subsidiaries of other companies. The chief executive officer or chief financial officer of each company must submit in writing — and personally vouch for — revenues.

The journal has not yet revealed how LandSouth has ranked on the Florida Fast 100 List. The winning companies in Northeast Florida will be featured in the Sept. 18 print edition of the Jacksonville Business Journal.


For more information visit www.landsouth.com or call 904.273.6004.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

LandSouth Construction Breaks Ground on $32 Million Apartments at ChampionsGate

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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla. based general contractor specializing in multifamily, senior housing and mixed use developments, has begun construction on apartments at ChampionsGate, a $32 million luxury apartment community in Davenport, Fla.

The gated community will feature 308 residences and a resort-style clubhouse in five buildings situated on 11.6 beautifully landscaped acres. ChampionsGate is expected to be completed in early 2017.

“ChampionsGate will meet the growing demand for luxurious apartment homes in this highly desirable neighborhood,” said James Pyle, President and CEO of LandSouth Construction. 

“The community will provide residents a carefree, comfortable lifestyle with upscale amenities and a convenient location.”

Located at the heart of ChampionsGate Development off I-4 south of Orlando, the community is being developed by ChampionsGate Ventures, LLC. The architect is James S. Carr AIA & Associates, LLC of Malvern, Penn.

New oversized one, two and three bedroom apartment homes will range from 829 to 1,470 square feet, with an average unit size of 1,025 square feet.  Secured building entrances, air conditioned corridors and elevators provide upscale access to each of the apartment homes.

The unique open floors plans include extra large kitchens with entertainment bar, walk-in closets and thoughtful interior design accented by crown moulding, custom paneled doors and raised panel cabinetry. Furnished models will be available.

In addition to a convenient location near some of Central Florida’s premier dining, shopping and attractions, residents will enjoy a resort style pool and spa and a 7,891 square foot amenity rich clubhouse.

“We are especially excited about starting the ChampionsGate construction, as it epitomizes the desirability of location, quality and developer partner we seek for each of our projects,” noted LandSouth’s Senior Vice President of Development Joe Passkiewicz.

LandSouth Construction is currently working on projects throughout the Southeast including apartments and mixed use developments in Boynton Beach, Delray Beach, Oviedo, Sanford, Jacksonville and Orlando Fla., Mt. Pleasant, S.C, Collegedale, Tenn. and senior housing in Bonita Springs, Fla. In its 16 year history, LandSouth Construction has completed more than 12,000 multifamily units, including apartments, senior living, condominiums, and townhomes.

In building ChampionsGate, LandSouth is using its unique integrated construction approach where each service component works together to provide a seamless delivery system.

These components have been designed and refined to be complementary and each is performance enhanced with proven procedures, tested systems and the very latest technology. By emphasizing results and exceptional service, LandSouth Construction has created a construction process to provide the best possible value for clients.

For more information visit www.landsouth.com or call 904.273.6004.

ABOUT LANDSOUTH CONSTRUCTION...Building Ideas

LandSouth Construction, the Southeast's premier general contractor specializing in multifamily, senior housing and mixed use development, was recently named one of the nation’s Top 25 apartment builders by the National Multifamily Housing Council and Fastest Growing Companies in Florida and a Best Place to Work by the Jacksonville Business Journal. Since 1998 the firm has transformed ideas into first-class communities by providing superior construction management services while building long-term relationships. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. LandSouth has completed more than 12,000 multifamily units including apartments, hotels, senior living, student and military housing, condominiums, townhomes and mixed use. LandSouth builds projects of the highest quality, aesthetic relevance and enduring value. For more information, call 904.273.6004 or visit www.landsouth.com.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

ICSC Recognizes the 2015 Professional Certification Designees

NEW YORK – The International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) has announced the 2015 designees of its Professional Certification program, recognizing 75 professionals who have demonstrated the highest level of competency in their field, proven through experience, education, examination and professional ethics. 

These individuals join a global network of nearly 7,000 professionals spanning 55 countries who have also completed the rigorous program.

“The 2015 recipients of ICSC certifications join a group of retail real estate professionals who set the standards for their peers to follow. These designees perform at the top of their field and have proven their expertise globally,” said Michael Kercheval, ICSC’s president and CEO. “The shopping center industry is constantly changing and these industry professionals have shown that they are up to the challenge.”

LIST OF DESIGNEES

ICSC’s Professional Certification program has served the industry for more than 50 years. In addition to certifying more retail real estate professionals than any other organization in the world, ICSC is the only global organization that provides credible generalist and specialty certifications for retail real estate professionals.

Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 70,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.  For more information, visit www.icsc.org.  

Friday, August 7, 2015

ICSC NEWS: Report documents Kimco’s sustainability achievements

Kimco Realty Corp., North America’s largest publicly traded operator of open-air centers, reduced energy consumption across its more than 750 centers by 8.5 percent in 2014, compared to the year before, according to its second annual Corporate Responsibility Report, which was released today.

The New Hyde Park, N.Y.–based company also reduced water consumption by about 7.5 percent, saving some 67.3 million gallons of water.

These are just two highlights of the report, which covers a range of issues, including sustainability, corporate transparency, charitable giving and community volunteering. Kimco employees spent 389 hours volunteering in 2014 through the company’s Community Connection program, which in the past has assisted with disaster relief, home building and youth mentoring, among other activities.

Some programs are designed to benefit employees themselves. Eighty-three percent of Kimco’s workforce enrolled in the company’s Global Corporate Challenge, a 100-day program designed to promote physical activity and fitness.

Employees are also coached in ethics and Kimco’s Code of Conduct, which among other things teaches them about compliance with the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act.

Kimco invested $2 million in 2014 on 162 projects across its portfolio designed to enhance sustainability. Since launching a program in 2011 to shut off lighting when not needed, it has cut energy consumption by 18 percent. Kimco is also retrofitting lighting throughout its portfolio, and by the end of this year will have upgraded 100 properties, at a cost of more than $8 million.

Other measures are also making significant contributions to the company’s sustainability, such as reflective roofing and solar electricity generation; electric car rechargers; landscape plants that need little water and sophisticated irrigation technology; and better waste management, whereby 19 percent of discarded material is being diverted away from landfills.

All data relating to energy, water, waste and greenhouse gas emissions are verified by third parties.

"We’re proud of the progress made over the past several years,” said William Teichman, Kimco’s senior director of strategic operations.

Saturday, July 25, 2015

ICSC NEWS: Dick’s Sporting Goods launches women’s specialty chain

Dick’s Sporting Goods is launching a chain of women’s fitness and lifestyle boutiques called Chelsea Collective. The first two stores will open next month at Tysons Corner (Va.) Center, and at Ross Park Mall, in Pittsburgh.

Named for the diverse and eclectic Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, Chelsea Collective will provide customers with a uniquely curated assortment of apparel, equipment, footwear, accessories and beauty products, fusing fitness and fashion to serve women who are on the cutting edge of new trends and have a variety of fitness interests, according to Dick’s.

"As leaders in sporting goods and fitness apparel, we wanted to provide a destination for women who are on their own personal fitness journeys; a store where they can come in and feel part of a community that understands them and their needs," said Lauren Hobart, senior vice president at Dick’s, in a press release. The company did not reveal its further rollout plans for the concept.

The move is Dick’s bid to capture some of the surging’s women’s athletic apparel market. 

Discounters, department stores like Bloomingdale’s and Macy’s, and such specialty chains as Gap Inc.’s Athleta and VF Corp.’s Lucy are battling for market share against sector leader Lululemon. 

Dick’s currently operates 610 Dick’s stores, in addition to Galaxy, Field & Stream and True Runner specialty stores.

LandSouth Named One of Fastest Growing Firms for Second Straight Year by Business Journal

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (July 25, 2015) – LandSouth Construction, a Jacksonville, Fla. based general contractor specializing in multifamily, senior housing and mixed use developments, has been recognized for the second consecutive year  as one of the 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies by the Jacksonville Business Journal.
The top 50 were selected based on average annual revenue growth over the past three years. In addition to percentage growth awards. The publication honors the top 10 companies in total revenue growth over the same three-year period. The company was No. 14 for 2014 with 65.97 percent growth rate and was No. 5 by dollar volume list for top revenue increase.
This recognition follows the firm being named to the Best Places to Work list by the publication for the second consecutive year. Earlier this year LandSouth Construction made the prestigious National Multifamily Housing Council’s (NMHC) 2015 ranking of the nation’s largest apartment contractors at No. 25.
“We take a lot of pride in a reputation built on integrity, sound best practices and professional expertise. That has been our goal from day one,” said James Pyle, president and CEO at LandSouth. “We’re thrilled to be a part of a growing sector of the economy in and that we were once again named to the Business Journal’s list of fastest growing private companies.”
LandSouth Construction is currently working on projects throughout the Southeast including apartments and mixed use developments in Delray Beach, Oviedo, Sanford, Jacksonville, Boynton Beach and Orlando Fla., Mt. Pleasant, S.C, Collegedale, Tenn. and senior housing in Bonita Springs, Fla.  LandSouth Construction has completed more than 12,000 multifamily units, including apartments, senior living, condominiums, and townhomes in its 16-year history.
“Being honored with this recognition for the second consecutive year is a testament to our great team, continuous growth and ability to satisfy our client’s challenges day to day,” said LandSouth’s Vice President of Operations Joe Passkiewicz. “Our amazing and highly skilled team have an unshakable belief in our values and mission and that comes through in our work every single day."
LandSouth provides an integrated construction approach where each service component works together to provide a seamless delivery system.

These components have been designed and refined to be complementary and each is performance enhanced with proven procedures, tested systems and the very latest technology. By emphasizing results and exceptional service, LandSouth Construction has created a construction process to provide the best possible value for clients

For more information visit www.landsouth.com or call 904.273.6004.
ABOUT LANDSOUTH CONSTRUCTION...Building Ideas 

LandSouth Construction is the Southeast's premier general contractor specializing in multifamily and senior housing construction. Headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla., the firm transforms ideas into first-class communities by providing superior construction management services while building long-term relationships. Founded in 1998, LandSouth has completed more than 12,000 multifamily units. The company builds all product types including apartments, hotels, senior living, student and military housing, condominiums and townhomes. LandSouth builds projects of the highest quality, aesthetic relevance and enduring value. For more information, call 904.273.6004 or visit www.landsouth.com.