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UM-ULI judges choose from among several projects

November 3, 2012
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Eight judges from across the state were enlisted to determine this year’s University of Michigan-Urban Land Institute Excellence Awards, the first year of a more formalized approach to judging.

The judges included:

Rick Chapla, vice president of business development for West Michigan’s The Right Place Inc.

Eric “Dusty” Duistermars, national attraction manager for Michigan Economic Development Corp.

Mark Perry, commercial real estate consultant in Ann Arbor.

John J. Petz, director of real estate and public affairs for southeast Michigan commercial real estate firm Domino’s Farms Corp.

Terry Sanford, principal at Grand Rapids architectural firm Nederveld.

Don Taylor, coordinator for the UM-ULI Real Estate Forum.

Thomas Wackerman, president and director of brownfield restoration at ASTI Environmental.

Bill Watch, owner of Southfield-based First Commercial Realty & Development Co. and president of the Urban Land Institute.

Several West Michigan projects were nominated for UM-ULI awards in various categories:

Category: Development/Redevelopment of the Year Award/West

Ferris State University/Kendall College of Art and Design redevelopment of the Federal Building in Grand Rapids (see story above).

Whirlpool Corp., Project Everest. Location: Benton Harbor. Empty and dilapidated buildings were demolished for the creation of Project Everest, the largest business retention project ever to take place in the area. The ongoing $68 million Project Everest seeks to provide the city of Benton Harbor with a major anchor that will drive additional development.

LINC Community Revitalization Inc., LINC Development Center. Location: Grand Rapids. The LINC Development Center is the result of a $1.7 million redevelopment of a century-old, two-story building in Grand Rapids that is part of a larger effort to redevelop the neighborhood. The project required internal demolition as well as construction efforts to revitalize, and now serves as a business incubator space, commercial space and co-work space.

Shoreline Inn Resort/Jonathan Rooks, owner of Parkland Properties. Location: Muskegon. The redevelopment project re-established three entities into one combined, interconnected resort. The renovation and reposition included Terrace Pointe Marina, the Shoreline Inn hotel and The Lake House Waterfront Grille and Shoreline Inn Conference Center.

Premier Tool & Die/Steve Endres, CFO/city of Dowagiac. Location: Dowagiac. The city of Dowagiac facilitated the redevelopment of a vacant brownfield site for use by Premier as a zinc manufacturing plant.

Gillespie Group/Pat Gillespie, chief visionary, founder and president, Marshall Street Armory. Location: Lansing. The $5 million armory project revitalized the 84-year-old building that once housed the 119th Field Artillery Regiment to a fully functional space that will now house nonprofit organizations and encourage useful collaboration and resource sharing.

Rockford Construction/Kurt Hassberger, COO, MoDiv. Location: Grand Rapids. MoDiv is a retail incubator in downtown Grand Rapids. The multi-tenant space was redeveloped by Rockford Construction to utilize an existing space and pump up the downtown economy through increased retail traffic.

616 Development/Derek Coppess, founder. Location: Grand Rapids. The 616 Lofts on Ionia is a mixed-use, $7.5 million redevelopment project that redeveloped two historic downtown Grand Rapids buildings. The project will now house an anchor tenant, two floors of office spaces and three levels of market-rate apartments.

Category: Real Estate Excellence Award/Statewide

Jonathon Rooks, president of Parkland Properties (see story on page 21).

Franklin Properties LLC/Don Shoemaker, real estate investor. Location: Wyoming. The firm has executed eight of the area’s largest industrial redevelopment projects, including the redevelopment of Seimens Dematic, which literally raised the roof on the building for its new tenant.

Locus Development LLC/John Green and Andy Winkle, partners. Location: Grand Rapids. The $5.2 million historic rehabilitation of the Flat Iron Building resulted in a conversion from a nearly empty building to an office and retail space, while maintaining the historical significance of the space and environmental sensitivity.

Andy Farbman, CEO Farbman Group, Southfield.

Category: Sale/Lease of the Year Award/West

Colliers International, 3195 N. Wilson, Walker (see story on page 21).

Ashley Capital, Grand Rapids Commerce Center (former Steelcase campus). Location: Grand Rapids. The site has been and continues to be redeveloped for manufacturing tenants, retaining its industrial base and so far supporting nearly 700 jobs among the new tenants.

Gillespie Group/Pat Gillespie, chief visionary, founder and president. Location: Lansing. The $5 million Marshall Street Armory project revitalized the 84-year-old building and created a collaborative space for several area nonprofits to enjoy cost savings as well as improved services for constituents.

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