Stoneleigh Companies – Huffington Post

Coworking Grows in 2017

Huffington Post | Amanda Schneider | July 24, 2017

2017 saw continued growth of the flexible office industry and a broader range of offerings. While “Serviced Offices” have been around for decades (30+ years), the term “coworking” has been the media standard term for the last 10 years, and is likely here to stay according to the Global Workspace Association (GWA), a platform helping shared space operators, corporate real estate professionals, real estate investors, and service providers stay connected, current, and competitive.

The GWA is releasing results from their 2017 Industry Financial Survey, which is sent to hundreds of shared workspace operators, including association members and non-members. The survey gives us unique insight in that it covers specific P&L data from operators, with the goal to create industry benchmark data. But it goes beyond there. We can learn a lot about the future of workspace by studying spaces where people pay for workplace. Here are a few of the key takeaways:

1. Private Businesses and Landlords are getting into the flexible workspace game.

This year we’re seeing flexible options from landlords and private businesses grow faster than anyone expected. According to a recent Liquidspace report, 36% of the transactions on their platform are through private businesses or landlords offering extra space directly to consumers. Jamie Russo, Executive Director of the GWA, says, “The Commercial Real Estate industry may not have historically described itself as ‘nimble and innovative,’ but that may just be the behavior that we’re starting to see. This growth in transactions from landlords suggests demand for coworking, particularly from corporations, is growing. Landlords are increasingly seeking creative relationships with shared workspace operators in order to effectively activate their flexible offerings.”

The predominant approach is still the operator leasing the space, with 72% of respondents following that model. 19% of the respondents own their space, 3% reported a joint venture between the operator and the landlord, and 1% reported a management contract between the operator and the building owner. GWA research anticipates seeing less leasing and more operator/owner relationships in the next five years. As rent rates increase, the typical model is facing new challenges to remain profitable. Russo continues, “Growth of flexible office space offered by landlords will be an interesting evolution to watch over the next few years. I predict we will see an increased focus on the level of hospitality and community activation across flexible offerings, particularly in the context of a landlord offering a diverse portfolio of spaces. As corporations look to increase employee productivity with tools like flexibility, reduced commutes and compelling work environments, landlords will look to market their buildings by meeting that criteria and offering a variety of amenities, workspace configurations and managed communities to keep users engaged. Landlords may choose to partner with experienced coworking operators to deliver on hospitality and community activation.

2. There is an increasing focus on the user experience.

Two of the hottest buzzwords in the workspace industry right now are “consumerization” and “user-centered.” Everyone from landlords to corporate real estate departments to temperature control start-ups are focused on serving the “HDTV” consumer that expects a high level of design and hospitality at the corporate office, what we in the industry call their “third space.” Russo says, “What we are seeing is real estate evolving to be thought of not just as ‘buildings’ but as organic ecosystems that flex as their users’ needs change. As corporations start to look at off-campus options for employees, we see landlords pulling out all stops to attract users and taking really innovative approaches to amenities, workspace options and services.”

Highlights from the first half of 2017 that illustrate the user-focused industry trends:

· Convene raises $68M to fund expansion.

· Tishman and Speyer launches “Zo,” a high-amenity concept that aims to make its portfolio highly desirable and competitive.

· Banks—some of the most conservative, slow-moving, security-fearing companies—are using flexible office options as they grow teams in ancillary markets.

· Investments continue to flow into the coworking sector, indicating a bullish outlook for the continued growth of the consumerization of workspace: The Wing raises $8M, The Yard raises $15M in debt financing, WeWork added $300M to its balance sheet from Softbank, Industrious raised another $25M, and Asian companies added a long list of funded shared workspaces.

· Asset owners like Granite Properties and Stoneleigh Companies start installing coworking brands into their buildings (Common Desk and 25N Coworking respectively).

3. Open plan ≠ Coworking. Users are looking for productivity, not just a place to network.

Today 80% of coworking spaces offer private offices. While private spaces for individuals or teams make startup-costs higher for the operator, the demand seems to be growing for them.

Russo explains, “There is a big myth that coworking means open workspace. When the industry started to emerge in 2006, layouts were primarily open space and the hosts were focused around the simple idea of bringing people together to work. That approach worked for a period of time, but today the makeup of users and their space requirements is evolving.”

No longer are programmers and freelance designers the core membership. The GWA data shows that makeup of audiences today is 20% freelancers, 47% small business, and 12% mobile corporate users.

Steve King, partner at Emergent Research – a consulting firm focused on the small business sector of the US and global economy – shares some additional insight in the coworking audience evolution, “When coworking started, it was a movement predominantly around freelancers. Then around 2009 startups found coworking because they realized that signing a long-term lease didn’t make sense, and coworking fit right in. (Particularly in tech towns such as San Francisco, Boston, New York, and Austin.) What the GWA survey is showing is how the definition of flexible workspace is evolving. Much of the recent growth has been in corporate mobile users, and five years from now, I’d be surprised if they didn’t make up 35% of the coworking population. Small businesses (non-tech) are starting to move that way, but at a much slower pace.”

Freelancers are the individuals that are mostly doing computer work, so when coworking started it was focused there and open plan made sense. However, the demand for flexible office space is increasing through the sharing economy and is creating a shift in demand as corporate and small businesses users are on the rise. As the makeup of users shifts, the needs for layout in coworking spaces shifts, too. GWA data shows us the importance of variety in spaces in order to create the environment that makes coworking communities thrive. In fact, today’s data tells us that conference rooms and private offices are the most frequently offered spaces across all flexible workplace types. The supply side is reacting to that demand and creating more private spaces.

In many markets, the demand is higher for offices and team spaces, making them easier to fill. While some coworking purists idealize the open-plan for its community-building simplicity, this often comes without practical consideration for the type of work that gets done in shared workspaces. Russo says, “We see people saying they want a professional experience and a variety of usable spaces. The data suggest the market is starting to supply that in increasingly creative ways. People are expecting well-designed spaces that are also professional, and they are willing to pay for an experience that they can’t get from a home office or even a corporate campus. This is the consumerization of the work place.”

Data from members of shared workspaces indicates that the number two reason that people use shared workspaces is productivity. Some may lump networking under the productivity umbrellas (i.e. productively chasing new business under one roof), but it more likely means getting work done. For many, getting focused work done is simply easier to do in an area with four walls where you can control the stimuli (chatter, people walking by, Skype calls, etc.) Still, productivity looks different for different audiences, and that is changing the face of these spaces.

Russo closes with this thought: “The future is about flexibility, and a lot of corporations are still trying to figure out what that looks like for them and how to logistically manage it. The trend is moving toward choice, but the biggest shifts will come from gathering data that helps us measure and improve future offerings. What we have discovered with coworking is that professionals need other brains. You simply can’t do great knowledge work alone.”

25N Coworking – Daily Herald

25N Coworking features culture of collaboration, diversity

Daily Herald | June 8, 2017

25N Coworking offers flexible shared workspace, private offices and meeting rooms to corporate teams, small businesses and independent professionals — all within a next-generation co-working environment.

25N’s coworking model is based on deliberate community & economic development via professional workspace design, premium technology, curated programming & events, communication platforms, business development resources, and value-added partnerships.ost of the evening looking at a plate with nothing but alternating hunks of seared flesh on it.

The result: a culture of collaboration, diversity and growth within a single, shared workplace.

Beyond igniting daily collaborative exchanges, 25N also prides itself on maintaining an impressive level of productivity among its members, and this is accomplished mostly through detailed workspace design and applied technologies.

To maintain that healthy level of productivity, 25N designs spaces that balance shared space to interact with private space to focus. At 25N Arlington Heights, an open flex space with traditional office furniture is balanced by seating areas that include sofas and/or nontraditional surfaces and lighting — a perfect mix for diverse work preferences.

“We created a variety of work zones,” explains Mara Hauser, founder and CEO. “Depending on the project or task at hand, one can be in the mix of the buzz or tucked away for heads-down work.”

Additionally, the office furniture itself supports a maximized work day. Desks and workstations from DeskMakers and Teknion provide integrated power stations at every seat for effortless laptop/phone charging, and A.V. systems from EOC Audio transform every meeting room and shared space into an instant venue for presentations. Additional amenities include comfortable ergonomic seating, spontaneous write-on idea walls, and custom, reclaimed conference tables and benches from J. Hoffman Lumber Co.

25N’s dedication to collaboration and productivity has caught the attention of many local professionals seeking not only a comfortable work environment but the opportunity to connect to and network with the local economy.

For example, the Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce immediately recognized 25N Coworking as a small business “hub” and is now headquartered there in a combination of private office and dedicated flexible workspace. In addition to its proximity to the existing local business scene and entrepreneurial newcomers, 25N also made sense because of its communication and marketing channels for promoting the Chamber’s brand and cross-promoting Chamber events & resources.

Although there is a sharp focus on amenities and community at 25N Coworking, their measure of success lies within each individual member, and it hinges on a few simple questions that serve as a key motivator and mission:

• Did you interact with someone that you’d like to continue a conversation with?

• Were you comfortable and productive?

• Did you leave more motivated than when you arrived?

Curious about 25N and coworking? Schedule a tour by emailing

Switchyard –

Metro Can’t Build Multifamily Fast Enough | Lisa Brown | April 17, 2017

CARROLLTON, TX—With the constant roar of commercial projects and subsequent job creation, the metro can’t seem to build enough multifamily units to meet demand. A prime example is the 234-unit Switchyard Apartments which are underway at the northeast corner of IH 35 and Belt Line Road, located at 1199 North Broadway St., adjacent to a DART rail station.

Chicago-based Stoneleigh Companies LLC, in partnership with Realty Capital Management, teamed up to celebrate the groundbreaking of the luxury apartments earlier this month. Switchyard Apartments will feature luxury apartments consisting of studio, one- and two-bedroom units.

Residences will range from 525 to 1,262 square feet offering granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances. The four-story building will include a courtyard with swimming pool and outdoor entertainment space, fourth floor terrace deck and resident lounges, juice/java bar, fitness center and a tech lounge.

Josh Matthews, regional asset manager of Waterford Residential; Ryan Swingruber, development manager of Stoneleigh Companies LLC; Richard Myers, managing partner of Realty Capital Management and Doug Hrbacek, mayor pro tem of Carrollton, were on hand to commemorate the festivities. The project is already creating buzz among the single crowd, couples and empty nesters.

“The one-bedroom units are attracting singles aged 24 to 35 who work in a variety of industries such as medical, retail, business, etc.,” Matthews tells “The two-bedroom units are being targeted by roommates and singles also aged 24 to 35 in the same industries. The two-bedroom units are also getting noticed by young couples and some empty nesters.”

Switchyard – REBusinessOnline

Stoneleigh, Realty Capital Break Ground on 234-Unit Apartment Complex in Carrollton

REBusinessOnline | Taylor Williams | April 12, 2017

CARROLLTON, TEXAS — Chicago-based developer Stoneleigh Cos. and partner Realty Capital Management have broken ground on Switchyard Apartments, a 234-unit apartment complex located at 1199 N. Broadway St. in Carrollton. The four-story building, which will be located next to a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) station, will feature a resort-style pool, fitness center and a juice bar. Units will range from 525 square feet to 1,262 square feet.

One Uptown – PaperCity

New $85 Million Luxury Tower is a Skyline Changer: Plush Living Reaches New Heights in Dallas

PaperCity | Josie Washburn | March 9, 2017

Dallas’ skyline just gained a glitzy addition with the unveiling of a brand new upscale apartment building. Luxury high-rise residential tower One Uptown officially opened its doors recently, bringing a new sky-high living option to the city.

The 20-story, $85-million tower, appropriately dubbed “a walker’s paradise,” aims to offer a first-class living experience on McKinney Avenue in the heart of Uptown. It’s also within walking distance of some of Dallas’ best outdoor fixtures including Klyde Warren Park and the Katy Trail, a Whole Foods, and other hot restaurant and nightlife spots.


One Uptown makes its mark with amenities like a rooftop pool, and a massive sky deck and lounge with impressive views of Dallas. If the sky-high looks weren’t enticing enough, the building also houses Southern Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao, and will soon welcome five star European restaurant Circo.

The curved-glass apartment tower, designed by architect Phil Shepard, boasts 196 tower residences and penthouse suites that range from a 571-square-foot studio apartment to a 1,993-square-foot penthouse. Rents range from $1,650 a month for the studio to nearly $10,000 a month for the largest penthouse.

On Thursday, April 20, two installations by Dallas-based artists will be revealed at One Uptown. The first is Brad Oldham‘s “Sunlight Prism,” a 17-foot-tall piece accompanied by a digital video loop, set to be located in the lobby.

Shane Pennington designed the second, “Uptown Moment,” a mirror-finish sculpture standing at 16 feet tall. The stainless steel monument will be on view outside, on the corner of McKinney and Routh Street.

Lofts at Red Mountain – Post Independent

Robust market pushes housing projects ahead

Post Independent | John Stroud | March 1, 2017

A hot housing market has developers of at least one already-approved apartment project in Glenwood Springs looking to more than double the number of units, and they might not even need a new fee waiver adopted by the city to do it.

The Lofts at Red Mountain, which is part of the larger Glenwood Meadows development, is one of several projects approved or on the table in Glenwood that could take advantage of a new incentive program to waive certain impact fees in trade for some apartments being offered under a 30-year deed restriction to keep rents affordable to middle-income earners.

“We have discussed it, and we are reviewing that,” said Dylan Leonoudakis, vice president of development for Realty Capital Management, developers of the planned Lofts project. “We are happy that the city is looking to encourage development of this type of housing.”

But a proposal coming before the city to expand from two buildings and 88 apartments, as approved by the city in July 2015, to five buildings and up to 185 units, is being driven by the current housing market, he said. The proposal would serve to build out that portion of the residentially zoned sections of the Meadows.

“We’re pretty excited about the market and are looking forward to starting construction in late spring,” Leonoudakis said. “There is strong housing demand in Glenwood Springs, as we have known for some time, and we look forward to bringing a quality product that people will enjoy.”

The Lofts, followed shortly by the 116-unit Oasis Creek Apartments on U.S. 6 that also won approval from the city in early 2016, served to spark conversation among city officials about how to provide incentives for developers of smaller residential units, especially rentals.

When the Lofts project won the city’s approval, Leonoudakis and his business partner, Richard Myers, were quite vocal about the city’s impact fees for such things as water and sewer utilities, parkland dedication, emergency services and schools, being cost prohibitive.

“We are not looking to avoid our fair share of impact fees, but without some relief from the current fee structure there is no way for us to help address the need for quality affordable housing in Glenwood Springs,” Leonoudakis wrote in a letter to City Council at the time.

The concerns prompted the city to begin looking at ways to reduce some fees and to provide waivers for any developers who would agree to place deed restrictions on any rental units they proposed to build.

Since then, the city did adjust its water and wastewater system impact fees to encourage construction of smaller units. More recently, City Council also approved a means for developers to qualify for fees to be waived altogether on units that carry a voluntary, 30-year deed restriction holding rents to a level that’s attainable for households earning below 120 percent of the Garfield County area median income.

Tenants of those units must also be employed by a business with a physical address within Glenwood’s 81601 ZIP code, or have a home business that conforms with city guidelines.

Tyler Richardson of Richmark Companies, developers of the Oasis Creek project, said his group is still working the numbers to see if it makes sense to proceed given current market demand. However, Richardson said the project is not likely to take advantage of the new fee-waiver incentives.

“This is a market-rate project and was always intended to be that,” he said.

Another developer who was floating preliminary plans for an apartment project on Midland Avenue, which was ultimately shot down by City Council, had an interesting take when asked if he would make use of the fee waiver incentives. Craig Helm said that, even though rental units in his project might fit the price points for deed restrictions, management of deed-restricted units is a concern.

“It does create a lot of extra work to deal with the administration of that,” Helm said, adding that turnover of the units based on the tenant restrictions favoring local workers could be onerous. “Just when you get a good tenant in, they might have to move just because they get a new job outside of Glenwood Springs.”

Keller – Dallas Business Journal

Deals Day: Dallas investors make big trades

Dallas Business Journal | Candace Carlisle | February 24, 2017

With a hot Dallas-Fort Worth real estate market under its belt, Stoneleigh Cos. LLC — the development firm behind the newly completed One Uptown in Dallas— has sold two of its apartment communities in Keller.

The two communities, Dominion Town Center and Lakes of Stone Glen, were acquired four years ago in February 2013, with the principals of Stoneleigh Cos. being the original developers of the apartment communities.

Both communities sold on Feb. 17. The 276-unit Dominion Town Center was sold with 96 percent occupancy rate, while the Lakes of Stone Glen, a 216-unit community, sold at a 99 percent occupancy rate.

CBRE represented Stoneleigh in the deal.

With all-time high occupancy rates and rental rates in North Texas, Stoneleigh, in partnership with Realty Capital Management, closed on a 4-acre tract at the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Belt Line Road in Carrollton for a new apartment development.

The 234-unit apartment project, known as Switchyard Apartments, will feature luxury studio, one- and two-bedroom apartment homes ranging from 525 square feet to 1,262 square feet with granite countertops, hardwood floors and stainless steel appliances.

“Switchyard will be our latest new construction project in the Dallas area and will take advantage of the ongoing growth of the Carrollton market,” said Rick Cavenaugh, president of Stoneleigh Cos., last month.

“Our enthusiasm for the project is buoyed with the excellent location and the current health of this Dallas submarket,” he added.

Construction is slated to get underway by the end of this month. Upon completion of the Switchyard in 2018, Waterford Residential is expected to manage the property.

One Uptown – REBusinessOnline

Stoneleigh Opens High-Rise Apartment Tower in Dallas

REBusinessOnline | Taylor Williams | February 24, 2017

Stoneleigh Cos. has opened One Uptown, a 20-story, 196-unit high-rise apartment building on McKinney Avenue in Uptown Dallas. With more than 18,835 square feet of retail space, the complex currently houses Brazilian steakhouse Fogo de Chao and will lease space to Circo, a five-star European restaurant, this summer. OneUptown’s amenities include a rooftop pool, private fitness studio, entertainment room, lounge, and a demonstration kitchen. Move-ins began on February 18.

One Uptown – D Magazine

One Uptown Opens its Doors on McKinney Avenue

D Magazine | Lily Corral | February 23, 2017

The doors have opened at Uptown’s newest high-rise apartment building, One Uptown, located on McKinney Avenue. The 20-story building features 196 residences ranging from studio apartments to penthouses and includes 18,835 square feet of retail and restaurant space.

“We are delighted with how successful leasing of One Uptown has been so far,” said Rick Cavanaugh, CEO of Stoneleigh Cos., One Uptown’s developer. “More than 20 percent of residents will move in this March, and we are thrilled to offer them a lavish living experience in the community of Uptown Dallas.”

Fogo de Chão opened at One Uptown on February 13. A second restaurant offering, Circo, will join the building this summer as the restaurant’s first U.S. location.

One Uptown’s walkability score stands out as the city’s highest, coming in at a 96, with Klyde Warren Park and Katy Trail available nearby. The apartment complex will also feature Uptown’s only rooftop pool, with a 9,000-square-foot sky deck and lounge.

One Arlington – Mansion Global

Want to Win a Grammy One Day? These Apartments Come with Music Studios

Mansion Global | Beckie Strum | February 12, 2017

It took Grammy-nominated band The Chainsmokers 30 minutes in a recording session to come up with the beat to double-platinum hit “Closer.”

An expert jury will decide just how brilliant the electronic-dance music duo’s quick work is on Sunday night at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards, where The Chainsmokers are up for their first Grammy, for best new artist. Another upstart vying for the new artist title, Kanye-christened Chance the Rapper, completed most of his 14-track release “Coloring Book” in two months.

If these guys can strike pop-music gold in less time than it takes most people to do their taxes, then imagine the benefit, if you’re so inclined, of having a recording studio at your disposal 24 hours a day.

Luxury building developers, in the race to stand out from competitors, are hoping to capture a musical market by providing in-house music rooms and recording studios to accommodate artists hit by a spontaneous muse.

In honor of the Grammy Awards, being held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles, here are a handful of residential developments equipped with musical amenities just one elevator trip away, and accessible day and night.

One Arlington, Chicago
One Arlington-Recording Studio-001
Number of units: 214 upscale rentals
Developer: Stoneleigh Companies
Building Type: Rentals
Completion Date: 2015

As a rental development in Chicago’s northwest, these units are probably the most affordable on this list, running $4,000 per month for a two bedroom. The 13-story development is part of a larger Arlington Downs Development, slated to finish this year, which will include restaurants, retail and co-working spaces. The former Sheraton and Hilton hotels site still hosts five-star services, including a modest in-house recording studio. The music room is part of what developer Rick Cavanaugh referred to as the basement “man cave,” which also includes a poker table, billiards, a shuffleboard and golf simulator.

One Uptown – Dallas News

Uptown’s newest high-rise is almost ready for first residents

Dallas News | Steve Brown | January 8, 2017

A curvaceous new Uptown apartment high-rise is almost ready for its first tenants.
The 20-story One Uptown tower has been under construction on McKinney Avenue for more than two years.
The $85 million project includes 198 luxury rental units and 18,000 square feet of restaurant and retail.
“Our first residents move in on the 18th,” said Rick Cavenaugh, CEO of developer Stoneleigh Cos. “We’ve leased five more units this week.”
More than 20 percent of the high-rise is already rented.
Stoneleigh Cos. and USA Infrastructure Investments are the developers. The tower designed by Dallas architect Phil Shepard.
The smallest studio apartment with about 540 square feet goes for around $1,650 a month.
A 1,980 square-foot penthouse will run you just under $10,000.
“A lot is going to happen in the next two or three weeks,” Cavenaugh said. “We are moving people in first on floors four to eight.”
The top floor of the tower has a swimming pool and tenants lounge with sweeping views of Uptown and the Dallas skyline.
On the second floor there’s another swimming pool with a clear glass bottom over the drive-up entry on Routh Street.
Also on the second floor there’s a fitness center, guest rooms victors and a dog park.
Six levels of underground parking serve the apartments and retail.
“Fogo De Chão Brazilian Steakhouse opens on the 13th,” Cavenaugh said. “They are in there cooking and training.”
Circo restaurant will open on the McKinney corner of the building this spring.
Stoneleigh Cos. is rushing to finish the public areas in the building.
Two large sculptures by artists Brad Oldham and Shane Pennington will be installed at the entry.
“April 20th we are doing an unveiling of the sculpture,” Cavenaugh said.
As Stoneleigh finishes up the Uptown tower, it’s moving ahead with a new apartment community near Main Street in Frisco.
And the developer is about a week away from starting a transit oriented apartment project in downtown Carrollton.

25N Coworking – Daily Herald

25N Coworking opens in Arlington Heights

Daily Herald | January 27, 2017

25N Coworking has completed work on an 11,000 square-foot space located on the first floor of One Arlington, 3400 W. Stonegate Blvd.

It becomes the newest amenity for the mixed-use development Arlington Downs, located at the corner of Route 53 and Euclid Avenue in Arlington Heights.

Reservations for desks and private offices are currently taken on a first-come, first-choice basis. To celebrate the opening, any member who signs up for a year of flex or dedicated space will receive an annual virtual mail package valued at $300.

25N Coworking spaces are designed to spark collaboration and productivity in a collaborative environment as an alternate to working from a standard office, the home, coffee shop, or public space. With diverse meeting and team space available for 2-200, the location is also a suitable alternative for off-site meetings for larger corporations. For community groups looking for meeting or event space, the Hub, which can accommodate up to 80 is also available to rent.

Mara Hauser, founder and CEO, calls this new location a “rock-n-roll version” of the 25N brand.

“The goals for each space are to carry our brand, but pick up the vibe of each local community,” she explained. “Our location at One Arlington rocks with concrete, steel, glass and 18-foot ceilings. We’ve planned for every amenity a worker would desire, and put them together in an exciting way.”

The space is staffed with community managers whose responsibilities include fostering an amazing community of members who serendipitously connect. They are there to greet guests, provide catering and concierge services for any member or guest needs, and they make sure the good (really good) coffee is always hot. 25N Coworking offers workspace services 24/7.

his is the second location for 25N Coworking. They started operations in 2013, with its first co-working location in West suburban Geneva, Ill. Designed to be the flagship and prototype for future locations, 25N Coworking in Geneva sold out of private office spaces within one month after opening their doors in February 2015. Only 18 months later, they relocated to accommodate continued demand.

For more information, visit the 25N Coworking website. To schedule a tour of the facility, contact Community Manager Sarah Randle or Hauser via email at or call (847) 600-4284.

A ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration is being planned for early March.

25N Coworking – Daily Herald

Arlington Heights chamber celebrates success stories

Daily Herald | Christopher Placek | January 27, 2017

The Arlington Heights Chamber of Commerce on Friday celebrated successes of the business community over the past year, while chamber officials look to enhance the services they provide to their membership in 2017.

It’s the 70th anniversary of the business group, and so Friday night’s annual installation and awards celebration at Arlington International Racecourse was James Bond 007-themed, with outgoing board Chairman Colin Gilbert calling himself “Agent 070” and attendees posing for pictures with fake guns.

Gilbert officially handed the chairmanship reins to Mike Driskell, who said the chamber will continue to evolve in 2017, with the goal to get the chamber staff out of the office and into the business community more often.

One way the organization is doing that is by moving the chamber offices from 311 S. Arlington Heights Road in downtown Arlington Heights to 25N Coworking, the new 11,000-square-foot work and meeting space that formally opened this week at the One Arlington residential tower, part of the Arlington Downs development on Euclid Avenue.

“The co-working community space will be shared with other businesses and will help us to keep our finger on the pulse of the business community,” Driskell said. “The new service model will help us to remain agile and respond quickly to changes in the business climate and the needs of our members.”

Driskell, the director of administration of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library, said he also wants to explore partnership opportunities between the chamber and library.

Mayor Tom Hayes honored the chamber’s 70th anniversary by referencing an old newspaper clipping from the Arlington Heights Herald, the predecessor to the Daily Herald, that he found online.

In likely one of the chamber’s first newspaper advertisements in 1947, the ad encouraged consumers to shop in Arlington Heights on Thursdays until 9 p.m., when a number of stores were keeping their doors open late.

Gilbert gave President’s Awards to Ken Drost, his partner at the Drost, Gilbert, Andrew & Apicella law firm, and Amy Philpott, a Realtor at Picket Fence Realty. Philpott also won the award for Business Leader of the Year.

Business Volunteer of the Year was awarded to Frank Lesniak, owner of Air-Flo HVAC, for his work with the Santa Run, golf outings and other events.

Business of the Year went to AAA Travel & Insurance, which has been in Arlington Heights for 30 years and Illinois for the past 100 years.

Frontier Days, the annual summer festival that will be in its 42nd year, was named Nonprofit of the Year.

Bottle & Bottega was named Emerging Business of the Year. Owner Chris Bonk thanked village and chamber officials for their assistance in helping him open a little more than a year ago.

“When people come to our studio to paint every night, it’s very heartwarming. People come in and they say, ‘This is such a charming downtown,'” Bonk said. “It feels nice that they think it’s a great place.”

Switchyard – Dallas News

Commercial real estate transactions

Dallas News | Steve Brown | January 24, 2017

Chicago-based Stoneleigh Cos., in partnership with Realty Capital Management, purchased 4 acres at the northeast corner of Interstate 35 and Belt Line Road in Carrollton. The property will be used for construction of the 234-unit Switchyard Apartments. Key Bank NA and SunGate Capital provided funding for the project.

The Lofts at Red Mountain – Stoneleigh Companies, LLC

Stoneleigh Companies, LLC announces plans to acquire land to build The Lofts at Red Mountain Apartments, a new urban multi-family project, with a planned start in April of 2017 in Glenwood Springs, Colorado.

(December 9, 2016) – Chicago-based Stoneleigh Companies, in partnership with Realty Capital Management, LLC, plan to build five, 4-story multi-family buildings adjacent to the Glenwood Meadows Market Street. The buildings will consist of 182 multi-family units, with garages, covered parking, a full amenity package with the latest residential designs to provide a complete rental living community for area residents. The multi-family units will range from approximately 508 square feet to 1,241 square feet and feature studio, one, two, and three bedroom units. The project will also include common area amenities and complementary commercial space on the ground level of the building fronting Market Street.

The Master Development Application for Phase 1 of The Lofts at Red Mountain gained approval last winter. Realty Capital has been working with the City of Glenwood Springs to make the project financially viable through an in-depth analysis of City infrastructure and impact fees. “We are pleased to bring such a quality development partner on board for The Lofts at Red Mountain. Stoneleigh Companies has a long track record of success across the United States and understands the demand for quality housing on the western slope.” said Richard Myers, Managing Director of Realty Capital.

The Lofts will bring an urban lifestyle to the Glenwood Springs community and will offer units and amenities that have not been available before now. The project is located in the Glenwood Meadows development, next to the Community Center, RFTA stop, and the Glenwood trail system.

The Lofts will be a Class A apartment community with high-end finishes and common amenities. Amenities will consist of a state-of-the art clubroom, fitness center with yoga/TRX studio, business center, electric car charging stations, heated outdoor pool, outdoor kitchen/bar/grill pavilion with a fire pit. Each unit will include nine foot ceilings, wood flooring in entries and great rooms, stainless steel appliances, granite countertops, espresso shaker style cabinets, designer tile backsplashes, walk-in closets, full-size washer and dryers, and balconies with picturesque mountain and valley views.

“We are very excited about the opportunity to bring Class A urban lifestyle apartments to Glenwood Springs,” commented Rick Cavenaugh, President of Stoneleigh Companies. “With high-quality finishes and outstanding amenities, The Lofts at Red Mountain will set the new standard for apartment living in the mountains. Glenwood Springs is a growing community and we want to deliver a quality development that will help sustain that growth.”

“The western slope market has been significantly underserved in new multi-family construction, and there exists a pent up demand for housing in Glenwood Springs. The Lofts will meet this demand while still remaining affordable to area residents. Stoneleigh has excelled at providing quality construction, delivering residents a very high level of service with a focus on creating living environments residents are proud to call home,” said Rick Cavenaugh.

About Stoneleigh Companies
Based in Chicago, Stoneleigh Companies is a private real estate investment company focused on acquisition and development of multifamily properties, with a track record of over 40,000 multi-family units in 35 cities and 18 states over the last 33 years. The principals and officers of Stoneleigh are experienced in all aspects of commercial real estate development, finance, and operations and have been operating on a national platform since the early 1980’s.
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About Realty Capital Management, LLC
Realty Capital was founded in 1987 and over the past 29 years has developed over 3,500 residential units and more than one million square feet of commercial buildings. In 2011, Realty Capital became an employee-owned firm with Richard Myers, Jimmy Archie and Tim Coltart serving as Managing Directors. Realty Capital is currently partnered with industry leaders including Hillwood Communities, Stratford Land, Granite Land and Avanti Properties in development of multi-million dollar mixed-use projects across the Southwest.
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One Uptown – Commercial Real Estate Network

Commercial Real Estate Network magazine | December 2016

Located on McKinney Avenue in the heart of Uptown Dallas, the distinguishing curved glass architecture (created by famous Dallas architect, Phil Shepard) was artfully crated to embody the vivacious spirit of the neighborhood. Residents will enjoy an all-in-one, first-class living experience in a premier location that includes luxury amenities, modern floor plans and easy access to all the best parks, restaurants, nightlife and shopping Uptown has to offer.

One Uptown also has the highest walkability score in the city, making it the perfect location for anyone seeking an active urban lifestyle. It is conveniently located next to Klyde Warren Park, the Katy Trail, Whole Foods, the newly expanded McKinney Trolley, and a high concentration of fine dining and nightlife hot spots in Dallas.

“One Uptown offers comfortability, convenience and luxurious homes in one of Dallas’ most sought-after neighborhoods,” said CEO Rick Cavenaugh of Stoneleigh Companies, a national multi-family investor and development company.Microsoft Word - Document2

Switchyard – Dallas News

Carrollton transit-oriented development will include downtown apartments

Dallas News | Steve Brown | November 14, 2016

Developers have gotten the planning go-ahead to build a new transit-oriented development in downtown Carrollton.

Stoneleigh Cos. — which is building one of Uptown Dallas’ new apartment towers — and Realty Capital will develop the four-story, 234-unit Switchyard apartment community on Broadway Street at College Avenue, just east of Interstate 35E.

The planned rental project is across the street from the downtown Carrollton DART commuter rail station. And the site is at the crossroads with the planned Cotton Belt passenger rail line, which will run to Dallas Fort Worth International Airport.

“We’re looking to break ground in February,” Stoneleigh CEO Rick Cavenaugh said.

He said construction of the two buildings should take 16 to 18 months. Carrollton’s planning and zoning commission recently approved the development.

EDI International is the architect for the project.

Stoneleigh is just finishing its 20-story One Uptown apartment high-rise on McKinney Avenue in Uptown. And the developer has another new rental community in the works just north of Main Street in Frisco.

Stoneleigh’s project will be the second urban rental community built at the downtown Carrollton DART station.

Developer High Street Residential constructed the 311-unit Union at Carrollton Square starting in 2012.

Carrollton – Dallas News

DART votes to fund both downtown subway and suburban rail

Dallas News | Julie Fancher | October 26, 2016

A sea of yellow and green — supporters of the Cotton Belt rail line in yellow and downtown subway in green — filled the Dallas Area Rapid Transit board meeting Tuesday night as officials finally voted on their 20-year financial plan that had left many wondering which long-term project the board would support. It was standing room only as the DART board voted 12-3 to fund both the Cotton Belt rail line and the subway version of a second downtown light rail, known as the D2 subway, as part of their 2017 20-year financial plan. The Cotton Belt has long been seen as providing a necessary east-west transit connection between northern suburbs, the airport and existing north-south rail lines that currently connect only in downtown Dallas. Recently it had been considered as part of DART’s 2035 financial plan, even though DART had promised an east-west corridor since its creation in 1983. DART officials expect to complete the projects in the next six years. Both projects would cost more than $1 billion each.

One Uptown – Crain’s

As One Uptown tower rose from the ground, so did rents in red-hot market

Crain’s | Nicholas Sakelaris | October 21, 2016

The record rainfall that deluged Dallas in spring 2015 happened just as Stoneleigh Companies was digging a hole for its six-level parking garage in Uptown, and forced a five-month delay in the early days of construction for the new One Uptown tower at the corner of McKinney Avenue and Routh Street.

Now, it’s a blessing in disguise, said Rick Cavenaugh, president of Stoneleigh Cos.

All around Uptown Dallas, new apartments were being built, occupancy rates were rising, demand was soaring and so were the rents.

Uptown Dallas Inc. estimates there are 10,000 apartments in Uptown with an occupancy rate of 96 percent. Another 1,700 units are under construction now that will add another 2,500 residents by 2018.

The population in Uptown has grown 55 percent in six years. And 45 percent of those residents are ages 25 to 34.

With that picture in mind, Cavenaugh saw an opportunity to do an even more luxurious finish to in the 198-unit, 20-story tower. More wood floors, better cabinets and the latest closet organizers.

“That helped us catch up to the market, so we started upgrading the building,” he said as he gave Crain’s Dallas a tour of the site.

He’s watched the Uptown rental market evolve over the last few years from five to-seven-story apartment units to luxury towers that offer exclusive views of the city.

“The crowds here on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays are crazy. This is ground zero for all of that,” Cavenaugh said, referring to the bars and nightlife on McKinney Avenue. “All of the sudden, it showed that there was a demand for rental units and high-rise living.”

As a result, One Uptown can now charge higher rents when it opens in early 2017. Residents will pay between $3 a square foot for the smallest studio units to $5 a square foot for the penthouse units that look southwest toward the downtown Dallas skyline.

With the new Whole Foods on McKinney Avenue, tons of restaurants and sleek new offices, Uptown Dallas has become its own self-contained community, said Katy Slade, who chairs the Uptown Dallas Inc. board.

The ability to live, work and play in a walkable area appeals to the younger demographic and empty nesters, she said.

“With all the job growth that’s happening in this market, a lot of people who are moving to Dallas area realizing that they want to live in Uptown,” Slade said. “Now it has a very dynamic set of housing opportunities and also office opportunities that are here so that people really want to be in this location.”

One Uptown will also feature a Fogo de Chao Brazilian Steakhouse and a Tuscan-inspired restaurant called Circo.

Circo, expected to open this spring, will be a two-story restaurant with a glass-bottom swimming pool. Drivers who use the valet service on Routh Street will be able to look up and see the swimmers through the glass above. The restaurant will have a locker room where diners can change into their swimsuit. A spiral staircase will connect the first and second floors.

Fogo de Chao will have outside dining and a circular skylight above the salad bar.

The northwest corner of the building will feature LED lights that change colors, synced with the lighting at the Circo pool and the resident-only swimming pool and cabana on the 20th floor.

The luxury finishes are just now being installed at One Uptown while other complexes, like the nearby Gables Park 17, already have residents in place. Instead of restaurants, the Gables has the Whole Foods grocery store on its ground floor.

Competition between these complexes and a host of others will be fierce and will only increase as more are built. But Cavenaugh said he’s encouraged by the absorption rates in Uptown, Victory Park and the Knox-Henderson area.

“That’s going to create additional supply in the marketplace,” he said. “Yes, it will affect us—because there are only so many people as the market grows and continues to thrive—but this is the best of the best compared to everybody else’s finishes.”

Nolan Marshall just moved his wife and one-year-old from New Orleans to Dallas a few weeks ago to take over as president and executive director of Uptown Dallas Inc.

While people think of Uptown as being a millennial magnet full of young professionals, Marshall said he’s noticing more parents with young children like himself.

“As young professionals age, we’ve seen a real ability for Uptown to retain that demographic once they start having children,” he said.

That means planners need to change the way they look at Uptown Dallas infrastructure, including roads, schools and parks, he said.

Uptown Dallas Inc. is leading an effort to transform all of McKinney and Cole avenues into two-way streets to slow down traffic. Currently, the eastern portions of McKinney Avenue are one way.

“When you have increased density, you have to make sure pedestrians are safe to walk along the street,” Marshall said. “Making sure traffic isn’t speeding through the area is one of the priorities.”

They also want to keep the nearby urban oasis, Griggs Park, as a family-friendly park.

Carrollton – Dallas Business Journal

Drug firm to add more than 1,000 jobs with new $113M Carrollton campus

Dallas Business Journal | Candace Carlisle | October 19, 2016

AmerisourceBergen Specialty Group has decided to consolidate its North Texas workforce within a new $113 million, 40-acre campus in Carrollton, which will also make room for the company to add more than 1,000 employees.

The Pennsylvania-based wholesale drug company had been looking for a new regional home for several months until it found a new home at the Offices at Austin Ranch at Parker Road and Plano Parkway in Carrollton.

In all, AmerisourceBergen plans to add 1,039 new employees in the next decade, which highlights the company’s business growth, Andrea Roy, the economic development manager, told the Dallas Business Journal.

“This will grow their workforce by a third,” Roy told me. “They will initially bring 1,184 employees to the new facility in 2019 with another 800 employees coming in a second wave in the next two to three years.

“The remainder of those employees will be additional newhires over a 10-year period,” she added.

Carrollton expects AmerisourceBergen will employ up to 3,023 workers and the city’s economic development group plans to offer the firm up to $1.9 million in grant money for the workers.

The average annual salary is $72,000. Carrollton is also offering the company a 75 percent tax abatement on business personal property (expected to be $15 million) for 13 years.

The city is also offering the developer, Billingsley Co., a 75 percent tax abatement on real property improvements (expected to be $113 million) for 13 years.

AmerisourceBergen signed a 12.5-year lease with BillingsleyCo. for the 300,000-square-foot build-to-suit development. For the duration of the deal, Carrollton expects a net return-on-investment from the economic incentive deal totaling $4.8 million.

“I think they really fell in love with the property,” Roy told me. “It’s a beautiful property with a park-like setting for a campus. They plan to enhance the lake and it has walking trails.

“It’s also still close to everything and is somewhat affordable for their employees,” she added.

AmerisourceBergen was not immediately available to comment further about the deal or the company’s growth. Gensler is the project architect.

In a written statement, James Frary, an executive vice president of the company said, “As our business grows so do the needs of our associate population.

“To that end, we are excited to continue our role as an active member of the greater Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex in a new Carrollton office that is custom built to support our talented and expanding workforce.”