Representatives of the Piedmont Triad Apartment Association interviewed candidates for the offices of High Point mayor and city council and based on those interviews feel that the following candidates would be the best for the future development of High Point:
At-Large (two seats) – Latimer Alexander and Britt Moore
Ward 1 – Jeff Golden
Ward 2 – Jerry Mingo
Ward 3 – Alyce Hill
Ward 4 – Jay Wagner
Ward 5 – Jim Davis
Ward 6 – Jason Ewing
It’s important to point out that our representatives considered candidates from an overall leadership and economic development standpoint, and not exclusively from an apartment industry standpoint. Our representatives feel that High Point is at a critical juncture; it’s coming out of a two year period during which the mayor faced legal problems that eventually led to her resignation and thus the council experienced a leadership vacuum and an extended period during which much of the city council’s business was largely put on hold. At the same time the long-serving city manager is retiring and the newly elected council’s first job will be to identify and hire a new manager. Needless to say the decisions made over the next year will affect the city for years to come and so our representatives’ recommendations were made with that in mind.
Election day is November 4 and early voting begins October 23. Here is a link to the early voting schedule and locations, and here’s a link to a sample ballot. No matter who you decide to vote for what’s most important is that you make sure your voice counts, and the only way to do that is to vote so get out there and do it!
In a survey of residents commissioned by Multifamily Executive the most valued feature in their building was…quietness.
Quietness isn’t often thought of as an amenity, and yet it’s what renters value most. On a scale from zero to 10 (10 being most important), multifamily residents rated quietness in their building as its most important factor, with an 8.73 score overall. This was a higher showing than location-based factors such as walkability, or in-unit features such as energy-efficient appliances.
The survey respondents also identified grocery stores as the most desired type of retail or entertainment to have in the neighborhood. The top keywords used in responses to open ended questions? Parking and pools.
According to this piece in AOL Real Estate more and more adults are living with roommates due to rising rents:
Nearly a third (32 percent) of adults live in doubled-up households, or homes where two or more working-aged adults live together but aren’t married or partners. The share of doubled-up households has steadily risen over the past decade, up from 25.4 percent in 2000 and 30.8 percent in 2010.
This rise in doubled-up households coincides with rental prices that are increasingly unaffordable nationwide. Americans making the national median income ($53,216) should currently expect to spend nearly 30 percent of their monthly income on rent, the highest rate ever. Rather than moving to a smaller home or to a less expensive area, many people are choosing to live with roommates.
Not surprisingly the cities with the highest shares of households with roommates are those with high demand and low availability. Think San Francisco, New York, LA, etc.
Kevin Phillips, managing partner of Phillips Management Company, has purchased the Chandler Concrete site on Mill St. between Battleground Ave and Westover Terrace in Greensboro (see map below). While plans for the site itself weren’t detailed there was an interesting twist that will benefit the Greensboro community at large. From the Triad Business Journal:
Prior to the sale, Thomas Chandler Jr., president of Chandler Concrete Co., signed the restrictive covenant which agrees to cease use of the rail line running behind the Mill Street property.
That agreement sets the stage for further development of both the Atlantic & Yadkin Greenway along Battleground Avenue and the 1-mile western leg of the Downtown Greenway, said Dabney Sanders, the Downtown Greenway project manager with Action Greensboro…
“We are now in the process of determining potential uses and development of this property,” Mill Street Commons LLC said in an emailed statement. “We are supportive of Greensboro’s continued economic growth and the expansion of its nationally renowned greenways and trail systems, and look forward to working with a wide range of city, county and community leaders as we explore ideas for this property.”
Back in the 80s, when teens could think of nothing better to do than hang out at the mall all day, they were referred to as “mall rats.” Well, it seems that mall rats might be back but this time they’re millennials and boomers living in the apartments that developers are building around existing malls. From a story in the Wall Street Journal:
With the One Southdale project, Edina is joining a number of U.S. towns—including those on the outskirts of Phoenix, Dallas and Atlanta—that are trying to appeal to the millennial generation by remaking aging shopping malls as town centers with homes, parks and offices all in walking distance of shopping and restaurants.
“A lot of aging suburbs are realizing that if the demographic is changing, and there are aging homeowners, they can’t just rely on single-family housing for a tax base,” said Bernadette Hanlon, a professor of city planning at Ohio State University. “There is a shift to making more mixed-use developments in the suburbs, so that you’re not separating uses in the same way.”…
Mr. Hovland said One Southdale is part of a broader effort to develop “a village unto itself” around the mall. The city is in the midst of expanding a mile-long promenade project that will eventually connect the mall to a nearby park with footpaths and biking trails lined with sculpture gardens. Three more apartment buildings are planned for locations along the promenade…
Although One Southdale Place is targeting young renters, some empty-nesters have also been attracted to the building. Jan Catherwood, a 78-year-old widow and former secretary at a financial firm, sold her Edina townhome in June and last month moved into a two-bedroom apartment at One Southdale.
From the Burlington Times-News:
The Board of Aldermen will consider voting in favor or against the proposed 53,579-square-foot building, which will feature commercial properties on a portion of the first floor and apartments geared toward Elon University students in the remaining spaces, during its meeting Tuesday evening.
The land on Haggard Avenue, currently an empty space between Skid’s Restaurant and a residential house, is owned by Elon University, but the proposed building would be developed by EDG Properties LLC, the same company that built the three-story Elon Town Center building in 2011. This new project is called “The Park Place at Elon.”…
The second, third and fourth floors of the newly proposed building, along with a portion of the first floor, facing the Elon University-owned Oaks Apartment dormitories, will be apartments, while the remaining 6,180 square feet on the first floor, facing Haggard Avenue, will consist of retail space, McDonald said. He is in preliminary discussion with a small pharmacy for space at the corner of the building with a small grocery store taking the remaining space, he said.
Bell Partners announced today that they, along with DRA Advisors LLC, have sold a portfolio of 20,439 apartments to Lone Star Advisors. From the Triad Business Journal story:
The portfolio comprises 64 properties across eight states and was acquired by Lone Star Funds, which has U.S. offices in Dallas, New York City and Washington, D.C. Bell will continue to manage the properties…
The deal includes 24 North Carolina properties located in Charlotte, Raleigh, Wilmington, New Bern and Goldsboro. The total portfolio was originally part of a joint venture purchase made by Bell and DRA in 2008, which then included 25,684 apartments spanning 86 properties.
This is one of the largest apartment deals in the country this year, and is likely to be the “biggest” story involving a Triad apartment company in years.