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Ten Influential Women in the Apartment Industry

Multifamily Executive’s list of “The 10 Most Influential Women in Multifamily” includes PTAA member Bell Partners CIO Lili Dunn. Here’s an excerpt from her profile:

As Bell’s CIO, Dunn has committed herself to growing the firm’s investment platform, which typically delivers about $1 billion in transactions annually. Her recent accomplishments include the $1.8 billion sale of 64 properties with Bell joint-venture partner DRA ­Advisors, in only 60 days. Also under Dunn’s leadership, Preqin, a data research firm for alternative assets, has ranked Bell Partners as having one of the most consistent top-­performing funds in the world for the past two years…

Dunn also played an integral role early on at AvalonBay, assisting in an IPO that grew the firm’s assets from $300 million to $12 billion and helping coordinate the merger of its predecessors, Avalon Properties and Bay Apartment Communities, in 1998.

Having experienced two major downturns, Dunn knows the business cycle changes quickly and one has to be ready for anything.

“Fiscal and geo-political events can dramatically affect our economy and industry very quickly,” she says. “I take time to appreciate the good moments, because, in a blink, things can change.”

Cindy Clare, President of Kettler Management and Vice-Chairman of the National Apartment Association Board of Directors was also profiled.  Those are just two of ten very impressive people on this list.


March 20, 2015 at 6:20 pm Leave a comment

Apartments a Significant Part of $1.2 Billion Spent on Downtown Winston-Salem Since 2000

At its annual meeting on February 24 the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership outlined how Winston-Salem’s downtown has been revitalized over the last 15+ years:

The nonprofit group listed 88 downtown investment projects since 2000 that have either been completed, are under way or for which a firm commitment has been made.

The combined capital investment value is $1.23 billion, topped by the $106 million spent on Wake Forest BioTech Place and the $100 million commitment by Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center toward a major medical education facility. Both buildings are in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

The investment is divided into eight categories: health and technology (eight projects, total $445.4 million); infrastructure (10 projects, total $188.4 million); institutional and public development (15 projects, total $181.6 million); residential (15 projects, total $140 million); multiple use (eight projects, total $95.1 million); office (five projects, total $88.4 million); arts and entertainment (five projects, total $50.3 million); and commercial (22 projects, total $42.2 million).

The Nissen Building, a PTAA member, was the largest residential project at $32 million, although far from the only project downtown – Winston Factory Lofts, Plant 64, Hilltop House, The Gallery Lofts, and Link Apartments Brookstown to name just a few. The transformation of the former Reynolds HQ building into a Kimpton Hotel and apartments has recently captured the city’s imagination as well as the soon-to-open Mast General Store project that will add another marquee destination for the downtown. In other words the revitalization shows no signs of slowing down.

Meanwhile over in Greensboro the entity charged with leading its downtown revitalization, Downtown Greensboro Inc, is going through a transitional phase and is looking for a new leader. That’s important because there are several projects in the works that will alter downtown Greensboro significantly over the next few years and it’s essential that there be someone at the wheel who can bring together the various constituencies – city government, elected leaders, industry, educational institutions, etc. – and provide a strategic direction for downtown redevelopment. If Greensboro can manage to bring some strategic direction to the downtown then we’re sure to see even more apartments developed in the downtown area in addition to those like Greenway at Fisher Park, CityView and the Southeastern Building.

As for High Point, well they have a new mayor, lots of new city council members and a new city manager and one of their primary tasks is figuring out how, and where, to revitalize their city. With the furniture market they do have a unique challenge so it will be interesting to see how things evolve there.

These are indeed interesting and (finally) dynamic times in the Piedmont Triad.

February 25, 2015 at 6:55 pm Leave a comment

Phillips Named to Triad Business Journals “40 Under Forty”

Phillips Management Group’s Kevin Phillips was named to the Triad Business Journal’s “40 Under Forty.” You can read TBJ’s full profile of Phillips here, but here are a few interesting tidbits:

Favorite sports team? Tar Heels

As a youth, what was your first job? Renovating apartments

What do you know how to make? A damn good breakfast

A fun fact people may not know about you? I’ve run marathons.

February 23, 2015 at 8:12 pm Leave a comment

Burkely Communities Sells Highland Crossing

The Winston-Salem Journal carried the story of Burkely Communities sold its Highland Crossing student community (Boone) to North State Capital Partners of Charlotte:

Highland Crossing opened in 2013 and consists of 204 beds. It offers a study lounge and fitness center, as well as outdoor amenities that include a pavilion with an outdoor fireplace, grills and sundeck, mountain bike rentals, a nature trail and a hammock garden.

January 16, 2015 at 4:52 pm Leave a comment

Southeastern Building a Complex Project for BSC Holdings

The Greensboro News & Record recently ran an article about BSC Holdings’ redevelopment of the Southeastern Building in downtown Greensboro. The company’s founder Barry Siegal and his daughter and PTAA board member Amanda Williams were interviewed for the story and gave readers a little insight into the long, winding road that the project has taken over the years:

Soon, it’ll be home to young professionals, law students and maybe even retirees living in the apartments on floors four through nine, as well as a restaurant and offices with a downtown view. But it’ll still carry some of that character of the 1920s.

Preserving that character is another factor that has made the project so challenging, according to Siegal. He could have redeveloped the building quicker and cheaper than he did.

But then the building’s future tenants wouldn’t get the large windows, open floor plans and those original brown doors that are being restored for the offices along the third floor. Siegal went to great pains to preserve those little details that tell the building’s history…

He said people have shown interest in the studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Williams said there are about 25 people on the waitlist for them. Rental rates will start at about $700 for the apartments, she said.

You can read the rest of the article here.


January 7, 2015 at 4:29 pm Leave a comment

Fox 8 Story on vacancy rates in the Triad

Jon Lowder:

PTAA member The Greenway at Fisher Park is featured in this Fox8 story on the new vacancy and rent report from Real Data.

Originally posted on

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GREENSBORO, N.C. — The apartment vacancy rate in the Triad is the lowest it has been in a decade, according to a report released by a Charlotte research firm. In fact, the report shows demand for rental properties is so high that more than 93 percent of apartment units in the Triad are currently occupied.

The Greenway at Fisher Park apartments in downtown Greensboro has been particularly successful.

“Right now we’re 100 percent occupied, so we actually have a waitlist for the next year. We’re also in preparations for our second phase right now,” said Hannah Boyd, property manager at Greenway at Fisher Park.
Kerri Person, with Rent-A-Home of the Triad, says the same is true for all types of rental properties, like duplexes and houses.

“Our rent values have trickled up some. The key though I think to renting the property quickly is having it priced…

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October 23, 2014 at 3:21 pm Leave a comment

Phillips Buys Chandler Concrete Site in Greensboro

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.”

October 14, 2014 at 7:56 pm Leave a comment

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