Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to announce the commencement of construction on a 100,000 square-foot retail facility for At Home, the home décor superstore, located at 1160 Gemini Place in Columbus, Ohio. At Home is the leading home décor superstore providing endless decorating possibilities with the broadest assortment of products for every room, every style, and every budget. The specialty retailer’s stores each carry over 50,000 unique items across broad home décor product categories. This is At Home’s sixth location in Ohio, and the third location in the Columbus market. Miller-Valentine Construction will be performing site work, general construction, plumbing, HVAC, fire protection and electrical work for this project, with an expected completion date of October 2017. Just in time for the holidays, this fall local shoppers will find fresh ideas throughout the store with room vignettes that are continually updated to showcase new trends and seasonal items to provide fresh inspiration. “We are proud to have been selected by this successful retailer to build their 3rd location in Columbus”, said Denny Whitehead, Vice President, Miller-Valentine Construction. “Located in an easily accessible, highly visible location, we look forward to completing this store in time for At Home customers to enjoy their (more)
The 2017 I70/75 Economic Development Summit will be held on May 25, 2017 at Sinclair’s Ponitz Center. The event includes representatives from various fields making it one of the best opportunities for networking around. Industries of all types will be present, including development companies, real estate firms, government, economic development organizations, financial institutions, utility companies, institutions of higher learning and students. This day-long economic development conference features respected keynote speakers discussing topics such as finance, real estate, regional cooperation, workforce development, infrastructure construction and other areas of interest. The Summit and post-Summit reception are structured in a way to provide all participants with an opportunity to grow their business and network with other successful professionals in your region. The I-70/75 Development Association is pleased to have a great group of sponsors for this annual event. For a listing of sponsors and the agenda for the day, please click here. This year’s speakers will include Tracey Hyatt Bosman, Managing Director, Biggins Lacy Shapiro & Co. (BLS & Co.), a Chicago IL based site selection firm. Tracey has twenty years of professional experience across a wide range of sectors, including manufacturing, headquarters, back office and contact center operations, logistics, and data centers. Other sessions (more)
Since the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) was ratified, it has gone through several revisions, but one fact hasn’t changed: Unless it is structurally impractical, new public accommodations or commercial building construction, as well as alterations to existing facilities when requirements change, need to address Title III ADA compliance or risk a lawsuit. Even buildings or facilities eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places are designated as historic under State or local law must comply “to the maximum extent feasible” with Title III. And the risk of non-compliance—and subsequent lawsuits—is very real. In a review of ADA Title III Lawsuits in Federal Court between 2013 and 2016, law firm Seyfarth Shaw found an upward trend, noting that in 2016 alone, filings climbed 37 percent. What are the most frequently identified ADA Violations? As you might expect, the violations in the Top Five list cover a wide range of accessibility issues—and the devil is in the details. Here is what you need to look for: Evaluate the parking spaces and curb ramps: In addition to assuring appropriate space size and access aisles for getting in and out of vehicles using walkers, wheelchairs or motorized scooters, you (more)
Miller-Valentine Construction welcomes Hank Betts to the Dayton team as Project Manager. Hank is responsible for managing construction on a day‐to‐day basis through all phases of the project including design, estimating, bidding, permitting, construction and project turn‐over. Hank has 12 years of experience in the construction industry. He has hit the ground running under the direction of veteran Miller-Valentine Group Associate Tony Williams working on bidding a University of Dayton Project and an interior renovation at Tenneco. About Hank: What do you like most about the construction industry? I love the challenges that the construction industry has to offer. Many projects present unforeseen obstacles that allow you the opportunity to go above and beyond the call of duty. It is fulfilling to conquer these hurdles and deliver a quality project that meets or exceeds the schedule, budget, and overall expectation. Do you have a favorite quote? Hold yourself responsible for a higher standard than anybody else expects of you. Never excuse yourself. Never pity yourself. Be a hard master to yourself-and be lenient to everybody else. – Henry Ward Beecher Favorite Summer Past time? Our family spends as much time as possible enjoying the outdoors. When we aren’t on the (more)
Miller-Valentine Group is honored to be cited as one of the top 25 developers of multifamily housing for 2017 by The National Multifamily Housing Council (NMHC). The list is based on the number of units started in 2016 and Miller-Valentine Group landed at #18 with the largest percentage increase in starts from 2015 to 2016 at 401%. The closest competitor was about half of that, with a 202% increase. Clearly, the measure of a developer’s success goes well beyond the number of units started in a given year. Miller-Valentine Group focuses not only on creating top-quality developments but finding those perfect locations that will increase residents’ quality of life. Placing Premiums on more than Amenities Anyone can build an upscale development, but considering factors like transit system availability, traffic patterns, recreational opportunities and proximity to popular shopping areas is what makes the Miller-Valentine properties stand out. “Patience is a key for us,” explains Charlie Rulick, vice president of Miller-Valentine Conventional Multifamily Development. “We know it’s not just about finding the next plot of available land, it’s about finding those locations where people want to live, creating a vision and working to make it happen.” As the housing and construction markets (more)
Community Blood Center Press Release Mark Pompilio – 937.461.3412 Community Blood Center has honored Miller-Valentine Group with the Gold LifeSaving Ambassador’s Club award for blood drive excellence in 2016 and with the Strategic Summer Partner award for helping meet the challenge of maintaining the blood supply during the summer of 2016. CBC Account Representative Donna Teuscher presented the awards to blood drive coordinators Tracie Starks and Sara Sperry at Miller-Valentine’s first blood drive of 2017, sponsored Wednesday, May 10 at the Dayton CBC Donor Center. Miller-Valentine has been a CBC blood drive partner for more than 25 years. The Gold LAC award goes to sponsors who accomplish 95 to 99 percent of their blood drive collection goals. In 2016 Miller-Valentine Group hosted three blood drives and averaged 96 percent of goal while totaling 45 donors and 39 donations. CBC’s Donna Teuscher thanked Miller-Valentine Associates for supporting blood drives and for their flexibility in scheduling. Miller-Valentine has hosted and co-hosted Bloodmobile blood drives at its downtown Dayton headquarters and sponsored multi-day blood drives at the CBC Donor Center. The Strategic Summer Partnership award specifically thanks sponsors for hosting at least two blood drives between May 1 and Sept. 30. In (more)
The number one concern of many Dayton region manufactures is the shortage of skilled workers. This shortage is from entry level positions to skilled trades and even into professional positions. Dayton Region Manufacturers Association (DRMA) knows there are considerable resources available to support training through the career technology centers, community colleges, and universities throughout Ohio. However, what all of these institutions lack is sufficient enrollment to make the programs truly effective and meaningful for the manufacturers as their demands for talent far outweigh the number of graduates. DRMA has decided that one of the most effective ways to make a difference in the long-term success of the manufacturing workforce is to raise awareness of the great training and careers in manufacturing to middle and high school aged students. As part of DRMA’s career outreach to students, they have developed a program called Power Lunches. The exhibit is designed to catch the attention of students so that DRMA volunteers can talk to them about various careers in manufacturing, wage and salary information, and training and education paths. DRMA partners with FASTLANE, the Montgomery County Education Service Center, and the Aerospace Professional Development Center on this initiative. This program was originally designed (more)
Miller-Valentine Group is proud to announce that Jasper Lofts, their newest affordable apartment community, will open its doors very soon! Jasper Lofts, located at 402 East 13th Street, at the site of the former JOFCO headquarters, will be welcoming residents in June 2017. This beautiful, brand new community of one, two, three and four bedroom apartment homes will serve families who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing. In this pet-friendly community, residents will enjoy spacious floor plans with amenities you would expect to find in a luxury home, at affordable rental rates: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances and a breakfast bar/island, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, a laundry room which includes a full-size washer and dryer, and plenty of extra storage. Jasper Lofts will also feature a large first-floor lounge area where community meetings and resident events will be held; an indoor playground; as well as a business center, media room, and fitness center. Outdoor amenities include a picnic area and an additional playground where residents can enjoy the companionship of friends and family. The professional onsite management and maintenance staff provide residents with superior service, allowing them to live comfortably. Brian McGeady, Partner & President (more)
Miller-Valentine Group Associates celebrated Cinco de Mayo while enjoying a taco bar luncheon. The festive event served a dual purpose, allowing everyone an opportunity to make their own tacos with their favorite toppings while bringing Associates together for a relaxing meal. A perfect way to spend a rainy afternoon!
Millennials looking for their first home and Baby Boomers/Empty Nesters looking to downsize have more in common on their checklist than you might think. Builder Online reports, “As cultural, economic, and geographic factors push entry-level buyers and Empty Nesters to seek out similar homes and neighborhoods, they’re often competing for the same properties. Younger (and younger-at-heart) Baby Boomers don’t want to live in age-restricted communities—or anything with ‘age,’ ‘adult,’ ‘retirement,’ or ‘mature’ in the name. They want to live side by side with their kids, the Millennials, in physically and socially active neighborhoods.” In its State of the Nation’s Housing 2016 report, Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies found that more than a third, about 36 percent, of U.S. households lived in rentals last year. And, of those, there is a “sizable and growing number of high-income households (choosing) to rent for the flexibility and convenience it provides.” According to the report, top-income households—those who could afford to buy, but choose to rent—have been the fastest-growing segment over the past three years, and that reality has created a growing demand for luxury apartments. With these facts in mind, the challenge to developers is to design luxury rental communities attractive (more)
Congratulations to Denise Blake on your recent promotion to Project Management Director. Denise joined Miller-Valentine Group in 1997, working in as an Administrative Associate in commercial construction. In 2000, Denise became a member of the affordable housing team and has served in a number of roles within multifamily development. Her can-do attitude and willingness to learn were recognized by all those who worked with her, and in 2003 she was promoted to the position of Developer with the Affordable Housing team. In her 11 years as a developer, she originated and was involved in the financing of approximately 20 housing communities, many in Ohio, as well communities in first-time states of Michigan, and Pennsylvania, including: Community Location Units Allegheny Pointe Allegheny Township, Westmoreland County, PA 52 Daystar Estates Detroit, MI 50 Delaware Place Delaware, OH 54 Jefferson Homes Jefferson Township, Montgomery County, OH 40 Pine Ridge Apartments Logan, OH 72 Residences at Eagles Point Eaton, OH 40 Twin Towers II Dayton, OH 90 Walkers Ridge Hempfield Township, Westmoreland County, PA 84 Walnut Ridge Cortland, OH 78 Most recently, Denise has been part of a team (more)
Over the last 50+ years, Miller-Valentine Group has expanded its boundaries with projects in 27 states. Miller-Valentine Group is the 3rd largest developer of affordable housing in the country according to Affordable Housing Finance magazine and has developed/constructed over 15,000 housing units with a presence in 16 states. Read More: Arcade developer adds work across U.S. As reported By Thomas Gnau – Staff Writer Dayton Daily News
The Colerain Chamber of Commerce honored Bill Rumpke Sr. with the 2017 Hometown Hero Award at a dinner gala on April 27, 2017. Bill Rumpke Sr. is a Cincinnati business icon, Colerain Township native, and longstanding community partner. He grew up in his family’s waste collection business, working for the company as a laborer, mechanic, heavy equipment operator and driver. Bill and his cousin purchased Rumpke from their fathers in 1978 and became the co-presidents and CEOs at Rumpke, Inc. Together they expanded the company, growing revenues and extending into multiple states. By 2014 Rumpke’s fleet contained about 1,500 vehicles and had grown to include 11 landfills and 10 recycling centers, with employment reaching approximately 2,700 people. Miller-Valentine is proud to have been a Platinum Sponsor for the gala honoring Bill and his many business and civic contributions throughout the years. In addition, Miller-Valentine Construction is pleased to partner with McGill Smith Punshon in the construction of a new headquarters facility for Rumpke, scheduled to break ground in summer 2017. Congratulations to Bill Rumpke Sr. and the Rumpke Corporation!
Every year on April 28, the United States Department of Labor observes Workers’ Memorial Day. The day honors workers who have died on the job and recognizes the suffering of those who are grieving as a result. At Miller-Valentine, we also use the occasion to emphasize the importance of safety and to recommit to safe workplaces. With more than 1,100,000 hours accident-free, it’s clear that safety is woven into Miller-Valentine’s culture. It takes a company-wide commitment to safety to achieve a record like that. From ongoing training to constant hazard analysis, we strive to keep safety at the forefront of everything we do. Steering Clear of the Fatal Four In his 23 years in the construction industry, Safety Director Bill Burke has seen an increased focus on worker protection and safe working environments. “The technology and tools available now compared to 10-15 years ago is of a much higher quality,” Burke says. “Manufacturers of safety and protective equipment have done a very good job of providing just about everything we need to protect people. Training has also improved over the years, and construction associations provide great resources to promote safety.” Yet, fatal injuries on construction sites were up in 2015 (more)
Miller-Valentine Group and TRI-CAP are excited to offer a look into their newest apartment community, The Lofts at St. Joseph’s, which was built exclusively for adults 55 and over. The Open House will be held on Thursday, April 27, 2017 from 10:00am – 2:00pm at The Lofts at St. Joseph’s located at 1900 Medical Arts Boulevard, Huntingburg, Indiana, 47542. During the open house, Miller-Valentine Group will showcase their latest community, The Lofts at St. Joseph’s. Guests will have the opportunity to tour the former “St. Joseph’s Hospital” building which has been transformed into 45 one and two bedroom apartment homes designed to serve adults 55 and over who desire high-quality affordable rental housing. This pet friendly community features amenities you would expect to find in a luxury community at an affordable price: elevator access, a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances, pantry, and breakfast bar/island; oversized bathrooms, central air conditioning, exceptional closet space, and a laundry room which includes full-size washer/dryer connections, and plenty of extra storage. The Lofts at St. Joseph’s features several other amenities which separate them from their local competition; a fitness center, media room, business center, and a large multi-purpose community room with a (more)
Miller-Valentine Group is proud to announce the development of their newest townhome community, Edison Hill Commons, located at 800 Lily Lane, Parkersburg, West Virginia. Edison Hill Commons is now accepting applications and plans to open its doors in August 2017. This beautiful, brand new community of three and four bedroom townhomes will serve families who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing. In this pet-friendly community, future residents will enjoy spacious floor plans with amenities you would expect to find in an upscale home, at an affordable price: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, and a laundry room which includes a full-size washer and dryer. Edison Hill Commons will offer several other amenities which separate them from their local competition; a community clubhouse that boasts a business center, media room, and fitness center; as well as a large multipurpose room with a kitchen/dining area where residents can enjoy the companionship of friends and family. Unlike other apartment communities, Edison Hill Commons has a personal attention, exceptional move-in, and maintenance response commitment that are made to every resident. The professional onsite management team and 24-hour emergency maintenance service are just a few ways that Edison (more)
Wheelhouse Lofts is the adaptive reuse of the historic Weustoff and Getz building, once used as a machine shop, tool room and assembly room for automobiles. The four-story building is being converted into 40 loft-style apartments with restaurant and retail space on the first floor. Troll Pub Under the Bridge, a 6,500 square foot bar and restaurant with a courtyard will be among the tenants. Aaron Savino with Miller-Valentine Group Realty Services is the retail leasing agent for the project. “There has been a lot of interest in this location. I expect a good tenant mix that will complement current retailers in the Oregon Arts District,” says Savino. Miller-Valentine Construction is managing the project for Louisville-based developer City Properties Group. Construction will be wrapping up early this summer.
Results from our 2017 Apartment Market Survey illustrate that the Dayton apartment market remained hot throughout 2016. The overall vacancy rate for the apartment market was 4.66% for the Greater Dayton Area and 4.47% for the Dayton Region, which includes Upper Valley, Middletown, Franklin-Springboro, Springfield, and Xenia. The Dayton CBD market remains the area’s tightest market with a vacancy rate at 2.64%, followed by the Dayton North, East and West markets. The regional market was led by the Upper Valley market, which had a vacancy rate of 1.99%. Further, according to PwC’s 2017 Real Estate Survey for the 1st Quarter of 2017, investment criteria for the national apartment market this quarter sits in the contraction phase of the real estate cycle. The outlook for average rent growth slipped a bit to 2.80%, while the average overall cap rate held at 5.26%. Over the next six months, half of investors foresee overall cap rates rising as much as 50 basis points while the balance foresees them holding steady. On a national level, apartment sales reached a record high in 2016. Download 2017 Apartment Market Report →
Everywhere you look there are signs of spring—yellow daffodils popping up in flower beds, crabapple trees bursting with pink blossoms, and new construction projects getting underway. While everyone dreads the familiar orange cones that signal roadway projects, new building construction generates more excitement—especially when it involves a 28,000 square foot medical facility. Recently, Miller-Valentine Construction broke ground for a medical office building being built for Digestive Specialists. Multi-Location Construction Projects without the Heartburn In order to better serve patients in Kettering, Centerville, Bellbrook, Fairborn, Beavercreek and surrounding areas, the 17-physician practice will be moving from its current location on Brubaker Drive in Kettering to a new, state-of-the-art medical facility located just off I-675 on Clyo Road in Sugarcreek Township—just a stone’s throw from Miami Valley South Hospital. A second Digestive Specialists’ medical office building will be built in Huber Heights to serve patients in Dayton and the vicinity. Half of the space in each building will be leased out to Nashville-based surgical specialty group, AMSURG. After learning of the project through Sharonville architecture firm MSP, the Miller-Valentine team presented a competitive plan to offer both the value and the construction timeline that Digestive Specialists was looking for. Project manager Dave Settles (more)
Miller-Valentine Group is pleased to announce the groundbreaking of a new industrial speculative building, Midway Logistics II, located in the Lexington County Industrial Park; current home to Home Depot, Husqvarna, and Republic National Distributing Company. The 200,000 SF multi-tenant building is designed to meet the needs of today’s Class “A” distribution tenants. The tilt-up, hard wall facility will provide a clear height of 30’, energy efficient LED lighting, an ESFR sprinkler system, and immediate access to I-77 and I-26. “Miller-Valentine identified Lexington County Industrial Park as one of the Midlands premier industrial parks,” said Kevin Werner, Partner with Miller-Valentine Group, “providing users with immediate access to the interstate system as well as an outstanding labor force”. Colliers International South Carolina has been selected to handle the leasing for this property. Chuck Salley, SIOR, Dave Mathews, SIOR and Thomas Beard are the leading industrial brokerage team in central South Carolina, specializing in leasing, user sales and investment sales of industrial properties. Their multi-faceted platform gives them a unique insight into market conditions for all types of industrial properties. For more information about this project, contact Kevin Werner, Partner, Miller-Valentine Group, at 803.798.3800. For information about leasing opportunities within the Midway Logistics II (more)
It started in the 1960s. Difficulties in securing new building permits, concerns about the environment and a burgeoning preservation movement led to growing interest in reimagining historic buildings for entirely new purposes. And so, adaptive reuse in the United States began. Considered the first successful adaptive reuse project, the former Ghirardelli chocolate factory in San Francisco was converted into a now-famous specialty retail and dining complex in 1964. Of course, not all adaptive reuse endeavors garner as much attention or fame of Ghirardelli Square, but breathing new life into a historic building can have a powerful impact on local communities. That’s just what’s happening with the Residences at Eagles Point in the City of Eaton, Ohio. Turning a Local Landmark into Affordable Housing In 2014 the H.I.T. Foundation saw an opportunity to convert the former Eaton High School into the “safe, affordable housing” that stands at the heart of the Eaton-based nonprofit’s mission. The 1920s-era school building had been largely vacant following the 2012-2013 school year when students transitioned to a new high school. The school district was still using a building on the property for the Superintendent’s office. In addition, the school still housed two tenants, the school (more)
Miller-Valentine Group is proud to announce the development of Centerville Senior Lofts; an apartment home community designed exclusively for adults 55 and over, located at 421 North Main Street in Centerville, Iowa. Centerville Senior Lofts is now accepting applications and plans to open its doors in September 2017. This beautiful, brand new community of one and two bedroom apartment homes will serve adults 55 and over who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing. In this pet-friendly community, future residents will enjoy spacious floor plans with amenities you would expect to find in an upscale home, at an affordable price: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, and a laundry room which includes a full-size washer and dryer. Centerville Senior Lofts will offer several other amenities which separate them from their local competition. When entering the first floor of the building, you will find a business center, media room, fitness center, and a large multi-purpose community room with a kitchen and dining area which will allow residents to enjoy the companionship of friends and family. The community is also smoke-free & environmentally friendly. Unlike other apartment communities, Centerville Senior Lofts has a personal attention, exceptional (more)
While it might not sound like the most glamorous investment opportunity, an article in the latest issue of REIT magazine is bullish on self-storage. In the past 20 years, demand for self-storage has climbed steadily—and has been one of the fastest-growing sectors of the United States commercial real estate industry. According to the Self-Storage Association, the official trade organization of the industry, there were 2.5 billion square feet of self-storage space in the U.S. at 90 percent occupancy rate as of 2015. Joe Margolis, CEO of Extra Space Storage, tells REIT that “… the sector has turned into a hotbed for new investment.” One type of facility in particular — multi-story climate controlled self-storage—is increasingly popular for several reasons. 4 Benefits of Climate Controlled Self-Storage REIT magazine notes that demand for these “… ‘third-generation’ facilities that look like apartments or offices and include climate control” is growing. That’s precisely what Miller-Valentine Group discovered in Goose Creek, South Carolina, where they recently commenced construction on a climate controlled self-storage facility. Two other CCSS projects are also in the pipeline—a second location in Goose Creek and another in the nearby city of North Charleston. Steve Koewler, President of Commercial Southeast Construction and (more)
Miller-Valentine Group is proud to announce the development of Keokuk Senior Lofts; an apartment home community designed exclusively for adults 55 and over, located at 925 Main Street in Keokuk, Iowa. Keokuk Senior Lofts is now accepting applications and plans to open its doors in September 2017. This beautiful, brand new community of one and two bedroom apartment homes will serve adults 55 and over who desire high-quality, affordable rental housing. In this pet-friendly community, future residents will enjoy spacious floor plans with amenities you would expect to find in an upscale home, at an affordable price: a fully-equipped gourmet kitchen with brand new energy-efficient appliances, exceptional closet space, central air conditioning, and a laundry room which includes a full-size washer and dryer. Keokuk Senior Lofts will offer several other amenities which separate them from their local competition. When entering the first floor of the building, you will find a business center, media room, fitness center, and a large multi-purpose community room with a kitchen and dining area which will allow residents to enjoy the companionship of friends and family. The community is also smoke-free & environmentally friendly. Unlike other apartment communities, Keokuk Senior Lofts has a personal attention, exceptional move-in, (more)