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Fall Construction Update

By | Construction Update, Press Release, Video

October brought significant progress on site.  The brick detailing is now complete on the Franklin Apartment building and nearing completion on the Western and Laurel buildings.  Now that the exterior work on the apartments is nearing completion, our construction team is focused on the interiors of the buildings as well as pouring the asphalt for the avenues and lanes throughout Kelmscott Park.

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Kelmscott Park Model Home Grand Opening Event

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YOU’RE INVITED

Please join the Kelmscott Park team at our Model Grand Opening weekend event!


On Thursday, October 19th from 5:30 – 7:30, join us for a special VIP event. Get the first look at our new model home, fully furnished by Toms Price, while you sip & savor treats provided by our neighbors, the MLG culinary team.

All guests will be eligible to win prizes from local shops and restaurants but space is limited so please register to attend by Oct. 13th.

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Following our special preview event, the Model Home will be open to the public Saturday, October 21st through Sunday, October 22nd from 12:00 – 4:00.

Prizes to be raffled off throughout the weekend, so be sure to stop by!


You can find our new Model Home & Sales Center at 111 Franklin Place East, in Lake Forest.

Summer construction makes a mark

By | Construction Update, Press Release

As summer 2017 comes to close, the Kelmscott Park Apartments exterior framing is complete and the brick façade that will define the community is starting to take shape. The progress is most noteworthy on the Franklin building on the far north side of the project.

  

The model home is also closing in on completion and is slated to open next month. Seen in the video below, the Focus construction team works on the finer, interior details of the home while the exterior awaits only a few final touches.

Kelmscott Park Develops

By | Construction Update, Press Release

It has been just over 6 months since construction began on the new luxury community in Lake Forest.

 

Take a look at how the property has developed over time.

This video shows the progress of the Kelmscott Park Apartment Homes, Franklin building.

 

This video shows how the community has developed this year.

Summer Construction Update

By | Construction Update, Press Release, Video

June and July were busy months at Kelmscott Park.

The three apartment home structures have been topped off and the beginning of the Laurel building entrance is taking shape. The ultra-sleek black-framed windows are almost entirely installed on  the Franklin and Western buildings and the iconic dark grey metal roofing has started to cover the Franklin building as well. The Model home is also nearing completion. As seen below workers are busy applying the stucco scratch coat and the roof has been covered with cedar shake shingles, a classic feature of homes by North Shore’s Orren Pickell.

Watch the below video to see how the community has developed this year.

 

Topping Off Kelmscott Apartments

By | Construction Update, Press Release

(Chicago, IL) On Thursday, June 29th the Focus team was joined by our subcontractors and various stakeholders of the Kelmscott Park project to celebrate the topping off of three luxury apartment buildings located in the heart of Lake Forest.

A meal served in the recently enclosed structure offered an opportunity for Focus leadership to address our subcontractors, consultants and vendors and thank them for their contributions to Kelmscott Park. All attendees enjoyed grilled burgers and sausages and received a t-shirt commemorating the project.

After lunch, Jeremiah Miller, Senior Project Manager in Lake Forest stood to address the group, “Thank you for all of your hard work and dedication. These three buildings were erected incredibly fast and we know it is due to the efforts of those in this room.  We wanted to show our appreciation in some small way.”

Located at 1080 N. Western Ave, the Kelmscott Park Apartments include three buildings, 111 luxury rentals and are a part of a larger luxury community featuring 42 condominiums and 12 customizable single family homes. The rental program at Kelmscott Park offers the first luxury rental product in Lake Forest and features condominium quality unit finishes as well as a 3,744 sf clubhouse and an exterior patio terrace looking out over landscaped grounds by Mariani.

Now that the buildings have been topped off, the team is focused on fine-tuning the brick and limestone exterior facade and shaping out the large contemporary floorplans that will make up the interior. Pre-leasing is scheduled to begin this September with the first move-in’s taking place this winter.

Progress in Lake Forest

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The Residences at Kelmscott Park in downtown Lake Forest continue to speed towards completion.

June marks the 7th month of construction at the 10.5 acre site in downtown Lake Forest and the hallmarks of the luxury community are starting to take shape. The first of 12 single-family homes constructed by North Shore great, Orren Pickell, is completely framed and has a roof installed. The model home is slated for completion early Fall of 2017. Additionally, the three apartment buildings, which will define the community’s east face, have complete foundations and enclosed parking structures. 140 Morris Lane, at the community’s north edge has experienced the most progress as it has been completely structured and had its defining gables installed.

The team is expected to celebrate the topping out of the project sometime in late June with construction slated for completion in 2018.

Kelmscott Park Breaks Ground!

By | Construction Update, Press Release

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LAKE FOREST — Lake Forest officials and representatives of the real estate and development communities broke ground November 3 on Kelmscott Park, which will add a mix of 165 new housing opportunities at the northwest corner of Laurel and Western Avenues.

The project will put 12 single family homes, 42 condominiums and 111 rental apartments on the 10.5-acre site which once housed Lake Forest’s municipal services building, according to Tim Anderson, the CEO and owner of Focus Development, the project’s developer.

The seeds for the project were planted more than three years ago when the city asked developers to submit requests for proposal for the property. Focus competed with 11 other developers for the opportunity, according to Mayor Donald Schoenheider. He said Lake Forest had some specific goals.

“We were looking for a developer we could partner with,” said Schoenheider. “We had some very specific requirements. This will give us diversified housing that is something different from what we have. It also gets this property back on the tax rolls.”

Anderson said the opportunity to develop a 10-acre site bordering a vibrant suburban downtown was a unique opportunity his company could not pass up. He knew what he needed to do based on the city’s requirements.

“You are near the train station and downtown,” said Anderson. “This is one of the most vital suburban shopping districts in the country. It’s great for people walking and on bicycle.”

While the condominiums and apartments will be ready for occupancy in spring or summer of 2018, Christine Kolb, Focus’ associate vice president for development, said the single-family homes will be built as they are sold.

The single-family homes will start at $1.485 million with three bedrooms and 3½ baths, according to Amy Corr, the managing broker of the Lake Forest @properties office. She said @properties will handle sales of the homes and condominiums.

Though the homes’ exteriors are prescribed, Corr said the interior is an open canvass for the buyer, with two basic formats. One model is very open while the other is more traditional. Both have first floor master bedrooms.

“Buyers can add a bedroom or an office. They can virtually design their own interior,” said Corr. “People looking for this kind of quality know what they want.”

The condos will offer a greater range of price points and sizes, according to Corr. The cost will range from $645,000 to $1.675 million. The smallest unit will be 1,528 square feet with two bedrooms and 2½ bathrooms selling for $645,000. The largest has four bedrooms and 3½ baths along with an office. It is 3,799 square feet selling for $1.675 million.

Kolb said the rental apartments range in size from 750 to 1,800 square feet spread over one-, two- and three-bedroom units. They will cost from $1,800 to $4,200. The RFP also required affordable housing stock, according to Schoenheider. Kolb said those units will rent from $900 to $1,200 a month.

One of the requirements of the RFP was the preservation of the heritage oak tree on the property. It is fenced off during construction to ensure nothing happens to what has become a symbol of Lake Forest for many.

Though the tree is not the model on the Lake Forest’s logo, City Manager Robert Kiely, Jr., said many people in town revere the tree.

“It’s not the logo because the logo is a clump of (Oak) trees,” Kiely said. “It’s been an icon for as long as I’ve been here.” He said he first started working for Lake Forest in 1979. “I hear from a lot of people who think it is the tree on our logo.”

Mike Golden (left), owner of @properties, and Tim Anderson, of Focus Development, enjoy conversation at the Kelmscott Park groundbreaking ceremony November 3 in Lake Forest.

Mike Golden (left), owner of @properties, and Tim Anderson, of Focus Development, enjoy conversation at the Kelmscott Park groundbreaking ceremony November 3 in Lake Forest.

Tim Anderson (left), CEO of Focus Development, talks with Jack Reisenberg, third ward alderman, Lake Forest, Thursday morning on the Kelmscott Park residential property construction site in Lake Forest.

Tim Anderson (left), CEO of Focus Development, talks with Jack Reisenberg, third ward alderman, Lake Forest, Thursday morning on the Kelmscott Park residential property construction site in Lake Forest.

From left, Orren Pickell, CEO, Lisa Pickell, COO, and John Forehand, chief architect, all of Orren Pickell Building Group, talk at the Kelmscott Park residential property groundbreaking event, THursday morning in Lake Forest.

From left, Orren Pickell, CEO, Lisa Pickell, COO, and John Forehand, chief architect, all of Orren Pickell Building Group, talk at the Kelmscott Park residential property groundbreaking event, THursday morning in Lake Forest.

From left, Patrick Harrington, AVP, Wintrust, Gregory Warsek, SVP, Associated Bank, and Darragh Griffin, EVP, Wintrust, talk at the Kelmscott Park groundbreaking event

From left, Patrick Harrington, AVP, Wintrust, Gregory Warsek, SVP, Associated Bank, and Darragh Griffin, EVP, Wintrust, talk at the Kelmscott Park groundbreaking event

Fred Wacker (left), president, Mariani Landscape, and Seth Dreier, project architect, Mariani Landscape, stand in front of the 130-year-old white oak which has been required to remain on the Kelmscott Park residential community property, Thursday morning in Lake Forest.

Fred Wacker (left), president, Mariani Landscape, and Seth Dreier, project architect, Mariani Landscape, stand in front of the 130-year-old white oak which has been required to remain on the Kelmscott Park residential community property, Thursday morning in Lake Forest.

Mike Clark, operating engineer, John Keno and Company Inc., breaks ground on the Kelmscott Park property, Thursday morning in Lake Forest.

Mike Clark, operating engineer, John Keno and Company Inc., breaks ground on the Kelmscott Park property, Thursday morning in Lake Forest.

Lake Forest Mayor Donald Schoenheider greets attendees at the Kelmscott Park residential property groundbreaking ceremony, Thursday morning in Lake Forest.

Lake Forest Mayor Donald Schoenheider greets attendees at the Kelmscott Park residential property groundbreaking ceremony, Thursday morning in Lake Forest.

From left, Lake Forest Mayor Donald Schoenheider, Rosemary Kehr, plan commissioner, and Mike Ley, chairman of the plan commission, at the Kelmscott Park groundbreaking event, Thursday morning in Lake Forest. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE HANDWERKER/JWC MEDIA

From left, Lake Forest Mayor Donald Schoenheider, Rosemary Kehr, plan commissioner, and Mike Ley, chairman of the plan commission, at the Kelmscott Park groundbreaking event, Thursday morning in Lake Forest. PHOTOGRAPHY BY STEVE HANDWERKER/JWC MEDIA