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Jacksonville’s Senior Living Community, Mount Carmel Gardens, Announces Grand Re-Opening after Major Renovations


Jacksonville, FL - Mount Carmel Gardens is pleased to announce its Grand Re-Opening after undergoing major renovations. Originally built in 1972 and located in the Southside neighborhood of Jacksonville, Mount Carmel Gardens is a 17-story high-rise that includes 207 efficiency and one bedroom apartment homes for seniors, age 62 and older. 


As part of this project, apartment interiors were upgraded with all new cabinets, appliances, ceiling fans, new LTV plank flooring in the kitchen and porcelain in the baths, as well as new mechanical systems and a nurse call system.


Building and common area improvements include all new HVAC, LED lighting and drop-in ceiling, as well as new exterior paint, a new roof and new generator. Resident amenities were also added or upgraded including a screening room, beauty salon, fitness center, library, expanded community room, an outdoor recreational area with cooking grills, gazebo, putting green, shuffle board, bike racks and the addition of a controlled entry system into the building and parking areas. 


“This re-development, which was completed ahead of schedule and on budget, is a great example of collaboration between numerous entities executed by a dedicated development team and management company all committed to renewing this property for many years for Jacksonville seniors,” stated Steven Hydinger of BREC Development, LLC. 


Many local organizations, financial institutions and government leaders have played a role in the re-development of this project. The general contractor is Empire Construction (Ben Mills, Ben Tullis-Knoxville, TN); architect is GA Studio (Jamie Aycock, Carl Burdick-Birmingham, AL); project manager is CMS Group, LLC (Pat Gaccetta-Jacksonville, FL); property manager is SPM, LLC (Marlene Siberski, Charee Russell, Kelly Mann-Brandon, FL); developer is BREC Development, LLC (Steven Hydinger-Birmingham, AL); and non-profit owner development partner is East Lake Community Development Corp. (Eric Lipp-Birmingham, AL). 


“This project was possible because of the support of our multiple business partners. Thank you to our friends at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority, Raymond James, First Housing Development Corporation of Florida and the City of Jacksonville,” stated Eric Lipp, Executive Director, East Lake Community Development. 


Officials from the City of Jacksonville along with Councilman Scott Wilson will join construction and financial partners to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Mount Carmel Gardens in a private ceremony November 9, with a special resident appreciation ceremony on November 8. 


Mount Carmel Gardens is located at 5846 Mt. Carmel Terrace, Jacksonville, FL 32216 and is now leasing efficiency and one bedroom apartments. Call 904-733-6696, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.LiveAtMtCarmelGardens.com for additional information or to schedule a tour.




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Tavistock Development teams with WeldenField and SPM, LLC on its third Lake Nona multifamily housing project, Ariel Apartments


March 2017; Orlando, Fla. — Construction has begun on Lake Nona’s third multifamily community, Ariel Apartments. Located near Boggy Creek Road and State Road 417, Ariel is a collection of 348 suburban, garden-style apartments anchored by a 7,600 square-foot clubhouse.


Slated to open this summer with pre-leasing starting May 1, this gated community features eight unique floor plans including one, two and three bedroom homes within 13 buildings surrounded by nature trails and ponds.Amenities include an expansive central green, a 24-hour fitness club, resort-style pool, business center, sand volleyball court, outdoor pavilion with billiards, multi-purpose theater, game room, pet spa with a grooming area, two dog parks, playground for the kids and an auto spa. Interiors boast open living areas with 9’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen, stainless-steel appliances, premium granite countertops, hardwood-style flooring and washers and dryers.


The community will also feature several pedestrian paths and nature trails throughout the neighborhood that interconnect with Lake Nona’s 44 miles of trails to Lake Nona Medical City and nearby retail and shopping at the Lake Nona Town Center.Lake Nona’s growing multifamily offerings now boast nearly 1,000 rental units across the community’s 17 square miles. Lake Nona Water Mark opened in 2013 with 278 luxury, garden style units and Landon House, a 279-unit urban-style community, opened in 2016.


Ariel Apartments is a joint venture between Tavistock Development Company and WeldenField Development, with property management services by SPM, LLC. The general contractor is Walker & Company with architectural services by Fugleberg Koch.


Visit LakeNonaAriel.com for details



SPM and BREC Development selected, along with other partners, to re-develop Southtown Court in Birmingham, Alabama


The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District selected a developer for the massive overhaul of Southtown Court, the 25-acre housing project that serves 455 families along University Boulevard, making the project one step closer to a reality.HABD commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday morning to make Bayer Properties, Brasfield & Gorrie, the Benoit Group, A.G. Gaston Construction, SPM Property Management, Corporate Realty, BREC Development partners on developing the project. The companies are calling the partnership Southside Development Company. Read full story at AL.com


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Pictured, left to right: John Colón, Dept. of Community Development; Pat Hoban Moore, HUD; Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Sr.; Steven Hydinger; BREC Development; Valerie Abbott, Birmingham City Councilor; Bill Welden, WeldenField; and Ed Welden, WeldenField.

Re-development Kick Off Ceremony Held for Birmingham’s Highland Manor Apartments


Birmingham, AL - Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., along with other Birmingham city officials, joined construction and financial partners and representatives from WeldenField to celebrate the kick-off of the re-development of Highland Manor Apartments located in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside.


This will be the first major renovation of Highland Manor in more than 30 years and will include all new roof, windows, exterior paint, HVAC and plumbing systems. Inside each apartment home, there will be new kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, as well as new flooring in all the common areas.


Highland Manor is a 16- story apartment building featuring one bedroom homes for seniors, 65 years of age and older, and those who are mobility-impaired. Homes feature a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining area with ceramic tile, grab bars in the bathroom and an emergency call system. Rent is based on income and utilities are included in the rent.

Mayor Bell and other officials kicked off the ceremony by talking about the impact this development will have on the community. “As part of our commitment to community development, the Highland Manor renovation project is being partially funded with $1 million in HOME funds from the Community Development Department,” stated Mayor Bell.
Many local organizations, financial institutions and government leaders are playing a role in the re-development of this project which is slated to be completed in 2017. The general contractor is Hollyhand Realty (Tuscaloosa); architect is Giattina Aycock (Birmingham); property management by SPM, LLC (Birmingham) and developer is BREC Development, LLC (Birmingham), which is affiliated with WeldenField.

Financial partners include Alabama Housing Finance Authority, Bellweather Capital, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Raymond James and the City of Birmingham.



Riverview at the Preserve  -  Waterfront living in the heart of Chesapeake

by Kym Bach

As visitors enter the gated community of Riverview at the Preserve, they are transported into an outdoor oasis where relaxation and sunsets are routine, and nature and recreation are literally right outside their back door. "A new and unique waterfront community has come to Chesapeake; Riverview at the Preserve is located on the Intracoastal Waterway with an incredible view and easy living," says on-site agent Cindy Godsell. 






Alabama Sports Hall of Fame Honors W. Edgar Welden as 2016 Distinguished American Sportsman


BIRMINGHAM – The Board of Directors of the State of Alabama Sports Hall of Fame is proud to announce that W. Edgar Welden has been named the 2016 Distinguished American Sportsman.

The Board surprised its Chairman with this recognition at its recent quarterly board meeting. Welden is the fourth Chairman of the Board since the Hall of Fame was founded in 1967. He has served on the Board since 1992

and was elected Chairman in July of 2003. He also serves as Chairman/President of the Bryant-Jordan Student-Athlete Scholarship Program. The Bryant-Jordan program annually awards over 100 scholarships to high school seniors based on athletic and scholastic achievement.