Next up on our Meet The Team series is our Chief of Staff, Bennett Bradley
What is your role, and what does a typical day at Chasen look like?
Every day at Chasen is different. As Chief of Staff, the bulk of my responsibility is to track the company’s operations and install streamlined communication channels between our departments and ownership teams. Our success is often dependent upon quick, educated decisions, so constant communication is vital.
The Value of Great Talent and Teamwork Is Timeless
Even before COVID-19, worlds were subject to change—perhaps especially so the worlds of residential construction and real estate development. The pulse of housing, starting with post-World War II Levittowns to the 2006 housing bubble and beyond, is one replete with ups and downs, cycles and crashes. From lumberyards to jobsite trailers, from the contractor pickup truck to the investor board room, from subdivisions to apartment units to high-rise luxury condos, booms and busts are part of our DNA.
Why Baltimore's coworking spaces will play an important role post-pandemic
As flexibility becomes the new norm even for the strictest corporate environments, the novel coronavirus pandemic may mean the end of the traditional office culture as we know it, and could spur a widespread shift to remote workspaces.
At the start of the year, Baltimore was home to more than 25 shared office spaces. While it’s unknown if all 25 locations will remain post-pandemic, what is clear is the need to modify shared workspaces to address growing concerns with sanitization and social distance measures that will be in place for the foreseeable future.
Next up on our Meet The Team series is our Office and Operations Manger, Callie Causey.
What is your role, and what does a typical day at Chasen look like?
As Operations and Office Manager, part of my role is to keep up with accounting and payroll. When I’m focused on tasks in the office, I’m often picking up permits, coordinating electrical upgrades and utility work for our properties, tracking and completing on-site inspections with city officials, and ordering construction materials to keep our projects moving.
Our team has spent the last five years dedicating ourselves to hard work and investment in the Baltimore and DC communities, resulting in rapid growth for our firm. In fact, this growth allowed us to be recognized as the fastest-growing company in the region (according to Inc. magazine).
But with expansion has come a natural evolution of our services, operations and structure. Some know us as a general contractor while others know us as a property owner, a developer, or a property management firm.
A long-vacant lot on South Broadway in Fells Point is set to become a five-story mixed-use building with apartments, office and retail space.
The project by Chasen Cos. will take over a lot at 421 S. Broadway between Eastern Avenue and Bank Street, situated across from the now-demolished Budeke's Paints site. The lot has been vacant since before the Fells Point Historic District was established in 2007, said historic preservation planner Eddie Leon.
The latest in residential redevelopment in historic Mount Vernon is underway.
A strip of vacant rowhouses in the 1100 block of N. Calvert Street is poised for a redo this spring by Baltimore developer Brandon Chasen. Chasen said last week that his Chasen Cos. is partnering with Stanton Park Development to convert three vacant four-story houses across from the upscale Ivy Hotel into 14 apartments with 2,000 square feet of office space at street level.
Inc. magazine today revealed that Chasen Companies, formerly Chasen Construction and Development, is No. 1 on its inaugural Inc. 5000 Series: D.C. Metro list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in D.C., Maryland, Virginia, and Delaware. Born of the annual Inc. 5000 franchise, this regional list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the D.C. Metro economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses.
Chasen’s business model is unique in that not only do we own and manage the properties in our portfolio, but we build them as well. A small, dedicated team drives our firm, each playing a dynamic role that is imperative to our success.
In an effort to share more about our firm and the purpose behind what we do, we are introducing one member of our team each month in our new Q&A blog series.
First up, Drew Peace, our Head of Business Development.
Chasen Construction buys project at Tutti Frutti factory in Fells Point
Redevelopment plans for the former Tutti Frutti ice cream plant in Fells
Point took a new direction on Wednesday.
Chasen Construction and Development this week acquired the site, architectural designs and city permits for $1.6 million from AMK Holdings and KT Homes this week. The Baltimore-based developer plans to break ground Monday on the 31- unit apartment and retail project.
Chasen set to introduce butler app at Baltimore Apartments
Chasen Construction and Development expects to introduce butler app Hello Alfred to four of its Baltimore apartments buildings in February.
Residents in designated units will have access to the use of the app, which is included in the price of rent, to schedule services, such as a hotel style turndown service, a pantry stocking amenity and dry cleaning assistance.
In the C-Suite: Brandon Chasen plans to keep on buying, developing in the city
Brandon Chasen sees the massive apartment buildings rising across Baltimore, making headlines for their premier amenities and sky-high rent, but the local developer isn't interested in building on that scale.
He's focused on his company's bread and butter — smaller, luxury boutique multi-family buildings with moderate rents, commercial spaces and outsourced amenities.
Chasen brings Hello Alfred’s concierge service to Baltimore tenants
In February, Baltimore-based Chasen Construction and Development will begin offering tenants access to concierge services through hospitality startup Hello Alfred.
The move means New York-based Hello Alfred is entering the Baltimore market.
Chasen, which was founded in 2015, operates 14 buildings in Baltimore, with a total of 250 units. The company renovates properties into “boutique luxury” residential properties of about 10 to 35 units in areas like Federal Hill, Mount Vernon and Fells Point, said CEO Brandon Chasen.
CHASEN CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT BRINGS HELLO ALFRED'S HUMAN-POWERED OPERATING SYSTEM TO ITS BALTIMORE APARTMENTS
Chasen Construction and Development, a leading multifamily, commercial, and single-family developer specializing in the Greater Baltimore and Washington, DC markets, announces today it will be among the first to bring Hello Alfred’s trusted home help service to homes in Baltimore. The developer will introduce the residential experience to four of its properties, including The Wilkes, The Darcy, The The Courtland, and The Roland beginning in February.
CHASEN CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT ANNOUNCES GRAND OPENING OF THE WILKES
Chasen Construction and Development, a leading multifamily, commercial, and single-family developer specializing in the Greater Baltimore and Washington, DC markets, announces today its newest multifamily property, The Wilkes, has delivered and has begun leasing.
The 10-unit boutique apartment building located at 1719 Eastern Avenue in Fells Point, a historic community in Baltimore, is the fifth delivery for Chasen in 2019, with seven more on the horizon for 2020.
CHASEN CONSTRUCTION AND DEVELOPMENT’S CEO, BRANDON CHASEN, HONORED WITH BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL ‘40 UNDER 40’ AWARD
Chasen Construction and Development announces today its Founder and CEO, Brandon Chasen, has been recognized as a member of the Baltimore Business Journal 2019 40 Under 40 class. The prestigious accolade recognizes young professionals in the Greater Baltimore region for outstanding success in business and contributions to their communities.
FORMER PRIME STEAKHOUSE IN FELLS POINT CONVERTING TO APARTMENTS
A Fells Point building that once housed a celebrity chef's steakhouse is being converted into 10 luxury apartments. Chasen Construction & Development is also creating about 2,000 square feet of retail at street level at the former Prime Steakhouse at 1719 Eastern Ave. Brandon Chasen Sr. Chasen purchased the 6,700-square-foot property in June for $450,000.
The General Joseph Haller Post 95 building in Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood sold for $375,000 to a developer who plans to convert the vacant property into apartments and possible retail or office space.
Jim Chives, of Gold and Co., said he sold the 10,000-square-foot complex at 1742-1746 Fleet St. to Chasen Construction & Development on behalf of the American Legion.
COOL DIGS: FEDERAL HILL'S NEWEST COWORKING SPACE HAS OFFICES WITH LOFTS FOR NAPPING
Baltimore's newest coworking space offers its tenants everything from a golf simulator, to shared event space and private offices complete with lofts for napping.
Vision opened earlier this year at 12 W. Montgomery St., an old office building in Federal Hill. The 11,000-square-foot space has a modern and trendy design with exposed ceilings and lots of white furniture and wood and metal accents.
CO-WORKING FACILITY AND SIX APARTMENTS COMING TO 10,500 SQ. FT. FEDERAL HILL BUILDING
Chasen Construction &
Development is under construction on a mixed-use project that will bring six apartments and an office space to 12 W. Montgomery St. in Federal Hill. The 10,500 sq. ft. building was formerly used as office space but has been vacant in recent years.
RENTAL SPOTLIGHT: THE DARCY BRINGS ELEGANT APARTMENTS TO LIGHT STREET
Take a look at the newest addition to Light Street. The Darcy resides at 1702 Light Street and offers 10 luxurious boutique styled apartments. The building stands four stories tall above beautiful South Baltimore, offering serene and breathtaking views of the city.
The Victory House — a former 7,074 sq. ft., 39-bedroom, two-bathroom residence at 1702-1708 Light St. in South Baltimore — is no longer standing. Crews have spent the last few months demolishing the building and now the building is completely gone.
Pictures of the demolition started circulating on neighborhood social media pages generating hundreds of likes. The Victory House was a source of frustration for many in the community for years.
DEVELOPMENT PHOTO TOUR: SOUTH BALTIMORE AND PORT COVINGTON
Over the next week, SouthBMore.com will be posting development photo tours of all the projects under construction in South Baltimore. This tour features development in South Baltimore and Port Covington.
Check out SouthBMore.com’s South Baltimore Development Rundown for information about all the real estate projects under construction, recently completed, or in planning in South Baltimore.
WORK BEGINS ON VICTORY HOUSE REDEVELOPMENT IN South Baltimore
Interior demolition has started on the redevelopment of the Victory House at 1702-1708 Light St. in South Baltimore. The Victory House is a 7,074 sq. ft., 39-bedroom, two-bathroom residence that was condemned and shut down by Housing and Community Development (HCD) last year due to structural issues. Developer Brandon Chasen is working with architect Julie Tice of Eastend Design Group on the project.