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Meet Chasen's Construction Site Master

Next up on our Meet The Team series is Project Manager, Chris Dorsey

What is your role, and what does a typical day at Chasen look like? 

As a Project Manager, my day begins by organizing the onsite construction team and workforce who are located at one of our many properties under development in Baltimore. Once complete, I head to our construction office to update paperwork and review plans and construction details. I’ll wrap up my day back on the construction site reviewing what has been completed and what needs to be focused on for the following day as well as any orders that need to be placed.

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The Daily Record: Chasen

The key to success for the Chasen Companies has been thinking small. The four-year-old construction and development company has earned national recognition for its focus on what it calls the “smaller, luxury boutique multifamily buildings” with 50 units or less.

Chasen, which said its properties are usually fully leased within 30 days of opening, was recognized as 2020’s fastest-growing private company in Maryland, Virginia, Delaware and the District of Columbia in Inc. magazine’s 5000 Series: D.C. Metro List. It earned the prestigious honor, in part, for reporting 3,671% revenue growth from 2016 to 2018.

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Multifamily Executive: For Gen Z Renters, Wellness Choices Go Beyond The Gym

"For Brandon Chasen, CEO of Baltimore-based boutique developer and builder Chasen Cos., which operates 300 units, that has meant ensuring that his apartments have dedicated HVAC units. 

“To offer the best air quality, we are installing individual mini-split HVAC units with separate air filters in all of our new properties to ensure renters are not sharing air,” Chasen says, who notes that regular cleanings at his properties, are also a must in a COVID-19 world. That’s something other developers are keying in on as well."

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GLOBE ST. REAL ESTATE FORUM SELECTS BRANDON CHASEN FOR ITS FIFTY UNDER 40 2020 SERIES

BALTIMORE, MD (October 7, 2020)— Chasen Companies’ Founder and CEO, Brandon Chasen, has been recognized as a GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum Fifty Under 40 for his achievements in building a boutique multifamily product that transforms communities while maintaining their historical heritage. The award recognizes professionals 40 years of age and younger who are making great strides in the commercial real estate industry and were selected based on professional accomplishments and contributions to their company’s overall success.

“I am proud to be recognized as the new generation of real estate leaders by GlobeSt. Real Estate Forum,” said Brandon Chasen. “This accomplishment speaks to the dedication and hard work of the entire Chasen Companies team.

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CHASEN COMPANY’S COO, MOISE FOKOU, HONORED WITH BALTIMORE BUSINESS JOURNAL ‘40 UNDER 40’ AWARD

Chasen Companies’ COO, Moise Fokou, has been recognized as a member of the Baltimore Business Journal’s 2020 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. Dubbed one of the region’s most influential young leaders, Fokou will be celebrated at a virtual event this November.

“To be recognized by the Baltimore Business Journal in its 40 Under 40 category is truly an honor,” said Fokou. “I am thankful for the opportunity to build and grow Chasen Companies from the ground up alongside one of my closest friends, Brandon Chasen, while also making a significant impact on the Baltimore community.

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CHASEN COMPANIES RECEIVES 2020 EXCELLENCE IN CONSTRUCTION & REAL ESTATE AWARD FROM THE DAILY RECORD

Chasen Companies has been selected to receive the 2020 Excellence in Construction & Real Estate Award from The Daily Record. Established in 2019, the awards celebrate the individuals and companies who are changing the landscape of Maryland through design, construction, project management, innovation, and more.

"Our Excellence in Construction & Real Estate honorees transform ideas into reality. They are at the top of their fields, whether it be design, construction, project management, innovation and more," said Suzanne Fischer-Huettner, group publisher of The Daily Record.

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Meet Chasen's COO

Next up on our Meet The Team series is Chief Operating Officer, Moise Fokou

What is your role, and what does a typical day at Chasen look like? 

As COO, I oversee the day-to-day administrative and operational functions of Chasen Companies. When I’m not in the office working with vendors to do takeoffs (working out pricing for various aspects of the job) or preparing internal reports, you can catch me running around to one of our many development sites to secure real time progress updates on our projects. On average we have three sites under construction at any given time.

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CHASEN COMPANIES BEGINS WORK ON A 25-UNIT APARTMENT HUB DOWNTOWN

A conversion is in the works to turn a stately law office building into 25 boutique apartments near the Clarence M. Mitchell Jr. Courthouse downtown.

The $7.5 million redevelopment at 211 St. Paul Place began this summer, led by Chasen Cos., a local developer known for converting older and historic buildings around the city into boutique apartments.

The project at the 120-year-old building will be called The James.

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Coworking while distancing: how Baltimore's shared workspaces are reopening 

Around the city, Baltimore’s shared workspaces are starting to reopen. But those coworking and makerspaces that many left in March amid pandemic orders are doing things a little differently these days.

With the latest phase of government-ordered mandates requiring capacity limits and social distancing still very much a part of our lives, there are new measures that must be put in place. Given that coworking spaces are often testing grounds for new ideas about how to work, we reached out to some of the area’s leading voices to see how it was all working.

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Meet Chasen's Resident Recruiter

Next up on our Meet The Team series is Head of Leasing and Property Management, Laura Malagari

What is your role, and what does a typical day at Chasen look like? 

As the Head of Leasing and Property Management, I lead the lease-up phase right after construction has been completed on our properties. My ultimate goal is to have our buildings fully leased within 60 days of opening. Most days you can find me meeting with prospective tenants and leading them through tours of our properties throughout Baltimore City--ultimately helping them land the perfect new home.

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CHASEN COMPANIES’ CEO AND FOUNDER, BRANDON CHASEN, NAMED TO THE DAILY RECORD’S 2020 VIP LIST

BALTIMORE, MD (July, 2020)— Chasen Companies’ Founder and CEO, Brandon Chasen, has been named to The Daily Record’s 2020 VIP List - Very Important Professionals Successful by 40. The prestigious award recognizes professionals 40 years of age and younger who have been successful in Maryland. Winners, chosen by an outside panel of judges including previous winners and business leaders, were selected based on professional accomplishments, community service and a commitment to inspiring change. 

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Meet "The Brand Steward"

Next up on our Meet The Team series is our Head of Marketing, Erin Black

What is your role, and what does a typical day at Chasen look like? 

In marketing, no day is the same and I often have to juggle based on priority but that’s what gets me out of bed in the morning. Whether it’s strategizing marketing plans for our properties, building/designing our websites, or talking through social media campaigns, I get excited that no two tasks are alike. 

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Chasen bullish on coworking space at $12M The Brixton

Chasen Companies plans to deliver The Brixton, a $12 million mixed-use property featuring coworking space, in Fells Point next year, despite the shared office sector’s struggles amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The building is planned for the longtime vacant lot at 421 S. Broadway and will include retail, 33 apartments along with 14 so-called “executive suites.” Plans for the building also incorporate a roof/spa deck with a bar for tenants and clients.

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Meet "The Community Caretaker"

Next up on our Meet The Team series is our Assistant Property Manager, Bruce Damon

 

What is your role, and what does a typical day at Chasen look like? 

As Assistant Property Manager, I work closely with our Chasen team and our tenants to oversee all aspects of maintenance and occupancy for our properties. I support daily operations, which includes coordinating maintenance requests, ensuring the condition of our properties is top-notch, and connecting with potential tenants to introduce them to available units.

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Meet "The Skipper"

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.

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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.

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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.

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Meet "The Catalyst"

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. 

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A note from our CEO, Brandon Chasen

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. 

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Real Estate Insider- Chasen takes on new project

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.

 

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Real Estate Insider- Chasen takes on new project

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.

 

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Chasen Tops Inc. Magazine’s List of

D.C. Metro’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies—

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.

 

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Meet The Team 

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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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. 

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BALTIMORE IS GETTING A BUTLER- HIS NAME IS ALFRED

A high-tech version of Alfred, the devoted butler from the Batman comics, is coming to Baltimore. 

Tenants at several luxury apartment developments in the city will soon be able to download an app and use the individual butler service for their own.

Called "Hello Alfred," the service will make its debut early next year in developments owned by Brandon Chasen in Federal Hill and Fells Point 

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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.

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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.

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CHASEN UNVEILS PLANS FOR 25-UNIT FELLS POINT APARTMENT BUILDING

 

A burned-out, red-brick shell in Fells Point that once held a popular bridal shop could soon be converted into 25 apartments.

Developer Brandon Chasen got the green light from a city review panel Tuesday to redevelop 1709-1719 Fleet St. into a multi-family project.

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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. 

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FELLS POINT AMERICAN LEGION TO GET NEW LIFE

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.

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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.

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CO-WORKING FACILITY AND SIX APARTMENTS COMING TO 10,500 SQ. FT. FEDERAL HILL BUILDING

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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.

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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.

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The VICTORY HOUSE DEMOLISHED

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. 

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HERE'S A LOOK AT FEDERAL HILL'S NEW BOUTIQUE APARTMENT DEVELOPMENT

A 10-unit luxury apartment development is getting ready to open at the site of a former boarding house in Federal Hill.

 

The $3.9 million Darcy on Light Street was developed over the past year by Chasen Construction and Stanton Park Development at 1702 S. Light St.

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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.

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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.

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