Developer Robert B. Aikens LLC received approval on Five & Main, a proposed $100-million mixed-use retail project in Southeast Michigan’s Commerce Township. The first phase of the 55-acre open-air project would bring the next generation of retail development to the region in more than a decade.
Envisioned as an experiential center, Five & Main will feature food and entertainment in more than half of of the space. The lifestyle project will be developed with service and destination retail, residential, a dog park and nature trails to create a downtown feel. Located at Pontiac Trail and M-5, the initial phase would include 341,137 square feet of retail space.
The developer anticipates launching construction in a year, and opening in fall of 2020. Aikens plans to lease 60-70% of the retail space, including anchors, and finalize a development partner for the planned 300-unit multifamily component.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.
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