Construction is underway on 8000 North, a 12-story, 318,000-square-foot, mixed-use development on the northwest corner of Lincoln Avenue and Oakton Street in Skokie, IL. The public-private development is expected to help revitalize downtown Skokie with the addition of 15,000 square feet of new retail space and 153 high-end apartments.
The mixed-use project, designed by Lucien Lagrange Studio, will offer a metropolitan living experience with ground-level retail, a courtyard entrance and numerous residential features including a top-floor amenity space and rooftop garden.
The project was championed by the Village of Skokie, which purchased the property and sought qualified developers and projects for approval. Upon selecting the 8000 North Plan of Development, the Village issued $9.8 million in general obligation bonds for the parking garage and agreed to sell the property. The bonds will be used to fund a six-story, 265-space attached parking garage to accompany the development, which will include 73 public parking spaces.
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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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