New Consulting Client Takes CCMC to Nashville

Headwaters, TexasCCMC has been selected by Freehold Communities to provide pre-development consulting services for three of its new Vital Communities. With an emphasis on healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship, and design; these communities will boost unique amenities and a shared energy that brings neighbors together to make life better. These three projects include two near Austin, plus a third near Nashville Tennessee. “This is an exciting opportunity to demonstrate the CCMC difference in an entirely new market,” explains division president Todd Davidson. “We are thrilled to begin doing business in Nashville — but even more thrilled to be doing it with a client that is so closely aligned with our own purpose.”

Highland Meadows is located in the Austin suburb of Liberty Hill, between the north and south forks of the San Gabriel River. An outdoor lover’s paradise, this neighborhood offers breathtaking views of sunsets and wildflowers, across 248 acres of Texas Hill Country. Highland Meadows will eventually include 695 households, walking trails, playgrounds, neighborhood parks, and community pool.

Headwaters is located in Dripping Springs, just 30 minutes from downtown Austin. Neighbors will enjoy 1,500 acres connected by walking trails along the scenic Barton Creek, multiple parks, open lawns and picnic areas. The community will ultimately include 1,000 households and a community recreation center with a resort-style pool, water playscape and gardens.

Durham Farms is located in the Nashville suburb of Hendersonville. With a relaxed, small-town vibe, this neighborhood will include 1,100 households and feature quiet, tree-lined streets, generous green space, front porches, playgrounds, neighborhood parks, walking trails, and community pool.

Freehold Communities is currently developing approximately 8,000 residential lots in Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Florida. The company creates Vital Communities that embrace healthy living, engagement, connectivity, stewardship and distinctive home design. Headquartered in Boston, Massachusetts; Freehold also has offices in St. Augustine, Florida and Austin, Texas.

“The Moving Wall” Vietnam Memorial to Be Displayed in Estrella, Arizona

The Moving WallEstrella by Newland Communities will host “The Moving Wall,” a half-size traveling replica of the Washington D.C. Vietnam Veterans Memorial beginning at noon on October 2 through noon on October 6 and is free to all attending. The Wall will be open 24 hours a day, with volunteers stationed at The Wall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily to assist guests in finding names. The monument was created by John Devitt, Norris Shears, Gary Haver and other Vietnam veterans to share the powerful experience of visiting the memorial with those who may never have an opportunity to travel to Washington D.C. Standing six-feet tall and 252-feet long, The Wall’s memorial site will encompass approximately half an acre of land just to the west of Starpointe Residents Club at 17665 W. Elliot Rd in Estrella.

Specifically, designed to honor the 2.7 million men and women who served in the U.S. Military in Vietnam, The Wall contains approximately 58,283 names – 1,300 of those are still unaccounted for prisoners of war (POWs) and missing in action (MIA). Volunteers will be reciting these names over a P.A. system 24 hours a day, for the duration of the exhibit.

Over the past two years, the CCMC team at Estrella has worked with residents, Newland Communities and the City of Goodyear to realize the dream of bringing The Moving Wall to Estrella. The team’s goal is to create experiences that connect people, turn neighbors into friends and demonstrate the power of community. For more information and a full schedule of events, visit www.lifeinestrella.com. To make a donation, please contact The Moving Wall Foundation at (906) 885-5599. CLICK HERE to read more.    

CCMC Names Debra Campbell Vice President for Central Division

Debra CampbellCCMC is pleased to announce the promotion of Debra Campbell to vice president. A proven leader, Debra brings sixteen years of CCMC history and experience to her new role. “Debra knows how to build and develop effective teams,” explains division president Todd Davidson, “She understands the CCMC way of conducting business and is passionate about growing others in their personal appreciation of our philosophy.” In her new role, Debra will be responsible for equipping several Dallas-area CCMC teams to deliver the highest-quality service in the industry; while creating experiences that connect people.

Debra joined CCMC in 1998. Most recently, she served as community manager for Johnson Ranch in Queen Creek, Arizona. Under her leadership, this mixed-use, master-plan grew from 2,800 to 5,760 households; and successfully transitioned from developer to homeowner control. Impressively, she implemented several solutions which allowed the association to improve cash flow and increase the reserve fund balance despite a market downturn and significant foreclosures and short sales. Previously, Debra served as community manager for a 1,671-home active-adult community in Gold Canyon, Arizona. She has also served as an executive, overseeing multi-family and commercial projects. Debra holds her Certified Arizona Association Manager (CAAM) designation from the Arizona Association of Community Managers (AACM), and Certified Property Manager (CPM) designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM). “I am honored by this new opportunity and look forward to sharing my knowledge and passion with our team, as we strive to find new ways to say ‘yes’ to our customers and exceed their expectations,” she says. Debra will assume her new role on September 22, 2014.

Jenna Perkins Selected as 2015 Board Member for CAI Central Arizona Chapter

Jenna PerkinsCCMC is proud to announce that vice president Jenna Perkins has been selected to serve on the 2015 board of directors for the Community Associations Institute (CAI) Central Arizona Chapter. “Serving in this capacity is a testament to Jenna’s commitment to our industry. Her character and professionalism will have an extremely positive effect on this important organization,” says division president Delores Ferguson.

Officers will be elected at the 2014 chapter annual luncheon on December 9. Jenna will begin her service in January 2015. “I am honored to be chosen for this high-profile role, and look forward to serving my industry and my colleagues in an entirely new way,” she says.

CAI provides education and information to community associations and the professionals who support them. The organization’s mission is to inspire professionalism, effective leadership, responsible citizenship, and legislative advocacy. The Central Arizona Chapter is one of nearly 60 chapters worldwide that administers a variety of programs and services to meet the needs of its members.

CCMC to Provide Pre-Development Consulting to Park Highlands East

Park Highlands EastCCMC has recently entered into an agreement with Crescent Bay Holdings to provide pre-development consulting services for its project in the city of North Las Vegas named Park Highlands East. The 1,765-acre master-planned community will eventually include 10,000 households with a park system that includes regional sports fields, schools, library, commercial space, and nature preserve. It is the largest master-planned community in North Las Vegas and one of the largest in the greater Las Vegas Valley.  Construction will begin in 2015 with first home sales anticipated in 2016.

“Park Highlands is one of the few remaining large-scale opportunities in this market,” explains division president Tony Ledvina. “This project has come to represent economic hope and stability for the city of North Las Vegas. CCMC is honored to partner with Crescent Bay Holdings on this significant project.”

Crescent Bay Holdings is a multi-disciplined real estate investment and development firm, focused on the Southwestern United States. The firm’s principals possess nearly 50 years and more than $1 billion of real estate transaction experience. This includes the acquisition, entitlement, development, and asset management of land, multi-family, office, hospitality, and mixed-use projects. The firm actively seeks to acquire and develop residential and commercial land in the Southwestern United States.

 

CCMC Named Community Management Company for The Lakes at Centerra

The Lakes at CenterraCCMC has been named the community management firm for The Lakes at Centerra, a lakeside retreat surrounded by the natural beauty of the Front Range. With 275 acres of protected wetlands, connected by a vast network of trails, this neighborhood will offer outstanding recreational experiences. Developed by McWhinney, this neighborhood will eventually include 791 households and is conveniently located within the award-winning mixed-use master plan of Centerra. “Our exceptional work at Anthem, Colorado opened the door to this new business, proving that our dedicated team members are instrumental in growing our firm” explains division president Delores Ferguson. Our service will begin on August 1, 2014.

Planned with partnerships in mind, The Lakes at Centerra will directly connect with a future K-8 grade school. Students will benefit from many outdoor learning opportunities within High Plains Environmental Center. The private Lake Club will include an outdoor swimming pool, fireplace, barbecues, and playground. A full-time lifestyle director will offer a robust calendar of engagement opportunities for all ages.

Founded in 1991, McWhinney is an independent, full-service real estate development, investment and management company. Comprised of a team of more than 80 talented associates, the company is passionate about creating great places for people.

 

Todd Davidson Selected as Silver Member by Urban Land Institute

Todd-Davidson---DSC_5932-compressedCCMC is proud to announce that division president Todd Davidson has been selected to serve as a Community Development Council (CDC) Silver Member for the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a multidiscipline real estate forum dedicated to creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide through the responsible use of land. With more than 30,000 members, ULI is recognized as one of the world’s most respected sources of information regarding urban planning, growth and development. As a CDC Silver Member, Todd will join an elite network of 50 developers, land planners, and other professionals who, like CCMC, have a specific expertise in master-planned communities and are recognized as industry leaders who offer innovative application in their respective fields. “This is quite an honor for CCMC, as ours is the only community management firm on CDC Silver.” says Todd. “This is a testament to CCMC’s reputation in the industry and the value we bring to the table.”

Today, ULI has 25 U.S. Product Councils, each with its own narrow focus. These Councils offer industry leaders various opportunities to exchange information and share best practices. The focus of the CDC is the development of new suburban neighborhoods and mixed-use large-scale communities. Council Members play a critical role in building communities, developing neighborhoods, bringing residential and recreation spaces to life, and designing facilities that are sustainable environments. Silver Members have the highest level of commitment and responsibility to their Councils. This includes presenting, advising, publishing, educating, researching and serving.

 

 

Anthem, Colorado Emerges as Intergenerational Master Plan

The article below by Mark Samuelson was originally published in the July 13, 2014 edition of the Denver Post. Anthem has been managed by CCMC since inception.  

Anthem RanchOnly halfway through 2014, some 144 homes have already sold at Anthem, the 1,750-acre master planned community at the crossroads of new 470 Northwest Parkway and Broomfield’s Lowell Boulevard. That’s a pace that would more than double Anthem’s sales for all of year 2013.

“People talk about being an overnight success, but the truth is it takes a lot of work, and that’s exactly what we’ve done in Anthem,” says Jeff Handlin, operating partner for Wheelock Communities, which took over Anthem in 2011.  Handlin and his team created new neighborhoods and brought in four new builders – and now have a community that stands apart not just for how fast it sells, but for how broad the appeal is – older and younger, spending for single-family homes that span from the $300s up to $1 million.

New neighborhoods and four new builders are broadening the appeal of Anthem, Colorado. In fact, the mid-year new home sales for this master plan community were a whopping 144! At this pace, Anthem will more than double 2013 sales.  The community’s developer, Wheelock Communities, knows that Anthem’s pivotal location in Broomfield is at the epicenter of Colorado’s growing economy.  READ MORE.

CCMC Prepares for Growth, Opens Hill Country Office

Andy BabbittAccording to Forbes, the capital of Texas is the fastest growing city in the nation. “Over the past year, we have watched our Austin/San Antonio households double in size,” explains division president Todd Davidson. “We expect them to double again by the end of 2015.” Our total number of communities in this market is now four including: Alamo Ranch, Hill Country Retreat, The Hollows and Belterra. Additionally, we are providing pre-development consulting for several other area projects. “Our growing business in this market has reached a tipping point,” says Todd. “It is time to establish a full-time presence here and I am very pleased to announce that CCMC vice president Andy Babbitt has been chosen to lead this new operation.”

In his new role, Andy will be responsible for providing leadership and oversight to all CCMC communities and clients in Austin and San Antonio. “In expansion markets, our success depends upon seasoned CCMC leaders who know our service product, embrace our philosophy, and can propagate our culture,” says Todd. “These qualities made Andy the obvious choice for this new role.”

Andy will begin transitioning his responsibilities next month, once he relocates to Austin. This transition will be complete by the end of this year. “CCMC’s emphasis on community and lifestyle is perfectly aligned with the Hill Country way of life. I look forward to growing our presence and influence in this new market.”

CCMC Manages Five of the Most Popular Active Adult Communities

Most Popular Active AdultWhat do 5 of the top 100 most popular active adult communities in the country have in common? Why, CCMC of course! The team at 55Places.com recently compiled their annual list of top 100 active adult communities, as evidenced by the number of visitors to each community page over the past year.

Congratulations to Frisco Lakes (Frisco, Texas), Hill Country Retreat (San Antonio, Texas), Anthem Ranch (Broomfield, Colorado), Siena (Las Vegas, Nevada) and Del Webb Sweetgrass (Richmond, Texas) for making the 2014 list. This is the second year in a row all these communities have made the list.They were ranked as follows:

 

 

No. 27: Frisco Lakes

No. 45: Hill Country Retreat

No. 51: Anthem Ranch

No. 76: Siena

No. 79: Del Webb Sweetgrass

Hats off to all of our most popular active adult communities! We can’t help but notice your CCMC edge. To read the complete list, CLICK HERE.