Lake Nona Ariel Apartments receives NGBS Silver Level Certification

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Orlando, Florida – Ariel Apartments was honored to receive the National Green Building Standard™ (NGBS) Silver Level Certification as certified by Home Innovation Research Labs in connection with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recent MIP reduction program. Ariel was spotlighted in conjunction with the National Home Builders Association annual meeting in Orlando welcoming more than 50 attendees to tour the property.

Ariel is the newest multifamily community developed in partnership with Tavistock Development Company and BREC Development, LLC- a Welden Field Company, within Lake Nona, Tavistock’s innovative, master-planned community in Orlando. Lake Nona is one of the fastest growing communities in the nation with a thriving health and life sciences cluster, and sports and performance district that serves as home of the USTA National Campus, the world’s largest tennis facility and KPMG’s new training and innovation facility. Professionally managed by SPM, LLC, Ariel is a collection of 348 suburban, garden-style apartments consisting of 13 buildings anchored by a 7,600 square-foot clubhouse and surrounded by nature trails and ponds.

Lake Nona is a living lab – a place that incubates and inspires innovation and creates a community that is sustainable for the long-term,” said Jim Zboril, President of Tavistock Development Company. “Ariel is a great example of how we are incorporating eco-friendly and healthy designs into our homes, and we are honored that Ariel is among the first developments in the nation to earn this distinguished honor.”

“We are honored to be one of the first HUD financed, conventional developments to attain the NGBS Silver Standard in conjunction with the new HUD MIP Reduction Program,” stated Steven Hydinger of BREC Development.

Energy efficiency standards include ENERGY STARÒ-rated appliances and lighting, Low E windows, door insulation, optimum-sized HVAC systems, air transfer management, sealed duct systems, superior insulation installation and programmable thermostats.

Other standards include water-efficient faucets and showerheads, high-performance clothes washers/ dryers and dishwashers, efficient plumbing design, high-performance toilets and water-efficient landscaping, irrigation and controls.

Indoor environment quality standards include the use of low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) emitting cabinets, moisture management, spot ventilation and low VOC paint and flooring finishes. Performance Point Consulting, LLC worked closely with General Contractor, Walker Construction, and architect, Fugleberg Koch, throughout the entire process.

Ariel is located at 14001 Benvolio Circle, Orlando, FL 32824. For additional information, call 407.313.2660, email ArielMgr@spm.net or visit www.LakeNonaAriel.com.

About Home Innovation Research Lab

Home Innovation Research Labs is a third-party inspection agency recognized as the nation’s premier residential building product testing laboratory. The green certificate is awarded only to those residences that are in compliance with the rigorous National Green Building Standard (NGBS). www.HomeInnovation.com

About The National Green Building Standard

The National Green Building Standard (NGBS) is the only green building rating system for homes and apartments approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), as an American National Standard. The NGBS provides a blueprint for builders to follow for the design and construction of new and renovated single-family homes and multifamily apartment buildings. www.NGBS.com

About BREC Development, LLC

BREC Development, LLC specializes in new construction, renovation and acquisition of multi-family communities and has completed a wide variety of market rate and affordable housing developments throughout the United States. Recent projects have included communities located in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Minnesota, New York, Tennessee and Texas. www.BRECDevelopment.com

About SPM, LLC

Headquartered in Birmingham, Alabama with regional offices in Orlando and Tampa, Florida, SPM manages 173 apartment communities and over 18,000 apartment homes. Our portfolio represents a geographical footprint rapidly expanding beyond the Southeast to include communities in Pennsylvania, Virginia, New York and Washington, DC. www.spm.net

About Welden Field

WeldenField focuses on multi-family development, residential development & construction, property management, hotel development & management, land development, alternative investments and managed security services. www.Weldenfield.com


Orlando’s Lake Nona is one of the fastest-growing communities in America with more than 10 million square feet of world-class residential and commercial facilities.  Adjacent to Orlando International Airport, the large-scale, master-designed community is home to thoughtfully designed neighborhoods, world-class education facilities, a Health & Life Sciences Cluster, a Sports & Performance District highlighted by USTA’s New Home of American Tennis – the largest tennis facility in the world, diverse work spaces, recreational facilities, retail centers, and entertainment venues encompassing the best Orlando has to offer with all the conveniences of a dynamic, vibrant community. Driven by a long-term vision, Lake Nona is committed to building an innovative community that inspires human potential whilst being focused on sustainable design, healthy living, and groundbreaking gigabit fiber optic technology.

A smart and connected community, Lake Nona is wired for the future, providing a no-limits foundation for individuals and companies to thrive. For more information, visit www.lakenona.com


Tavistock Development Company is a diversified real estate firm owned by Tavistock Group specializing in planning, design, finance, construction and development of groundbreaking projects. Tavistock Development Company’s real estate portfolio is highlighted by the 17-square-mile, master-planned community Lake Nona in Orlando, Florida, as well as The Green at Lakewood Ranch, Pier Sixty-Six Hotel and Marina, Sunbridge and The Grove in Windermere. For more information, visit www.tavistockdevelopment.com

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Mount Carmel Gardens Renovations Complete

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Renovations are complete at Jacksonville’s Senior Living Community, Mount Carmel Gardens

Jacksonville, FL - Mount Carmel Gardens is pleased to announce its Grand Re-Opening after undergoing major renovations. As part of this project, apartment interiors were upgraded with all new cabinets, appliances, ceiling fans, new LTV plank flooring in the kitchen and porcelain in the baths, as well as new mechanical systems and a nurse call system.



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2017 Magic City Awards

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Congratulations to SPM and many of our awesome team members for being nominated for the 2017 Magic City Awards, presented by the Great Birmingham Apartment Association. Winners will be announced December 1 at the awards ceremony at Regions Field in Birmingham, AL.

Management Co. of the Year - SPM Regional Property Mgr of the Year - Angela Hollingsworth & Kim Posey Property Mgr of the Year - Summer Ponce  Assistant Mgr of the Year - Justin Fayet Leasing Pro of the Year - Paula Simpson Maintenance Supervisor of the Year - Greg Smith  Maintenance Tech of the Year - Robbie Brackett

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2017 National Sunshine Summit to End Hunger

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Great job by SPM team members from the Brandon, FL office, as well as our senior communities, San Lorenzo Terrace, St. Giles Manor I and Plant City Towers. These volunteers represented SPM during the 2017 National Sunshine Summit to End Hunger! Some of the residents at the communities mentioned above will be recipients of the meals packed today.

The 2017 National Sunshine Summit to End Hunger is a two-day event co-hosted by the Tampa Bay Network to End Hunger and the Allianc...e to End Hunger. The summit provided organizers and the broader anti-hunger community a forum to learn, share, and network while exploring best practices in solving hunger.

Nearly 1,000 community members and leaders lined up on the Promenade of the Amalie Arena to convert bulk foods into smaller, family-sized bags to create a balanced meal bag. These bags were distributed to food pantries around the Tampa Bay Area to give to communities in need.

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Mount Carmel Gardens in Jacksonville, FL Announces Grand Re-Opening after Major Renovations

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Jacksonville’s Senior Living Community, Mount Carmel Gardens, Announces Grand Re-Opening after Major Renovations

Jacksonville, FL - Mount Carmel Gardens is pleased to announce its Grand Re-Opening after undergoing major renovations. Originally built in 1972 and located in the Southside neighborhood of Jacksonville, Mount Carmel Gardens is a 17-story high-rise that includes 207 efficiency and one bedroom apartment homes for seniors, age 62 and older.

As part of this project, apartment interiors were upgraded with all new cabinets, appliances, ceiling fans, new LTV plank flooring in the kitchen and porcelain in the baths, as well as new mechanical systems and a nurse call system.


Building and common area improvements include all new HVAC, LED lighting and drop-in ceiling, as well as new exterior paint, a new roof and new generator. Resident amenities were also added or upgraded including a screening room, beauty salon, fitness center, library, expanded community room, an outdoor recreational area with cooking grills, gazebo, putting green, shuffle board, bike racks and the addition of a controlled entry system into the building and parking areas.

“This re-development, which was completed ahead of schedule and on budget, is a great example of collaboration between numerous entities executed by a dedicated development team and management company all committed to renewing this property for many years for Jacksonville seniors,” stated Steven Hydinger of BREC Development, LLC.

Many local organizations, financial institutions and government leaders have played a role in the re-development of this project. The general contractor is Empire Construction (Ben Mills, Ben Tullis-Knoxville, TN); architect is GA Studio (Jamie Aycock, Carl Burdick-Birmingham, AL); project manager is CMS Group, LLC (Pat Gaccetta-Jacksonville, FL); property manager is SPM, LLC (Marlene Siberski, Charee Russell, Kelly Mann-Brandon, FL); developer is BREC Development, LLC (Steven Hydinger-Birmingham, AL); and non-profit owner development partner is East Lake Community Development Corp. (Eric Lipp-Birmingham, AL).

“This project was possible because of the support of our multiple business partners. Thank you to our friends at the Department of Housing and Urban Development, Florida Housing Finance Corporation, Jacksonville Housing Finance Authority, Raymond James, First Housing Development Corporation of Florida and the City of Jacksonville,” stated Eric Lipp, Executive Director, East Lake Community Development.

Officials from the City of Jacksonville along with Councilman Scott Wilson will join construction and financial partners to celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Mount Carmel Gardens in a private ceremony November 9, with a special resident appreciation ceremony on November 8.

Mount Carmel Gardens is located at 5846 Mt. Carmel Terrace, Jacksonville, FL 32216 and is now leasing efficiency and one bedroom apartments. Call 904-733-6696, email mtcarmelgardensmgr@spm.net or visit www.LiveAtMtCarmelGardens.com for additional information or to schedule a tour.


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Tavistock Development teams with WeldenField and SPM, LLC on its third Lake Nona multifamily housing project, Ariel Apartments

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March 2017; Orlando, Fla. — Construction has begun on Lake Nona’s third multifamily community, Ariel Apartments. Located near Boggy Creek Road and State Road 417, Ariel is a collection of 348 suburban, garden-style apartments anchored by a 7,600 square-foot clubhouse.  Slated to open this summer with pre-leasing starting May 1, this gated community features eight unique floor plans including one, two and three bedroom homes within 13 buildings surrounded by nature trails and ponds.

Amenities include an expansive central green, a 24-hour fitness club, resort-style pool, business center, sand volleyball court, outdoor pavilion with billiards, multi-purpose theater, game room, pet spa with a grooming area, two dog parks, playground for the kids and an auto spa. Interiors boast open living areas with 9’ ceilings, gourmet kitchen, stainless-steel appliances, premium granite countertops, hardwood-style flooring and washers and dryers. The community will also feature several pedestrian paths and nature trails throughout the neighborhood that interconnect with Lake Nona’s 44 miles of trails to Lake Nona Medical City and nearby retail and shopping at the Lake Nona Town Center.

Lake Nona’s growing multifamily offerings now boast nearly 1,000 rental units across the community’s 17 square miles.  Lake Nona Water Mark opened in 2013 with 278 luxury, garden style units and Landon House, a 279-unit urban-style community, opened in 2016. Ariel Apartments is a joint venture between Tavistock Development Company and WeldenField Development, with property management services by SPM, LLC.  The general contractor is Walker & Company with architectural services by Fugleberg Koch.

“Lake Nona is one of the most exciting and dynamic communities in the southeast.  WeldenField is excited to be involved with multifamily developments of such quality and distinction.  Ariel will be an outstanding addition to the Lake Nona community and the portfolio of WeldenField properties.  We look forward to a continued participation in the multifamily strategy for the Lake Nona community and a continuing relationship with Lake Nona and Tavistock Development Company,” said Chuck Welden, a principal with WeldenField.  


Ariel sits within Lake Nona, Orlando’s fastest growing community with more than 4,000 homes, 12,000 students and 5,000 jobs. With a strong economic base thanks to its large and growing employment centers, including Lake Nona Medical City and Lake Nona Sports & Performance District, Ariel offers some of the closest residences to the thousands of jobs, giving its residents a short commute, walk or bike ride to the major employers.

“Lake Nona has enjoyed a great partnership with WeldenField, and we are excited to launch our next project with them, named Ariel,” said Jim Zboril, president of Tavistock Development Company. “We attribute Lake Nona’s top residential sales ranking to a number of key factors, chief among them is the growing diversity of our neighborhoods – from the architectural style and world-class community amenities to top-notch builders and a plethora of home choice options. Tavistock has created a lifelong place to call home – a uniquely special community that grows with you, from rental apartments and family centric communities to active adult and assisted living facilities – we have something for everyone.” 

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SPM Moves Up in The 2017 NAHMA Affordable 100 List

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SPM Moves Up In The 2017 NAHMA Affordable 100

SPM, which is a NAHMA Community of Quality National Recognition Program Participant, moves up to #39 on the NAHMA Affordable 100 List.

The NAHMA Affordable 100 comprises the largest affordable multifamily property management companies, ranked by affordable unit counts. The NAHMA Affordable 100 list contributes vital data to the ongoing national dialogue on the future of federal funding for affordable housing. In an effort to accurately determine the portfolio of affordable units receiving federal subsidy in the United States, NAHMA publishes this annual listing of affordable units containing at least one of the following federal subsidies: HUD Project-based Assistance, Section 42 LIHTC, HOME funds, USDA Section 515, or Bonds. 

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SPM and BREC Development selected, along with other partners, to re-develop Southtown Court in Birmingham, Alabama

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The Housing Authority of the Birmingham District selected a developer for the massive overhaul of Southtown Court, the 25-acre housing project that serves 455 families along University Boulevard, making the project one step closer to a reality.

HABD commissioners voted unanimously on Tuesday morning to make Bayer PropertiesBrasfield & Gorriethe Benoit GroupA.G. Gaston ConstructionSPM Property ManagementCorporate RealtyBREC Development partners on developing the project. The companies are calling the partnership Southside Development Company.


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Re-development Kick Off Ceremony Held for Birmingham’s Highland Manor Apartments

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Birmingham, AL - Mayor William A. Bell, Sr., along with other Birmingham city officials, joined construction and financial partners and representatives from WeldenField to celebrate the kick-off of the re-development of Highland Manor Apartments located in the heart of Birmingham’s Southside.

This will be the first major renovation of Highland Manor in more than 30 years and will include all new roof, windows, exterior paint, HVAC and plumbing systems. Inside each apartment home, there will be new kitchen appliances and bathroom fixtures, as well as new flooring in all the common areas.

Highland Manor is a 16- story apartment building featuring one bedroom homes for seniors, 65 years of age and older, and those who are mobility-impaired. Homes feature a fully-equipped kitchen, spacious living and dining area with ceramic tile, grab bars in the bathroom and an emergency call system. Rent is based on income and utilities are included in the rent.

Mayor Bell and other officials kicked off the ceremony by talking about the impact this development will have on the community. “As part of our commitment to community development, the Highland Manor renovation project is being partially funded with $1 million in HOME funds from the Community Development Department,” stated Mayor Bell.

Many local organizations, financial institutions and government leaders are playing a role in the re-development of this project which is slated to be completed in 2017. The general contractor is Hollyhand Realty (Tuscaloosa); architect is Giattina Aycock (Birmingham); property management by SPM, LLC (Birmingham) and developer is BREC Development, LLC (Birmingham), which is affiliated with WeldenField.

Financial partners include Alabama Housing Finance Authority, Bellweather Capital, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Raymond James and the City of Birmingham.

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Pictured, left to right: John Colón, Dept. of Community Development; Pat Hoban Moore, HUD;
Birmingham Mayor William A. Bell, Sr.; Steven Hydinger; BREC Development;
Valerie Abbott, Birmingham City Councilor; Bill Welden, WeldenField; and Ed Welden, WeldenField.



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Birmingham's Thomas Jefferson Tower Opens December 2016

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Birmingham-based SPM, LLC to Manage New Urban Style Apartment Homes at the Historic Thomas Jefferson Tower.


SPM, LLC is pleased to announce the addition of one of Birmingham’s most historic landmarks, Thomas Jefferson Tower, to its growing portfolio of apartment communities.

Located at the western edge of Birmingham’s vibrant central business district, the 20-story TJ Tower is being restored and transformed into 96 one and two bedroom urban-style apartment homes, as well as 28,000 square feet of restaurant, retail and event space. 

Opens December 2016. Now Leasing

TJ Tower presents an urban feel and modern amenities including a state-of-the-art fitness center, game room with HDTV, business center, 24/7 valet parking, cyber café, and an outdoor terrace with resident lounge. Homes range from one bedroom efficiencies from 500 sq. ft., to our more spacious two bedroom, two bath specialty suites from 1,600 sq. ft. Interior amenities include a stainless-steel appliance package, pendant lighting, natural concrete flooring, European gloss kitchen cabinets, quartz countertops and islands with waterfall edge detail, all-in-one washer and dryer unit, and beautiful 360o views of the city.

Along with residential, TJ Tower also features 28,000 square feet of commercial space including a large, ornate ballroom. This retail and event space is located on the first and second floor with leasing managed by Kathy G and Company. The brand new, Roots & Revelry Restaurant (R&R), occupies 5,000 square feet and is located on the first floor. A fun, energetic tribute to American Cuisine, the R&R is operated by Birmingham chef and restauranteur Brandon Cain of Saw’s Soul Kitchen and Post Office Pies in Avondale. Additionally, there will be another 5,000 square feet of boutique retail space available for lease.

“SPM is excited to partner with the Thomas Jefferson Tower on this project. The TJ Tower is an outstanding addition to the central business district of Birmingham and we look forward to providing professional management services for the residents,” said Eddie Ivey, VP of Conventional Operations-SPM, LLC.

“We’re happy to announce the historic renovations are now almost complete. We’ll begin moving residents in beginning this August with a grand opening planned for the apartments, retail boutiques and the brand new Roots & Revelry Restaurant later this summer,” stated Brian Beshara, Beshara Group and managing partner of the TJ Tower.

The general contractor is Stewart Perry Construction. Commercial leasing services are provided by Hydinger Stewart & Chew Commercial Properties, LLC and residential property management services are provided by SPM, LLC. Pre-leasing on residential and commercial space has begun, with a grand opening planned for late summer 2016.


Originally built in 1929, the Thomas Jefferson Hotel had 350-rooms and is best known for having the world’s last zeppelin mooring mast on the rooftop, which will be preserved in the new project. The historic landmark’s luxury status at that time made it a prime attraction for celebrities and distinguished guests, including Presidents Calvin Coolidge and Herbert Hoover, entertainers Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles, and sports icons Pete Rose and Alabama Head Coach Paul Bear Bryant.

Thomas Jefferson Tower is located at 1623 2nd Avenue North, Birmingham, AL. Visit www.TJTower.com for more information.  Thomas Jefferson Tower is an Equal Housing Opportunity.

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