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University of Louisville - HITE Art Institute MFA Renovation

“We’re very excited about this project—it’s been about a year we’ve been working on this,” Justin Brown told Broken Sidewalk. “We think it’s going to be incredibly transformative for the neighborhood and the city. It’s rewarding when you get to do something like this, especially when there’s such a great team involved.” (BrokenSidwalk, Feb 2016)

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“A soon-to-be renovated space at 1606 Rowan Street in the Portland neighborhood of Louisville will provide a new home for the MFA program of UofL's Hite Art Institute. Scheduled to open in January 2017, the space will provide graduate students and faculty with state-of-the-art studio space. Additionally, giving UofL's College of Arts & Sciences a campus presence in a community where revitalization efforts are underway will further the University's commitment to the thrid pillar of its mission: "providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities." (University of Louisville, Feb 2016)

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"The location in the historic Portland neighborhood will not only provide MFA students and our studio art faculty memeber with a 'home,' but it also will extend our university's presence in west Louisville," Kimberly Kempf-leonard dean of U of L's College of Art and Sciences, said in the realease. "So this is not just about a new space for us. It's about giving our faculty and students a way to infuse community into their art and art into their community.” (Lousiville Buisness First, Feb 2016)

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MINT JULEP TOURS IS EXPANDING
This Louisville Business is investing $1 million in a new Butchertwon headquarters. (Louisville Business First, Feb 2016)

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NEW LIFE FOR OLD SCHOOL
The long-vacant "Lincoln-Grant Schooll" in Covington is coming back to life with anew prupose. Covington's first school for African-American students is about to get back in the education business but in an innovative, new way. Developer Kimberly Stephenson was convinced she was unlocking a lot more than an 85-year-old art deco building at 8th and Greenup.

Stephenson, VP of Marian Group, said, "We really have a love for re-purposing abandoned historical structures and trying to bring their historic beauty back to life in a way that will be useful to the community." (Local 12 Cincinnati, Feb 2016)

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BRADFORD MILLS

Built in 1910, The Bradford Mills complex was once a textile mill. Now, it's on the National Register of Historic Places. The marian Development Group has decided to turn the building into an apartment building complete with 147 apartments and a restaurant. (Wave 11 Louisville, Fab 2016)
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That other enormous textile mill in Germantown will soon be transformed into 150 loft-style apartments thanks to a partnership of the Marian Development Group, lawyer Ashley Blacketer, and investor Chad Middendorf. Just a few blocks from Underhill Associates' extensive transformation of the Germantown Mill Lofts, the historic Bradford Textile Mill will include "true Class A amenities" such as a pool, a full gym, and community rooms, Justin Brown, partner at the Marian Development Group, told Broken Sidewalk. (Broken Sidewalk, July 2015)
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A historic Germantown property has been targeted for redevelopment into upscale lofts. Louisville-based Marian Development Group LLC has partnered with local developers Chad Middendorf and Ashley Blacketer to construct the 150-unit Bradford Mills Lofts at the corner of Oak Street and Reutlinger Avenue. (Louisville Business First, June 2015)
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"We have a pretty cool vision for what this is going to be," Justin Brown, of the Marian Development Group said. "We have to restore these windows. We're keeping these floors and we're keeping these columns." Brown said the Bradford Mill Lofts will be upscale living in Germantown with a pool, bym and restaurant . (Wave 3 News, Jan 2016)

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One tract has a three-story building with 82,000 square feet of space taht dates to 1924, and the other a four-story structure with 85,000 square feet of space built in 1908. (Courier-Journal, Sept 2015)

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MARIAN REBRANDS AS ONE GROUP
The Marian brand, Brown said, was by far the strongest within the companies, and multiple divisions are now under the umbrella: Marian Development, Marian Construction, Marian Advisory & Realty and Marian Homes. (Louisville Business First, Sept 2015)

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MARIAN GROUP GETS INTO THE BROKERAGE BUSINESS
The new division will offer a full range of services, helping clients buy or sell houses or commercial properties or to lease space. The company also can provide assistance to those looking to invest in real estate or who need general real estate advice. The goal is to build up hope to "build out" its brokerage and advisory services in the commercial and multifamily sectors. (Louisville Business First, Aug 2014)

- Justin Brown, Principal at Marian Group

 

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BRINGING NEW LIFE TO HISTORIC SCHOOL
The historic building that first housed an all-black school, then an integrated elementary and most recently a community center will become a home for single-parent families who want to continue their schoooling. The Covington commissioners authorized the development of the Lincoln Grant Scholar House at 824 Greenup Street on July 7. Single- parent families will be provided with an education program and an affordabel housing componenet, allowing them to work toward a productive life after college. (North Kentucky Tribune, Jul 2015)

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CANE RUN ROAD FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE
With 1,000 families on a waiting list for services, Louisville-based Family Scholar House Inc. plans to break ground late this year on a fifth campus. The new facility off Cane Run Road will add 64 more apartment units. The nonprofit Family Scholar House offers housing and other support services to single-parent college students and their children. Its mission is to help those students escape poverty by providing a support network while they pursue college degrees and then careers. (Louisville Business First, June 2015)
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KROC PROPERTY MASTER DEVELOPMENT
A 34-acre development proposed at 4646 Cane Run Road near the Jefferson Riverport would feature more than 400 affordable housing units along with Louisville-based Family Scholar House Inc.'s fifth local campus. Jacob Brown, who owns Louisville-based Marian Development Group LLC, said the five-acre Family Scholar House development is one of the first installments of a larger $63 million project that would be built out over the next three years.(Louisville Business First, June 2015)
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CREATING PURPOSE & CHANGING LIVES
"This program has the ability to change the world." That belief is what compelled brown to rally collegues, employees, family and friends to particpate or at least donate to the team's goal of raising $10,000 for Family Scholar House. (Voice Tribune)

- Justin Brown, Principal at Marian Group

 

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MARIAN HEADQUARTERS IS A RESTORED FIREHOUSE
Marian Development Group operates in a historic firehouse built in 1883. It was converted into office space by a previous tenant. The business acquired the property and redesigned the interior to house its office, modernizing the space whilte also maintaing the historic character of the building. (Louisville Business First, Feb 2014)

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP RECEIVES SERVICE TO PRESERVATION AWARD AT 36TH ANNUAL IDA LEE WILLIS MEMORIAL FOUNDATION HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARDS

Marian Development Group was presented with a Service to Preservation Award during the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, which took place Wednesday, May 28, at the Governor’s Mansion.

The awards ceremony takes place each May during National Historic Preservation Month, and awards are presented in partnership by the foundation and KHC. They are named for Kentucky’s first state historic preservation officer, the late Ida Lee Willis, wife of the late former Gov. Simeon Willis.

Service to Preservation Awards are honored to those who have furthered historic preservation activities or have had a positive impact in their communities.

The awards was Accepted by Marian Development Group co-owner Jake Brown, “in recognition of their commitment to invest not only in historic buildings but also in people.” The company’s Family Scholar Houses are building rehabilitation projects that provide affordable apartments for single parents, while they work toward completing their education and becoming self-sufficient. In the past two years, the company has completed three such projects in historic schools utilizing the historic preservation tax credit – Louisville’s Parkland Scholar House, circa 1891; the Stoddard Johnson Scholar House, a former 1915 Beaux Arts-style elementary school; and in Covington, LaSallette Garden Apartments, formerly LaSallette Academy, which was singled out for well-executed window restoration.

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SCHOLAR HOUSE OPENS IN PIKEVILLE

After months of hard work and planning, a way to help single parents receive a college education became a reality in Downtown Pikeville.

Nestled in the middle of town, within walking distance of of both the University of Pikeville and Big Sandy Community and Technical College, the Scholar House of Central Appalachia provides a place for single parents and their children to not only live...but thrive.

Cathe Dykstra, President of Family Scholar House, Inc. says, “There are the housing and childcare components but then there is also the programming and that is the really important part of engaging families and giving them hope.”

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PARKLAND SCHOLAR HOUSE NAMED ONE OF LOUISVILLE'S TOP 10 PRESERVATION SUCCESSES
Preservation Louisville is calling for community support to help save and rejuvenate some of the city's most endangered historic places.

The Louisville buildings are part of an annual list released by the non-profit to highlight properties most at risk of being demolished or wrecked beyond repair.

Preservation Louisville works to protect the architectural heritage of the community and is asking for donations to help fund the much needed preservation work on properties including vacant and abandoned homes, old corner store fronts and historic churches.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP TO TAKE PART IN THE IDA LEE WILLIS AWARDS AND IS A RECIPIENT FOR THE SERVICE TO PRESERVATION AWARD.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 36th Annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards, which recognize excellence in the preservation of Kentucky’s historic buildings and cultural resources, including archaeological sites. Contributions can be through investment, advocacy, volunteerism, building partnerships, public involvement, lifelong commitment or significant achievement.

The awards are presented each May, during National Historic Preservation Month, by the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation and Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office.

Nominations are accepted for Preservation Projects, honoring outstanding examples of historic building restoration or rehabilitation, or for other projects that have furthered preservation of Kentucky’s built environment or cultural resources; Service to Preservation, recognizing individuals, organizations, nonprofits, public officials, financial institutions, news media, volunteers and others whose contributions have had a positive impact in their communities; and the Ida Lee Willis Memorial Award, to the individual who has demonstrated outstanding dedication to the cause of historic preservation in the Commonwealth.

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COOLEST OFFICE SPACES: MARIAN DEVELOPMENT PRESERVES FIREHOUSE'S CHARACTER
Jacob L. Brown, principal of Marian Development Group LLC, said ghosts of firefighters-past visit the second floor of the business’ office where he is shown at right.

Marian Development Group operates in a historic firehouse built in 1883. It was converted into office space by a previous tenant. The business acquired the property and redesigned the interior to house its office, modernizing the space while also maintaining the historic character of the building.

Offices and a meeting space on the first floor are in operation, and the business plans renovation work on the second floor of its space, which use to be a place where firefighters would sleep, eat and use the fire pole, shown in the photo behind Brown, to quickly exit when responding to a fire.

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FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE OPENS FOURTH FACILITY

Family Scholar House Inc., a Louisville nonprofit organization that provides housing and other support services for single-parent college students and their children, opened its fourth facility in August of 2013.

The $12.2 million Family Scholar House project included the renovation and historic preservation of the former Maupin Elementary School in the Parkland neighborhood.

The 48 two- and three-bedroom apartments were built in the former school and in an addition that was constructed. The project’s developer is Louisville-based Marian Development Group LLC.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP RECEIVES FAMILY SCHOLAR HOUSE AWARD

At the 15th Annual Luncheon for Family Scholar House, the organization presented its 2012 corporate "Lucy Award" to Marian Development Group, LLC. Named in honor of Dr. Lucy M. Friebert, SCN, the annual award recognizes community leaders with a commitment to gender equity and post-secondary education.

Marian Development Group is a woman-owned business whose principals, Cynthia and Jacob L. Brown, were on hand to accept the award. Marian Development Group exists to enhance the quality of life for people, through thoughtful selection and development of projects that strengthen and revitalize neighborhoods, and through strong partnerships and collaborations that benefit the larger community. They choose projects with careful consideration and create buildings with attention to craftsmanship and detail, clear communication from concept to completion, and diligent stewardship of every project. The company was honored not only for the integral role it has played in developing every Family Scholar House campus, but also for the time the Browns have spent volunteering at those campuses and getting to know the student parents and their families.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP RENOVATES THE 1915 STODDARD JOHNSTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INTO APARTMENTS FOR SINGLE PARENTS PURSUING COLLEGE DEGREES

Children are once again running through the halls of the former Stoddard Johnston Elementary School in Louisville, Ky. This time, however, their parents are also dragging around school books. Family Scholar House Inc. (FSH), a Louisville-based not-for-profit organization, and its development partner, Marian Development Group LLC (MDG), have renovated the 1915 building into apartments for single parents who are pursuing college degrees. In the past four years, FSH has used low-income housing tax credits (LIHTCs) and historic tax credits (HTCs) to develop properties near colleges and universities in Louisville. The Stoddard Johnston Family Scholar House is FSH’s third such property to provide housing to single parents as they work to improve their financial situation.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT PROJECT NAMED AS ONE OF TOP 10 LOUISVILLE PRESERVATION SUCCESSES
This year along with the list of "Louisville's Top 10 Endangered Historic Places" list, Preservation Louisville also announced "Louisville's Top 10 Preservation Successes" recognizing preservation projects that have successfully rehabilitated and returned a historic building to productive use. The lists were announced during a press conference at The Comfy Cow Ice Cream Parlor on Frankfort Ave. which is one of Preservation Louisville's 2012 Top Ten Preservation Successes.

The Stoddard Johnston Scholar House project combines many of the core values of the Marian Development Group, revitalizing and renovating the former Stoddard Johnston Elementary School built in the beaux-arts style in 1915 to provide affordable Section 8 housing and support services for single parents (and their children) who are pursuing a college degree.

As with many Marian Development projects, the Stoddard Johnston Scholar House incorporated sustainable and energy-efficient construction methods and materials wherever possible, with an emphasis on integrating existing revitalized structures and new construction to create a welcome addition to the St. Joseph neighborhood in which it is situated. This project was approved for a Historic Preservation Tax Credit.

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MARIAN DEVELOPMENT RECEIVES AWARD OF EXCELLENCE

On May 24, 2012, The Ohio Capital Corporation for Housing (OCCH), a nonprofit financial intermediary based in Columbus, hosted 650 affordable housing partners at its annual Partner Luncheon. The Partner Luncheon recognizes the many investors, developers, lenders, management companies, nonprofit organizations, for-profit organizations, and government entities that partner with OCCH in the development of affordable housing in Ohio. During the luncheon, OCCH presented nine awards of excellence to honor outstanding partners and Marian Development was recognized for the Downtown Scholar House.

Downtown Scholar House is a combination of the rehabilitation of an old motel coupled with the new construction of two new multifamily buildings. The development includes 54 two- and three- bedroom apartments. The project is an example of the great team work between the nonprofit service provider Family Scholar House, a for-profit developer Jake Brown of Marian Development, and Spalding University, whose campus is a block from the site.

Downtown Scholar House's mission is what makes the project truly unique: to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree. Scholar House provides a full continuum of educational and supportive programs that address the barriers that single-parent college students and their children face in breaking that cycle of poverty. The core programs include financial management, academic advising, case management, peer support, and family nutrition and wellness.

The entire development team is extremely proud that in only 17 short months since the opening of Downtown Scholar House, six single parents have finished their educational programs and earned college degrees! In addition, one of the children at the property is graduating from high school this month and will start college in August.

Cathe Dykstra of Family Scholar House accepted the award and acknowledged the many partners that made the project successful.


MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP BEGINS WORK ON FOURTH SCHOLAR HOUSE PROJECT.

LOUISVILLE, KY -- On the heels of the completion of the Stoddard Johnston Scholar House, Marian Development Group has begun work on the next project under the Family Scholar House program, Parkland Scholar House.

The fourth Louisville campus for Family Scholar House, Parkland Scholar House will involve renovation of the historic (1891) Parkland Public School building located at 1309 Catalpa Street in Louisville. When completed, the renovated structure will feature 18 two-bedroom apartments, plus 2,800 square feet of community space that will house an academic service center, a computer/media lab and multipurpose/classroom space.

A new, adjacent 33,100 sq. ft. building will also be constructed on the site, providing an additional 24 two-bedroom apartments and 6 three-bedroom units. The project will also include a commercial grade children's playground with a children's garden, plus picnic benches, commercial trash cans and commercial grills. Construction methods will utilize green building techniques and energy efficient technology as well as comply with applicable building codes and Kentucky Housing Corporation universal design requirements.

Located in a residential neighborhood, the site offers easy access to grocery stores, public and private schools, churches, restaurants, pharmacies, public transportation and freeway access. The mission of Family Scholar House, Inc. is "to end the cycle of poverty by giving single-parent students the support they need to earn a four-year college degree."


STODDARD JOHNSTON SCHOLAR HOUSE CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING



Colmon Elridge, Executive Assistant to Governor Steve Beshear addresses the audience at the grand opening of the Stoddard Johnston Scholar House. Seated on the speakers' platform, from left to right: Jacob L. Brown, Developer, Marian Development Group; Richard L. McQuady, CEO, Kentucky Housing Corporation; Charles Denny, Regional President, Kentucky and Indiana Banking, PNC Bank, Cathe O. Dystra, President and CEO, Family Scholar House; Kathryn Williams, Family Scholar House participant, University of Louisville student; Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville; and Congressman John Yarmuth.
On March 26, 2012, Stoddard Johnston Scholar House celebrated its grand opening. On hand to speak for the event were Jacob L. Brown, Developer, Marian Development Group; Richard L. McQuady, CEO, Kentucky Housing Corporation; Charles Denny, Regional President, Kentucky and Indiana Banking, PNC Bank, Cathe O. Dystra, President and CEO, Family Scholar House; Kathryn Williams, Family Scholar House participant, University of Louisville student; Dr. James Ramsey, President of the University of Louisville; Colmon Elridge, Executive Assistant to Governor Steve Beshear; and Congressman John Yarmuth.

The renovated elementary school, located at 2301 Bradley Avenue in Louisville, plus two newly-constructed buildings provide a total of 57 affordable apartments, plus a playground, ample parking and an onsite academic services center with space for academic advising, case management, a media lab, a sensory room, a community meeting space and even office space for use by community programs serving the neighborhood.

The site is the third Louisville campus for the Family Scholar House, and was selected for its proximity to the University of Louisville, bus transportation and community resources. The Family Scholar House aims to support the educational aspirations of single-parent families and to help foster college education to create valuable members of the community.


MARIAN DEVELOPMENT GROUP WINS 2 CORNERSTONE AWARDS
Two affordable housing projects developed by Marian Development Group were among nineteen honored on Thursday, February 16, 2012 as part of the 2011 Cornerstone Awards presented by the Louisville Downtown Management District.

The annual awards recognize community projects completed in the center city in the previous year that cost at least $1 million to build, and which promote beautification, security and economic development in the central business district.

Marian Development Group was recognized for the $6.26 million Downtown Scholar House, 110 West Breckinridge Street and 900 and 920 South First Street, which includes 54 apartments, offices, a library and a playground, and for the $3.63 million Spalding Dormitory Suites, 901 South Second Street.


SPALDING BREAKS GROUND FOR NEW STUDENT HOUSING
Spalding University, which Mayor Greg Fischer said is "growing by leaps and bounds," broke ground Friday on a project to provide sorely needed student housing. Marian Development Group will build The Spalding Suites just southeast of Second and Breckinridge streets. The project will cost nearly $5 million and have 144 beds to be rented to Spalding students...

...Marian Development is owned by Jake Brown, and his wife, Cynthia. The site where Spalding Suites is being built encompasses about a half-acre. The property, including the residence hall, is owned by a group called Second and Breck LLC, in which the Brownsare the sole partners.

Marian is also developing the Downtown Scholar House, which is also under construction near Second and Breckinridge streets.

Spalding officials said they believe the new residence hall will be full this fall. Initially, the administration had believed that Morrison Hall would be a candidate for demolition when the new suites were available. But with enrollment continuing to rise, Morrison Hall will remain indefinitely and is targeted for upgrades, officials said. Click to read the full article.

2010 CHARLES L. EDSON TAX CREDIT EXCELLENCE AWARD WINNER: LOUISVILLE SCHOLAR HOUSE
In Louisville, Kentucky, neighbors are passionate about their communities. They often require developers to prove how their proposed development will either breathe life back into a once-booming location or will complement already reformed neighborhoods, upholding hard-won mended reputations. Developer Family Scholar House, Inc., embraced this challenge resulting in a completely leased building prior to the Grand Opening and a waiting list of more than 600 families. Click to read the full article.


PROPERTY ACQUIRED FOR DOWNTOWN LOUISVILLE APARTMENTS FOR SINGLE PARENTS
Family Scholar House Inc. has moved one step closer to its plan to build 54 downtown apartments to accommodate low-income single parents pursuing their college education. Last month, the Louisville-based nonprofit organization acquired the former Jim Cooke Buick dealership site at First and Breckinridge streets for the project, according to Cathe Dykstra, Family Scholar House president and CEO.

The group also is close to a deal to either buy or lease an adjoining building, the former Villager Lodge motel, which once was part of the old San Antonio Inn property, she said. Plans call for renovating the former Villager Lodge and converting it into 21 apartments. Click to read the full article.