Development

01
Oct

Conifer has strong presence at NYSAFAH’s Annual Upstate Conference

On September 25, Lisa Kaseman (NY Regional Vice President) participated in the “Tax & Zoning Policies Around New York” panel at the 2019 Upstate NYSAFAH Conference.  Lisa, along with the other panelists, were asked to share their knowledge on zoning, PILOTs, 581-a and IDA exemptions. Panelists included Timothy Henzy (Smith & Henzy Advisory Group), Erika […]

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30
Sep

PEDAL POWER

The Rochester Development Team enjoyed a rare sunny team excursion last week pedaling their way along the Genesee River from the Port of Rochester, up river towards Turning Point Park. While work was discussed, it was minimal. Most of the time was spent enjoying the beautiful weather and snacking on all the delicious treats provided […]

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13
Sep

2019 NY RURAL HOUSING COALITION CONFERENCE

This week Paul Marfione (Project Director, NY) presented at the Affordable Housing and Community Development Conference hosted by the NY Rural Housing Coalition. The NY Rural Housing Coalition was founded 40 years ago and represents a large network of rural housing professionals. Paul was asked to participate on the “Making Multifamily Housing Work” panel along […]

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23
Aug

CONIFER HITS THE GROUND RUNNING

The Veterans Outreach Center (VOC) held its annual “Pound the Ground” race on Wednesday, August 14th, at Mendon Ponds Park.  Conifer is thrilled it had a team of enthusiastic participants again this year. Our very own Lisa Kaseman sacrificed running the 5k this year, but for a good cause; chauffeuring her two daughters.  Lisa braved […]

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20
Aug

COPIAGUE RECEIVES 2019 ACEC ENGINEERING EXCELLENCE AWARD!!

The American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC) New York Engineering Excellence Awards have been awarded annually, for over 50 years; with more than 60 firms competing each year. Each entry is judged on its meaningful contributions in advancing the engineering profession and its impact to a community and quality of life. Recently, […]

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01
Jul

CONIFER’S DEDICATION TO HOUSING VETERANS AND THEIR FAMILIES

The Veteran’s Outreach Center (VOC) has been a significant figure in the Rochester community since 1973; offering a comprehensive portfolio of supportive services for veterans and their families at no cost.  Every veteran who has fought for America should have safe and affordable housing in America, and, too often they do not. With the high […]

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01
Jul

NY DEVELOPMENT TEAM CLOSES THIRD SCATTERED SITE RURAL DEVELOPMENT TRANSACTION

In late 2008, an affiliate of Conifer Realty, LLC acquired the general partner interests of several RD properties throughout Upstate New York.  The properties, upon acquisition by Conifer, needed both substantial capital improvements and significant operating capital. These properties are located in rural communities where much of existing housing stock is in poor condition.  These […]

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18
Jun

Flag Day

This past Friday (June 14th) many Americans celebrated flag day by displaying decorations of red, white and blue.  This year, members from Conifer volunteered to hand out flags on behalf of the Veterans Outreach Center (VOC). Each year, the VOC holds its flag day campaign where numerous volunteers set up shop in various locations throughout […]

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25
Jul

Lisa Kaseman Receives Louis H. Swartz Memorial Award

A special congratulations to our very own Lisa Kaseman who was recently awarded the Louis H. Swartz Memorial Award (JD/MSW). The award is given to an outstanding graduate who has earned a JD and MSW from the University at Buffalo. To qualify for this award, “the recipient must embrace this interdisciplinary study (Juris Doctor/Master of […]

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15
Dec

2017 Homes within Reach Conference

This past week Charles Lewis, Kyle Speece and Christopher Pugliese attended the 13th annual Homes within Reach Conference.  This conference continues to provide an opportunity for Conifer’s team to connect with other industry professionals to share ideas and network. This year Charlie served as a moderator for the “Beyond ADA: What is Really Needed to […]

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31
Oct

Development Team Welcomes Kyle Speece

Please join us in welcoming Kyle Speece to Conifer. Kyle has joined the Conifer Development team as a Vice President of Development. He will be responsible for project implementation in Maryland, reporting to Sam Leone, and business development and project implementation in Pennsylvania, reporting to Cheryl Stulpin. Kyle is a seasoned developer and comes to us with […]

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13
Oct

2017 Governor’s Excellence In Housing And Economic Development Award Winners

Four Projects Recognized at the 2017 Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development TRENTON – Four innovative real estate development projects were honored with Governor’s Excellence in Housing and Economic Development Awards at the 2017 Annual Governor’s Conference on Housing and Economic Development. ‘Development of housing for individuals with special needs has been a priority for […]

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14
Sep

$22M Complex Will Have Apartments, Service Center for Veterans

NJ.comJoe Brandt, Staff Writer “CLAYTON – Bernadette Blackstock is thrilled that after seven years, she is finally starting to see a plan to house local veterans come to fruition. Ground was broken Tuesday on Camp Salute, which will be a 76-bedroom apartment complex on Delsea Drive behind the Clayton Mews apartments. The buildings will feature 19 apartments set […]

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12
Sep

Groundbreaking Held in Clayton, NJ for Brand New Affordable Apartments

Clayton, NJ (September 12, 2017) – People for People Foundation in partnership with Conifer Realty, joined by Senator Stephen M. Sweeney, the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (NJHMFA), Mayor Tom Bianco and Gloucester County Board of Freeholders, hosted a groundbreaking event this morning for 76 mixed-income apartments, with a veteran preference, being constructed in […]

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07
Sep

CLC & Conifer, a valued partnership

“I witnessed something really great this past Labor Day weekend that I think is well worth sharing with all of you. It exemplifies the dedication, commitment and work ethic of our CLC team.   Last week, as news was distributed that we fully leased up Sinclair, my team was still working with CLC on getting […]

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23
May

Welcome: Scott Dueker

The Conifer Development Team recently welcomed Scott Dueker as the newest team member. Scott joins us as a Development Design Director located in the Rochester office reporting to Lisa Kaseman. Earning a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and Design from the University of Buffalo, with a minor in facilities management and planning, he has over 20 […]

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10
Jan

Growth of the Rochester Development Team

This past fall, the Rochester Development Team welcomed two new employees; Sue Anselm and Ellen Woodcock. Sue started with Conifer in February 2016 as a financial analyst; bringing years of industry experience working with Paine Webber, Bank of America and MassMutual’s Babson Capital Management. She initially had her first taste of Development as an Administrative […]

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05
Jan

Blue Heron secures $10 million construction loan

“Conifer Realty has secured a $10 million construction loan from TD Bank for a 140-unit apartment project in Ballston, New York. The Rochester apartment management company plans to start construction of its Blue Heron Trail development on Route 67 during the first or second quarter of this year, said Gerry Magoolaghan, a real estate agent with […]

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21
Oct

Continuing the Cohesive Integration of Conifer and Conifer-LeChase Construction

An objective of Conifer’s 2016 strategic plan is to continue the cohesive integration of Conifer and Conifer-LeChase Construction.  In an effort toward this objective, Rochester’s Development Team and the Conifer-LeChase Construction Team met at Finn Park in Webster, NY on October 19th spending a day together connecting, collaborating and communicating.   The teams spent the […]

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30
Sep

Bridging the Gap

Charlie Lewis, Senior VP of Development participated in a program in Livingston, New Jersey on September 30th. The program: Bridging the Gap – an Introduction to Residential Real Estate for Municipalities was sponsored by the New Jersey Association of Planning and Zoning Administrators and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey. Below is […]

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26
Sep

Conifer "Pounds the Ground" for Veteran’s Outreach Center

Providing comprehensive resources to current and former members of the U.S. Armed Forces and their families through direct service, community collaboration, and advocacy, the vision of the Veteran’s Outreach Center is to be the Nation’s best provider of community-centered supportive services for veteran families. Conifer’s Development team is currently working with the Veteran’s Outreach Center […]

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20
Sep

Duffy School Wins Housing Revitalization Award

The Duffy School, a brand new senior apartment community in Florence, NJ was awarded the Housing Revitalization Award at the New Jersey Governor’s Housing Conference. Congratulations to the New Jersey team!

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20
Sep

The Meadows, Atlantic City – Recognized at NJ Governor’s Housing Conference

This year marks the 20th year of the Governors Housing Conference on Housing and Economic Development in New Jersey. The Conference was this week, September 19 & 20 in Atlantic City, NJ. The Conference is revolved around discussions related to housing, economic development and business professionals, government officials, lenders, developers, non-profits and consultants. This year, The […]

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23
Jun

2016 HANDS Annual Meeting & Housing Expo | Arlington, VA

On Tuesday, June 21, 2016, our Maryland regional office attended the 2016 HANDS Annual Meeting & Housing Expo in Arlington, VA. HAND’s Annual Meeting & Housing Expo is recognized as the industry’s networking event of the year, and host over 1,200 professionals working in various aspects of the affordable housing and community development sector in […]

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23
Jun

Copiague Commons Awarded for Smart Growth

On June 10th, Copiague Commons was recognized with the “Housing Choices” honor during Vision Long Island’s 15th annual Smart Growth Awards. Vision identifies organizations that display leadership in advancing projects, regulations, and initiatives. The significant shortage of affordable housing on Long Island has contributed to young professionals leaving the area, resulting in an island-wide “brain […]

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07
Jun

5 Ways to Overcome NIMBYism

Affordable Housing FinanceChristine Serlin, Staff Writer Industry experts share strategies for working with neighbors, local officials. 1. Educate the Community The key to overcoming NIMBY (Not in My Back Yard) opposition is to educate people as to what affordable housing really is and what it is not, says Charles Lewis, senior vice president for Conifer […]

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20
May

Sam Leone, a Voice for Affordable Housing

Sam Leone, Regional Vice President of Development spoke today at the Commerce and Industry Association of New Jersey’s (CIANJ) Conference. CIANJ’S mission is to be the leader in free enterprise advocacy for the purpose of fostering, through education, legislative vigilance and membership interaction, an economic climate that enhances business potential and makes New Jersey a […]

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04
May

Peconic Crossing – Granted Tax Incentives

Tim Gannon, Staff WriterRiverhead News-Review “Representatives of Peconic Crossing — another proposed “workforce housing” apartment complex in downtown Riverhead — made an informal presentation at Monday’s IDA meeting. In March, the project received site plan approval from the Riverhead Planning Board for a 45-unit affordable apartment complex, three less than originally proposed, at the site of the Long […]

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28
Apr

Readers’ Choice Award

Once again, Conifer Realty has been chosen to receive the SNJ Business People’s Readers’ Chocie Award for Commercial Real Estate, Building, Development and Construction. Congratulations to our team for receiving numerous votes to be recognized based on Community Involvement, Branding and Visibility in the region! 

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26
Apr

Conifer to receive ENERGY STAR Award

Conifer has earned an ENERGY STAR Multifamily High Rise Market Leader Award. The award recognizes our organization’s work in promoting energy efficient construction and helping residents experience the peace of mind, quality, comfort and value that come with living in an ENERGY STAR certified multifamily apartment.

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21
Apr

Chris Pugliese Teaches Housing Authority Course

Chris Pugliese, Project Coordinator in New Jersey instructed a course this weekend for Rutgers University Housing Authority and Redevelopment Agency Training Program. The program is required to be completed in New Jersey by the Housing Authority Executive Directors and Commissioners. Chris was hired to be the instructor for Public Relations and Communications. The course is […]

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31
Mar

Employee on the Move

Lisa Kaseman, previously Development Director, has been promoted to Vice President of Development. Lisa Kaseman joined Conifer in 2006 to coordinate development projects in New York. Since then, she was promoted to Project Director in 2010 and now serves as the Vice President of Development. Ms. Kaseman is now responsible for leading development projects through […]

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08
Mar

Peconic Crossing has received Final Site Plan Approval

We are pleased to share that Peconic Crossing in Riverhead, Long Island received Final Site Plan Approval. This is a brand new 45 unit artist preference apartment community located in the heart of Downtown Riverhead, home to East End Arts. The process took about 13 months, involved at least a dozen Planning Board and subcommittee […]

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01
Mar

Jessica Zuniga, a voice for Affordable Housing in Maryland

Jessica Zuniga, Vice President of Development has been a consistent voice for affordable housing in Maryland. She has developed numerous communities for Conifer and continues to build lasting relationships in her region. Recently, Jessica spoke at the Maryland Affordable Housing Coalition (MAHC) Housing Day. Jessica is a Board Member of MAHC as well as the […]

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26
Feb

Cayuga Meadows, affordable housing for seniors in Ithaca, NY has been approved!

“A long-delayed plan for affordable senior apartments has been funded through a state grant and is poised to begin construction later this year. The Ithaca town board convened Monday night to discuss property easements required from Rochester-based Conifer Realty LLC as one of the stipulations of receiving a building permit for construction. The 3-story, 68-unit […]

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15
Feb

Janine Owens Forty under 40

New Jersey Biz presents an annual Forty under 40 award celebrating 40 of New Jersey’s most accomplished young businessmen and women who have been making headlines in their field and who share commitment to business growth, professional excellence and the community – the next generation of unstoppable leaders. Janine Owens, Project Coordinator in New Jersey, […]

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20
Jan

Maryland 2015 / 2016

It is with great excitement that I recap the Maryland office’s 2015 and share news for 2016.  We had a whirlwind of a second half of 2015, which is mostly why you are only hearing about it now. Although a little late in the year for everyone’s comfort and holiday enjoyment, we did successfully close […]

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06
Jan

Conifer-LeChase Construction

DID YOU KNOW? Conifer-LeChase Construction (CLC) has been building apartment communities for a decade – throughout its tenure, CLC has completed the following: 70 apartment communities 5,710 apartment units 5,842,959 square feet $612M in revenue 2,616 rennovation units 2,819 new construction units 275 gut rehab/new units      Conifer-LeChase Construction   205 Indigo Creek Drive   Rochester, […]

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17
Dec

Pennypack Crossing

Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh awards Pennypack Crossing with $500,000 We are pleased to announce that Pennypack Crossing has been awarded a $500,000 grant by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh. Conifer has partnered with the Inglis Housing Corporation in its efforts to develop this community, which will convert a former convent located […]

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10
Dec

Pennsylvania Developers’ Council

Recently, Cheryl Stulpin, Senior Vice President, was re-elected as Vice Chair for the Pennsylvania Developers’ Council (PDC). The PA Developers’ Council is made up of the people at the heart of the most successful affordable rental housing production program in our country’s history, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC), formed in 2014 and Cheryl has […]

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23
Nov

Progress Report: Big Tree Glen

Big Tree Glen is currently under construction and will offer 56 one, two and three bedroom units in Batavia, NY. Situated on 6 acres, the apartments will feature patios/balconies, ENERGY STAR rated appliances and fixtures, an on-site laundry center, computer lab and fitness center. Located in the lush town of Batavia, Big Tree Glen will […]

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04
Nov

New Jersey Tax Credits

“I am please to announce that we received tax credits for two projects in New Jersey: an 80-unit family development in Woolich and a 76-unit development in Clayton,” said Charlie Lewis, Senior Vice President of Development. “These awards cap off a pretty good year for the Mount Laurel office. Earlier this year, we received funding […]

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29
Oct

Ground Breaking at Cobblestone Place at Webster

Yesterday, October 28, New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), Conifer Realty, LLC and Volunteers of America Upstate New York (VOAUPNY), joined by County Executive Maggie Brooks and Webster Town Supervisor, Ronald W. Nesbitt, gathered to celebrate the official groundbreaking for Cobblestone Place at Webster, a $12 million senior housing development.  Cobblestone Place at Webster […]

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23
Oct

PHFA Pre-Application Information Conference

Yesterday, 10/22, Cheryl Stulpin, Senior Vice President; Paul Marfione, Project Coordinator; and Alex Schillaci, Project Coordinator traveled to Harrisburg, Pennsylvania where they attended the PHFA Pre-Application Information Conference.  The purpose of this conference was to learn about upcoming changes for 2016 Qualified Allocation Plan. Conifer intends to submit a number of projects in the 2016 […]

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08
Oct

Conifer-LeChase Construction Snags #1 Spot on RBJ List

Congratulations to our partner Conifer-LeChase Construction (CLC) for landing the #1 spot on the Rochester Business Journals list for Individual Home Builders in Monroe County! They beat our competitors Mark IV Enterprises, Antonelli Construction and Danrich Homes. Conifer and Conifer-LeChase Construction have been partners for the last 10 years and the partnership has proven to […]

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23
Sep

Conifer Realty Develops ENERGY STAR Certified Homes for Hurricane-Displaced Seniors

National Housing & Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA) “Conifer Realty’s new affordable apartment community in Egg Harbor City, NJ, is providing homes to seniors displaced by Hurricane Sandy and has earned an ENERGY STAR certification. Rittenberg Manor provides 100 homes to seniors over the age of 62, and set aside five of those units for homeless individuals. Construction on the property finished […]

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16
Sep

The Duffy School & Rittenberg Manor are Officially Open!

This week alone, the New Jersey Property Management & Development teams worked together to pull off two Ribbon Cutting Events just 4 days apart! The New Jersey team has mastered rent ups and have taken on 10 this year. THE DUFFY SCHOOL  Yesterday, September 16, Conifer, Moorestown Ecumenical Neighborhood  Development, Inc. (MEND), Florence Township Officials […]

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14
Aug

Pennsylvania Application News

This week Development submitted 4 applications for funding to Federal Home Loan Bank of Pittsburgh for the following projects: Pennypack Crossing, Philadelphia, PA Golden Age Living Accommodations, Philadelphia, PA River Valley Place, Mansfield, PA Arlington Manor, Greensville, PA and Brandy Springs, Mercer, PA We also submitted an application to Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency for PHARE […]

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