Dee Headley, Director, Cushman & Wakefield, and Robert “Bob” Kort, Owner, Kort Builders, Inc., initially met through Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International. After some time, they both became IndyCREW members.
While in attendance at an IndyCREW event, Headley asked Kort if he would be interested in bidding on a distressed asset project involving conversion of a vacant grocery store into an indoor kids’ adventure and trampoline park. Following additional quotes from other IndyCREW members and local contractors, Kort Builders was awarded the landlord work. Additionally, the tenant asked Kort Builders to complete the tenant build-out effort. The construction value for both landlord and tenant requirements totaled $2 million.
“It was nice that the tenant was receptive to using the same contractor for both the tenant and landlord improvement work,” Headley said.
The project ran into one obstacle, which involved code requirements.
“It was easy for Bob and me to navigate the hurdle and solve the concern, since we knew each other and had worked together,” Headley remarked. “I knew Bob was one of the best contractors around, and understood that his work, work ethic and his energy would be advantageous to both the landlord and new tenant.”
Headley was able to work behind the scenes to help solve the challenges faced, allowing both parties to complete their projects.
“I am a true believer in working together with other CREW members to provide the best service in the industry,” Headley said.
Additional CREW members involved in this project:
Casey Flannery is a Senior Associate with Cushman & Wakefield’s alliance office in Memphis, Tennessee. She specializes in office landlord representation presenting her knowledge of the market to create maximum value for her client’s assets. Flannery is an at-large CREW Network member and serves on the 2020 CREW Network Communications and Editorial Committee.
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