Fort Sheridan Place wins awards for excellence

During tough economic times, beautification is found along the Northshore in unexpected places.

It can be as simple as Highland Park’s unique artistically painted butterfly sculptures hidden in trees (The Art Center) or as dramatic as Highwood’s newest three-building luxury apartment redevelopment (Fort Sheridan Place). Both the butterfly sculptures and this new rental property are examples of unexpected and exceptional improvements from which the whole community can benefit.

In fact, Fort Sheridan Place is now recognized beyond the Northshore by the influential Chicago Apartment Association (CAA), with multiple industry CAMME awards. Presented recently at its 19th annual dinner, the Morningside Group was named in all nominated categories: Property Excellence, Interior Unit Renovation and the Exterior Renovation Awards.

“With Fort Sheridan Place, the process of getting to this point of recognition, has not been easy so these awards really mean a great deal to the Morningside Group. We are honored. Our management leaders — Melissa Pittman, Ron Wetzel and Eric Slavik — did and exceptional job,” said David Strosberg, president of Morningside Group.

Strosberg’s personal journey with this redevelopment began in 2009 when he quietly identified this “lost” property and, within a 3-year period, completely restored the 252-unit multi-family property now known as Fort Sheridan Place Luxury Rentals

Despite complications, Fort Sheridan Place has succeeded and taken flight with 90 percent plus occupancy. Attractions include brand new exteriors and interiors, three new fitness centers and convenient new storage and bike rooms. It also is now aligned with the many changes that have been going on in Highwood for the past past years.

Aside from the bright 3-story atrium at each building entrance, new amenities inside every home feature cherry cabinets, granite countertops and all new appliances. These touches make this luxury rental a showplace for the Northshore.

“Being a resident of Highland Park, I know firsthand how terrific this location is. It’s hard to not appreciate the beauty of being just blocks from Lake Michigan or the great dining for which Highwood is known. We are thrilled to have added such a needed property to this ‘gem’ of a location, Strosberg said.

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