The U – Leasing Office opens in Tucson

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The U – Leasing Center is now open in Tucson, Arizona!








The U is located in the heart of the University of Arizona campus to provide  prospects with a leasing office within walking distance. The center will serve as an office and hangout to accommodate our residents and new customers alike. The U also includes an information center, an apartment model, a coffee bar, karaoke machine and an XBox Kinect. The Tucson staff is very excited to have a hub close to campus.

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Promotions and New Team Members at NorthPointe

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Congratulations to Nikki Manrique and Wesley Kuefer who were recently promoted at NorthPointe Student Apartments in Tucson, Arizona! Brandon Bleil also joins the team as the Business Manager.


Nikki takes a turn in the dunking booth during the Pavlov party this summer.
Nikki takes a turn in the dunking booth during the Pavlov party this summer.

Nikki was promoted to Property Manager from Business Manager, and brings to the team 9 years of student housing experience. She was born in Phoenix, AZ, and has been living in Tucson for the last 18 years. Manrique studied at the Hogan School of Real Estate and also has a degree in psychology from Pima Community College. In her free time she enjoys scrapbooking, horseback riding and traveling.





Wesley gets down with the residents during a recent party at NorthPointe.

Wesley (center) gets down with the residents during a recent party at NorthPointe.

Wesley was promoted to Leasing & Marketing Manager from Leasing Consultant. Originally from Phoenix, AZ, Kuefer moved to Tucson in 2009 to attend the University of Arizona. She graduated in December 2012 with a major in Public Administration and Management, emphasizing in Criminal Justice and minoring in psychology. She started working at NorthPointe in 2010 as a Community assistant until she was offered a full time position as a Leasing Consultant in 2012. When she takes a weekend she’ll either head north to Phoenix to see family and friends or take off on a plane to somewhere new and exciting. She recently took a trip to Austin and San Antonio and fell in love with Texas. In her free time she enjoys horseback riding, hiking, running, camping and fishing. Wesley is also a Denver Broncos fan and is thrilled that they are doing so well. Go Broncos!

Kuefer said “I have been at NorthPointe for a long time and I am excited to see all of the positive changes take place. We are in the process of re-branding our community and the motivation my staff is expressing is refreshing and exciting. We are looking forward to the new and improved NorthPointe Student Apartments!”



The Columbus Dispatch – Century-old Atlas Building bringing more upscale living downtown

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UnknownStory by Steve Wartenberg

Published: 9/29/13

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Joel Lilly, left, and Michael Schiff of Schiff Capital in the lobby of the Atlas Building, which they are renovating into apartments.

Joel Lilly, left, and Michael Schiff of Schiff Capital in the lobby of the Atlas Building, which they are renovating into apartments (Photo by Adam Cairns).







Standing in the ornate lobby of the Atlas Building, local developer Michael Schiff sounded like a proud parent as he discussed his plans for renovating the historic Downtown skyscraper at the northeastern corner of N. High and Long streets.

“Look at all this marble,” Schiff said, sweeping his hand to point out the floors, columns and staircase covered in the crystalline limestone material that has been a prized building material for centuries. “There’s not a lobby like this anywhere else in Columbus.”

And then he pointed to the ceiling, which is covered in brightly colored sunken panels called coffers.

Work will start soon on the $20 million renovation project to convert the 1905 office building into a 98-unit, upscale apartment building with retail space on either side of the lobby. Continue Reading →


Columbus Underground – Construction Begins on Aston Row Townhomes in Victorian Village

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Construction is scheduled to start this week on the newly-redesigned Aston Row townhomes, which now feature a more contemporary look. The for-sale product will complement a 59-unit apartment building currently under construction at the corner of Third and Dennison Avenues in Victorian Village.

The ten townhome units, which will be about 1,800 square feet, all feature two-car garages and rooftop terraces. Jason Snyder of Snyder Barker Investments said he expects the units to be delivered by May of next year, with prices starting at $425,000. A second row of townhomes that would face Starr Avenue is still in the planning stages.

“We have a conceptual design for the Starr Avenue phase but won’t finalize the design and start construction until we sell at least a few units of the Aston Row phase,” said Snyder, adding that they started with the units facing the alley “because it creates a bookend development for our apartment building with it’s location, scale and design. It will dramatically change the experience along the alley which will be a real positive for the residents of both developments and the neighborhood.”

Snyder expects demand to be strong for the townhomes.

“At the moment, there are virtually no new construction ‘for sale’ options for people in Victorian Village. We believe people will find the combination of features that Aston Row provides very attractive.”


As for the Aston Place Apartments, windows are currently being installed and plumbing and electric work is ongoing. The hope is to have the first units available in early February and the building completely finished in early March. Pre-leasing will start in the near future.

More information on the project is available at

Ongoing discussion about the Aston Place development can be found on our messageboard.

Aston Row renderings by Sullivan Bruck Architects. Aston Place construction photo by Walker Evans.



Aston Place Construction Underway

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Aston Place is a 59-unit apartment community with contemporary one and two bedroom luxury apartment homes.  The community features a modern design, expansive windows, 10 foot ceilings on the top level, a private parking garage and a spacious 5,300 square foot courtyard on the second level.  The courtyard makes for a Short North private patio lounge in your own back yard!  This unique space is designed to include a water sculpture, fire pit, shaded cabanas and a bocce ball court.  The building will also feature a state-of-the-art business center and a workout facility.

The apartment homes feature elegantly designed interiors that include granite countertops in the kitchen and baths, under mounted sinks, stainless steel appliances, side by side refrigerators, full height backsplash in the kitchen, kitchen islands and luxury plank flooring that runs throughout the entry, kitchen, living and dining areas.  Aston Place offers the style and quality that you have been searching for!

An affiliate of Snyder Barker, a real estate development and investment company, is proud to introduce Aston to the Columbus market and the Victorian Village community.  The principals of Snyder Barker, Jason Snyder and Brian Barker, first had the idea for the Aston project in early 2011.  They shared a common goal of improving the neighborhood with a residential development that features contemporary design, multiple phases, each with distinctive architectural qualities and living options.  It was the design intent of Snyder Barker and the architect, Sullivan Bruck, for Aston to be respectful of the traditions of Victorian Village yet represent the style and demands of modern day living.

Aston Place will be managed by Homestead America and are now Pre-leasing this fall for January 2014!

View the website HERE!

With the support of many great people, companies and organizations Aston is now a reality.  Snyder Barker would like to give special thanks to following groups for their contributions in making Aston possible.

Schiff Capital Group, investor

SBI Aston LLC, investor

Sullivan Bruck, architect

Elford Development, contractor

First Merit Bank, construction lender

Victorian Village Commission


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