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Chicago Developer Expands Portfolio to San Diego Removal of historic designation sets stage for mixed-use residential project in the heart of downtown’s East Village. Chicago, IL (May 27, 2009)—A successful effort to remove an inaccurate historic designation from a former truck repair shop has opened the door for Chicago-based developer Mitch Gerson to expand his award-winning real estate portfolio to San Diego. A May 12, 2009 ruling by the San Diego Council paves the way for Gerson Development to pursue development of a mixed-use residential project in the heart of San Diego’s downtown East Village. Only three blocks from PETCO Park, the home of the San Diego Padres, San Diego Trolley and nationally renowned Gaslamp Quarter, Gerson’s project is positioned to become a major contributor to the continued East Village renaissance. Downtown San Diego has seen more than $1 billion in new development since the opening of PETCO Park in 2004. “I look forward to building a project that will accommodate my San Diego office and make the downtown community proud,” said Gerson. With over 20 years of experience developing successful projects in the Chicago area, including the Damen Pierce mixed-use project in the Bucktown/Wicker ark area, the project is […]

GoGlobal Office Suites

Located in Downtown Northbrook just steps from the Metro Station, GoGlobal Office Suites offers high-end office amenities in a prime location. The award winning development features a furnished lobby with a receptionist, beautiful conference areas, a luxury executive club room, high-tech and secure phone system, both indoor and outdoor parking, and more! Each floor is beautifully decorated with a rock n’ roll and architectural theme. With power back-up, copy rooms, kitchenettes, LCD flat panel televisions, and two delicious restaurants on the premises, GoGlobal Office Suites provides an ideal professional environment for all business types.

2009 Chairman Award

2009 Chairman Award National Commercial Builders Council Award of Excellence For recognition in the commercial category

City By Design

From the book City by Design: Chicago by Panache Partners On many main streets across America, maintaining character while promoting vitality is a delicate balance. The village of Northbrook, Illinois, is no exception, where residents and village officials alike have a renewed interest in strengthening activity in their central business district to complement the village’s outlying office, shopping and dining districts. When the idea to redevelop a high-profile site in the village center came about, one very distinct element had to be carefully considered: How can a structure be the first of its kind and not be remarkably out of place? The developer of 1363 Shermer approached Myefski Cook Architects with a rare opportunity to create something unique for Northbrook, under the watchful eyes of this proud village. The triangular site for this office building is directly adjacent to train tracks, a 25-minute ride from Chicago’s own bustling downtown. This location next to a commuter rail station suited the building’s proposed use perfectly: provide both a professional working environment close to home and a meeting space for those traveling to and from work in Chicago. After working with village officials, the commuter rail company and local utilities for two years, […]

Totally Wired

A Rock `N’ Roll House With A Programmed Mind Of Its Own August 06, 1995 | By Kathy Kaplan, a free-lance writer. (Click here for original article from the Chicago Tribune.) Mitchell Gerson has his own version of the great escape. It’s a 4,400-square-foot house that virtually runs itself. After a long day in the high-pressure world of real estate development, Gerson finds comfort in his home, which is equipped with state-of-the-art custom home automation. Freed from many of the rituals of household management, Gerson has plenty of time to devote to music and literature, his true passions. A guitarist, he calls his high-tech, award-winning abode his “rock ‘n’ roll” house: “It’s all about music-alive and full of energy,” much like the punk and rock music he favors. “What I wanted to create was an open, unrestrained atmosphere,” Gerson says, referring to his home’s unusual doorless, unenclosed layout-his own design. With only one interior door, a “port-a-john” door on the downstairs bathroom, and just two rooms on each of the three floors, the free-flowing interior is meant to be experienced. And what an experience. To fully enjoy the home without feeling overpowered, Gerson installed a customized home management system and multimedia room designed and engineered […]

Home Automation

Fingertip Control. Managed by an intricate computer system, this high-tech Chicago house proves that complex electronic customization can be user-friendly. Real estate developer Mitchell Gerson says he wanted to build himself “a refuge” from his high-pressure business world. He created his highly customized environment loaded with electronic circuitry on a typical city lot in Chicago, measuring only 25 feet by 125 feet. His 4400-square-foot house is automatically managed by an integrated home management system 95% of the time. Gerson designed his house and also served as construction manager. The home and garage occupy the entire length of the lot. Two private, walled courtyards and a large deck above the garage provide extra natural light and outdoor living space. “I wanted to show that you do not need a double or triple lot to build a luxury city home that has a feeling of space,” Gerson says. “You do not have to build a dark, vertical tower.” While the home’s unique interior might not appeal to every taste, the automated home management system, TronArch, promises to attract many who want easy-to-use, fully integrated electronic management and can afford the expense. Gerson’s customized TronArch system, including all the computerized subsystems, cost $150,000. […]