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Kerr Real Estate LLC

P.O. Box 574

Douglas, Michigan 49406

United States

Company Description

Specializing in the revitalization of distressed properties, where most people see a troubled asset, we see an opportunity. ... more

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Background Information


Burnham-Kerr Columbia City LLC

International Council of Shopping Centers


BA with honors

University of Southern California

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Jeff Kerr, owner of Kerr Real Estate and brother of Scott Kerr, president of Fairfield Corp. that owns Sturgis Plaza, said Buffalo Wild Wings wanted the "end cap position" in the strip mall that's now occupied by Glik's.

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Jeff Kerr has been bringing it all together ~ matching people with projects for over three decades. The Kerr Real Estate team represents an alliance of independent industry professionals who devote their 100+ years of combined experience to serving the interests of all Kerr Real Estate stakeholders. Their efforts, combined with those of a nation-wide network of strategic partners produce value at the highest level for every Kerr Real Estate client. Jeffrey A. Kerr - President

As President of Kerr Real Estate, Jeffrey Kerr is an independent developer and consultant with more than 30 years of unparalleled experience as a leader in the retail development industry.
Mr. Kerr began his career with a family-owned real estate company, Fairview Corp., where he quickly learned the fundamentals of shopping center development. He later founded Horizon Group which he built into North America's largest developer and owner of outlet malls, successfully completing 37 centers in 20 states and eventually becoming a billion-dollar REIT (real estate investment trust).
Clients of all sizes currently benefit from Kerr Real Estate's comprehensive consulting services delivered by Mr. Kerr and his team of independent experts who bring together over a century of combined experience to every project. Individual associate profiles may be viewed on this page.
Mr. Kerr earned his BA with honors from University of Southern California, is a former Trustee for the International Council of Shopping Centers and recipient of the Developer of the Year Award.

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"It took us a little longer to get the closing to acquire the property," said Jeff Kerr of Kerr Real Estate, the company that bought the property from Kroger.

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SPORTING NEW BUSINESS: Kerr develops former Scott's building for Dunham's Sports

Pictured below, from left: Columbia City Mayor Ryan Daniel, Whitley County EDC president Alan Tio and Jeff Kerr, president of Kerr Real Estate.Post & Mail photo / Nicole Ott
Kerr touted the support of the EDC and Columbia City.
"We are delighted to potentially have the opportunity to take a vacancy and hopefully warm it up and make it vibrant," Kerr said.
More than 19,000 square feet will be available for subdividing to other possible tenants.
"We are going to build for Dunham's almost 30,000 square feet in your community. We think from a merchandising point of view the category of retail goods is good, and we think they are going to help us fill the rest of the center," Kerr said.
It would be great if we could open late May or June," Kerr said. "Dunham's would really like it if we could perform, but there has to be several things that have to happen first."
Kerr Real Estate also announced plans for a possible outlot in the southwest corner of the parking lot.
"There is a mass of parking in the corner," said Kerr. "A building could be built in the parking lot, closer to U.S. 30, whether it is a restaurant, a bank or whatever, it would be a free-standing building or buildings that could be constructed without jeopardizing parking requirements."
Although there is room for other businesses, Kerr said there were no specific companies eyeing the spots.
"We are talking to everyone, but we are so early in the process it's too early to develop serious interest," said Kerr. "The good news is we think we have access and the ability to talk to people, but we don't have anybody interested yet."
Restaurants and fashion retailers are two types of companies Kerr hopes to attract. However, other kinds of companies interested in the space would be welcome.
"One advantage to the property is specific for retail," said Kerr.
"We will be aggressively entertaining quotes from your local contracting trades," Kerr said.
They won't get involved in the pre-development phase; they prefer to wait until space is ready," said Kerr.

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(Talk of the Town photos by Jennifer Zartman Romano) Jeff Kerr of Kerr Real Estate LLC, was in Columbia City Tuesday evening to share plans for the long-vacant Scott's grocery store building and to come before the Columbia City Common Council to request a 10-year tax abatement on the estimated $4.5 million project which would bring up to 60 jobs to the community.

Below, Kerr, at left, talks with South Whitley businessman Joe Kessie.
Jeff Kerr, a representative of Burnham-Kerr Columbia City LLC, a subsidiary of Michigan-based Kerr Real Estate LLC spoke for several minutes, with people hanging on every word waiting for an indication of what, specifically, that project was and at last shared the news many had been waiting since summer to hear officially: a multi-use plan for the retail space anchored by Dunham's Sports.
"Today, redevelopment in a community is more important than it ever has been," Kerr added. "In our view (the Scott's building) is an important visual front door," Kerr said. He praised local officals, saying, "Having worked in so many communities, (local officials) are as good as it gets."
They should be a terrific member of the community," Kerr continued, adding that the anchor store will likely make filling the remaining available space easier. He said he's working hard to attract other restaurants, adding, "...and we think there are some voids in the fashion area. He said his company has a track record of taking vacant retail space and converting it into useable, non-traditional uses involving offices and education. "There are non-traditional uses worth considering." Kerr said the location is particularly attractive because of visibility to the highly-traveled US 30, parking design, presence of a stop light nearby and location that's adjacent to retail and industrial areas. "Those particular real estate dynamics are helpful," he said. Kerr Real Estate is expected to close on the sale of the space in March and begin construction projects on the site, including new HVAC, a roof and facade update. "The tenant would like to be open as soon as possible," Kerr later told the Columbia City Council, citing May as a potential opening time if "things go really well. The space, he said, could be fully occupied by 2014. Kerr said representatives with Dunham's Sports are very enamored with the local community and excited to not only open their business here, but to get involved in the community as well.
After hearing more about the proposed project, including the $1.5 million in building improvements which, according to Kerr, did not include the aquisition price for the property, the council unanimously approved extending a 10-year tax abatement on the property.

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