Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Boston Area Holiday Travel Tips

Many of you will be curling up in front of the Christmas tree and fireplace this holiday season to comfortably enjoy time with friends and family. However hundreds of thousands within the greater Boston area will be traveling in the next week and rush hour traffic in the area, combined with the potential for dangerous weather, could present serious travel restrictions for those trying to reach their family. Below is a quick guide to stay-on-top of all types of travel coming in and out of the Boston area.

Roadways & Major Highways
The largest portion of travelers this coming holiday season will be visiting family and friends by taking to the roadways. As anyone who travels the Southeast Expressway on a daily basis could tell you, traffic on that stretch of roadway through Milton and Quincy into Boston usually has lengthy delays, whether going North or South. The best way to monitor the roads is through MassDOT's official website which features real-time traffic conditions as well as cameras to see congestion. Another great tool for live updates is the Google Maps live traffic feature, which is also available for download on your mobile phone

Train Services
Weather and the MBTA aren't exactly the greatest combination, as many commuters can tell you. During the holiday season however they usually add additional trains and subway cars to account for the added ridership. Be sure to visit the official website for the MBTA to see what holiday hours the "T" is running as well as commuter rail lines extending to the suburbs. Amtrak trains leaving South Station can take you to many destinations including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, and Washington DC. Many different weather systems can be traveling up and down the East Coast affecting train service. Be sure to check Amtrak's official website for weather alerts and scheduling updates

Flying
The Boston area is served by 3 major airports: Logan Airport in East Boston, Manchester Airport in New Hampshire, and T.G. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island. This serves as a tremendous benefit to those traveling  via airplane this season. While Logan is the most convenient to the Boston resident, it can be a bit of a hassle with long delays both in the security line and for taking off. Manchester Airport is great for those coming from the North Shore and Merrimack Valley. South Shore residents should definitely look into T.F. Green as it's just a straight shot down I-95 through Providence.

Safe travels to all!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

A Happy Thanksgiving To All!

If you're traveling today, like the millions around the country, you're sure to hit some form of traffic, whether on the roads, the railways or up in the sky. After this massive storm front passes, almost the entire country, from California to Maine, will have been impacted by this storm to some degree. Despite mother nature's best attempt to derail those traveling this week, Thanksgiving is set to be another fantastic holiday! 

Millions around the country will gather with friends and family to show their thanks for the great things we have in life. It's often taken for granted on a daily basis the freedoms and liberties we have. Thanksgiving serves as the perfect time to reflect on caring for one another and to appreciate what we are gifted with. All of us here at Corcoran would like to wish a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels to all! 

P.S. Will the Lions actually win their thanksgiving day game this year? 

Friday, November 22, 2013

Catching Up With Corcoran!

Two Corcoran Property Managers Earn Their CPM

Two of Corcoran’s Property Managers have just completed a major step in their Institute of Real Estate Management (IREM) education. Ed Sullivan, manager at Shrewsbury Commons, and Erin O’Connor of Weymouth Commons were each honored with their Certified Property Manager (CPM) designations. Earning a CPM designation requires managers to devote many additional hours to various courses on real estate ethics, resident relations, financial reporting and management planning. We would like to congratulate both Ed and Erin on their hard work and would like to wish them continued success with Corcoran Management Company!

28th Annual Caritas Communities Dinner


This past Wednesday, a number of Corcoran’s employees  attended the 28th annual benefit dinner for Caritas Communities, a non-profit dedicated to providing housing for the working poor. Former Channel 5 Meteorologist David Brown served as the host for the evening gala that featured the stories of hardship and survival from three former US Military servicemen who overcame homelessness with the help of Caritas staff. P. Leo Corcoran, one of the founders of John M. Corcoran & Companies, established Caritas Communities in 1985 at a time when the number of homeless individuals was at a record high. Throughout his life, Leo dedicated endless resources and time to assure that those in need of affordable housing would have a comfortable place to call home. This year Jack Connors Jr., a founding partner of Hill Holliday, received the P. Leo Corcoran Humanitarian Award in memory of the service and commitment that Leo displayed through his work with Caritas and other local charities.  

Monday, November 11, 2013

Giving Thanks on Veteran's Day!



Today is a day to pay our respects and show appreciation for the military servicemen and women who have proudly served this country and sacrificed to help preserve our freedoms. Roughly 1.1 million American citizens are enlisted in the US Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force or Coast Guard. Of those 1.1 million, many have fought overseas in battle. The brave souls who are willing to leave behind their friends, family and home lives and head overseas with their military brothers and sisters make the ultimate sacrifice for their country. Veteran’s Day is a special day in which we honor our brothers, sisters, fathers, mothers, sons, and daughters who have fought for our country. If you know someone who served in battle, give them thanks and let them know that they are true definition of “heroes”.


We send our thanks to all veterans and active duty military personal. Thank you for your commitment and sacrifice for this country! 

Friday, November 8, 2013

Congratulations to Janet Hines, 2013 NAHMA Professional of the Year Winner!

Recently, Janet Hines, Property Manager at Hanover Legion in Hanover, Massachusetts was honored as the recipient of the National Affordable Housing Professional of the Year for the New England region. The Professional of the Year award honors dedication to resident’s needs, commitment to a healthy resident lifestyle, fulfilling financial goals and honoring affordable housing policies and programs.

A dedicated employee of Corcoran since 1997, Janet has demonstrated true professionalism throughout her tenure at Corcoran. Whether working with her elderly residents, assisting a fellow employee with an unfamiliar task, or coordinating with local affordable housing officials, Janet always strives to go the extra mile. Janet began her career managing Kent Village, a busy and challenging family-based community in Scituate, Massachusetts. Throughout her career at Corcoran, Janet has continuously advanced her education and understanding of affordable multifamily practices, budgeting techniques, and how to promote a terrific quality of life for her residents.

Some of Janet’s finest work can be seen in the charitable donations and programs that she has run at her properties throughout her Corcoran career. Through various toy, book, clothing and school supply charity drives, Janet has shown an eager willingness to provide better education materials to her resident’s children. Janet has also put together campaigns to help stock food pantries throughout the South Shore. After the tragic events at the Boston Marathon this past April, Janet worked with her residents as well as Hanover Legion’s board of directors to put together a charity drive that raised over $1000 for the One Fund Boston.


All of us here at Corcoran are proud to know and work with Janet Hines. We feel she was a terrific recipient for the NAHMA Professional of the Year and will continue to display her terrific qualities! 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

World Series Safety Tips from Mayor Menino and the Boston Police!

There is no time of the year in Boston quite like an October in which the Red Sox are primed for yet another World Series title. After last night’s 8-1 dismantling of the St. Louis Cardinals, the Red Sox are just three wins away from bringing home their 8th World Series Championship in franchise history. 2004 and 2007 saw generations of Sox fans, both young and old, take to the streets to cherish what was once viewed as “the title that will never come”. While both celebrations were peaceful for the most part, Boston Police and surrounding law enforcement officials have had to break up unruly crowds and make arrests on various individuals. This year, Mayor Tom Menino, in partnership with MLB, The Red Sox and Boston Police has released a series of rules and regulations to help control crowds and residential parking.

  • If traveling to the game, take public transportation or a taxi from another destination in the city. All parking garages around the Fenway area will not be letting any cars leave past the seventh inning. The Kenmore Square Green Line station is just a stone's throw from the ballpark
  • If attending the game at a bar or restaurant, do not leave that establishment. Once you have walked out the door you will not be allowed back in. All bars and restaurants will be open throughout the game, however, they will not be letting anyone in once the games start.
  • Once the game has ended, don't gather in areas around the Fenway neighborhood. All attendees will be asked by BPD to proceed away from Fenway, either via Brookline Avenue or Boylston Street. 
  • Have a great time with friends and family, but make sure to do so responsibly!
GO SOX!

Friday, October 18, 2013

Experience the 2013 Head of the Charles Regatta!

Each October thousands of athletes from nations all across the globe make their way to the banks of the Charles River to partake in the world famous Head of the Charles Regatta. Since its inception in 1965, the Head of the Charles has been known as one of the world’s finest and most inviting rowing races for both competitors and spectators. The 2013 race takes place this Saturday and will finish up on Sunday. The HOCR course consists of a 3-mile row that will challenge the physical and mental strength of each athlete. Rowers will begin near the DeWolfe Boathouse located right before the BU Bridge spanning the Charles River. After passing five additional bridges within the next three miles the rowers will cross the finish line near the Cambridge Boat Club.


What makes the Head of the Charles such a special event? Every athlete, no matter what finishing position, will forever remember their row from Boston University past Harvard and down toward the Cambridge Boat Club. The thousands of spectators who cheer on their friends, family and alumni participating in the race enjoy the natural fall beauty along the historic banks of the Charles River. If you are around the Boston area and looking for something to do before the Red Sox game, you would be hard pressed to find a better option than taking in the Head of the Charles. There will be fan favorites in both food and drink vendors from all throughout Boston. If you’re looking for more information be sure to visit the official website of the Headof the Charles! 

Friday, October 11, 2013

Another Picture Perfect CMC Company Outing!



On October 8, over 250 of CMC’s professionals gathered for a day beautiful October sun, delicious food, golf activities, arcade fun, batting cages and honoring fellow employees for achievements in management, leasing and maintenance. For yet another year Kimball Farm served as fantastic venue for our company outing.

First thing in the morning the 9-hole pitch-n-putt tournament brought out serious competition. The foursome of Jeff Callahan, Fred Cook, Bob Dixon and Marc Colburn finished in first place by shooting a 26 (2 under par). Leo Fitzpatrick and Cynthia Buckley won prizes for being closest to the pin on the last hole. In the longest drive contest Jared Gardner and Bethany Hollingworth took top honors for men and women. The newest challenge, the Corcoran bag toss, was a huge hit. Don Polsi of Stevens Corner took home the first prize while Scott Condon and Dave Sadowski finished 2nd and 3rd respectively.

After enjoying the activities and games at Kimball many of Corcoran’s employees were honored for their years of dedicated service and commitment to professionalism.  To round out the day many lucky employees walked away with gift baskets and door prizes.  Chuck Miles won the coveted 50/50 drawing with the other half of the money pool reserved for St. Mary’s Bridge Home.


Thank you to all employees who attended another great company outing at Kimball Farm. Even bigger thanks go to the Outing Planning committee staff for organizing such a fun event! We hope to see everyone at the Holiday Christmas Party, which believe it or not, is just right around the corner! 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Breaking Ground for The Commons on The Green!



By the time next year’s summer heat wave hits the Boston region, The Commons on the Green, the newest phase of luxury apartment homes at SouthField will be welcoming home its first residents! On Tuesday, John M. Corcoran & Company, in partnership with development partners LNR and Whitman Homes and local officials broke ground on 72 brand-new luxury apartment homes on the site of the former Naval Station off of Route 18 in South Weymouth. Once completed in the summer of 2014 John M. Corcoran will have 298 high-end apartment homes available for rent at the SouthField community.

The Commons on The Green, along with its predecessor sister community The Commons at SouthField Highlands present a luxury apartment home lifestyle to the SouthField community. The Highlands opened their doors to their first move-ins back in the spring of 2012. Almost eighteen months later and the Commons at SouthField has achieved superior success in fulfilling financial goals, serving as an ambassador to the Weymouth community, and most importantly, offering a community atmosphere for residents to call their own.

Corcoran President Rick High, State Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Gregory Bialecki, and South Shore Chamber of Commerce CEO Peter Forman delivered a series of speeches referencing the strong growth seen at SouthField, and the bright future ahead. After the honorary shoveling ceremony to officially “break ground”, all those who attended sampled delicious treats and refreshments catered by Whole Foods Market.


The brand-new Commons on The Green will have unique features and finishes for residents. Apartments will come with wood flooring, dual sinks, granite countertops, valet trash service, and ice makers. A private roof deck is fully furnished and will be perfect for residents looking to enjoy an outdoor book or magazine. There will also be a grilling patio and fire pit area for cooking up your favorite foods with friends!

Visit www.thecommonsatsouthfield.com for more information!

Friday, September 20, 2013

Refresh Your Decor Without Breaking the Bank


Our friends at ForRent.com always provide insightful tips and tricks to help make the most of your apartment home lifestyle. Moving into a new apartment can be a fun, yet, stressful time. Whether buying all new furnishings or just moving your current set-up, your new apartment will require at least a few new purchases. Furniture, artwork, curtains, dressers, and other common items aren't cheap, but with this quick guide from ForRent moving can be easy while also lightening the load on your bank account!

  • Revamp Your Old Stuff to Be New Again: Do you have an old chair that is collecting dust? Consider painting it and using it as a desk chair or accent piece in your new apartment. Don't throw away glass jars before a big move - instead, use them for storing spices, displaying fresh flowers, or even as drinking glasses. By repurposing items that you already own, you can create an entirely new look when you move without having to spend money on furnishings and decor! 
  • Purge Old Items and Replace with Vintage or New Furnishings: If you have items that no longer fit your style, consider donating them to Goodwill or The Salvation Army, or if you're looking for a few extra dollars to put toward new furnishings, try selling unwanted items on sites like Craigslist or eBay. Eliminating unwanted items can ease the packing process, and the extra money that you may earn can score you some fresh decor for your new apartment.
  • If Something Breaks, Don't Fret!: There are ways to salvage your treasures, so don't assume you have to part with things that break during the moving process. Photo frames can be re-glued, broken furniture can be reupholstered or reattached with glue and nails, and chipped paint can be touched up. Packing up your belongings securely can prevent most damage from occurring in the first place, try utilizing bubble wrap and newspaper to protect any fragile items.
If your looking for more great ideas, don't hesitate to visit ForRent.com's official website!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Gearing Up for October!



With a little less than 3 weeks remaining in the MLB regular season, our beloved Red Sox lead the AL East by a whopping 9.5 games over the Tampa Bay Rays! If you had said that same sentence one year ago today, good chance someone would think you are downright crazy. Believe it or not, its realty, and the gravity-like pull of postseason baseball in October has officially arrived in Boston. 

A team of hard-working and dedicated "beardmen" have served as the foundation of a team that currently holds the best record in all of baseball. Players considered by many fans as "not having enough heart" have been replaced with ballplayers who treat every game like its their last. Players like Jonny Gomes, Mike Carp, Mike Napoli, and Daniel Nava have brought back the blue-collar attitude that had been missing in years past. The Red Sox should wrap up their division championship within the next few days, and if all the stars align they could have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs! 

Get ready for what should be a fun October throughout New England. Thousands will flock to Fenway Park braving polar-like temperatures for a chance to see the old ball club hoist it's 8th World Series championship. All of us at Corcoran Management will be following along with every pitch. Stay tuned for what should be an eventful and exciting month in Boston. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

September Events Right Here in Boston!

As the sweltering summer heat moves out for the season, a much more fall-like feel is on its way in! While everyone enjoys the summer weather at their favorite beach or swimming pool, the cooler weather is still perfect for getting outside and enjoying some of the many upcoming events around the Boston area. Numerous festivals and gatherings are the perfect opportunity to throw on a light jacket and shorts and enjoy the fall breeze. Throughout September, food festivals, art shows, concerts, and more fun gatherings are happening in the area! We wanted to make your scheduling a little easier for what should be a fun-filled month. Below is a list of just some of the many upcoming events in the Boston area for the next month: 

Allston Village Street Fair: September 22, 12-6:00P.M., 34 Harvard Ave., Allston
Hosted by the Parents and Community Build Group of Boston, the annual street festival celebrates neighborhood, community, and the cultural diversity of the full-time student and residents of the Allston area. Perfect for all ages, the festival features international food courts, give aways, street art, and two outdoor stages. The festival has been dubbed "Boston's Urban Mardi Gras"

Greek Fest Boston: September 27th - 29th, 12-8:00P.M. each day, 514 Parker St, Boston
The annual celebration of Greek culture and life returns this September to Boston. Costumed Greek folk dancing, Greek music, and best of all, delicious Greek pastries and traditional fare, of the course of three days.

Berklee BeanTown Jazz Festival: September 28th, 12-6:00P.M., Columbus Avenue between Massachusetts Avenue and Burke Street.
Hosted by the world-famous Berklee Institute for Music, this festival celebrates the roots, culture, and sounds of all variations of jazz music. Grammy award-winner and Berklee alumnus Will Calhoun will be performing live. 

Circle the City's Open Parks Day: September 29th, 11A.M. - 4P.M., Blue Hill Ave., 
Boston's Open Parks, Open Streets Initiative Circle the City will host Open Parks Day, closing off Blue Hill Ave from Dudley to Warren Streets. People will be able to walk around the closed off area and enjoy free clinics, yoga, dancing, music, walking tours, and healthy treats. 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Get Ready for the Upcoming Corcoran Management Employee Outing!

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It's almost that time of the year again! With fall comes the annual Corcoran Management Employee Outing held at Kimball Farm in Westford. This year's event will be held on Tuesday October 8th and is open to all permanent CMC employees (full and part time). Anyone who has attended in years past knows this is a day full of fun times, good people, and of course some serious competition. Events and activities at this year's outing are no different than years past. Beginning promptly at 9:30AM will be the Pitch & Putt tournament. Anyone interested in joining either as a foursome or individually may do so by RSVP'ing with Ginny Olson no later than September 20th. There will also be a longest drive competition, for those interested they also must RSVP with Ginny by the 20th.

Golfer's please note:
  • If you have clubs you should bring them, there is only a small selection of clubs available for use at Kimball. The longest hole is 90 yards so plan accordingly
  • Scoring consists of best individual score for each hole by each team
  • There is a maximum of 5 strokes per hole
Not participating in the golfing activities? Kimball Farm has endless activities, games, and rides that will entertain you and your fellow employees. Mini golf, bumper boats, an arcade, batting cages, ice cream bar, a BBQ station, as well as contests and prizes will be available all day! The end of the day will feature an awards ceremony for deserving employees. 

Kimball Farm provides a fun and festive atmosphere for all CMC employees and everyone also has a great time. We hope we will see all of you at this year's company outing! 

Friday, August 30, 2013

The Proper Way to Close Your Swimming Pool for the Fall and Winter!



With much sadness, it’s fair to say that summer is officially on the way out and fall is on the way in. The past four months of 80-plus degree temperatures have come and gone faster than a Dustin Pedroia line drive out of Fenway. Beautiful fall foliage and the sounds of football are just around the corner. With the new season, comes the end of one of our resident’s favorite getaways, the fabulous swimming pools found all throughout Corcoran communities across New England and Georgia! Closing down a swimming pool for the winter may seem like an easy task. However it requires a great deal of precision and expertise to properly close the pool and to protect it until it will be used again in the spring.

Here are some of the key elements to help you close your pool for the summer:

  • Disconnect your pump and filter and make sure the pump is totally drained out of any water, also make sure you remove any drain plugs from the filter.
  • Backwash the filter to clean it out, this is the best way to assure the filter is completely clean and free of any dirt or ground buildup.
  • Unscrew and loosen any quick disconnect fittings or unions at your pump and filter system. This is important so that during the cold days of winter no “freeze-cracks” occur.
  • Remove any dive boards or ladders from the pool. Along with the pump and any filters, you should place any items in a warm and safe spot. A garage or well-insulated shed would work best.
  • Mix any granular winterizing chemicals into a bucket so that they properly are dissolved. You don’t want any chemicals hanging around the pool during the winter that could permanently dissolve into the pool’s coating



These are just some of the basics on how to close a pool properly. For more information and a detailed checklist visit this link!

Friday, August 23, 2013

The Patriots are Back, and so are Your Sunday Appetizer Favorites!



Last night the 3rd preseason game for our NewEngland Patriots was played. It may have been an ugly one, but have no fear, as a brutal defeat will only benefit Tom and the boys down the road. It does however mean that Fall Sundays are right around the corner! With Sundays during the fall, comes LOTS of delicious and tasty appetizers to entertain your Sunday tailgate or living room football party. There aren’t many better things than watching Tom Brady lead the Pats on a 90-yard drive while devouring some loaded nachos with buffalo chicken dip. How about a fresh, and spicy bite of avocado salsa for when Aqib Talib makes a pick-6 over the middle of the field.


Sundays during the fall are the perfect opportunity to kick back and relax with friends and family while enjoying foods that everyone can attest to as “delicious”.  The day and age of having to physically go to the game to experience it are over. New technology and innovation brings the sights, sounds, and access you can get from the sidelines right into your living room. Whether in your apartment, your own home, or a local bar, you’re never far from the action. We here at Corcoran Management can’t wait for the Patriots and NFL season to kick-off. Here are 50 fantastic recipes that are perfect to whip-up for the diehards on Sundays! http://www.chef-in-training.com/2012/09/50-football-party-recipes/

Friday, August 16, 2013

Celebrating LEED Silver Certification at The Commons at SouthField Highlands!



Energy efficiency and innovation are two of the hottest sectors that companies from all industries are scrambling to master. That’s why here at Corcoran Management we have committed to developing all of our new properties to better suit the environment and our residents pockets! The Commons at SouthField Highlands, our newest apartment community in Weymouth was honored yesterday by the United States Green Building Council as a “LEED Silver Certified” building for achievement in Environmental-friendly design and functionality.
The Silver designation by the USGBC takes into account multiple qualities that measure a building’s energy dependence and impact on the environment. The following categories below are totaled up in credits which produce a score on a scale of 1-100.

  • Sustainable Site & Environment: encouraging strategies that minimize the impact on local ecosystems and water resources
  • Water Efficiency: promote smarter use of water, inside and out, to reduce potable water consumption
  • Energy & Atmosphere: promote better building energy performance through innovative strategies 
  • Materials & Resource: encourage using sustainable building materials and reducing waste
  • Indoor Environmental Quality: promote better indoor air quality and access to daylight and views



The USGBC acknowledges The Commons at SouthField as achieving a high-rate of success with the aforementioned qualities above. We couldn’t be more proud to have achieved this fabulous honor. Not just at The Commons, but throughout properties in Corcoran’s portfolio we are continuing to invest in energy efficiency and dependency! 

Friday, August 9, 2013

Sustainable Energy Management at Corcoran Management!



Since the recession of 2008 companies from all industries have been assessing their operating costs and developing ways to save money. Companies like ours have invested capital and resources into energy efficient operations both to protect the environment and to control costs.
                
Our Director of Maintenance, Gary Saltmarsh and John Corcoran, our Energy Efficient Manager, have been working with property staff and local contractors to bring the latest in green, energy-efficient technology to properties throughout Corcoran’s portfolio. Gary and John have spent countless hours researching and developing programs to reduce Corcoran’s electric, HVAC, water, and sewer usage as low as possible without sacrificing performance and reliability. At a recent training session, Corcoran Property and Maintenance Managers learned the benefits of using T-8 High-Performance light fixtures that conserve on average 40% less electricity than traditional fixtures. In addition Managers learned about Corcoran’s ongoing plan to switch to new controlled water heaters and boilers. In addition to major changes to heating and electrical systems, Corcoran promotes the use of automatic timers and censors to limit the use of light and strategic use of shade to keep things cool.

               
Corcoran Management Company is proud of the maintenance team, managers, and trusted vendors with whom we have developed and enhanced energy efficient operations at all of our properties. Two of our newest communities, The Commons at SouthFieldHighlands in Weymouth, MA, and Parkside Commons in Chelsea, MA have received LEED Certification for energy efficient design from the United States Green Building Council!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Micro-Apartments....a Good Fit for Boston's Growing Housing Market?



San Francisco is one city among many in the United States that is seeing an influx of young professional workers flocking to city limits for a new “live and play” lifestyle. Many of these young newcomers to the city work jobs that pay decent salaries, but not enough to fully support the skyrocketing monthly rent costs for studios, or one, or two-bedroom apartments. To combat this dilemma, felt in the pockets of both renters and landlords, developers are exploring a new and seemingly effective trend to offer high-quality housing at a cheaper price. Micro-apartments, as they are being called within the industry, offer a much more cost-effective alternate to traditional apartment homes while sharing most of the features you would find in a $3,000/month 1-bedroom.

The term “micro” perfectly describes the layout and floor plan style for one of these apartments. Features of a standard apartment home such as a kitchen, bathroom, living room, entryway, closet, and even in some cases washer and dryer can be found within one general living space in a micro-style layout. The one difference is that all of these features are compacted into a small 300-400 square foot area. Micro-apartments may not be designed for young families intent on raising children but rather young individuals or couples who are willing to sacrifice space to better their future financial investments. 

The market for micro-apartments has yet to be established and their development is still in an infant stage. How micro-apartments affect the housing market in Boston is unknown, in the coming years we can expect to hear a lot of feedback about this new urban style of living. For more information on micro-apartments and their expected arrival in Boston, check out this Boston Globe feature article

Friday, July 26, 2013

Father Bill's & MainSpring Benefit Dinner for the Homeless

Each and every summer for the past 19 years one July evening in Quincy’s Marina Bay neighborhood showcases numerous celebrities, local philanthropists, and everyday citizens aiming to end homelessness in the greater Boston area. Tuesday July 30th many will flock to the Ocean Club at Marina Bay to gather for a night of fine dining, raffles, guest appearances, and picturesque Boston skyline views, with all of the proceeds going to Father Bill’s & MainSpring Foundation for the homeless.

Individual tickets start at $100 for this event that will have samplings from 40 of your favorite South Shore eateries as well as delicious beverage choices. On top of individual tickets, sponsorship and advertising opportunities are available as well with all proceeds going to the work of Father Bill’s. Past year’s events have helped continue to fund the amazing work that Father Bill’s and MainSpring do to end homelessness for all throughout the Boston metro area.

Father Bill’s and MainSpring work with various housing agencies throughout Massachusetts to build, develop, and manage homes for individuals, families, and veterans in need of emergency housing. Each year Father Bill’s constructs homes throughout the region to provide full-time and temporary housing for those in need. Their goal is to not just place homeless in homes, but to continue working with them in all aspects of life to see that they live the American Dream.


For anyone interested in attending or donating to a wonderful cause please visit Father Bills’ official website for additional information and reservations.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Some "Do's" and "Don't's" to Stay Safe During the Summer Heat!



Today marks the 5th straight day the Boston area has seen temperatures soar well into the 90’s. With this extended heat wave comes plenty of great opportunity to enjoy local beaches, swimming pools, boating activities, and parks. With all the fun potential activities that the summer months can bring out, the sun and scorching heat conditions can also pose serious dangers and risks to all ages. While it’s easy to experience summer fun in numerous places throughout Boston, it’s even easier to read up and understand basic tips to stay safe and cool during the hot summer days. Below is a list of DO’s and DON’T’s courtesy of the City of Somerville, Massachusetts.

Do:
-          DO drink lots of water and sport drinks
-          DO wear loose fitting, light weight, light colored clothing
-          DO check on elderly people
-          DO use SPF-15 (or higher) sun block and wear a hat
-          DO rest often in shady areas
-          DO go to an air conditioned place; such as a shopping mall during severe heat
-          DO listen to the news and the public announcements for heat advisories

Don’t:
-          DON’T underestimate the seriousness of heat-related emergencies
-          DON’T leave children or pets unattended in a vehicle
-          DON’T drink alcohol or caffeinated beverages
-          DON’T stay in the hot weather if you feel sick
-          DON’T overexert yourself or work outside without taking breaks

-          DON’T hesitate to call EMS and seek medical attention

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Corcoran Management Announces a New 289-Apartment Home Community Next to Forest Hills Orange Line Station!


On June 19th Corcoran Management’s plans for the construction of a 289-apartment community  in Jamaica Plain were featured in the Boston Globe. A 300,000-square-foot site at 3595 Washington Street is slated to be the future home for another “Corcoran Community”. We here at Corcoran are extremely excited for this announcement as well as the upcoming events in the next couple months. The neighborhood of Jamaica Plain is full of culture and is buzzing with a recent boom of local businesses and attractions within the last couple years, and we only anticipate a continued community development!

A mix of studios, one, two, and three-bedroom apartment homes will be found at Corcoran’s new development along with first floor space for retail, service, restaurant, or residential amenity use. The new apartment homes at Forest Hills will be a commuter’s dream. Whether biking, driving, or riding the T, you will be near endless points of access to all neighborhoods of Boston and surrounding communities. The Forest Hills Orange Line station will be just a minute stroll out your front door step and can take you to Northeastern University, Downtown Crossing, North Station, or to any number of destinations throughout the greater Boston area.


The next coming weeks and months will sure to bring more updates on Corcoran’s Jamaica Plan development. Be sure to check out our Facebook page or follow us on Twitter for up-to-date information! 

Friday, June 28, 2013

CMC Enjoying NAA 2013 in Sunny San Diego!


Last week five Corcoran employees embarked across the country to National Apartment Association’s annual education conference at one of our nation’s most beautiful vacation destinations, San Diego. Just like everyday throughout the calendar year, the weather was a picturesque 80 degrees and sunny without even a bit of humidity in the air. The only word fitting enough to describe San Diego is “perfect”.
                Along with the fabulous attractions and atmosphere San Diego presented us, we were fortunate enough to interact with thousands of industry professionals working to educate us on a variety of subjects within the multifamily property management industry. Through motivational speeches, class workshops, seminars, and other meet-and-greet events we flexed our brain muscles and learned new traits, facts, and upcoming trends about the apartment industry. One of the greatest benefits in attending an NAA conference is interacting and hearing stories from our counterparts within the industry. Hearing the stories of leasing consultants and managers from all different regional demographics throughout the country gives us insight and guidance in how to handle any situation of any different magnitude.
                I think we can speak for thousands who attended the conference that the biggest thrill was hearing the inspirational words of Sir Richard Branson. One of the greatest and most respected business leaders and innovators over the last half-century, Sir Richard shared his intellect on the crowd and educated us on the importance of strong relationships between employers and their employees. Communicating and rewarding your employees as an employer are of the utmost importance when trying to run a successful business. There is no doubt everyone who left the conference will have the words of Sir Richard echoing in their daily operations.

                We want to thank NAA and their sponsors for putting on what was an absolutely fabulous three day event in beautiful San Diego. We are already looking forward to next year when we hit the mile high city of Denver!

Friday, June 14, 2013

Stanley Cup Fever Grips Boston!


Exactly 729 days have passed since Zdeno Chara hoisted the Stanley Cup high above his 6'9" frame on the ice of Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia. It was the first taste of Lord Stanley's famed trophy for the Boston hockey team since Bobby Orr skated it around the ice at Madison Square Garden after defeating the Rangers in 1972.

Two years later and our Bruins are searching for their 2nd cup in just three years. In 2006 if you had predicted that the Bruins would have a realistic chance at winning just ONE cup you would probably get laughed at. However, Peter Chiarelli and Cam Neely have changed the attitude not just on the ice, but behind the scenes with the coaches, in the front office, and most importantly in the stands of TD Garden. Hockey is now the pinnacle of Boston sports, and the demeanor and tenacity seen in Bruins players is a direct reflection of the city's residents.

The horrific events that took place at the Boston Marathon this past April cast a dark cloud over our beautiful city. Resiliency and strength overcame the fears that the marathon bombers attempted to instill upon residents of Boston. Since that day the Bruins (along with the 1st place Red Sox) have brought back the excitement and thrills of watching playoff style hockey. There is no doubt the Chicago Blackhawks won't go quietly in this series and odds are this will probably drag out at least 6 games. Tomorrow night the Bruins will take the ice at the United Center hoping to even up the series at 1-all. There is no denying that restaurants and bars throughout the city will be at packed to capacity to cheer on their beloved Bruins in unison.


Buckle up Boston, it's going to be a fun next two weeks!

LET'S GO BRUINS!

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Groundbreaking at Corcoran: SouthField set for Groundbreaking Ceremony on Phase II of The Commons

Roughly fifteen months ago the first residents of The Commons at SouthField Highlands arrived with fully-packed moving trucks. This monumental day marked the start of a new era at SouthField, the South Shore’s newest live-and-play community.

Fast forward to today…

When we first broke ground on The Commons, we set out with the goal of building a true “community”, a place where residents will feel at home not just within the walls of their own individual home, but throughout the community amenities, grounds, and common areas. Throughout our first year we have received tremendous feedback from our residents who drop by the office just to say hello after a long day at the office. Resident parties and gatherings offer convenient and tasteful opportunities for residents to meet-and-greet with one another and form bonds. Summer of 2013 will continue to bring excitement to the community of SouthField and its residents. With that added excitement, Corcoran Management is proud to announce we are breaking ground on the upcoming Phase II of The Commons at SouthField Highlands!

72 brand-new, thoughtfully-designed eco-friendly luxury apartments will be constructed on the site of the former South Weymouth Naval Air Station. The new apartments will feature wood floors, granite countertops, a roof deck, Wi-Fi cafĂ©, and outdoor patio area. Recently, the apartments of phase I of The Commons received the honor of being named LEED Silver Certified by the United States Green Building Council. Corcoran is driven to provide the finest in luxury apartment living while also preserving and protecting environmental surroundings with eco-friendly paints, solvents, appliances and construction materials.  

An exact date has not been announced for the ceremony, but it is expected to take place within the next month. Many local newspapers including the Boston Globe, Patriot Ledger, Weymouth Patch, Hingham Patch, and Braintree Patch have all done features on the groundbreaking at The Commons.


We look forward to providing you with the latest news and updates on the upcoming ceremony, as well as the rest of all the excitement happening this summer at SouthField!

Be sure to check out The Commons at SouthField Highlands on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramPinterest, or our Blog!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Corcoran Management Launches Brand-New State-of-the-Art Website!


In today’s day and age of ever changing and advancing technology, it’s integral for a company to advance its digital footprint to better position itself amongst its competitors. That’s why Corcoran Management is proud to announce the launch of our new state-of-the-art website! In partnership with Irvine, California based Hyperdisk Marketing, Corcoran has developed a new website that brings user interaction and prospect information to the forefront. Our new search feature presents a prospect with numerous options to meet their needs such as location, whether or not they are bringing pets and how many bedrooms they need. Hyperdisk’s specialty work can be described as “e-marketing” rather than “web design” concentrating on visibility throughout organic search engines and social media. All throughout Corcoran’s headquarters and leasing centers you can feel the excitement about our launch. However, the real excitement begins within the next couple months, as we begin to see the benefits and returns on our fabulous new web sites. Be sure to stay updated and learn about the continued growth of one of New England’s most respected property management firms.

Visit Corcoran Management's new website today to see all the hype!

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Following Our Beloved Boston Bruins


Around 9:30PM on Monday night it appeared the Red Sox were about to be the  lone remaining team Boston fans would get to see until the start of football season. After Nazem Kadri burried a Phil Kessel rebound to extend the Maple Leafs lead to 4-1 it seemed that the Bruins were destined for an early trip to  the golf links for summer. Poise and tenacity prevailed however, and with a miracle comeback 5-4 overtime win on the stick of Patrice Bergeron's game winner, the Bruins are bound for the Eastern Conference Semi-finals against the rival New York Rangers. 

After the tragic events at last month's Boston Marathon, the Bruins are capturing the hearts of every fan and providing some thrilling end-to-end action. Here at Corcoran Management, we are experiencing Bruins fever! Throughout our communities and at our corporate offices in Braintree, Bruins hockey serves as the major talking point around the water bubbler, and rightfully so. With roots here in New England, many of Corcoran's employees have grown up around the sport of hockey, and that appreciation is seen through the support and admiration of the local NHL club! 

Puck drop is just under 4 hours away....all of us at CMC will be watching, we hope you will tune in as well!

Go Bruins

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Reflecting On This Past Week

Corcoran Management Company is proud to announce the launch of our very own blog! We're excited to bring news about not just Corcoran and its fabulous properties, but updates and insights on all things happening in the world of multi-family property management. 

To start off what should be a fun and informative blog for our readers, we would first like to pause to recognize those effected by last Monday's tragic events in our home city. One of our former colleagues suffered serious injuries as a result of last Monday's bombings. She remains hospitalized but is in great spirits! We want to wish her and all others injured our prayers and thoughts for a speedy recovery.

We want to continue to spread the word on The One Fund established by Governor Patrick and Mayor Menino to provide support for victims and their families. Please check it out and consider making a donation at www.onefundboston.org