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Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of Delaware Hosts January Luncheon

Members of the Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of Delaware and their guests met on Wednesday, January 9 at a new location, the Dupont Country Club. Luncheon attendees were treated to a "sneak peak" at the new 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington. The regional facility will draw sports fan from around the area. Robert Buccini and Mike Hare provided an exciting overview of the construction of the facility and the many features that will be available. (Left to right: Mike Hare, Don Robitzer and Rob Buccini) Continuing education classes were also held before and after the luncheon. Although the organization continues to attract new members due to the hard work of the CIRC/Delaware Membership Committee, there was one new member at the January meeting. (New member Kole Fatunmbi, Batta Environmental Associates, Inc. and Jim Manna, Chairman, CIRC/Delaware Membership Committee). Here is the photo gallery for the January luncheon: [nggallery ID=21] The next meeting will be Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at the...

CIRC Delaware Members Celebrate the Holidays at December Luncheon

Members of the Commercial Industrial Realty Council of Delaware (CIRC/Delaware) gathered at the University & Whist Club on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 for their Annual Holiday Luncheon. Attendees brought canned goods for the Food Bank of Delaware and earned a raffle ticket for fabulous prizes. Additional raffle tickets were purchased to benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. Dawn O’Neill and Rebecca Wilczinski attended the luncheon to represent the organization. Thanks to the generous raffle donations from our members: $50 Lowe's Gift Card  courtesy of Susan Miller, Gioffre Commercial Realty Philadelphia Flyers (2 tickets & reserved parking pass)  courtesy of Steve Burnett, IFS Insurance Irish Coffee Gift Basket  courtesy of Khristian Toolan, Marlings, Inc. Relaxation Gift Basket  courtesy of Kim Connell, First State Elevato Full Page Ad in MidAtlantic Real Estate Journal & Free Ticket to Conference of Choice courtesy of Linda Christman, MARE Journal Quarter Page Ad in Delaware Business Times + $100 credit toward any DBT Digital product courtesy of Charlie Tomlinson, Today Media (Total value = $1,450) Holiday gift basket from Terrain courtesy of Kristin Marinelli, KLM...

Security Tips for a New Business

What are our competitors like in the area? Will employees want to work here? Can we afford the rent? These are all questions a new business might ask when selecting their first location. Many, however, forget to ask something very important - How can we make sure our new business location is secure? Most new business owners will be acquire or lease a business facility for the first time. There is so much to think about before you open the doors, but don’t forget the fundamental questions about security. Installing a robust security system will take away the worries of your property and will let you focus on what matters - your business. Here are some questions and answers for new business owners about commercial security. I am insured, do I really need a security system? You may have insurance on the equipment and products that you store on your premises, as well as any damages...

The Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of Delaware Hosts Annual Regional Dinner

On Wednesday, November 14, 2018, members of the following organizations joined CIRC/Delaware members for the Annual Joint Holiday Dinner. Not Shown: Craig Fernsler, CCIM, GRI - Chapter Director for Commercial Chapter of Suburban West REALTORS Association (SWRA) Brian Glancey, President, SIOR, Philadelphia Chapter (SIOR) Jeffrey P. Hoffman, President, JPH Realty Advisors LLC, Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM NJ/PA/DE) Joy Barrist, Esq., Vice-PDelaware Real Estate Women (DREW) Alexander D. Knight, MAI, AI-GRS, President, American Appraisal Institute of Delaware (Photo left to right: Ben duPont, Co-owner Dupont Country Club and Don Robitzer, President, CIRC/Delaware, The Commonwealth Group Ltd.) The event was held at the Dupont Country Club. The featured speaker was Ben duPont, Chartline Capital Partners and Co-owner of the Dupont Country Club. Mr. DuPont spoke about the recent acquisition of the Dupont Country Club and the vision for its renovation and repositioning for future viability. An underlying discussion theme was creating an economic development plan for breathing new life into...

Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of Delaware Host October Meeting

Members of the Commercial-Industrial Realty Council of Delaware (CIRC/Delaware) and their guests gathered at the Clarion Belle in New Castle on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 for their monthly luncheon meeting. Thomas J. Hanna, President, Harvey Hanna & Associates discussed plans for the Greater Newport/Stanton Redevelopment project and the status of current plans for the Boxwood Road (former GM) site. In his pivotal role of the company as President, Mr. Hanna directs the management of all company operations and strategic opportunities. He leads the strategic planning and execution of the Harvey Hanna companies. Under the leadership of company Chairman, Thom Harvey, Mr. Hanna has directed the company’s portfolio growth from a modest 30,000 square feet of total space in 1996 to its current scale of over 6 million square feet of space. Mr. Hanna has orchestrated hundreds of millions of dollars’ worth of leasing, institutional financing, redevelopment and acquisitions over the span of over two...

Why Remote Security is Better than Conventional Alarms

Technology has changed many aspects of our lives in recent years and that’s no different for the security of your business. Remote video monitoring provides huge benefits for business and property owners when compared with conventional alarm systems. Conventional CCTV cameras, which are still widely used, merely record what’s going on. Sometimes these cameras are even watched by expensive on-site security guards that can barely keep their eyes open during their shift.  Most of these systems don’t have a human watching them live and are only good for viewing crimes, such as theft and vandalism, after the incident has happened. By then it’s too late, the damage has already been done. To make matters even worse, police are generally hesitant to dispatch officers to conventional alarms as they know most conventional alarms that go off are usually just false alarms. In fact, most criminals know that if the police do bother showing up to a...

Keep Your Warehouse Secure

Are you the owner or manager of a warehouse, distribution center or manufacturing company? Are you concerned about the security of your facility when it comes to both external and internal theft? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then it’s probably about time you updated your warehouse security. The fact is, warehouses and distribution centers pose unique challenges that traditional security systems simply do not have the ability to address.  The large size and complex layout of warehouses, distribution centers and manufacturing facilities means the inventory of these businesses are vulnerable to not only external threats such as a break-in, but also internal threats such as employee theft. Here are three ways to increase the security of your warehouse or distribution center: Verified security A conventional alarm system simply will not be able to completely secure your warehouse, and that’s not even looking at the high false alarm rates of a traditional alarm...

Authenticate Security Breaches with VERIFIED Alarms

With conventional alarm systems, you are unable to verify what is causing your alarm to go off without first going to the property. As a result, you will not know what level of attention is needed to correct the issue. Conventional alarms are simply nowhere near as good as a verified security solution.  Is it something that can wait until tomorrow? Maybe a motion sensor being triggered by a balloon that got left behind after an office party? Do you need to return to the office to secure a door that was not properly closed? Do you need to have the police search the property for an intruder? There’s a high chance with a conventional alarm system most business owners will send employees to respond to an alarm - this is dangerous. What will they do if they find a criminal on the premise and what happens if the employee is injured or worse?...

Commercial Industrial Realty Council of Delaware Hosts September Meeting

Members and guests of the Commercial Industrial Realty Council of Delaware (CIRC/Delaware) kicked off the Fall season with a luncheon meeting on Wednesday, September 12 at the Clarion Belle in New Castle, Delaware. Kurt Foreman, new President and CEO of the Delaware Prosperity Partnership (DPP), spoke about the new public private partnership that works locally, regionally, nationally and internationally as the state’s lead resource to attract, retain and grow businesses; build a stronger entrepreneurial and innovation ecosystem; and to support private employers in identifying, recruiting and developing talent in the state of Delaware.  Kurt Foreman and Becky Harrington, the DPP's Director of Business Development, want to meet and connect with you, especially the brokerage community - to forge a strong working relationship that will be beneficial to you and the state.  Mr. Foreman will also explain the relationship that now exists between the DPP and Delaware Small Business. Here is a link to the...

Arrest Alert: McKinley Avenue Elementary School

On Wednesday August 2, 2018 at 12:58 AM Sonitrol operator Cathy Bomberger received an audio alarm from the gym audio detector and immediately contacted Stafford Township Police.  Cathy spoke with Dispatcher Tim Cunningham and informed him that she had live audio coming from the McKinley Avenue Elementary School and can hear 2 adult male voices coming from the gym area of the school.  While listening to the live audio, Cathy was able to inform the dispatch/call-taker, that she could hear what sounded like basketballs bouncing in the gym. Stafford Township Police Officers Joseph Niccoli, Marc Potter, Chris Smith, Joe Stanziano, Anthony Vincent and Zack Wiatrowski quickly arrived on scene at 1:06 AM where one of the officers retrieved the Sonitrol access key fob from a secure police/fire lockbox.  The officers were able to quickly gain entry into the school.  While performing a sweep and search of the facility, they too heard...