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American Building

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American Building, hosted by Atif Z. Qadir, Sponsored by Michael Graves & REDIST, shares how iconic buildings came to be from the perspective of their developers, investors, and designers. These innovators discuss on a deeply personal level what they faced over the course of the entire building proc… read more


36. Development Strategies That Survive | Sam Dickinson of Keeler Markwood Group

This week, I am joined by our guest Sam Dickinson, principal at Keeler Markwood Group, a Westchester-based development company focused on ground-up and value-add opportunities in the Greater New York area. We discuss the Peekskill Brewery, a major renovation, and redevelopment project that Sam’s firm had been working on in the Hudson Valley. More broadly, we will talk about how a good development strategy and design can make the difference between foodservice venues that survive and those that fail to make the cut.

Historically, the Peekskill Brewery project was the Myers Brothers Storage warehouse -- a four-story metal and stone building. In 1998, the building was taken by the city for tax evasion and has since been purchased by Keeler Markwood from Tap P Realty Corp. Keeler Markwood Group spent three years looking for an acquisition opportunity in Peekskill. The Brewery was attractive being a beloved business and central hub for those coming up from the city on weekends to go hiking and enjoy nature. 

Join us on this week’s episode as we discuss with Sam his company’s development strategy for this particular property, the optimization of location for the Peekskill Brewery project, as well as Sam’s advice for new developers on getting projects approved. Listen in as we discuss these topics and much more on today's episode of American Building.

About the Guest:

Sam Dickinson is a founder and principal at Keeler Markwood Group, a Westchester-based development company focused on ground-up and repositioning opportunities in the Greater New York area. Additionally, he was one of the founding team members and partner at Conatus Capital Management in Greenwich, Connecticut, where besides equity analysis and trade execution, he helped set up the company's risk management framework. Beyond being a commercial real estate developer, Sam started his career as a chartered financial analyst at Goldman Sachs Asset Management from 1999 to 2002. 

Listen to the episode on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, TuneIn, or on your favorite podcast platform. 

Topics Covered:

  • Advice for new developers on getting projects approved
  • Peekskill Brewery
  • Up-and-coming locations for redevelopment projects
  • The importance of beautiful, interesting historic buildings as assets
  • Creating social hubs for gathering and meeting

About Your Host

Atif Qadir is the Founder & CEO of REDIST, a technology company making it easy for commercial real estate professionals to find and use the $100B of real estate incentives given out every year in the US.

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