Looking for Reclaimed Wood? The City of Detroit Joins the Salvage Business

NOTE: Commercial Asset Preservation has the ability to work with salvage operations on commercial buildings to reclaim materials that can be re-purposed.


Reptinted from NEXTCity.org

Salvaging historical materials from blighted houses set for demolition has long been an urban pastime, but now, the city of Detroit wants to get in the game as part of Mayor Mike Duggan’s blight removal strategy.

The initiative, which they hope will launch next month, is part of the Mayor’s broader blight strategy, now with an eye on preservation as opposed to straight-up demolition.

Reclamation isn’t anything new. Practically every city in America — from New York City to Minneapolis — has reclamation shops ready to sell you a piece of old bowling lane you can turn into a kitchen countertop. But what is new is having the city take the lead and mandate salvage as part of a blight clearance program.

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Charles Village finds its ‘Mojo’ in quest to fill vacant storefronts

(Reprinted from the Baltimore Sun)

By Larry Perl, lperl@tribune.com1:06 p.m. EDT, April 14, 2014

In an effort to fill vacant storefronts with businesses that residents want, community associations in Charles Village and Old Goucher are partnering with Spotmojo, a California-based ‘crowd-sourcing’ company that does neighborhood-based market research, free of charge to communities.

“After digesting it, we thought, it doesn’t cost anything,” said John Spurrier, a real estate agent and a member of the land use committee of the Charles Village Civic Association. “It could be a great opportunity to contact residents about what they’d like to see in specific locations. I figure we can’t lose.”

CAP hires Nancy Carrillo, CPM as National Sales Executive

Contact:Robert Felber RobFelber@felberpr.com 330-963-3664

For Immediate Release

 CAP hires Nancy Carrillo, CPM as National Sales Executive

CAP continues to expand as the nations’ premier commercial property maintenance organization

 Nancy Carrillo_CAPSalt Lake City, UT, April 10, 2014 — Commercial Asset Preservation, LLC (“CAP”), a nationwide provider of general maintenance, preservation, day porter and inspection services for heavily vacant commercial real estate headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, announced today that Nancy Carrillo, CPM, has joined the firm as a National Sales Executive. Most recently, Ms. Carrillo served as Vice President of Asset Management for GE Capital Franchise Finance, where she managed a large national portfolio of leased retail, restaurant, and surplus properties. She brings more than 20 years of real estate experience specializing in property, asset, and facilities management. Her background includes managing office, retail, commercial, gas/convenience stores and industrial properties, including brand new Class A properties. Ms. Carrillo holds an Associate of Science in Real Estate Management degree and is a Certified Property Manager (CPM). Additionally, she has undertaken extensive professional development skills courses, including coursework at the Wharton School of Business.

“We are thrilled that Nancy is joining our firm not only because she has a significant asset management background and real estate experience, but also because her character, vision and ideals are very much aligned with our culture at CAP,” said Marc Insul, President & COO at CAP. “Her wealth of knowledge and industry experience makes her a tremendous resource to our growing enterprise.” To reach Nancy directly, email nancyc@commercialpreservation.com or contact her at (407) 883-1139. (Photo attached)

About CAP

Commercial Asset Preservation, LLC is a nationwide provider of general maintenance, preservation, day porter and inspection services for heavily vacant commercial real estate. The performance of CAP’s services help protect abandoned and vacant properties so that they retain value and do not further deteriorate, become vandalized, or receive a citation from the local governing authority for their physical condition. For more information, visit www.commercialpreservation.com or call (800) 445-0640.


Nine Retailers Closing the Most Stores

Reprinted from 24/7 Wall Streetradio shack

Brick-and-mortar retailers have been suffering from slow economic activity for years, as well as from increased competition from online retailers. The rise in store closings is a prominent sign of their struggles. Weakened companies cannot afford the real estate and personnel costs that go along with supporting hundreds of unprofitable locations. The clearest proof of the problem was Radio Shack’s recent decision to close more than 1,000 stores.

Closed schools could add to Memphis’ blight

(Reprinted from WMCTV.com)

closed schoolsNeighbors say the old Melrose High School building in Orange Mound proves to be the worst that can happen to a school after it closes.

“The police patrol it the best they can, but you can only do so much … be better to have it gone,” said neighbor Semmie Askew.

Other closed schools have been demolished. A couple of signs stand as the only remains of Graceland Elementary in Whitehaven.

The uncertain future of school buildings is a major reason one board member voted against closing schools.

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Seeking Safety: Crime and blight still remain

(Reprinted from fayobserver.com)

New apartments near downtown Fayetteville are evidence of the city’s most significant effort to turn LOC Blightaround a troubled neighborhood. Five years ago, apartment complexes began to rise where once stood two of the most rundown and crime-infested public housing projects in the city – Campbell Terrace and Delona Gardens.

The last apartments will be finished by June, marking the end of a $120 million project funded largely through federal Hope VI grants for distressed public housing.

But just beyond those new town homes and apartments – in what has long been considered Fayetteville’s poorest neighborhood – crime and blight stubbornly remain.

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Emmanuel Pratt’s mission to turn blight into farms and to grow entrepreneurs

(Reprinted from Chicago Tribune Blue Sky Innovation)

chi-emanuel-pratt-hydroponics-bsi-gallery-2014-007As you turn south off 95th Street at Cottage Grove, you might miss the farm on your left. Most farms, after all, don’t look like abandoned shoe factories.

That will change if Emmanuel Pratt has anything to say about it. He envisions a network of urban farms across Chicago, feeding both people and new businesses in blighted food deserts.

He says his facility, run by the Sweetwater Foundation in conjunction with Chicago State University, is an incubator for all the elements that need to grow to make this happen. Chicago State calls it the Aquaponics Facility for its emphasis on the food-processing system that combines aquaculture (raising aquatic organisms) and hydroponics (growing plants in water).

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CAP adding to national sales team



National Sales Executive


Pay Grade

National Sales Executive

Salary plus Commission



Sales and Marketing

President & COO

Job Summary

Responsible for creating new business opportunities for Commercial Asset Preservation (CAP). Responsible for developing strong industry connections to help identify prospective clients. Responsible for communication with potential clients from prospecting to sales closing and beyond. Responsible for showcasing the value that CAP brings to the potential client. Directly assist in facilitating strong communication between client and CAP.

Primary Responsibilities & Duties

·            Utilizes personal or CAP’s existing relationships to facilitate introductions to potential clients

·        Identifies business opportunities by locating prospects and evaluating their position in the industry; researching and analyzing sales options

·            Sells products by establishing contact and developing relationships with prospects; recommending solutions

·            Prospects for potential clients, including cold calling

·            Submits sales materials, including customized drafted letters/emails to prospects

·            Conducts sales presentations via web or in person

·            Conducts organized follow up with prospective clients

·            Attends industry tradeshows and represents CAP at company trade booth

·            Maintains professional and technical knowledge by attending educational workshops; reviewing professional publications; establishing personal networks; benchmarking state-of-the-art practices; participating in professional societies

·            Recommends changes in products, service, and policy by evaluating results and competitive developments

·            Provides weekly sales report to President/COO


Skills & Qualifications

·         Strong grasp of proper English, spelling, and written sentence structure

·         Ability to express ideas clearly in oral communications

·         Exceptional listening skills

·         Ability to perform basic math skills

·         Experienced with selling services

·         Established relationships in selling services to banks, mortgage companies, special servicers, receivers, or retailers

·         Ability to manage time and expenses

·         Ability to work independently

·         Self-Motivated

·         Composed

·         Professional

·         Social/outgoing

·         Ability to uncover client pain and sell pain based value

·         Ability to navigate Microsoft Office Applications

·         Strong working knowledge of the use of Microsoft PowerPoint

·         Willingness to be coached on a regular basis

·         Willingness to frequently travel throughout the United States

·         Bachelors degree preferred

 Contact Marc Insul insulm@commercialpreservation.com or (800) 445-0640

What is so magical about the Abandoned Building Revitalization Act?

(Reprinted from Charleston City Paper)MAGCottages

On June 11, 2013, Gov. Nikki Haley handed owners of abandoned buildings a magic wand when she signed into law the most powerful incentive for neighborhood revitalization that South Carolina has ever seen. It’s called the Abandoned Building Revitalization Act (ABRA), and its passage was an initiative of the Palmetto Trust for Historic Preservation, the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. The act was supported by a coalition of preservationists, community activists, fire and police departments, and elected officials, including Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr.

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Frozen Properties?

winter buildingAre you learning of frozen properties in your portfolio? Commercial Asset Preservation (CAP) has received many calls this week to send its contractor resources to new locations to quickly address freeze damage, including damage found in operating buildings. This has been an unusual winter in which freeze damage is occurring even in “warmer” states, such as Alabama, Louisiana, and others. With record cold temperatures this week, an expected warm up occurring later in the week and more cold temperatures planned for next week, your pipes may go on a roller coaster ride that causes them to burst.

If the number of problem properties is too overwhelming, let CAP help. Please contact me to assist with properties which need any of the following services:

  • Freeze Damage Repair Estimates
  • Thawing
  • Water Shut Off
  • Heating Solutions
  • Repairs
  • Winterization 
  • Winterization check
  • Fire Sprinkler System Check

Marc Insul

President & COO

Commercial Asset Preservation, LLC                                                                                                                                      

Phone (216) 765-1220

Mobile (216) 470-9035