Development Services

it takes more than just good design to make a project work.

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Understanding the realities of development and the tools available unlocks potential. We have experience helping owners navigate:

Financial Feasibility

We will work with you to identify what funding sources are available, match
potential local, state, and federal incentives applicable to your project, run the
numbers based on market rents, and determine what the return on investment
potential is for your project concept.

Historic Tax Credit Consulting

With expertise in both Federal and State Historic Tax Credit Applications, we can help you navigate the requirements and application process. We’ve successfully helped complete nominations and secure designation on the National Register of Historic Places and are powerful advocates at the State and Federal levels for legislation that supports these critical development tools.

Networking and Connections

We have spent decades building relationships in this industry and we connect
investors, lenders, and tenants to create the partnerships that make development projects work.

related projects

Urban Planning - Madison Street Corridor

Madison Street Corridor

Rockford, IL

Urban Planning, Development Services

The Madison Street corridor is a key multimodal gateway into downtown Rockford with a variety of coexisting land uses. Small industries, recreational clubs, and landmark buildings like the Prairie Street Brewhouse support entrepreneurship, employment, and prosperity while providing a sense of cultural identity for residents and visitors alike.

Design drawings - Keefer House

Keefer Hotel

Hillsdale, MI

Architecture, Development Services

The historic Keefer Hotel was a social center for Hillsdale and many public and private functions were held there after its construction in 1864. Several well-known guests graced the halls of the hotel including Annie Oakley, John Ringling, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody. To date, the building serves as one of the most historically intact buildings Studio GWA has had the pleasure to work on.

Hotel Kaskaskia

LaSalle, IL

Architecture, Development Services

The Hotel Kaskaskia is an iconic Colonial Revival style brick building prominently situated in downtown LaSalle, Illinois. Designed by Chicago architects Marshall & Fox, whose portfolio includes Chicago icons such as the Drake Hotel and the Blackstone Hotel, the 1915 building is an excellent example of an elegant resort hotel with a grand scale and detailed ornamentation. Heavy gilding, decorative plaster, and an extensive use of marble convey beauty and hospitality hand-in hand.