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Millennium Hollywood Partners
In addition to the project developers, Millennium Partners and Argent Ventures, the Millennium Hollywood team is comprised of a world-class team of architects and urbanists.
Millennium Partners was founded in 1991 by Christopher M. Jeffries, Philip E. Aarons, and Phillip H. Lovett. The principals at Millennium have been involved in real estate development in some capacity for more than 30 years. Mr. Aarons began his real estate career in public service as the president of the New York City Public Development Corporation, the City’s lead economic development agency (now known as EDC).
In 1983, Messrs. Aarons and Jeffries joined forces to form the General Atlantic Realty Corporation, the real estate subsidiary of General Atlantic. The company constructed more than 1,000 units of low-income housing throughout the 1980s. In 1990, the team formed Millennium Partners in order to develop the $275-million first phase of a development on the Upper West Side of Manhattan called Lincoln Square. That development became a three-building, 1.8-million-square-foot mixed-use development that is credited with reinvigorating the historic neighborhood around Lincoln Center.
Since that time, Millennium Partners has been a pioneer at building projects that revitalize neighborhoods across the United States with responsible and sustainable mixed-use development. The company, partnering with hotel management companies like Ritz-Carlton and Four Seasons, built mixed-use properties containing residential apartments, office space, movie theaters, sports clubs, retail space, and hotels. Millennium developed properties in Boston, San Francisco, Miami, New York, and Washington D.C., each time taking into account the unique urban landscape, preserving each neighborhood’s unique character and building responsibly to enhance it.
The company’s most recent project, the Millennium Tower San Francisco, has proved to be one of the most resilient properties throughout the global economic downturn. Millennium, unlike other developers, always retains a portion of the buildings they develop, ensuring that the utmost quality is maintained throughout the life of the building. Website: Millennium Partners
Argent Ventures LLC is a vertically integrated, diversified real estate investment and development firm specializing in opportunistic, value-added and core transactions throughout the United States. Michael Gargano, a principal of Argent, is responsible for its Los Angeles projects. Founded in 1997 and headquartered in New York City, the firm pursues both debt- and equity-related investments. Since its inception, Argent has invested more than $2.5 billion in real estate-related assets, primarily in New York City, Florida and California. Argent’s investments have included all major asset categories including office, retail, residential, hotel and industrial (including telecom and lab facilities).
The firm has owned such properties as Manhattan Mall (a 1-million square foot mixed use building at Broadway and 33rd Street); One Park Avenue (a 1-million square foot office building); and Grand Central Terminal and its 1.3 million square feet of air rights. In addition to its principal investing activities, Argent has served as advisor to New York State’s economic development arm, ESDC, in connection with the 42nd Street Development Project – one of the largest urban renewal projects in the US. Website: Argent Ventures
Mr. Roschen and Ms. Van Cleve founded Roschen Van Cleve Architects in 1987 with the intention of becoming a community-oriented, urban architectural practice. The firm’s unique portfolio of mixed-use, adaptive reuse, transit-oriented design, housing, urban campus design, affordability in “green” design, and historic restoration reflects RVCA’s professional commitment to the city and the public realm. Urban infill/mixed-use projects are the hallmark of the firm. The work of the firm is a case study in how revitalization, preservation, and integration of historic fabric can contribute to re-energizing the urban environment. The firm’s expertise lies in understanding the links between architecture, urban design, and urban society. Website: RVCA
Handel Architects LLP is an architecture, interior design, and planning firm that began in New York City in 1994. Founded by Gary Handel, the firm has grown into a worldwide practice, combining the creativity of the partners with the reliability of a major architecture firm.
Today Handel Architects includes more than a hundred architects, interior designers, planners and support staff in New York City, San Francisco, Hong Kong and Abu Dhabi. The firm’s work spans several continents and includes projects such as mixed-use developments, corporate and boutique hotels, luxury condominium towers, athletic facilities, retail centers, and office buildings. The firm has gained national and international recognition for work such as the Ritz-Carlton in Washington, DC, Millennium Tower in San Francisco, and the World Trade Center Memorial in Lower Manhattan.
Handel Architects has won numerous Design Awards and is regularly featured in architectural journals and design publications. The firm’s clients range from private developers to publicly funded organizations to institutional and not-for-profit groups. Website: Handel Architects
James Corner Field Operations is a leading-edge landscape architecture and urban design
practice based in New York City. The work of JCFO has been recognized as the recipient of the 2010 National Design Award, by the New York City Arts Commission Award for Excellence in Design; the American Academy of Arts and Letters Award for Design; the Daimler- Chrysler Award for Design Innovation; the Architectural League of New York Design Award; and other professional design awards and prizes. For more information on James Corner Field Operations, go to www.fieldoperations.net.