Daniel (Dan) Connor came to Georgia State in 2014 with the goal of earning his MBA with a concentration in Real Estate. With ten years’ experience under his belt in asset management, Dan wanted to transition from real estate management to development.
Dan first met Beau King, president and CEO of Kim King Associates, LLC when Beau spoke to a group of Robinson students as part of the real estate course study. Kim King Associates is an Atlanta based, full service real estate firm specializing in commercial, residential and mixed-use development through select acquisitions and the repositioning of under-performing assets.
Dan joined Kim King Associates, LLC after graduation. Since joining, Dan has worked on several high-profile projects including one that is currently underway in the heart of Brookhaven. Dresden Pointe is an 20,000 SF boutique mixed-use development at the northeast corner of Dresden Drive and Apple Valley Road. When completed in third quarter of 2018, the property will offer a 6,500 SF restaurant, 5500 SF of street level retail and 5,500 SF of office.
This project brought opportunities and challenges and required Dan to navigated the complexities of the Brookhaven-Peachtree overlay district, site topography and parking challenges. As an overlay district, understanding the overlay was key and dictated what could be built. Dan approached the Brookhaven opportunity looking for the best usage of the site. “We wanted to maximize density and returns, so first, we needed to understand the uses and the users,” explains Dan. “From there, fulfilling the needs without blowing the construction budget became the focus.”
On further investigation, the site topography, with its 10-12-foot elevation, provided an additional challenge in creating a cost-effective building that would meet the community and user requirements. Thinking creatively, Dan worked to split the buildings in two portions, eliminating deep foundations, shoring, and podium concrete slabs, which significantly reduced construction prices and allowed differentiation between buildings while making them both operationally effective and visually appealing. The same 1-acre site resulted in a multi-use property that was a better fit for the area and met financial, zoning and parking needs.
In addition to the Brookhaven project, Dan is also involved in several residential and commercial projects throughout metro Atlanta including:
A recent project in Midtown, The Dowling is in the exciting 14th Street corridor at the heart of Piedmont Park. An exclusive building with only 8 flats, just steps away from Piedmont Park, Ansley Park, Midtown, and the Beltline. Every unit of the “Ansley-style” brick-exterior building will feature natural light, tall ceilings, high-end finishes and face neighboring Piedmont Park. This project is set to open January 2019.
A retail project, Shops of Pharr, located in Buckhead involving extensive environmental remediation and renovation of a 16,280-square foot property, anchored by Atlanta-based Savi Market, expected to be completed at the end of 2017.
An 80-unit boutique collection of one-, two- and three-bedroom luxury apartments in historic Roswell off Canton Street. The units reflect both modern luxury and historic charm featuring spacious floor plans with thoughtfully designed details and modern amenities. These boutique apartments will be ready for move-in early 2018.
Huff Trail, an 8-Acre destination adaptive reuse work/play project is a 80,000 SF warehouse being transformed into a creative event, office, and arts destination. Fist Tenants will open for business January 2018.
Dan credits his MBA degree from Robinson for helping him to not only meet Beau King, but to also transitioning his career to real estate development.