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Lampher Robert low resIt is with great pleasure that we announce the addition of Robert Lampher to the Conifer Realty Team. Robert joins Conifer this month to lead our property management team as the Senior Vice President of Property  Management. 

“Robert has more than 25 years of experience in multifamily property management,” stated Tom Johnson, Executive Vice President. “He had previously lead property management groups at several large affordable housing companies, including The Shelter Group in Baltimore, MD and Pennrose in Philadelphia, PA. Robert will focus on continuing to grow and innovate our well-established property management team and its   processes to lead us through our next phase of growth.”

Mr. Lampher exemplifies the Company’s core values of commitment, dedication, honesty, innovation, integrity, quality and respect, every day. He has gained invaluable experience from his previous positions focusing on large affordable and conventional housing portfolios of up to 20,000 units including, family, senior living, student, and mixed-use housing and retail communities. Mr. Lampher is relationship-oriented and his experience in this dynamic, ever-changing industry is vital to Conifer as we continue to grow. Conifer is fortunate to have Mr. Lampher as part of our team of dedicated professionals.

Conifer Realty, LLC is proud to announce the recipients of the Annual Property Management Excellence Awards. The award winners are an extension of Conifer’s values, they positively impact the lives of our residents and support our unwavering dedication to providing superior communities that welcome workforce families, elderly and those with special needs. These committed recipients were announced during Conifer’s annual leadership conference with over 250 employees in attendance to celebrate, connect, collaborate and communicate.

2018 Conference Excellence Award Winners

From left to right: Aimee Pike (Rookie of the Year); - Brookside I & II (Community of the Year); Deborah Reil (Outstanding Customer Service); Lucin Meyer and David Crowder – Erie Harbor (Most Improved Community NOI); Kelly Park (Community Manager of the Year); Ismael “MO” Munoz (Maintenance Super of the Year); Monica Pritchard accepting for Dan Coyle (Conifer Value Award).

Congratulations to our 2018 award winners and thank you for helping Conifer do what we do, better.


Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Conifer Realty, LLC and BCM Affordable Housing are pleased to announce the funding award of their joint venture, Golden Age Living Accommodations (GALA), by the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA). Located on Limekiln Pike and Haines Street in Philadelphia, GALA will feature 46 one, and 4 two-bedroom apartments for seniors 62+ within a newly constructed, four-story, state-of-the-art building. Amenities will include a fitness center, arts and crafts room and an office for Chestnut Hill Hospital, whom will provide health and wellness services to GALA’s residents. Construction is projected to begin later this year with expected completion in early 2020.

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Congressman Dwight Evans of Pennsylvania's 2nd Congressional District stated that “Stable housing is vital to reducing poverty in the city of Philadelphia and affordable housing plays a key role. Each and every resident in our city deserves a place to call home and a sense of pride in his or her home. I'm so pleased that the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA) is making critical investments in Northwest Philadelphia and is giving necessary funds to support our seniors who are in need. These crucial investments will not only increase home ownership but will allow residents to age in place as they now have the tools and resources they need to make improvements to their homes that enhance both safety and livability.”

Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, District 9, Philadelphia City Council said of GALA, “The community and I wholeheartedly support this project because there is a clear need for more quality, affordable senior housing in the Ninth Council District. This development will feature several amenities, including high-level energy efficiency and access to quality shopping options and public transportation. I look forward to the improvements to the quality of life, aesthetic presentation and economic conditions this project will yield. Additionally, I thank Pastor Brown and his team for their perseverance and tenacity, and applaud all of the partners for their vision and commitment to making this a model for inclusive, responsible development.”

Pastor Willis A. Brown of Mt. Airy Baptist Church shared, “[GALA] became a vision to meet the needs of our aging loved ones. Through prayer and patience, as well as working with membership (church), community organizations, city and state officials, our vision is to become reality. With the city and state approval of our application for financial support the work can begin.”

It is through the commitment and effort of many to bring a project such as this to the starting line. In appreciation of this Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Conifer Realty and BCM Affordable Housing and would like to thank Congressman Dwight Evans, Mayor Jim Kenney, Councilwoman Cherelle Parker, Councilwoman Marian Tasco, Councilman Derek Green, State Representative Isabella Fitzgerald, and State Senator Art Haywood for their support and investment in GALA.

About BCM Affordable Housing
Since its inception in 2007, BCM Affordable Housing, Inc. has pursued inner-city rental and for sale residential development opportunities as well as affordable and market rate. They also provide consult for community development corporations in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

About Conifer Realty
Conifer is a nationally ranked, full-service real estate company specializing in the development, construction, management and ownership of high-quality, affordable housing communities. Since its inception in 1975, Conifer has grown considerably – currently owning and managing over 15,100 multifamily units representing 230+ apartment communities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. In addition, the Company consistently maintains a pipeline of over 30 unique projects in various stages of the development process. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @ConiferRealty.


Riverhead, N.Y. (April 30, 2018) – Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) and Conifer Realty, LLC, will be hosting a lottery to select residents and establish a waiting list for its 45 mixed-income apartments that are being constructed in downtown Riverhead on Main Street. The lottery will be held on Friday, June 1, 2018, at the Riverhead Town Hall, located at 200 Howell Avenue, Riverhead, NY, beginning at 10 AM. To be included in the lottery, download an application at and send the completed application to P.O. Box 179, Riverhead, NY 11901, or email them to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The application deadline is May 25, 2018.

Preference will be given to artists and those displaced survivors of a Covered Storm including but not limited to Superstorm Sandy, Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Located in the heart of Downtown Riverhead, home to East End Arts, Suffolk County, residents will enjoy walking or biking to work, restaurants, shops and more. Peconic Crossing will also offer gallery space available for residents to Create—Collaborate—Live.


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These brand-new, one and two-bedroom apartments, enjoy a waterfront location a well as many amenities such as spacious floor plans, elevator, a laundry center, energy efficient appliances, a fully equipped fitness room, an art gallery/studio workspace, and more. Pricing for these units vary: one-bedroom $976–$1,159, two-bedroom $1,169–$1,562. *Maximum Income Limits Apply (50%, 60%, & 90% AMI).

For more information about Peconic Crossing, or to obtain an application, please visit, call (631) 830-6402 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..




Community Development Corporation of Long Island (CDCLI) invests its resources, talents, and knowledge in the people of Long Island, helping them to achieve their dreams of an affordable home in a vibrant community. Since its inception 48 years ago, CDCLI has assisted more than 200,000 Long Islanders and invested $1.3 billion into the communities in which they live. CDCLI is a chartered member of the NeighborWorks network, a group of more than 245 nonprofit organizations across the United States that work to provide affordable housing opportunities for low- and moderate-income people.  For more information, please visit Like CDCLI on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @cdclongisland.

About Conifer Realty

Conifer is a nationally ranked, full-service real estate company specializing in the development, construction, management and ownership of high-quality, affordable housing communities. Since its inception in 1975, Conifer has grown considerably – currently owning and managing over 15,100 multifamily units representing 230+ apartment communities in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland and Ohio. In addition, the Company consistently maintains a pipeline of over 30 unique projects in various stages of the development process. For more information, please visit, like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @ConiferRealty.


  Joanna Cuevas  

As our portfolio continues to grow at Conifer Realty, LLC, we are excited to announce the addition of Joanna Cuevas and Rima Edmonds to the team. Joanna will be taking on the role of Senior Project Director and Rima will be Conifer’s new Director of Compliance and Administration, the two will play an essential part in helping Conifer do what we do, better.

Joanna Cuevas website

Joanna Cuevas joins Conifer Realty with over 14 years’ experience in Affordable Housing Development, with projects in California, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania. Ms. Cuevas will be responsible for leading the development team in Long Island, NY. She brings her knowledge of local, state, and federal funding, procurement, and entitlement processes as it relates to the design and construction of residential, commercial and mixed-use buildings for both corporate and non-profit organizations.

Cheryl Stulpin, Senior Vice President of Development, said, “Joanna has a Master’s Degree in Architecture and is an experienced developer. Joanna’s experience will further expand the depth and breadth of our development team.” 

Rima Edmonds website

An industry professional of over 20 years, Rima Edmonds comes to Conifer from Security Properties of Seattle, Washington. Ms. Edmonds served as Security Properties’ National Compliance Director where she oversaw compliance for more than 10,000 units in 25 states. She started her career in property management at the site level and worked her way up in both regional site leadership, asset management and compliance roles. She has Certified Property Manager (CPM) and Certified Apartment Manager (CAM) designations, as well as several other certifications that exemplify her expansive knowledge in the field.          

Executive Vice President, Thomas R. Johnson, said “[Rima Edmonds’s] strong passion for affordable housing brings her to Conifer and we are excited to have her here!”

Please join Conifer in welcoming Ms. Cuevas and Ms. Edmonds to our growing team!

Clayton, NJ (February 28, 2018) – Starting today, People for People Foundation, in partnership with Conifer Realty, will be accepting applications for Camp Salute. Camp Salute is a brand new affordable housing apartment community that features a Veteran preference and is the first and only of its kind in South Jersey. The public is invited to apply in person at The Clayton Senior Center, 1 Garwood Road, Clayton, NJ. Representatives will be available today to accept applications.

Camp Salute, an ENERGY STAR certified apartment community, features 14 one-bedroom units; 40 two-bedroom units; and 22 three-bedroom units; all of which will be constructed using the best practices in energy saving technology.

Applications will be accepted between the hours of 10 am – 4 pm. Those applying for residency, must bring a DD214 and completed applications. Please contact People for People Foundation for applications or complete the Camp Salute Interest List at

Charles Lewis, Senior Vice President of Development for Conifer Realty, stated, “The response from the veteran’s community has been incredible – over 200 have expressed interest in Camp Salute. The overwhelming demand shows the unfulfilled need for affordable housing and services for our veterans.”

People for People Foundation, also known as a “Veteran Support Organization,” will be moving their headquarters to the Camp Salute Apartment Community once completed and will provide on-site veteran and social services to Camp Salute’s residents. The 76-unit apartment complex will also offer 5 units dedicated to homeless veterans, 19 units dedicated to disabled veterans and 51 units will be veteran preference.

Bernadette Blackstock, President and CEO for People for People Foundation said, “It is the first time we are giving the veterans of South Jersey, who served this country an opportunity to have affordable permanent housing. Their excitement at the information session was overwhelming.”

For more information about the Camp Salute visit the People for People website at: or call: (856) 579-7561.





BUFFALO, N.Y., Feb. 6, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- M&T Bank and the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York announced today the awarding of $11.5 million in grants to community-based organizations in nine different cities through the FHLB-NY's Affordable Housing Program.

The grants will help fund projects in: Buffalo, N.Y.; Albany, N.Y.; Trenton, N.J.; Asbury Park, N.J.; Cherry Hill, N.J.; Newark, N.J.; Altoona, Pa.; Claymont, Del.; and Frederica, Del.


Organizations seeking funding through the FHLB's Affordable Housing Program must submit an application sponsored by one of the FHLB-NY member banks.

"The success of our bank is directly related to the success of the communities we serve and every community needs safe and affordable housing for its citizens. We appreciate the support of our colleagues at the Federal Home Loan Bank of New York in approving these grant applications that M&T Bank sponsored for these organizations in our communities," said Brad Dossinger Group Vice President of Community Reinvestment at M&T Bank.

Grants approved included:

  • Buffalo City Mission in Buffalo will receive $3.26 million to be used toward an expansion of its building on 100 East Tupper Street. The project will create 134 housing units for homeless and low-income residents of Buffalo. This is the largest FHLB-NY Affordable Housing Program grant ever secured through M&T Bank.
  • Buffalo Neighborhood Stabilization Company Inc. in Buffalo was approved for a $214,154 grant to help with the rehabilitation of 11 affordable housing units as part of its GDZ Homes project.
  • My Place Home for the Homeless in Buffalo will receive $100,000 to be used on 10 units of its Polly Jean Suites project.
  • A $1.1 million grant for the Albany Housing Authority in Albany will be used on 76 affordable housing units being redeveloped as part of the second phase of the Ida Yarbrough Homes Redevelopment.
  • The Trenton Housing Authority in Trenton, N.J. will receive a $1.4 million grant to be used toward its Page Homesproject, which involves the redevelopment of a former public housing project to create 77 new units of one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom apartments.
  • The Jewish Federation of Southern New Jersey has been awarded a $1.6 million grant toward a project at 1721 Springdale Road in Cherry Hill, N.J., creating 79 units of affordable housing.
  • Michaels Community Services Corporation of Asbury Park, N.J., was approved for a $1 million grant for its 64-unit projects called The Renaissance.
  • The Housing Authority of the City of Newark in Newark, N.J., was approved for an $841,500 grant to help rehabilitate 153 units of affordable housing at Montgomery Heights II.
  • Riverside Charitable Corporation will be making upgrades to 76 units in the Cherry Grove Apartments in Altoona, Pa., including upgrading HVAC systems, replacing windows, doors and roofing. Funds will also be used to provide residents with access to case management services in partnership with Blair County Community Committee, financial literacy courses in partnership with M&T Bank, and free high speed internet. The project will receive a $1.6 million grant.
  • Gaudenzia Foundation Inc. in Claymont, Del., was approved for a $375,000 grant to be used toward the rehabilitation of 26 units of affordable housing.
  • Central Delaware Habitat for Humanity will use the $60,000 grant to aid construction of four housing units in Frederica, Del., two are currently under construction. The grant will be evenly divided, with $15,000 to be spent per house. These additions will bring the total to 16 homes built in Frederica.

The Federal Home Loan Bank System's Affordable Housing Program, created by Congress in 1989, provides member community lenders with direct subsidies, which are passed on to qualified households through a sponsoring local non-profit organization. AHP financing is combined with other funding sources to create housing for moderate-, low- and very-low-income families. Program awardees receive this funding through semi-annual competitive rounds. Each competing project must be sponsored by a financial organization that is a member of the Federal Home Loan Bank in partnership with a community-based sponsoring organization.

These grants announced today were part of the annual competitive round completed in the fourth quarter of 2017.

About M&T Bank: 
M&T Bank Corporation (NYSE: MTB)("M&T") is a financial holding company headquartered in Buffalo, New York.  M&T's principal banking subsidiary, M&T Bank, operates banking offices in New York, Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Connecticut, Virginia, West Virginia and the District of Columbia.  Trust-related services are provided by M&T's Wilmington Trust-affiliated companies and by M&T Bank.


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Up to $1 million may be coming to the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center Canandaigua, courtesy of the Sands family and Constellation Brands.

CANANDAIGUA — After learning of the news that up to $1 million is coming the way of the Fort Hill Performing Arts Center Canandaigua, Holger Stave, the nonprofit organization’s executive director, called it a good day for the arts.

“It’s a good day for Canandaigua,” Stave said.

The proposed performing arts center, which involves renovating the former Canandaigua Academy auditorium housed inside the Fort Hill Apartments campus, is getting a major shot in the arm, courtesy of the Sands family and Constellation Brands Inc.

Conifer Realty LLC, which owns the apartments, supports and has worked on plans for the project.

The mid-sized arts venue will be getting $500,000 for the $4.3 million project, which calls for a 460-seat theater and would host arts groups such as Rochester City Ballet, Finger Lakes Symphony Orchestra, Finger Lakes Opera and others.

Members of FHPACC are trying to raise $500,000 through the end of March as part of a capital campaign, at which point Sands and Constellation will match the total with another $500,000.

“It gives us what we need,” Stave said.

The theater will be named the Sands-Constellation Theatre, according to Gordon Estes, president of FHPACC.

“We are so thankful for the generous donation by Constellation brands and the Sands family,” Estes said in a prepared statement. “They have long been a supporter of arts and culture in the community, and we are thrilled for the impact this donation will have on our organization and community.”

The proposed theater site, which was the former Canandaigua Academy auditorium, would stage symphony orchestra concerts, ballet, opera and other performing arts events. In addition to upgrades, the group also is pursuing having a theater organ installed, Stave said.

Renovation work is expected to begin in May, with a target opening of summer 2019.

“It will truly be a great asset to the Canandaigua community,” said Rob Sands, president and CEO of Constellation Brands in a prepared statement.

Mayor Ellen Polimeni, who serves on the nonprofit’s board, said she was pleased that the Sands family and Constellation Brands stepped up and supports efforts like this for the arts.

“I think the building itself is an important community asset,” Polimeni said. “They have certainly been part of the community for years, and they know of the significance of the building.”


Institute of Real Estate Management
Travis Gonzalez, Writer 



Good management translates into value, and well‐managed properties can improve the quality of life for the people in them. For last year’s Real Estate Management Excellence award recipients, challenging and reshaping best business practices is a daily part of the job.  The Institute of Real Estate Management uses the awards to highlight positive business practices. Businesses continue to see the value in fostering corporate responsibility, and real estate professionals have followed suit. In an industry that thrives on interpersonal relationships, the REME Awards affirm real estate’s ultimate goal: to impact how and where people live. Here are four ways the real estate management community is creating positive change in the industry.

1. Fostering sustainability and environmental stewardship Buildings account for 39% of carbon dioxide emissions in the U.S. An increasing number of real estate businesses have made strides enacting sustainability initiatives across their portfolios.  National Community Renaissance received the 2017 REME Award for Sustainability Programs within the workplace environment. National CORE is a nonprofit builder of affordable, multifamily, mixed-income, senior, workforce and special needs housing. The organization launched its “Doing Our Part” initiative last year, which focuses on water conservation across their portfolio and combines resident education with physical improvements and upgrades like turf removal and high-water-efficiency fixtures.  Corporate environmental responsibility has also gained popularity, as online tools allow managers to track office energy use in real time. SL Green Realty Corp. received the 2017 REME Award for Corporate Innovation for its use of EnergyDesk, an energy management platform that provides performance diagnostics across 20.5M SF of its portfolio. Unsplash Chicago

2. Bringing a human touch to property management For Lieberman Management Services Regional Director Paul Petrulis, personal interaction with owners, residents, co-workers and vendors has been a cornerstone of his business practice for years. As managers increasingly rely on technology to help with property operations, human interaction can get lost behind screens and keyboards. IREM awarded Petrulis the REME Award for Accredited Residential Manager of the Year for his understanding of the value of personal service to clients, tenants and residents, as well as his commitment to IREM ethics and best practices.  At Mission Rock Residential, President Patricia Hutchison brings a similar level of personal interaction to the role, along with 27 years of multifamily experience in the Denver market. She was honored with the 2017 REME Award for Certified Property Manager.  In Nashville, family-owned Accredited Management Organization Freeman Web Co. has been a resource for Nashville’s real estate community. People are flocking to Nashville for more than its legendary music scene. Cranes dot the skyline and the city has more than $4B in active building permits.  Freeman Web has maintained a commitment to providing consistent service to clients, tenants and residents, from property management to investment. IREM honored Freeman Webb with a 2017 REME Award for AMO of the Year.

3. Creating the leaders of tomorrow The rigid leadership hierarchies that once defined the business world are on the way out. According to a survey from Virtuali and Work Place Trends, 91% of respondents expressed a desire to lead. Another 50% of respondents said leaders should empower others. Sensing this need for more collaborative work environments, JLL Mid-Atlantic launched its Emerging Leaders Program. The program cultivates the leadership ability of high-value talent who demonstrate a desire to grow, along with a strong potential for future career success. Seventy percent of participants earned a promotion during the program. JLL was honored with the 2017 REME Award for Employee and Leadership Development for its efforts.

4. Giving back to the community  Real estate development goes beyond luxury high-rises and trophy office buildings. As affordable housing crises sweep across the U.S.’ major cities, leaders in the industry are making strides in creating projects that improve local communities. Conifer Realty was awarded the 2017 REME Award for Corporate and Social Responsibility for leading the development, fundraising and construction of an 82-bed homeless shelter, the House of Mercy, in Rochester, New York.  Conifer raised nearly $6M in funding for the new shelter. It also provided its time and talent to more than triple the size of the previous shelter location. To learn more about this Bisnow content partner, click here. 

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Vincent Jackson, Staff Writer
Press of Atlantic City

"The creation of a housing development of 99 low- and moderate-income rental apartments at New York Avenue and Harding Highway in Hamilton Township should be finished by July.

The construction project with a price tag of about $28 million started in June, said Charles M. Lewis, senior vice president for the developer, Conifer Realty LLC, Mount Laurel, Burlington County.

The development, originally known as Harding Homes, has been renamed Pinegrove at Hamilton, Lewis said.

“The cold weather slowed us down a little bit. Early on, we were a little bit ahead of schedule, so we had a little cushion built in. So, we are pretty much on schedule right now,” said Lewis, who added the plan was always 13 months for construction.

The apartments will be basically townhouses with some flats mixed in, Lewis said. There will be 15 one-bedroom, 51 two-bedroom and 33 three-bedroom apartments. Eight buildings with apartments are being constructed along with a freestanding clubhouse for the development’s residents to use.

There were no issues dealing with the Hamilton Township Planning Board during the approval process, Lewis said.

The New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency is providing Hurricane Sandy funds for this project, Lewis said.

“We did a market study prior to acquiring the site, and it showed that there was a big demand for affordable housing in Atlantic County,” Lewis said. “We also have developments in Atlantic City and in Egg Harbor City, so for us it made a lot of sense from a management perspective because we already had a presence in the area.”

Conifer Realty LLC is responsible for the Meadows in Atlantic City, which was done in conjunction with the Atlantic City Housing Authority. The Egg Harbor City development is known as Conifer Village at Rittenberg. The company also was behind a housing project in Absecon known as Clayton Mill Run, Lewis said.

The developer is Conifer Realty LLC, but the contractor is a separate, but affiliated company, Conifer LeChase, Lewis said.

“We always keep our eyes out for good locations. A Realtor had brought this (piece of property) to our attention, and we really liked the site,” Lewis said.