You could say that developer Charlie Cohlmia is enthusiastic about his pet project.
In fact, the more plans took shape for the five townhouses Cohlmia and business partner Doug Campbell are building on the edge of downtown, the more he liked them, so much so that he has now laid claim to one of them.
“If I am able to sell my home in south Tulsa, I will definitely be moving into this one,” Cohlmia said as he lead a TBJ reporter through the still-skeletal structures.
Cohlmia is banking on others like himself to inhabit the Modern 5 at the Villiage, Baby Boomers and empty nesters looking to downsize in scale without sacrificing quality of life.
Without sacrificing, indeed. Designed originally by Campbell and finalized by John Duvall of Tulsa firm Duvall Architects, each townhome will feature 2,450 SF of living space over two stories, and a wide array of space-aged amenities that, for many, would be an upgrade.
The center of each home will be the kitchen, designed and installed by Scott Pohlenz, owner of Valcucine showroom Pohlenz Cucine Moderne, at 3402 S. Peoria Ave.
“Every one of these will have a different, state-of-the-art Italian kitchen in it,” Cohlmia said. “One will be a high-gloss laqcuer finish on everything. One will be completely made with glass cabinet fronts and countertops. All of them will have self-closing drawers and cabinets.”
Pohlenz said products other than Valcucine to be included will include high-end brands like Smeg USA, Miele, Kitchenaid and GE Monogram.
Another sci-fi convenience Cohlmia is putting in the homes is automated lighting.
“I don’t know of any other townhomes that have this,” Cohlmia said. “The lights come on automatically when you open the garage door. They also automatically shut off when you leave the room.”
The homes will also all feature master bathrooms designed as “wet rooms,” waterproof rooms with open showers and bathtubs with a central drain. The advantage of a wet room is the illusion of more space for lack of subdividing walls, Campbell said.
The finishes in the home match the technology: High end all around. The exterior will be red brick with cut stone trim around doors and windows, while the interior floors will be stained concrete on the bottom and white oak on the rest.
Amenities aside, there are those who are concerned about leaving the sprawling yards of suburbia for the concrete jungle of downtown. But Cohlmia has them covered.
Never mind that the Modern 5 back up to Centennial Park, Cohlmia and Campbell aim to create grassy escapes for their residents in the form of 1,200-SF roof gardens, which come fully equiped with water and gas hook-ups for outdoors kitchens and retractable awnings.
“We really want to create an outdoor living space, not just an environmentally-friendly feature,” Campbell said. “We got really creative with all the venting and drainage so that it doesn’t feel like you are on a roof.”
Of course, with lavish living comes a luxury price. When asked the finished cost, Cohlmia and Campbell just laugh.
“All we know now is it will be more than $1 per SF,” Cohlmia said.
A 3,300-SF industrial building, 4126 S. 88th East Ave., sold. The property is in the Southplace Industrial Park. The sale price was $145,000. The seller was estate of the B-N Corp. The buyer was John C. Kirkpatrick Revocable Trust. The buyer’s intended use is for its investment purposes. No financing was involved in the transaction. Monty Berry, CCIM of NAI Commercial Properties was transaction broker to both seller and buyer.
Vojtech Dvorak Revocable Trust has purchased the former Fastenal Building, 7,000 SF, 9402 E. 55th St. for $395,000. The seller was Admiral Square Inc. of Tulsa. Tony Aaronson with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Campbell Wholesale Co. Inc. has purchased 3,750 SF at 6738 E. 13th St. for $125,000.00. The seller was Lifetouch International School Studios Inc. Jamie Hill, SIOR, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Tulsa Business Center renewed its lease for 15,200 SF at Executive Center I, 7136 S. Yale Ave. Scott Morgan of Coury Properties Inc., handled the transaction.
Sonoco Products Co. has renewed 51,000 SF at E. 52nd St. Warehouse, 10008 E. 52nd St. Bob Pielsticker, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Works, Lentz of Tulsa Inc. has renewed 17,547 SF and expanded by 3,221 SF at Boulder Towers, 1437 S. Boulder. Terry Payne, SIOR with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Interceramic Inc. has renewed 14,750 SF at Oxford Square, 10005 E. 51st St.. Bill Mizener, SIOR, Dwayne Flynn, SIOR, CCIM and Shawna Hale with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma represented the landlord and Mark Blaugrund with Recon Real Estate of El Paso, Texas represented the tenant.
Oilind Safety Inc. leased 6,880 SF at 1307 West 22nd Place. Dwayne Flynn, SIOR, CCIM, Bill Mizener, SIOR and Shawna Hale with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma represented the landlord and Brian Beam with Bauer & Associates represented the tenant.
Smith Thompson Inc. has renewed 5,400 SF at Shannon Square, 9433 E. 51st St.. Jim Brown, CCIM and Stacie Stuart with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
The Resource Group LC renewed 3,152 SF at Meridian Tower, 5100 E. Skelly Drive. Terry Payne, SIOR and Mary Martin, SIOR, CCIM with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
HRB Technology LLC has renewed 1,200 SF at Glenoak Shopping Center, 519 E. 141st St. in Glenpool. Tony Aaronson with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.
Pro Images Tiles & Natural Stones has leased 1,000 SF at Southland Trade Center, 4125 S. 68th East Ave. Shawna Hale with CB Richard Ellis/Oklahoma handled the negotiations.