Celie Holmes Promoted to Sales and Leasing Agent

Celie Holmes has been promoted to sales and leasing agent at Waldvogel Commercial Properties. She has been the marketing and transaction coordinator since December 2011.

Before joining the firm, Holmes had more than 21 years experience in business, 14 of which were spent in real estate: development, finance, administrative, and marketing support for a large Roanoke-area builder. She is on the board at Attic Productions in Fincastle (Botetourt County’s community theater) and directs two a cappella choruses: The Smith Mountain Lake Harmeneers and the Star City Sounds Chorus. She enjoys singing a repertoire of classic jazz standards and performs at local wineries and restaurants. Her other interests include small engine tinkering, hiking and graphic design.

Scott Campbell and McKnight Garner join Waldvogel Commercial Properties

McKnight “Mac” U. Garner has joined Waldvogel Commercial Properties, Inc. as a commercial and investment sales agent, and Scott Campbell is the new assistant property manager.

Garner, a Galax native, brings a rich and varied background to his new commercial real estate role. A 2003 graduate of Hampden-Sydney College, he has worked as a high school teacher, in health sciences at Wake Forest University and as a chemist at Dominion Resources’ North Anna and Surry Power Stations.

He and his wife moved to the Roanoke area from Seattle. They have a 19-month-old daughter and are expecting another girl later this fall. They are fitness enthusiasts who enjoy running. They also like to cheer on the Seattle Seahawks.

Scott Campbell is a native of Salem. He graduated from Virginia Tech in May with a degree in residential property management and a minor in real estate.

He was a track and field athlete at Virginia Tech, where he did the decathlon and was a member of the three-time Atlantic Coast Conference championship team. He enjoys spending time outdoors, hunting and hiking. He also likes cheering on Virginia Tech, the Washington Nationals and the Washington Redskins.

Coverage of the Sale of the YWCA Building

From The Roanoke Times: “The former YWCA building at 605 First St. in downtown Roanoke has new owners.

A developer, under the company name of First and Franklin LLC, has purchased the property for $615,000. Michael Waldvogel of Waldvogel Commercial Properties, who brokered the sale, said the new buyers are still evaluating the building in order to determine specifically what it will be used for. But part of it will likely be turned into a residential project.”

Read the rest of the article here.

The Ponce de Leon Opens in Downtown Roanoke

Ponce opening
The Ponce de Leon officially opened its doors August 30. At that time, 90-unit apartment building was more than 87 percent leased, and work is underway on the first commercial tenant, Rock Paper Beauty Salon.

Pre-leasing began in May for the iconic building at the corner of Campbell Avenue and Second Street It has been undergoing a transformation from its former life as the Crystal Tower office building since October. Move-in begins today.

The renovated building features eight floors of apartments, street-level commercial space and a stunning lobby and ballroom area which is being marketed to potential restaurants. Apartments feature stainless steel appliances, washers and dryers, granite countertops and hardwood floors. Tenant amenities include a fitness center, a roof deck and a water garden that makes use of the spring the runs beneath the building.

The building has a history almost as old as Roanoke’s. After a fire destroyed the original 1890s structure, the Ponce de Leon Hotel was erected on the corner of Campbell Avenue and Second Street in 1931. The hotel operated for decades as a prime example of art deco architecture and lavish interior design. In the 1970s, the entire building was converted to office space, and the grandeur of its interior was lost for 40 years. Developer Faisal Khan, principal of Crystal Tower LLC, purchased the building from Total Action For Progress (TAP) in 2012. Waldvogel Commercial Properties brokered that sale and is the leasing and management agent.

The Roanoke Times Visits The Ponce

The Roanoke Times recently took a tour of the almost-completed Ponce de Leon. The 90-unit apartment building welcomes its tenants August 1, 2014. Read the article here.