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Flake & Kelley Commercial Transitions to Kelley Commercial Partners

Kelley Commercial Partners
Hank Kelley, CEO Kelley Commercial Partners

Hank Kelley, CEO Kelley Commercial Partners

Hank Kelley, CEO, is pleased to announce that Flake & Kelley Commercial is now Kelley Commercial Partners. An amicable stock purchase transaction was finalized on May 6th, and an agreement entered to purchase John Flake’s stock in Flake & Kelley Commercial.

Day-to-day operations will continue to be led by Hank Kelley, with Daryl Peeples, Maggie Hogan, and Nicholas Kelley in executive management roles. The Little Rock partner team also includes Cheryl White, Bill Pendergist, Brooke Miller, Eric Varner, Cynthia Lu, and Kevin Pledger. Jay Pearcy serves as principal broker in Northwest Arkansas.

Kelley Commercial Partners will continue to provide brokerage, property management, development management, and consulting services. Kelley Commercial Partners is a Chainlinks member helping to connect retail and hospitality clients through this productive network of commercial real estate companies across the United States.

“Aside from a new name, Kelley Commercial Partners remains Arkansas’s premier commercial real estate firm with the same commitment to first-class client service,” said Kelley.

The firm maintains an award-winning team of more than 80 trusted, skilled professionals and support staff. The team is experienced in meeting the real estate needs of our clients and customers and are laser-focused on delivering superior commercial real estate services.

“We are excited about the future of the company. While we are proud of what we have accomplished over the past three decades, looking forward, we know the best is yet to come,” said Kelley.

Kelley Commercial Partners remains headquartered in Little Rock with a Northwest Arkansas Office to serve the entire state.

Little Rock Approves Land Sale to Amazon

Amazon Coming to Little Rock Port District

Exciting news has been reported by Arkansas Business and Arkansas Times in recent day about the City of Little Rock approving the sale of approximately 80 acres of land in the Little Rock Port District. A Delaware company backed by Amazon signed an agreement to purchase the land for a distribution center. We congratulate the City of Little Rock, the Little Rock Port Authority, the Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the Little Rock Regional Chamber, and everyone who helped make this possible. Great news for Little Rock when we need it most!

US Congressman French Hill holds town hall discussion live on Facebook

US Congressman French Hill

Yesterday afternoon US Congressman French Hill joined Arkansas Secretary of Commerce Mike Preston for a town hall discussion held live on Facebook with central Arkansans. Participants were able to ask questions in real time. Highlights include information regarding the federal tax rebate eligibility, benefits available to the suddenly unemployed, interest and repayment of federal student loans, and relief for homeowners and renters.

The CARES Act provides a reprieve until July 25, 2020 from eviction for renters residing in properties with federally backed mortgage loans. Renters affected by the Covid-19 public health and economic crisis living in multifamily properties financed by federally backed mortgages are eligible for relief from eviction if their landlord receives loan forbearance.

Flake & Kelley is currently assisting clients, landlords, and tenants to determine eligibility and complete necessary applications. If you would like to speak to one of our agents or property managers, please contact us.

SBA to Provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans for Coronavirus Related Economic Disruptions

Small Business Administration

SBA released a summary providing valuable information regarding basic filing requirements, eligibility information, and lender deferral information for small businesses and financial institutions suffering economic disruptions related to the Coronavirus outbreak. Applicants may apply directly to SBA’s Disaster Assistance Program. Free assistance also is available from any SBA partner. To find the office nearest you, visit: https://www.sba.gov/local-assistance

More information concerning SBA and its programs.

COVID-19: PUBLIC POLICY UPDATE from ICSC

ICSC, International Council of Shopping Centers, released a webinar yesterday summarizing Public Policy in response to Covid-19. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act aims to boost the economy with over $2 trillion in relief to individuals and small businesses with increased unemployment benefits and tax breaks.

The Senate passed the CARES Act, and the House is set to consider the stimulus bill on Friday. It is then up to the President to sign the bill into law.

ICSC is a 70,000-member network whose mission is to ensure the retail real estate industry is broadly recognized for the integral role it plays in the social, civic and economic vibrancy of communities across the globe. Currently, ICSC is actively monitoring the coronavirus outbreak on behalf of the retail real estate industry and its members. More information regarding updates and resources are available on the ICSC website.