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20
Jan 17

Weidner Embraces the Future of Paperless

Weidner Going Green

The future is relentless in its quest for change; and when that change is undeniably good, then the next logical step becomes about managing the transition from old to new, or antiquated to current. At Weidner Apartment Homes, we’re introducing our communities to the future of going paperless!

Ahhhhh…

That might be the sound of trees exhaling, or Weidner employees breathing a sigh of relief, as soon, they’ll no longer have to count stacks of checks and enter resident data manually in to the computer. By committing to going paperless, we can transition to electronic applications, leases, rental payments, and equally as impressive: “go green.”

How the Benefits Outweigh the Hurdles

As with any change, there may be a few glitches, but we don’t anticipate those to be of any great alarm or inconvenience to our residents. The apartment industry as a whole and major businesses worldwide have embraced automated transactions and record-keeping for some time now. Moving rental payments, community and inspection notices, and service requests to an online format helps to decrease the risk of fraud and employee error, thus increasing the resources of each property in time and money.

By automating rental payments, one property management software company reported their clients experienced an “average 50% decrease in delinquencies and a 65% decrease in the time staff members spend manually processing those payments.” With those kind of numbers, the future does beckon, and it beckons with common sense.

Now, prospective residents can fill out their application online, and the leasing professional can spend more quality time focused on the needs and preferences of that resident, instead of hyper-focused on completing each application box with precision and accuracy. Previously, extensive time was spent on making sure the leasing application was complete; now that time can be better spent on sharing valuable information about fun neighborhood hot spots like farmers markets, trendy cafes, or local favorite parks and trails. Leasing professionals have a unique advantage of knowing what makes up a community, but often times, they are too weighed down by paperwork to impart this knowledge to the new resident.

Automation is a Resource in Emergencies

Automating residential leasing documents in a secured and protected digital format is also a treasured resource during emergencies such as natural disasters. In the old way of managing records, residents’ information was secured in a locked filing cabinet or safe, but if there was a flood or fire, or employees were not available to search those important files, family members might have to wait hours to be notified of a resident’s status during an emergency. With an automated system, Weidner staff have the advantage of utilizing mobile devices to keep family informed in real-time, as crisis are resolved.

“Going Green” is a phrase commonly heard at most businesses these days, and Weidner Apartment Homes is no exception. But green initiatives are more than just a concept; they are a way of thinking that must be embedded in our everyday operations in order to manifest in to reality. Going paperless is just one more way we can walk our talk to “go green” at Weidner communities.

Rest assured that the Weidner staff will be properly trained and provided with all the tools necessary to facilitate this paperless transition seamlessly in our communities, so that our residents are not unduly inconvenienced. Automating rent payments, and other important property management documentation is intended to increase efficiency, giving our leasing consultants more time to spend on ensuring quality living for our most prized asset: our residents.

Looks like the future has arrived, right on time at Weidner Apartment Homes.

“What matters to you, matters to us.”

 

 

18
Jan 17

Introducing the Elements at Briargate

Elements at Briargate
Elements at Briargate is officially open!

At the Elements at Briargate in Colorado Springs, CO, residents enjoy unprecedented apartment living, where the Rocky Mountains and Pike’s Peak provide the scenic views, and we provide everything else.

These recently constructed one, and two bedroom floor plans range from 623 to 1,168 square feet, and include amenities designed for comfort and style. Whether your day consists of exploring nature, traversing a nearby trail, or working at the office, Elements at Briargate is the ideal place to begin and end your day.

You don’t have to be a celebrity chef to appreciate the gourmet-style kitchen including granite counter-tops, kitchen islands and stainless-steel appliances. Brushed Nickel fixtures give it that extra elegant touch. Vaulted ceilings with crown molding create a spacious ambience, perfect for entertaining. Imagine hosting a housewarming or Super Bowl party at your brand new apartment home, where guests can easily mingle in the kitchen and socialize in the generous living space.

Our grounds feature two dominating traits: fun and relaxation! Elements at Briargate residents enjoy these and many more amenities as an everyday occurrence:

  • Sparkling Resort Style Pool and Spa
  • Fully Equipped Fitness Center
  • Poolside Clubhouse
  • BBQ Lounge Area
  • Dry Cleaning Drop Off Service

Pet Friendly Apartments in Colorado Springs

But what is upscale apartment living without your furry friends to enjoy the best in life? We’re proud to be a pet-friendly community in Colorado Springs, CO. We accept both cats and dogs and ask that you check with our leasing staff for further details on our pet policy.

Whether you’re a single professional who seeks a gorgeous one-bedroom apartment near work, or a family who enjoys a natural setting near parks and schools, Elements at Briargate is happy to welcome you home. Give us a call to schedule your personal tour.

About Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs is situated at the base of the Rocky Mountains, just south of Black Forest. Nature lovers, culture enthusiasts, and shoppers alike will discover everything they need in this city that blends small-town charm and beauty with urban convenience. Take a private climbing tour with the Garden of the Gods tour, designed for beginner to intermediate climbers. Enjoy a family outing at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and feed the giraffes. Test out your photography skills at the picturesque Seven Falls Park, featuring serene, cascading waterfalls. Or, make it a day of shopping and dining in the many boutique shops or cafes located downtown. Whatever your definition of fun is, Colorado Springs has something to please every palette.

Welcome home to Elements at Briargate.

 

 

13
Jan 17

Weidner Cares: Corporate Office Gets Their Day!

Weidner Cares

Recently, approximately 75 of Weidner’s corporate office employees participated in the Weidner Cares program. Since the charity-in-action formed more than three years ago, the corporate team has wanted to participate as they witnessed the program grow and form across Weidner’s state and local regions. Well, the corporate office finally got to show what they could do- right in their own backyard in Kirkland, WA, on a particularly sunny day in the Pacific Northwest.

As the story goes on that sunny Thursday, there was a magical breeze coming off Lake Washington, just a few blocks from the corporate office. Because the exuberant Weidner team was so large, they decided they could support two organizations: The City of Kirkland Parks and Recreation and Gardens at Juanita Bay.

The City of Kirkland Parks and Recreation is responsible for maintaining all the common areas within the city limits. Park Supervisor, Dave Johnson lead the team in efforts to spread mulch, remove invasive species and everyone’s favorite landscaping task- weeding. A significant number of planter beds received some much needed weeding that sunny day! Of great importance, the City of Kirkland has been experimenting with the use of non-invasive, nonchemical weed eradication in an effort to protect and support the open-space shoreline, and the many species of birds and fish that thrive in the area. Weidner was thrilled to be a part of this innovative approach to the eradication of weeds. As weeding goes…this is about as exciting as it gets.

The Gardens at Juanita Bay is a nonprofit organization founded in 1925, dedicated to serving the needs of aging seniors in both Independent and Assisted Living. The property sits on more than 3.5 acres in a residential garden setting near Lake Washington. Maintaining a gardenlike setting for these senior residents is no easy task, and the Weidner team jumped in to tackle an extensive list of projects including pressure washing the parking lots, cleaning and repairing the gutters and roofs on two of the buildings, reinforcing an arbor and some of the raised planter beds. As you might imagine, there was also a tremendous amount of weeding to do, along with pruning, painting, staining, and the spreading of bark.

There’s an old saying that never seems to go out of style: there’s more happiness in giving than receiving. That adage couldn’t have been truer during the Weidner Cares Corporate Office day. The heartfelt expressions of gratitude that our teams received from residents and staff alike were incredibly gratifying, leaving our team members beaming with pride.

We’re grateful for the privilege to serve our community through Weidner Cares. As an added bonus, we can now add “Experienced Weed Eradicator” to our list of skills at the corporate office!

Happy New Year, from the Weidner Team.

What matters to you, matters to us.

 

7
Jan 17

Introducing…Capitol Towers

Capitol Towers

Weidner Apartment Homes is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Capitol Towers, a mixed use property situated on 10.14 acres in vibrant downtown Sacramento.

Encompassing nearly one city block, Capitol Towers offers unique floor plans for rent that satisfy a variety of living styles. For residents who prefer a more urban-style dwelling, the high-rise Towers offer 409 units, whereas those who feel more at home in a garden-style apartment can choose one of the 206 low-rise Villas apartments. Capitol Towers and Capitol Villas were built in two phases in 1961 and 1965, and remodeled in 2002, 2003 and most recently in 2007.

The Capitol Towers property features a stellar amenity package that includes one of Sacramento’s most coveted resort-style pools, a clubhouse, state-of-the art fitness center, outdoor lounge and barbecue area, making the community a haven for those who want to utilize their down time as a quality “stay-cation.” Inside, residents enjoy a generous amount of living space, along with designer-style appointments, a gourmet-inspired kitchen, stunning views from the Towers, and central heat and air conditioning. Spacious patios and balconies give residents that extra touch of privacy and individuality, where they can enjoy the outdoors, without having to leave the privacy of their own home.

Convenient Living is all in the Location

Nothing says convenient living more than this premier downtown Sacramento location that caters to the busy lifestyle, without being noisy or obtrusive. At Capitol Towers, residents relish in the flexibility of nearby retailers, light rail and commuter stops within walking distance of the property, and close proximity to the Capitol Building and Capitol Mall. The property includes 4,228 square feet of ground floor retail space, with 389 parking spaces. Current on-site retailers at Capitol Towers include Strings Urban Kitchen, Gino’s Java, and Gary’s Barber Shop. So, in the event that residents grow weary of making their own coffee, or trimming their own bangs, help is in sight – and on site!

The property grounds pay homage to Sacramento’s unique lifestyle with a park-like setting, bordered by a sophisticated, urban feel. Gorgeous, manicured paths are offset by mature trees, where neighbors can catch up during a walk, then stop for a cup of coffee at a nearby restaurant. As the city awakens, and bustles with activity, residents can choose to join in on the activity, or relax in their quiet, spacious apartment home.

Working and residing in downtown Sacramento has its distinctive benefits. Currently, downtown Sacramento supports approximately 93,000 jobs, with an effective mass transit system that supports the commuter lifestyle. Fans of the Sacramento Kings will enjoy knowing that Capitol Towers is located a mere four blocks from the property at the new Golden 1 Entertainment Center, a one-of-a-kind sports arena and entertainment venue. Boutique shopping, pubs, cafes, and gourmet dining are within minutes of this vibrant, eclectic neighborhood.

Commitment to Community

Capitol Towers plans to grow as its city grows, with an approval of an additional 1,171 more residential units and a 300-room hotel over a 20-year period, extendable to 30 years. This multi-phase development plan will include an extensive, detailed review with Weidner’s in-house architects and designers committed to Weidner’s mission: “What Matters to You, Matters to Us.”

“Our commitment is not specific to merely the Capitol Towers asset, but the entire Sacramento market and community as a whole,” says Kevin Colard, VP of Acquisitions. “We’re excited about the long-term potential of this thriving market and what the Weidner family can offer its residents.”

To find out more about how you can join the residents at Capitol Towers in Downtown Sacramento, contact us. It’s our pleasure to welcome you to this unique property, designed to add comfort and ease to the busy, urban lifestyle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

4
Jan 17

#LifeAtWeidner

LifeAtWeidner

While just about everyone knows what a hashtag is and what it does, some might question whether it would ever take its place among the verbs in the English language. Well, it has, and it’s earned its place, as it gets its share of action! This little symbol once known as a simple number sign is our new favorite social media tool to link and track all the fun, pictures, and events at Weidner. So, if you wouldn’t mind…please hashtag us at:

#LifeAtWeidner

Sharing resident stories, life events, parties and holiday pictures is so much more fun when we can see them all in one stream, and the only way to link up the festivities is with this hashtag. You’ll find us on Twitter at @WeidnerAptHomes, on Facebook @WeidnerApartmentHomes and Instagram @WeidnerApartmentHomes.

Do you have a new addition to the family and want to share that precious pic of baby or puppy with your neighbors? Is your chili recipe the best in town and you would like to challenge fellow residents to a cook-off? Did you attend a Weidner event that was the best ever and you want to help your community manager get a little bragging in? Or, are you just looking for a workout partner who is close by and wants to work off some holiday calories by meeting you at one of our on-site gyms? Whenever the mood strikes you, hashtag #LifeatWeidner and get the very best out of your community.

#WeidnerCares. Seriously. We didn’t really need to hashtag that. We just wanted you to know. But you know, once you start hash-tagging, it’s hard to stop.

#HappyNewYear, from the Weidner team!

27
Dec 16

New Year’s Eve- Seattle Style

New Year's Eve

New Year’s Eve means something different for everyone. The last day of the year can be a time of quiet reflection, or a chance to get that one last party in before the official “reboot.” Whether you prefer a low-key celebration or crowds of cheering, smiling strangers, here’s a selection of events to help ring in the New Year, Seattle style:

The Space Needle

For the quintessential Seattle New Year’s Eve, you can join 20,000 spectators at the base of the Space Needle for the fireworks show. The event is free however, there are also ticketed parties in and around the space needle like the annual Indulgence New Year’s Bash.

New Year’s Resolution

Why sit home alone making your New Year’s resolution list, when you can join thousands of your closest friends at the Resolution 2017 party at Wamu Theater? There’s always tomorrow for making lists and starting diets.

New Year at Chihuly Gardens and Glass

Immerse yourself in the fireworks show and watch them through the glass at Chihuly Garden and Glass. Enjoy the exhibit, dining and dancing, along with a champagne toast at midnight.

Spectra 2017: NYE Under the Arches

Head over to the Pacific Science Center for a full menu of entertainment and an unobstructed view of the fireworks show from the courtyard. Includes live science demonstrations and wanderings through the exhibit halls, planetarium and Laser Dome.

Seattle Children’s Museum

Kids want to party too at the Seattle Children’s Museum! As midnight arrives in countries around the world, kids can raise a glass of apple juice and indulge in some crafts that represent the traditions of each country. Culture and apple juice go together well.

First Night

This family-friendly event in Tacoma is in its 20th year and features both day and evening events that draw up to 20,000 attendees. With 10 venues entertaining through fire, ice, music and dance, it’s unlikely anyone in the family will get bored.

Swinging Pre-Funk Party

Get a head start on the festivities on December 30th, and head over to the Century Ballroom for an elegant night of Swing dancing. An optional 5-course dinner is available and 30’s and 40’s attire is encouraged, but isn’t a deal-breaker. Dance lessons will commence after dinner and newcomers are welcome!

Slammin’ Jammin’

Sometimes “new” isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If that’s your story, jam to some old-school R&B at the Slammin’ Jammin’ NYE party at the Doubletree Suites. Includes dinner, dancing and a champagne toast at midnight.

Party Cruise

Who says you have to be land-locked to ring in the New Year? Waterways Cruise will help you bid adieu to 2016 while cruising around Lake Union and Lake Washington. The 3-hour cruise includes party favors, a live DJ, dancing, dining, champagne toast at midnight, and a great view of the fireworks.

Bollywood Masquerade Party

If dancing to the Bollywood vibe has been on your 2016 bucket list, now’s the time to fulfill that dream. The Jai Ho New Year’s Eve bash is in its fifth year and features a masquerade-themed dance party with DJ Prashant spinning high energy house music. Includes a free mask, a bhangra dance lesson and for a donation, a henna tattoo.

End of the Year Run

Burn some holiday calories and challenge yourself to an end-of-the-year walk/run at Green Lake Park on December 31, starting at 8am.

What? The party is over?

Not necessarily. Start 2017 alert, refreshed and soaking wet at the Polar Bear Plunge at Puget Sound. Plunge into the cool waters, and then warm yourself up with some hot beverages at the warming tents. Rain or shine, of course.

Or, join many others around the world, and snuggle up on your couch in your pajamas, consuming large amounts of coffee, while contemplating new goals…like taking down the holiday decorations.

However you decide to celebrate, the Weidner family wishes you a happy, healthy and prosperous 2017.

 

 

 

 

20
Dec 16

The Weidner Texas “Door-Tacular” Decorating Contest!

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Weidner Texas properties got into the holiday spirit this year by inviting residents to participate in a contest to decorate their front doors and patios. The contest has been a great success with some 75 residents participating in the contest.

Participants were asked to submit their photos by December 14, 2016. There were 20 winning photos and each winner received a $100 Visa Gift Card. Those winners were then entered into the…

 Grand Prize drawing to receive one month’s free rent!

The winning photos were posted to the Weidner Texas Facebook page, where viewers can visit and vote on their favorite submission through December 22, 2016. One Grand Prize winner will be chosen from the 20 photos by the number of “Likes” they receive on Facebook.

Weidner Texas properties are aglow with festive decorations that show creativity, imagination and holiday cheer. Check out a few of the submission photos, then visit our Facebook page, cast your vote, and join in on the seasonal fun!

Happy Holidays, from Weidner!

 

15
Dec 16

Holiday Events in Minneapolis

Holidazzle at The Mall of America
Holidazzle at The Mall of America

Minneapolis is a magical place any time of the year, but during the holidays, the city is aglow with lights, laughter and action. Here’s a list of some holiday and New Year’s Eve events in and around Minneapolis, MN that are sure to keep you in the holiday spirit:

Discover the holiday classic, “A Christmas Carol,” now playing at the Guthrie Theatre. This is nepotism at its best; this one-man show is performed by actor Gerald Charles Dickens, the great-great grandson of the author, Charles Dickens. The show runs through December 30. Or, check out Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, the musical at the Ordway Center in St. Paul, through December 31.

Get your wish list to Santa at the Minneapolis Zoo on Saturdays, or head over to the Mall of America for the Santa Experience, where you can get DVDs and portraits to capture the holiday memories.

After your trip to the Mall of America, stop in at Loring Park for Holidazzle,  a holiday winter wonderland for shopping, dining and entertainment. Shop artisan vendors, dine on Bavarian pastries and watch the fireworks or holiday movies. Thursdays through Sundays, through November 23rd.

Get your folklore on at the American Swedish Institute‘s Nordic Christmas  and get the inside story on elves, yule goats and trolls. The institute features displays of art pieces that help unfold unique, mythological stories that will entertain and delight the whole family.

Take a tour of the Gingerbread Wonderland at the Norway House and step in to a world made of cookies. How’s that for magical? Tours are available through January 3rd.

Head over to St Paul where the entire city is lit up and the Wells Fargo Winter Skate park hosts many a happy skater. The Landmark Center also features a variety of holiday events.

Mall of America isn’t just for shopping during the holidays. This event hub features everything from a Holiday Music Festival to Toddler Tuesdays with Rudolph, to the Nutcracker Fantasy at the State Theatre. Check out the caroler times and enjoy listening to melodious holiday classics while you shop.

Burn some holiday calories for a good cause and enter the Polar Dash on New Year’s Day.  Runners can choose to participate in a 1,500 meter, 5k or 10k race along the Mississippi River, with proceeds going to the Shriners Hospital for Children. After the race, runners win a steaming hot cup of cocoa- or a free beer at participating pubs.

Whether you’re in the mood for music, shopping or making good old-fashioned snow angels, Minneapolis and her surrounding cities are the ideal location for the holiday season.

To learn more about Weidner communities in MN, give us a call. We wish you and yours a happy holiday season!

13
Dec 16

Weidner Cares: The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino

Weidner Cares
Weidner Cares is dedicated to giving back to the community and the wonderful people within it.

The Weidner Cares team was proud to partner with The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino, (BGCSB) earlier this year. BGCSB is “committed to mitigating issues impacting our youth, and to improving their overall well-being.” In a city with over 30% of residents living below poverty level, programs like BGCSB “help to build self-confidence, self-esteem and foster a sense of belonging, competence, usefulness and influence” in the city’s youth.

Here’s a look inside our Weidner Cares Day with our friends at The Boys & Girls Club of San Bernardino:

Nothing says “new” like some good old fashioned cleaning, a fresh coat of paint and some tender loving care. We started with the BGCSB facility, which provides a productive place for the city’s youth to go after school and during summer break. Our 50-person team of volunteers painted an office, a few classrooms, a computer lab, the stage area and did some touch-ups on the outside. From room to room, we did repairs, deep cleaning and organizing, so that this crucial facility can shine- just like its members! We also repaired and refinished the dance studio flooring, which was damaged during a termite infestation. We couldn’t fathom letting some pesky termites win out over talented dancers!

Next, we set our sights on the community garden, located on the BGCSB grounds. We did some much needed revitalizing- weeding garden beds, bringing in new topsoil, and planting new vegetables. Now this community garden is once again a learning opportunity that teaches these youth-and our future leaders about the importance of agriculture, nutrition, sustainability, and teamwork- and that’s just the beginning. The pride one derives from planting and seeing the “fruits of their labor” manifest, is a tangible source of self-confidence they can build on throughout their lives.

Great Futures Start Here

As The Boys & Girls Club so eloquently put it, “Great futures start here” and their mission statement, categorized into three parts, reflects this statement:

  1. To America’s Youth – To provide a safe, positive place and have a significant impact on their lives.
  2. To the Nation- To uphold high standards in all areas, especially in overseeing our finances, reporting data on membership and community outreach, being good stewards of the donor dollar and representing ourselves to the public.
  3. Vision for our Second Century – We envision a future in which the Boys & Girls Club movement is a catalyst for an age in which success is within reach of every child, and whole generations of children are inspired to a level of civic engagement not seen since the founding of our nation.

We’re grateful for the opportunity to lend our hands in service to an organization that epitomizes community spirit by reinvesting in its youth. Thank you to all the volunteers that worked alongside the Weidner Cares team in making this day an extraordinary success!

13
Dec 16

Giving Back: Weidner Texas Food Drive

West Texas Food Bank
Say hello to a few of our Weidner warriors!

Over the last 15 years, Weidner Texas has donated over 200,000 canned goods to The West Texas Food Bank. The tradition began when Weidner’s Texas Regional Director wanted to show that they were more than just another business, but part of the community. Each November and December, the Texas Region reaches out to employees, residents and volunteers to help keep the Texas Food Drive giving back to the community they work and live in.

The West Texas Food Bank (WTFB) is “the largest collaborative non-profit, non-governmental hunger relief agency serving the Permian Basin.” They have supplied 4.4 million meals to those in need in West Texas, focusing on “the nutritional needs of children, families, and seniors through strategic partnerships with civic groups, corporate groups, and private donors.”

Giving back with Weidner is fun, convenient and at some properties, involves a little spirited competition! Some Weidner communities hold contests to encourage contributions. Some have held a Breakfast-on-the-Go for residents who trade their favorite breakfast items for canned food. This year, the Top Dawgs Team in Midland, TX hosted a 5k run whereby the participants could either pay to participate or contribute canned food items to the food bank, with all proceeds going to the West Texas Food Bank. Last year, one community traded canned food for a visit with Elsa from Disney’s “Frozen” movie. Another community traded canned goods for a picture with Santa.  This year, Weidner Texas has partnered with The Permian Basin Mission Center in Odessa, TX, where they supply an average of 147 families per day with food, clothing, and other necessities.

The Weidner leasing staff helps make giving convenient for their residents by placing donation bags at every apartment door, and then returning and collecting the bags so residents don’t have to lug them down to the leasing offices. Barrels are located in the leasing offices of 24 properties located throughout Midland, Odessa and Abilene, TX. Anyone who enters the leasing office is invited to donate and either give canned foods, or a cash donation that gets passed along to the chosen charitable organization. When cash is donated, the food banks can then purchase turkeys for those less fortunate so that they can enjoy a festive holiday meal. At Permian Basin Mission, they handed out 550 food baskets during the week before Thanksgiving 2016, all generated from donations.

There are currently 6 teams of associates in Texas vying to be the “winner” that collects the most canned goods. Brenda Huffty, Weidner Texas’ Vice President, will announce the winning team during the Holiday Party scheduled for December 14, 2016.

At Weidner, what matters to you, matters to us. We consider it an honor to give back to the community we live, work and play in.

Happy Holidays!

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