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Roosevelt real students who won the prestigious 2017 Eisenberg Real Estate Challenge include: (front row, from left); Rose McKeon and Robin Schabes and (back row, from left): Michael Kritzman, Gedeon Dansou, Iryna Auchynnikava and Joseph Copak.

Roosevelt University’s Marshall Bennett Institute of Real Estate is pleased to announce a team of its students has won the seventh annual Eisenberg Real Estate Challenge, beating teams from five other regional universities. The announcement took place at an awards ceremony held April 8 at the Standard Club in Chicago.

This is the fourth win by a Roosevelt team since it began participating in the competition six years ago. Other schools in this year’s competition were: University of Notre Dame, Marquette University, University of Missouri, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and DePaul University.

This year’s challenge focused on a parcel of city of Chicago and Imperial Realty Company-owned land that was formerly the home of the U.S. Sixth Army Headquarters and Quartermaster Depot and the headquarters of the Chicago Public Schools. The site is bounded by a train depot to the south, South Western Boulevard to the west, South Ashland Boulevard to the east and West Pershing Road to the north.

Each team acted as a separate development company responding to a Request for Proposal from the city of Chicago and Imperial Realty Company to purchase the site and redevelop it into a dynamic project.  Proposals outlined a transformative development plan that would redevelop the district into a dynamic real estate project with the most optimal financial returns for the sellers.

The Roosevelt team won the 2017 Challenge title for its exceptional presentation concept titled The Innova District, which calls for redevelopment of more than 3 million square feet of industrial buildings in Chicago’s Central Manufacturing District on the city’s southwest side. The Roosevelt proposal included detailed market analysis, proposed uses, conceptual drawings, a financing plan and marketing identity.

Team members were all real estate master’s students graduate students and included: Iryna Auchynnikava, Joseph Copak, Gedeon Dansou, Michael Kritzman, Ros3e McKeon and Robin Schabes. Team instructors were adjunct professors Dennis Harder and Jon Dennis. Ken Marino was team advisor.

The winning university receives a $5,000 scholarship and the winning team is honored at the fall foundation dinner attended by more than 700 industry professionals.

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