Feb 15, 2023

JMC Loves Our Residents!

Our JMC staff showed the love for our residents across the portfolio this Valentine's Day! Our communities got very creative with different ways to celebrate the holiday this year.

The team at The Heights Amesbury was taught how to create candy bouquets by one of its very own residents! The Leasing staff encouraged residents to send bouquets to other fellow residents to be hand delivered on Valentine's Day. 

4 men and women standing around table making candy bouquets

Redbrook Apartments added local flare to this holiday with a raffle for the chance to win a date night at TrailsEnd Bistro in Plymouth. 

Lincoln School Apartment kept things sweet this Valentine's Day with a chocolate fondue party for residents! How can you resist a fresh chocolate covered strawberry? 

Lynnfield Commons, Shrewsbury Commons, and Village Green made special goodie bags for their communities so residents could grab their treats on the go. 

2 women sitting beside table with Valentine's Day candy

The team at Station Row showed their appreciation for the Valentine's cookies sent by the Corcoran Connections Committee. The committee sent the delicious Cheryl's Cookies to every property to celebrate the holiday companywide!

Woman and two men sitting and holding up Valentine's Day cookies

We appreciate the time and effort our JMC teams put in to make their residents feel the love on this special holiday.   

TRIVIA: Who is the Super Bowl trophy named after? How many Super Bowls did this person win? 

1/25 Trivia Answer: Hulk Hogan

Jan 25, 2023

2022 Satisfacts Awards

 Thank you for participating in the most recent trivia question! The question asked, "What was Portfolio Director, Chris Butkovich's job before working at JMC?" The answer is a Zamboni driver! 

John M. Corcoran & Company earned a SatisFacts Resident Satisfaction Award at several properties in 2022. These awards are broken down into the SatisFacts Community Award and the ApartmentRatings epIQ Top Rated Award. 

SatisFacts Award symbol

The SatisFacts Community Award is given to communities with a 4.25+ overall score for Annual or Insite with a minimum of 25 completed surveys throughout the year. A grand total of 14 JMC properties were awarded in 2022! 

Green box with property names typed in navy blue

The ApartmentRatings epIQ Top Rated Award is given to those who earned an A+ epIQ Index with at least five reviews in 2022. Beverly Commons, Lynnfield Commons, The Mastlight, and Weymouth Commons all earned this award last year. 

Exterior of apartment building at Beverly Commons

Navy blue box with property names typed in green

2022 proved to be both a challenging, yet rewarding year for JMC. According to the SatisFacts site, "The National Resident Satisfaction Awards recognize top property management companies and communities who are dedicated to providing an outstanding resident experience." Our employees work diligently to cater to prospects and residents that result in greater resident satisfaction at our communities. We are happy to celebrate another year of success thanks to our wonderful JMC staff!

TRIVIA: Who made a "celebrity" guest appearance at the Manager's Meeting?

Jan 12, 2023

2022 JMC Highlights

Thank you for your participation in the last trivia question. The question asked, "What are the four main food groups for elves, according to Buddy in the movie Elf?" The answer is candy, candy canes, candy corns, and syrup!

2022 brought a year full of exciting events and accomplishments for JMC. Take a scroll through some our notable highlights from the year. 

The Sto won the MAA Community of Excellence Award as the Renovated Community of the Year! The Sto renovated the interior of the clubhouse and added in an outdoor patio with seating and grills in addition to outdoor workout equipment and lawn games. 

The Sto Clubhouse and Outdoor Patio

One Wall Street received Prism Awards for the Best Rental Community and the Best Interior Merchandising of a Model. 

Model Apartment kitchen at One Wall Street
One Wall Street Model Apartment

Several JMC properties went through renovations in 2022. Shrewsbury Commons renovated the interior of the clubhouse and fitness center. The acquisition of Munroe Place brought on unit, corridor, and community space renovations. Faxon Commons and Weymouth Commons also began renovations in the corridors and lobbies. McNamara House also underwent renovations and Townhouse Apartments received brand new windows in each apartment.

Renovated corridor at Weymouth Commons

Renovated kitchen at Munroe Place

Energy Efficiency efforts continued in 2022 with a PV Solar Panel project at Pelham Apartments to be installed in 2023 which will reduce common area energy costs. EV charging stations were installed at the corporate office with more installations to come in 2023. Another goal for 2023 is to collect energy data across the portfolio to be report to the corporate office to better track energy use and costs at our communities. 

Development had a busy year with the building of Union 346, Lunenburg Central, and Central Gateway in Leicester. JMC broke ground on Chelsea Innes in 2022 and is slated for redevelopment in 2023.

Exterior image of Union 346

JMC took on the management of four new properties in 2022. We are proud to have Babcock Tower, Towne Estates, Bass Point Apartments, and Kent Apartments as the newest additions to the portfolio!

The team at Kent Apartments standing next to sign
The Kent Apartments Team

The DEI Committee made substantial efforts with events and trainings over the past year. The committee added Edge2Learn trainings focused on DEI topics and recently launched the regional pilot training program in 2022 which will continue into 2023. The committee also sold DEI t-shirts and all proceeds went to Caritas Communities. The members also put together a performance at the the company outing and hosted a series of movie days as a fun way to discuss DEI topics through film to be continued into next year.

Weymouth staff members at DEI training
DEI Pilot Training at SouthField Commons for Weymouth Staff

North Shore staff watching movie in clubhouse
North Shore Staff DEI Movie Day at Lynnfield Commons

Our affordable properties often host fabulous resident events to celebrate the holidays. Sheila Buonaugurio, Resident Services Coordinator of Hanover Legion, and Amelia Davis, Rental Manager of Lincoln School Apartments, both did an excellent job putting these parties together for their residents to enjoy in 2022. Jackie Castaneda was recently welcomed back to Pelham Apartments along with the new addition of Olga Timchenko at Saugus Commons who both worked on a significant number of certifications for each property, well done!

Hanover Legion Residents at Halloween Party
Hanover Legion Residents at Halloween Party

Desk with hot chocolate bar
Kent Village Hot Chocolate Bar

Two women holding gift card donations in front of Christmas tree
Hanover Legion Residents with Holiday Donations

Lincoln School Apartments community room with holiday decorations
Lincoln School Apartments Holiday Party Decorations

Residents of Lincoln School Apartments at Halloween Party
 Lincoln School Apartments Halloween Party 

JMC has accomplished so much in 2022 thanks to all of our employees and the residents who call our communities their home. JMC has had a successful 2022 and we look forward to a great start to 2023!

TRIVIA: What was Portfolio Director, Chris Butkovich's job before working at JMC? 

Dec 9, 2022

JMC 2022 Holiday Manager's Meeting

 Thank you for participating in the last trivia question! The question asked, "What did President Coolidge famously receive as a Thanksgiving gift?" The answer is a racoon! Vinnie Joyce of Nitta Yuma, Mississippi sent a live racoon to President Coolidge at the White House in November of 1926 to be served for Thanksgiving dinner. However, President Coolidge granted it a pardon and adopted the racoon as a presidential pet! President Coolidge and First Lady Grace Coolidge named her Rebecca.

JMC brought the year to a close with the annual Holiday Manager's Meeting held at Granite Links. The meeting included Portfolio Directors, Regional Mangers, Property Managers, Assistant Property Managers, members of the departments in the corporate office, and the Executive Leadership Team. The day celebrated all our company has accomplished this year and what we are looking forward to in 2023.

People sitting at round tables in reception room

The morning kicked off with a presentation on inclusive leadership from Christie Lindor of Tessi Consulting. Christie has been working with JMC on our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion strategy. This was a very informative presentation with discussion among our managers for how to become more inclusive leaders. Three of our JMC employees were chosen for a panel discussion with Christie. Jeanmarie O'Brien, Jazmin Colon, and Brian Gallagher gave advice to fellow managers about the strategies they use to be inclusive leaders for their teams. The JMC DEI Committee also distributed the entire company with a giftbox as a thank you for supporting their efforts this year.

The majority of the afternoon consisted of updates from each department in the corporate office. Development summarized projects in motion including Union 346, Chelsea Innes, Lunenburg Central, and Central Gateway in Leicester. Future projects in the pipeline were also discussed. The Compliance department went over best practices on Section 8 vouchers and reasonable accommodations. The Director of Maintenance Operations discussed the importance of vendor relations and goals for 2023. 

Man speaking in front of presentation screen
Peter Mahoney, Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions 

JMC invited the 2022 Maintenance Mania Top Gun squad to the meeting to recognize their efforts in the competition this year. The whole company was blown away not only by the number of participants, but also the number of victories by the JMC crew! Gary Saltmarsh introduced each member of the team to the room, followed by a round of applause. They all joined us for lunch and each received a JMC swag bag! We cannot wait to see everyone compete again next year.

Man walking through balloon arch with arms up
Alex "Aviator" Herrera Competitor from Lynnfield Commons 

There was a record-breaking number of Meet the Mission awards in 2023. Nancy Gaudet and Cynthia Buckley were proud to recognize 11 of these winners at the meeting. Congratulations, managers! 

Meet the Mission Winners standing together
Cynthia Buckley with Meet the Mission Winners: Lily Martinez, Jim Krotz, Jazmin Colon, Fern Mullen, Stephanie Peeler, Teresa Barcelos, Aidan Callahan, Megan McDonald, Amanda Murray, and Gail Murray

Human Resources discussed the many accomplishments it has made as a new department to JMC. We look forward to all this department has in store for the new year. Accounting discussed the focus to promote more open communication with the properties via a new Sharepoint site for easy access to accounting forms. The IT department had a busy year with thousands of tickets completed and the organization of many existing systems at the properties.  

Woman speaking in front of presentation screen
Keli Trejo, Chief People & Culture Officer

The Marketing department made the final remarks with what the team accomplished in 2022 and what it strives for in 2023. The meeting concluded with the results for a month-long contest for the properties, better known as the JMC Smackdown! The goals of this competition were to wrestle vacancy by reaching 95% occupancy or better by November 30th and to improve collections from September to November. The Smackdown bonus would go to the property that reduced delinquency by the greatest percentage. 

A very special guest came to the meeting to give the JMC Smackdown belt to the winning property! The Hulk (Saltmarsh) Hogan awarded the title Smackdown belt to Westcott Terrace! Congratulations to the entire Westcott Terrace team!

Man dressed in Hulk Hogan costume holding up JMC title belt

Man dressed in Hulk Hogan costume holding up JMC title belt with woman
Diane St. Jean, Property Manager of Westcott Terrace, Receiving the JMC Smackdown Title Belt

The fun did not stop with the conclusion of the meeting! All managers received a JMC branded gift of their choice and got to enjoy a cocktail hour to close out the day. However, there was one more surprise in store. 12 of our managers got together to sing "The 12 Days of Christmas" in JMC fashion with lyrics written by Nancy Gaudet and Cynthia Buckley. 

Managers wearing Santa hats singing and holding posters with song lyrics

The Holiday meeting was a fabulous way to end the year and to bring on the energy to accomplish all of our goals set for 2023! 

TRIVIA: What are the four main food groups for elves, according to Buddy in the movie Elf?

Nov 18, 2022

JMC is Leasing Up!

 Thank you for participating in the last trivia question! The question asked, "What makes a fighter pilot an ace?" A fighter pilot is credited as an ace when he/she has shot down five or more enemy aircrafts during aerial combat. 

John M. Corcoran & Co has had a busy fall season as the company is in the midst of leasing up three brand-new properties spread throughout different areas of Massachusetts!

JMC is finishing up the development of Union 346 in the heart of Union Square in Somerville, MA. This community consists of 94 studio and one bedroom apartment homes all managed by JMCUnion 346 will feature an outdoor rooftop with city views, a fitness center, a resident lounge, bike storage, and a pet washing station. This community is great for commuters going into the city as the Green Line extension is less than a mile away from Union 346

Exterior image of Union 346
Development Progress at Union 346.

Rendering of Studio Apartment at Union 346
Rendering of Studio Apartment at Union 346

JMC has also taken on management for the second phase of Redbrook Apartments in Plymouth, MA. This phase will consist of 104 additional apartment homes. New amenities include a dog park, a pickle ball court, and an outdoor grilling and gathering area in addition to all the other wonderful amenities that the Redbrook community offers. 

Pathway with building and sky
Phase II of Redbrook Apartments

Phase II of Redbrook Apartments
Phase II of Redbrook Apartments

JMC is managing the lease up of another property called The Curtis located in Bellingham, MA. The Curtis has 250 apartments spread across five buildings with beautiful greenery and pathways in between. The community offers one, two, and three bedroom apartments. Amenities include a clubhouse, fitness center, swimming pool, outdoor patios with firepits and grilling areas, a dog park, and more. The nearby Forge Park commuter rail station provides easy access to Boston and Providence. 

Exterior Rendering of The Curtis
Rendering of The Curtis

View of living room and kitchen in model apartment
Model Apartment at The Curtis

TRIVIA: Thanksgiving is just around the corner! What did President Calvin Coolidge famously receive as a Thanksgiving gift?