The ACRES Land Trust expanded its Tel-Hy nature preserve with a 6.9 acre donation by Phillip Smith, a friend and neighbor of Hy and Lorraine Goldenberg, who provided the land for the existing Huntington County preserve.

Smith, a 1968 wildlife management graduate of Purdue University, sees donating his land as a natural extension of his life, ACRES noted in an announcement of the gift.

“I love this place. I wanted it preserved,” said Smith. “And I didn’t want just one or two people to enjoy it. I wanted to share it with everybody who enjoys nature.”

Adding to Tel-Hy was a priority for ACRES. Smith’s addition completes protection of the whole escarpment zone, the area from the top of the bluff to the river bank, and includes a creek with an exposed bedrock bottom. ACRES prioritizes additions to existing preserves to complete protection of geologic formations, increase undisturbed natural habitat and as result, over time, increases bio-diversity.

Smith knew of ACRES, attended a few events, then talked with ACRES a few years ago as he considered whether and how he might protect the land. He and ACRES finalized the plan, and the discounted sale received additional support from the Indiana Heritage Trust and theHuntington County Community Foundation.

Smith has a life estate in the donated property, which is closed to the public. A trail map and directions to the open portion of Tel-Hy nature preserve, as featured in ACRES’ most recent preserve guide, is available at the land trust’s website,

BND Commercial

Karl Behrens represented the landlord, Rogers Markets Inc., in the renewal of a lease of 6,000 square feet of space at 10311 Illinois Road, in the Shoppes of Scott Road, to Belmont Beverage.

David Dumas represented the landlord, Southway Plaza LLC, as well as the tenant, Alternative Dimensions (doing business as Great Clips) in the renewal of a lease of 1,800 square feet of space at Southway Plaza, Kokomo.

David Norton and Behrens represented the seller, IAB Bank as guardian of the Beverly Bowman Estate, in the sale of 1.3 acres at 2005 N. Coliseum Blvd. to D3 Fort Wayne LLC. The site will be developed as a Dollar Tree store.

David Nugent represented both the seller, Summit City Management, and the buyer, Precision Properties Group LLC, in the sale of the 8,592-square-foot industrial building at 2809 American Way.

Dirig Sheet Metal

Dirig Sheet Metalwas awarded a contract for the installation of heating, ventilation and air conditioning duct work in Building B670 at Grissom Air Force Base, Peru.

Felderman Design-Build

Felderman Design­-Build was awarded a design‐build contract by Pizza Hut of Fort Wayne Inc., for a raze and rebuild of its Syracuse store.

Riverfront effort gets

donation from I&M

Indiana Michigan Power donated $25,000 to the Community Foundation of Greater Fort Wayne’s efforts to support riverfront development by the city of Fort Wayne.

The Lilly Endowment will provide a 50-percent match, bringing the total value of the donation to $37,500.

The community foundation has taken a lead in raising private dollars for the project, pledging to raise $3 million by March 31. Money raised at this stage will be used for riverfront clean­up and restoration, permitting, site preparation for future development and the design and construction of a promenade.

Restaurant chain raises money for veterans assistance fund

Burger King restaurants operated by Quality Dining Inc. raised more than $105,686 through participation in the VFW Unmet Needs program to create awareness and raise funds for veterans, active duty service members and their immediate families.

Based in Mishawaka, Quality Dining has 105 Burger King restaurants in Indiana and Michigan, including 15 in the Fort Wayne area. The fund-raising effort, which kicked off in November during the week of Veterans Day, invited customers to donate $1 to the VFW Unmet Needs fund when placing their orders. The fundraiser ended Dec. 6.

2016 Book of Lists update

Reecer Properties Inc. should have appeared in the list of Largest Residential Real-Estate Agencies, ranking at No. 7.

The company, owned by Lynn Reecer, also appears in the list of Largest Women-Owned Companies.

The company has 15 licensed agents, seven full-time local staff members and had 220 transaction sides in 2014. The average sale price for the agency was $305,488 and the most expensive sale was $3 million.

As of May 2015, the company had 103 listing. The company, founded in 2010 by Lynn and James Reecer, offers services in residential real estate, lakes real estate, commercial real estate, staging and remodeling, recruiting and relocation, transitional rentals and financial and building assistance. Please look for the next Largest Residential Real-Estate Agencies list in Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s May 6 edition.

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