WDBJ7 Visits The Locker Room Lofts

WDBJ7 visited The Locker Room Lofts on October 28 ahead of move-in weekend. The former YMCA on Church Avenue now features unique apartments (including several two-story units built out of the old basketball court), a gym, an indoor pool, an indoor track and other athletic facilities. There’s also a roof deck and a pocket park. Watch the report here. More information on the Locker Room Lofts is available at www.thelockerroomlofts.com.

Renovation Work Nears Completion at the Locker Room Lofts

The transformation of the former Central Branch YMCA into the Locker Room Lofts is well under way in downtown Roanoke. Today, developer Faisal Khan revealed the progress on his latest adaptive reuse project with a private walk-through for news media and community leaders.

The Locker Room Lofts blends historic elements of the original 1950s building with contemporary design to create an industrial, urban vibe. The renovated building will be made up of more than 50 units, including studios, one- and two-bedroom apartments, live-work spaces, and one dedicated commercial space. Unlike any other downtown residential community, the Locker Room Lofts also provides 15,000 square feet of historically preserved athletic facilities. Residents will have free access to an indoor swimming pool, basketball and racquetball courts, an elevated running track and a fitness center. Other amenities include a rooftop deck, enclosed courtyard, pet green space, community vegetable garden and personal storage units. Onsite parking will be provided on a first-come, first-reserved basis.

“This project is truly one-of-a-kind. The number of athletic amenities that this building offers completely sets us apart from any other downtown project. In fact, in the past few weeks, there has been tremendous interest in leasing before our official kickoff,” said Khan.

More information on the Locker Room Lofts is available at www.thelockerroomlofts.com. Rents start at a monthly rate of $400, and leasing is now available through Waldvogel Commercial Properties. A late summer opening is anticipated.

Krista Vannoy Named VP and COO at Waldvogel Commercial Properties

Krista H. Vannoy, CCIM, has been promoted to Vice President and Chief Operating Officer at Waldvogel Commercial Properties. She has been a commercial real estate practitioner since 2001 and has been with the firm since its founding.

In her new post, Vannoy will focus on developing growth strategies and new lines of business, as well as building on the company’s platform of high quality client services, said Michael Waldvogel, president and chief executive officer, adding that one of her strengths is “coaching and mentoring new staff and associates.” She will continue in her role of sales and leasing broker where she has displayed her ability to work through complex commercial and industrial transactions, he said.

Prior to her career in real estate, she worked in downtown economic development, including serving as Executive Director for both the Martinsville Uptown Revitalization Association and Lexington Downtown Development Association. She has a Bachelor of Arts Degree from Meredith College and holds the CCIM designation.

She is a 2006 graduate of Leadership Roanoke Valley and has been active in the Roanoke Valley Preservation Foundation and the International Council of Shopping Centers. She volunteers as a puppy handler for Saint Francis Service Dogs; as a coach for the No Boundaries Beginner Running Program, and served as race director for Four On The 4th, a charity four-mile foot race.

Miller is Waldvogel Commercial Properties’ New Agent

D. Scott Miller has joined Waldvogel Commercial Properties, Inc. as a sales and leasing agent.

Miller brings 25 years of commercial real estate experience to his new position. He has owned his own real estate development company for more than 5 years and has experience with investment and senior living properties. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Real Estate, Construction and Facilities Management at Advance Auto.

He will primarily focus his efforts on helping national and local retailers and landlords meet their respective goals. He has been a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) for more than 20 years.

An “Air Force brat,” he is a graduate of New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in marketing management. He moved to the Roanoke Valley from Chicago 16 years ago to work for Advance. He enjoys bicycling and golf. Miller has a daughter in law school and a son who has just joined the U.S. Marines.

Roberts Named New Assistant Property Manager

Susan Roberts has joined Waldvogel Commercial Properties as assistant property manager. She brings a strong background in property management to her position, including a prior stint at the firm.

A native of Atlanta, Roberts has lived in the Roanoke area for 12 years. She enjoys being outdoors, hiking and kayaking. She also loves spending time with her grandchildren.