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 Phoenix Park welcomes new tenant NMDesignz

Phoenix Park, the state of the art business center in Shirley, MA welcomes NMDesignz as their newest tenant among the 50 other bustling local businesses that call the 56 acre campus their home.

The first look at NMDesignz logo will offer clues to the mission of this marketing based company, which specializes in website and graphic design. As owner Nicole L. Murphy explains, her tagline is "Driven to think outside the box," and her logo incorporates two boxes with the N and M falling within the negative spaces, forcing your mind to think "outside the box" to see the letters.

At only 25 years old, Murphy has been exposed to the rigors of entrepreneurial challenges her entire life, as she practically grew up in her father's business, the Auto Clinic of Pepperell. Graduating from UMass Amherst in 2009 with a Bachelors in Business Marketing, then earning a certificate in Graphic Design and Digital Imaging in 2011, Murphy says she honed her skills assisting her father in all areas of marketing, digital networking, photography and advertising.

"I strongly believe growing up in my fathers business has breed me to be an entrepreneur. Also, ever since I could write I've had a passion to draw and be creative," recalls Murphy.

Her passion to be creative is what she brings to her customers. The creation of all marketing materials a small business could need is what NMDesignz offers. From the design and fabrication of websites, exterior and interior signage, online and email marketing, logo design and branding implementation, print collateral and even photography - NMDesignz is a full service design company.

" I believe my clients come to me with an idea, and it is my job to bring their visions to life with the same enthusiasm they have about their business," says Murphy. "My goal is to provide quality work that will make my clients stand out from their competitors so that their hard earned money is not just spent- it's an investment."

Recent projects of NMDesignz includes the 2013 member decal for the North Central Chamber of Commerce, branding standards and signage for North Central Charter Essential School in Fitchburg, and a new re-design for Town and Country Apartments in Leominster/Fitchburg's complete with new logo, website and signage.

For Murphy, Phoenix Park is the next step in growing her young business. " What brought me to Phoenix Park was the history of the building, and the community atmosphere. Everyone here is super nice, the staff, the businesses, and they want your business to grow just as much as you do."

Learn more about NMDesignz at their website nmdesignz.com or call 978-425-1686.

About Phoenix Park

Phoenix Park is a unique state of the art business center that offers a wide array of commercial lease options from office space to light industrial manufacturing. Set upon a serene 56-acre campus, the office park has rental space available starting at just 300 SF. The 300,000 SF restored mill complex hosts a strong business community with more than 50 companies that serve the local area and well beyond. Featuring an on-site professional property management team, amenities such as a shared fitness room and conference center, plus a state of the art solar energy system. Learn more at phoenixparkonline.com. To learn how you can grow your business at Phoenix Park, contact Director of Sales and Leasing Susan Casper at 978-425-9399

 PHOENIX PARK: RESTORED MILL 'INSPIRES TENANT SUCCESS'

Innovation, Vision and Value Transform Developer's Vision Into Reality

During the last half of the 19th and early 20th century, the Samson Cordage Mill manufactured cotton rope at its giant mill in Shirley, Mass. Today, one tenant at the property, now named Phoenix Park, is at the forefront of 21st century technology, specializing in customizing embedded controllers and monitor circuits for thermal and airflow systems. It's a long way from the rope business.

In 1988 Samson's owners put the property up for sale. Businessman Eric Shapiro, whose Shirley roots date back to his great-grandfather's arrival from Eastern Europe around 1900, had visions of what the old mill could become: "I knew the area, the property, and the potential.". In 1998 he formed 18 Phoenix Park LLC (www.phoenixparkonline.com ) and bought the 56-acre complex complete with woods and pond. This entity is one of several properties managed by The Lexvest Group, a commercial real estate firm of which he is President.

"We have always been suppliers of reclaimed old wood furniture and are best known for our farm tables, hutches, chairs and custom old wood furniture, explains Longden. The wood we use has been reclaimed from barns all over the Southern states that have fallen or need to be removed."

Each item is designed, built and finished with the customer in mind, with custom size and color options available that makes Lake & Mountain home a great resource for customers searching for an alternative from mass produced furniture. Longden compares their reclaimed old wood furniture to a classic black dress insofar as "It can be dressed up or down and never goes out of style. Simple accent pieces can make these pieces look just as good for everyday family use as they do for elegant dining occasions," she goes on to explain.

Having outgrown their original space, Longden visited Phoenix Park and discovered exactly what her business needed. "It's been a welcome change to be around other small business owners who not only experience the same joys and challenges but to also have Phoenix Park create opportunities to share in them.

We're thrilled to welcome Lake & Mountain homes as our new tenant," said Eric Shapiro, Principal of Phoenix Park, a 300,000-square-foot business center, offering office, light industrial, and lab space strategically located in North Central Mass. "We wish them the best of luck at the new location and look forward to helping Lake and Mountain grow its business."

Phoenix Park restoration and renovation may have been daunting: the buildings were built between the 1850s and 1980s. Phoenix Park invested several million dollars renovating three-quarters of the 300,000 square-foot complex. Shapiro, who earned an MBA from the Olin School of Management at Babson College, is renovating methodically, restoring sections as new users sign leases. "I knew the buildings were worth saving and restoring because they have so much character. And I knew that the cost basis would make the rents very competitive. Tenants appreciate the value they're getting here."

Shapiro hired Robert McDermott of McDermott Enterprises who has overseen all aspects of construction management; Patrick J Slattery for Architectural services; Goldsmith, Prest & Ringwall, Inc.(www.gpr-inc.com) for civil / structural engineering and environmental permitting; and Senate Construction Corp. (www.senateconstruction.com) for some of the more complex construction services. They work with his in-house team: Susan Casper, Director of Leasing, Alison Manugian, Construction Administrator; Terry Atwood, Facilities Manager, Gerry Wheeler, Superintendent and Joanne Smith, Director of Business Development.

To date, dozens of traditional and new economy sector companies have leased 300 to 30,000 square feet. "Flexibility and value are the keys to leasing space in Shirley Massachusetts," Shapiro says. Attracting businesses to Shirley, a suburb of Leominster-Fitchburg and Lowell, at first was a real challenge. "But through innovative marketing, flexible leasing terms and offering businesses tremendous value, Phoenix Park found ways to attract tenants from all over eastern and central Massachusetts."

Architectural features make Phoenix Park attractive: high ceilings, wide corridors, exposed beams and brickwork, loading docks, heavy-duty floor capacity, parking, highway access, and proximity to the Devens Commerce Center and T Commuter Rail.

The giant windows allow plenty of natural light, perfect for craftsmen at Burkart Flutes & Piccolos, for example. Open floor plans are ideal for such tenants as a sign company, a model train enthusiasts club, a home health care supplier, labs, a video production studio and ISS, a digital reproduction company, among others. The high-speed internet and energy-efficient systems meet the needs of high tech firms.

Overhead features include: modern mechanicals, energy-efficient lighting and HVAC systems, low-flow water fixtures, maximum insulation, energy-efficient windows, waste stream recycling, and a 600,000 Kwh solar energy system.

Phoenix Park's solar energy system is among the largest renewable energy projects in Massachusetts. There are 2,530 rooftop and ground panels that offset the buildings' electrical load by about 40%. The project won the 2010 EPA Merit Award and awards from the Nashoba Valley Chamber of Commerce. Tenants are also attracted by such features as individually metered electric and gas and incredible on-site service.

Shapiro, Susan Casper, Director of Leasing, and Joanne Smith, Director of Business Development, work hard to attract tenants. Shapiro believes "Our tenants' success is our success. By helping businesses to succeed, they'll grow, stay longer, and someday maybe require more space. We've developed a culture that encourages and promotes a sense of community and helps tenants achieve goals and fill gaps." Among innovations designed to help tenants: paid moving expenses, marketing assistance, Chamber membership, tenant networking events.

Shapiro acknowledges the early challenge of attracting bank capital to a project such as Phoenix Park and credits MassDevelopment and local banks who supported his early efforts. He notes, "People agree with our motto: Phoenix Park is a great place to grow your business."

To arrange a tour of Phoenix Park and/or for leasing information contact
Susan Casper: 978-425-9399 or email scasper@lexvest.com
Visit www.phoenixparkonline.com.

- By Stanley Hurwitz
stanhurwitz@gmail.com

 Lake & Mountain home custom furniture builds a new home at Phoenix Park

One of New England's foremost reclaimed wood furniture companies in the North East, Lake & Mountain home, announces their move to Phoenix Park Business Center in Shirley.

A creator of American made, reclaimed wood furniture with an eco-friendly agenda, Lake & Mountain home was established in 2004 by Jane Longden. Specializing in the building and finishing of custom reclaimed wood furniture, Longden has gathered a group of highly talented and committed artists and craftsmen to create custom furniture pieces for home and office. Regardless of the order, custom or otherwise, your furniture will be completed in approximately 6 weeks from the time you place your order.

"We have always been suppliers of reclaimed old wood furniture and are best known for our farm tables, hutches, chairs and custom old wood furniture," explains Longden. "The wood we use has been reclaimed from barns all over the Southern states that have fallen or need to be removed."

Each item is designed, built and finished with the customer in mind, with custom size and color options available that makes Lake & Mountain home a great resource for customers searching for an alternative from mass produced furniture. Longden compares their reclaimed old wood furniture to a classic black dress insofar as "It can be dressed up or down and never goes out of style. Simple accent pieces can make these pieces look just as good for everyday family use as they do for elegant dining occasions," she goes on to explain.

Having outgrown their original space, Longden visited Phoenix Park and discovered exactly what her business needed. "It's been a welcome change to be around other small business owners who not only experience the same joys and challenges but to also have Phoenix Park create opportunities to share in them.

We're thrilled to welcome Lake & Mountain homes as our new tenant," said Eric Shapiro, Principal of Phoenix Park, a 300,000-square-foot business center, offering office, light industrial, and lab space strategically located in North Central Mass. "We wish them the best of luck at the new location and look forward to helping Lake and Mountain grow its business."

Longden encourages studio visits to her new Shirley location, and invites potential customers who are curious about these handcrafted items to reserve an appointment and see firsthand the craftsmanship and quality available. "At any given time you will see multiple pieces in production for someone else and/or completed items waiting to be picked up," says explains.

Phoenix Park is located on a serene 50-acre campus setting on Phoenix Pond near the commuter rail, provides historic mill character and charm with space offering walls of glass and natural light, high ceilings, and modern mechanicals including solar generated electricity. Phoenix Park prides itself on customer service offering its businesses quick-response-on site-management, customized space to meet the needs of any business, all at a low price to meet any budget. Phoenix Park's "move at no cost" pledge enables businesses to relocate without out of pocket expense, and its free fitness room, meeting space, and lunch area has helped make Phoenix Park a destination business center. Phoenix Park can accommodate most any size business from single offices to 30,000 contiguous square feet. For more information, contact Sue Casper at 978-425-9399, scasper@lexvest.com or visit phoenixparkonline.com.

Learn more about Lake & Mountain home when you visit lakeandmountainhome.com, discover how to order your own custom piece by calling 978-505-3222 or stop by to discuss a possible project at Phoenix Park, 2 Shaker Road, Building H-100, Shirley, MA 01464.

 Where else but Phoenix Park

Where else in the Nashoba Valley can you find the aroma of award winning whoopee pies as you walk the hallways? Professionally crafted 14K gold flutes? "All things Jeep"? A printing company? Or a closet organizing/design company under one 150+ year old shaker mill building roof? It's our very own corporate gold sponsor Phoenix Park in Shirley whose motto is "A great place to grow your business". Grow it has. Phoenix Park has developed into a vibrant business community of 50+ businesses over the past twelve years under the direction of owner, Eric Shapiro, who had the foresight to see that this old building could be a bustling center of commerce and innovation. Possessing the fortitude to make it happen, along with his dedicated staff, Eric has pioneered one of the most unique business centers in the Nashoba Valley region. With its on-site management team, common area conference room, reception area, fitness center, rest rooms and employee lunch rooms, all of your business needs are situated in one easy location, allowing you to concentrate on one thing - growing your business.

Not only is Phoenix Park a Nashoba Valley corporate gold sponsor, but for every new tenant signed on they offer one year free Chamber membership. "Our philosophy is to help businesses grow and what better way to do that than to introduce them to the local businesses by way of a membership in the Chamber?" Eric is also a huge proponent of giving back to the community, as evidenced by the many organizations that Phoenix Park lends it support to in many different ways. It recently held a tenant BBQ to support Shirley Hose Company #1, pledged a year of service to the United Way targeting a mentoring program in the Shirley schools and, most recently, set up donation boxes for Loaves and Fishes with one of its tenants and chamber member Image Software Services.

The Phoenix Park solar energy system is one of the largest renewable energy projects in Massachusetts. The installation of 2,530 rooftop and ground level panels offset the facility's electrical load by approximately 40%. In addition to the solar energy system, Phoenix Park has taken a number of additional measures in an effort to "be green" with energy efficient windows, energy efficient HVAC systems, energy efficient lighting, maximum roof insulation, low flow plumbing fixtures, and waste stream recycling.

With the state of the economy being what it is Phoenix Park is happy to report that there are a handful of new business that have leased space in the last six months. Lake & Mountain Home set up shop in one of the free standing buildings on the 56 acre campus. Specializing in custom reclaimed wood tables, they can build and finish any type of furniture to your specifications. Gallagher Sales, recently occupying about 2,000sf, provides sales and marketing and product training to electrical contractors, engineers, and industry affiliates. Another commercial kitchen is underway to accommodate Annie's Gluten Free Bakery and Golden Girl Granola, who will share the space. Yum! What a delicious place to grow your business!

 ISS and Phoenix Park Team Up for Food Drive

Phoenix Park Business Center in Shirley, with the support of their tenant, ISS, is organizing a fall food drive for Loaves and Fishes of Devens, running now through December 23, 2011.

ISS, a full service digital duplication company with expertise in traditional paper printing and audio/video/data disc duplication, moved to Phoenix Park in June of 2009. Previously, ISS operated out of a facility in nearby Devens, which is where they became familiar with the work of the local food pantry, Loaves and Fishes. At that time, ISS explored ways to be supportive of the nonprofit food pantry, which serves six Massachusetts towns: Ayer, Devens, Groton, Harvard, Littleton, and Shirley.

" We became aware that they could use support with design/marketing and print - and have been offering that to them ever since at reduced or no charge," says ISS employee and coordinator for this fundraiser, Andrea Willette. "We feel it's a small gesture on our part - with a large impact on theirs."

Loaves & Fishes distributes approximately 7,700 pounds of food a week, and each pantry session which serves the community requires at least 25 volunteers. Currently the food pantry is low on many basic items and depends heavily on donations not only during the holiday season - but year round.

Willette was inspired to initiate the food drive at Phoenix Park after learning that the need for food donations in her local area had risen 20%, basic donations were low, and funding to essential community food pantry programs had been significantly trimmed.

"Since I live in Shirley, it really hit home. It pulled at my heart and I couldn't shake the feeling that I needed to help", says Willette. "I have never been hungry or needed assistance and I feel very fortunate to say that. It made me feel like I needed to do something - and that as a group we could help in a big way."

Gail Wilson, Volunteer and Office Manager at Loaves & Fishes says support from businesses like ISS and Phoenix Park is vital to their existence. "We are really very grateful for Andrea's efforts to get the donation boxes set up in Phoenix Park. ISS in general has been incredibly generous to us - and I know we are not the only organizations that they support."

"Phoenix Park is always looking for ways to help empower and sustain the community," explains Eric Shapiro, president of The Lexvest Group and owner of Phoenix Park. "When Andrea came to us with this idea of opening our doors for food donations, I was glad to help play a part."

To be a part of this community effort please bring your non-perishable items for Loaves and Fishes to the Phoenix Park campus, located at 2 Shaker Road in Shirley now through December 23 between 9a.m. and 5p.m. Donation boxes are located inside main entrances. Keep in mind the high need items such as cereal, canned soups, pasta & pasta sauce, helpers & sides, baking goods coffee, tea & cocoa, 100% juice, diapers, deodorant and soap.

Learn more about Loaves & Fishes and their donation and volunteer needs at 978-772-4627 or devenspantry.org. Learn more about ISS at imagesoftware.com and check out Phoenix Park at phoenixparkonline.com or find them on facebook.

 Closets By Design - Play, You Could Win

Closets By Design is doing a branding promotion on the social media Facebook site. Check it out you could win a thousand dollars.

 Gerry the Flag Wrangler

Phoenix Park's On-Site Professional Property Management team takes care of everything from flag detangling to snow removal. They've also been known to capture runaway pooches and report stray cows in the roadway.

 pss raising money for National Brain Tumor Society

pss's co-founder and president, Donna Greene, died of brain cancer in November of 2009. She was diagnosed with the tumor in 1996 and as a result served most of her tenure as president while fighting the disease.

Please consider supporting their efforts and make a donation. Donations payable to NBTS can be sent to pss, 2 Shaker Road, Shirley, MA 01464

For additional information, click icon to check out pss's on facebook or www.braintumorcommunity.org

 Start-Up Success

Phoenix Park Business Center in Shirley, MA is pleased to announce 6 Months Free Office Space for start-up companies and 12 Months Free Office Space for non-profits. The restored 300,000 sf mill building is a perfect blend of historical charm and modern day technology. Set upon a serene 56-acre campus, Phoenix Park has convenient access to routes 2, 190, and 495 and hosts a strong business community with over 60 companies.

Space includes:
- Furnished Office Space
- Free Wi-Fi
- Use of Phone, Fax, Copier
- Utilities
- Weekly allotted use of Sampson Conference Room
- The Cordage Lounge
- Fitness Center

According to a 2010 study by the Kauffman Foundation, almost all of net job creation in the United States U.S. since 1980 has come from companies less than five years old, which creates an average of 3 million jobs annually. Eric Shapiro, Principal of Phoenix Park Business Center has this to say about the offer; "The job market is still tight and people are evaluating new and creative ways to earn income. Phoenix Park wants to foster entrepreneurial ideas and innovation. The goal is to give a hand up to budding businesses to invest in the local community." The program is free and is not contingent upon a future lease agreement; however, a donation to the Shirley Educational Fund is welcome. For more information and details regarding the Start-Up Success program, please call Sue Casper at 978-425-9399 or email scasper@lexvest.com

 A Year Worth Noting (As Seen in The Connector, February 2011)

Kenneth Duval is the Owner
of Duval Sign Company located
at Phoenix Park in Shirley, MA.

This month marks Duval Sign Company’s first anniversary, how’d it go?

It was challenging at times, but overall it’s gone well and I am happy to say that the company has met and even surpassed some of the business goals.

What goals were you able to surpass?

Originally, I intended on hiring one employee, but I was able to hire two and I’m proud that my business was able to create jobs. It is probably the one thing that I am most pleased with. I was also able to purchase equipment that is essential to keeping up with technology and the demands of the marketplace. Developing signage requires fabrication using a wide array of materials from aluminum to plastics to steel to various woods…it’s important to have the equipment to accommodate the needs of clients.

Were you worried about the "down economy" when you opened up shop?

Of course, but it was important for me to focus on the goals and move forward. Along with the obvious risks, it also creates opportunities to begin at lower costs.

What sets you apart from other sign companies?

Our signage is custom and we are able to fabricate everything from start to finish in-house, which helps keep costs down for clients. There is also a faster turnaround time because we’re not at the mercy of other people’s (vendor's) schedules.

Is there any sign you can’t make?

No.

Is being located at Phoenix Park advantageous?

Definitely, Eric Shapiro fosters business-to-business associations and my working relationships within "the park" have been instrumental in having a successful year. I really appreciate the clients I have worked with over the past year and I hope to build on those relationships in the years to come.

What are your goals for the upcoming year?

I am going to spread out our area little more. Find new clients, create more jobs, and grow slowly, but steadily. We will continue to work hard and service our existing clients the best we can, and create new relationships.

 Welcome to the Phoenix Park Blog!

We are very excited to step further into the digital age with our new blog that will keep our followers up to date with the goings on at Phoenix Park. Now more than 50 businesses strong, Phoenix Park is a growing Business Center that serves the local community and well beyond.

Phoenix Park is constantly evolving to keep up with the needs of our tenants and the current technologies of today. We take pride in our overall appearance and have gone great lengths to modernize the historic building and campus while maintaining the integrity of the past.

It is our goal to give tenants with the essentials of a business environment suited to their individual needs for operation. We provide on-going maintenance and upgrades so that owners and managers can focus on what is important. The Phoenix Park Management Team understands that our tenants’ success is our success. We strive to assist in fostering business-to-business relationships, networking events, and other opportunities intended to promote tenant services.

For a printable overview of what Phoenix Park has to offer, click here

 Gone Green

Phoenix Park has invested in a number of measures to reduce energy consumption with the installation of energy efficient windows, energy efficient HVAC systems, energy efficient lighting, maximum roof insulation, low flow plumbing fixtures, and waste stream recycling.

In 2009, we decided to go even greener and establish a solar energy system and installed 2,530 Evergreen 200 Watt Solar Panels and Solectria Renewables Photovoltaic Inverters. The endeavor will offset the sites overall electrical load by approximately 40%. Over the lifetime of the system, it will compensate for over 950,000 pounds of CO2 - the equivalent of planting 52,000 trees and eliminating the burning of over 9,800 gallons of gasoline each year.

Our choice of Massachusetts-made components from Evergreen and Solectria bolsters and reinforces the state’s leadership position in the nation’s growing green economy. As stated in a recent press release: "Phoenix Park is committed to driving the Massachusetts green industry forward by hiring stellar local businesses for its green building and renewable energy initiatives," said Eric Shapiro, managing partner of Phoenix Park.

The 506-kilowatt solar electricity system is a flagship effort in a long string of energy efficiency work at the complex. Our dedication and commitment to the environment and the community at large is based on the motto; “reduce, reuse, and recycle.” It is important that we restore an invaluable asset of the community’s history while embracing the technologies of the earth’s future.

For a printable information regarding Phoenix Park’s energy reduction measures, click here

 
 
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