From left to right: Eric McQueen, Mark Daley, Phil Fobert, Kyle Newburgh, Mark Piech, Kevin Acton, Phil Ritchie,
Theresa Cotton, Dave Hoilerhoek, Rob Sachvie, Rochelle Wiley, Richard Looser, Cindy Hand
We are Keefer Developments Ltd. We imagine and believe in better community, and the role that built heritage and culture plays in delivering a sense of place. We value individual creativity, hard work, quality, and integrity in all that we do and support.
Keefer Developments Ltd. is a Niagara based real estate development company specializing in adaptive reuse, heritage and brownfield revitalization projects. Using the principles of "Smart Growth" as our guide, we are responsible for providing the vision, leadership, and management resources required to complete a successful long-term transformation of our selected projects. We have also incorporated principles of "pragmatic sustainability” into all of our projects.
Our approach is to create significant value for all stakeholders by harmonizing both public objectives such as:
- Heritage preservation
- Urban renewal
- Tax base regeneration
and private objectives such as cost of ownership, attractiveness, and functionality of product.
Keefer Developments Ltd., works with a team of experts to manage all phases of real estate development including:
- Needs assessment and market analysis
- Municipal planning & approvals
- Private placement financing
- Design and construction
- Leasing and property management
Phil Ritchie BBA, President
Phil snuck out of Brock University with most of his Bachelor of Business Administration completed in 1985. He started in office technology sales with breakthrough products such as IBM XT clones, the regions first voice recognition software, and $4500 thermal roll fax machines. In the early 90's he quit selling stuff to create a consultancy firm to help people use the stuff they had purchased from people like Phil Ritchie. As President of the Canadian Telecommunications Consultants Association (CTCA), Phil was involved with efforts to; reduce corporate long distance rates, manage satanic voicemail configurations, and terrify various CIO's with Y2K.
Taking the name of the founding family of Thorold, he founded Keefer Developments Ltd. (KDL) in 2001. KDL lead the private sector revitalization of downtown Thorold sites including; the wondrous Keefer Mansion Inn, the stately Welland Mills and Book Depot. The award winning, 5 year, $14 Million project worked collaboratively with various stakeholders to drive economic energy to the area while preserving heritage elements and adaptively renewing abandoned sites. In 2007 Phil won the Niagara Community Design Award for Leadership.
Shifting focus in 2008 from heritage to sustainability, Phil began spending a silly amount of time understanding and trying to incorporate green building technologies into KDL projects. In 2010, KDL became active in the revitalization of downtown Niagara Falls. This role increased in 2012 with the acquisition of the Historic Niagara Development Inc portfolio.
Phil is an active member of the local Chamber movement and an advocate for a stronger Niagara. He has served on a few boards and advisory groups including; Ontario's Finest Inns, The Niagara Falls Downtown Board of Management, and the Smarter Niagara Steering Committee.
2007 Niagara Community Design Award Winner
The objective of the Niagara Community Design Awards is to recognize and celebrate excellence in community design in the Niagara Region. The award will continue to focus on projects that enhance the built environment, efficiently use land, and demonstrate creativity and vision.