From Then to Now

How Urban Alternatives Came to Be!

 


1988

Thomas R. Viere

Thomas R. Viere founds Port Glasgow Inc. with a purchase of a 42 unit building in the Uptown neighborhood.


1993

Port Glasgow Inc. expands and acquires its first West Side building and adding on a workforce of two.


1998

The first Port Glasgow office opens in 1998, expanding the company with 5 employees.

Roman L. Viere joins Port Glasgow Inc. as Vice President.

Roman | Vice President


1999

Urban Alternatives Office

Urban Alternatives Inc. is founded as a management company.


2001

Urban Alternatives acquires its first South Suburban property in Blue Island, IL.

Wins the “Good Neighbor’s Award”, from the Chicago Association of Realtors.

Good Neighbor Award Winner - NAR


2004

Urban Alternatives expands to 300 units and 15 staff members.


2007

Urban Alternatives continues to develop, acquiring another 203 units – totaling 500 units.


2010

Tommy Viere comes on board as partner.


2013

Urban Alternatives developed its first Sales Office.


2014

Urban Alternatives extends to the West Suburban area acquiring properties in Maywood and Berwyn.


2016

Tommy Viere is appointed as president of Urban Alternatives & Leonor Borja joins the family business as the CFO.

Tommy Viere | President
Leonor | CFO

2017

Marquette | Miller Beach Apartments

Urban Alternatives invests in AppFolio, a property management software, to improve efficiency and customer relations.

Urban Alternatives extends to North West Indiana obtaining properties near Miller Beach and also renovates Offices for productivity purposes.


2018

We now have a staff of 25 consisting of 8 office personnel including Property Managers and Administration, and a full maintenance crew of 17.

we currently manage 900+ units in our many locations in the Austin Neighborhood of Chicago, South and West Suburbs of Chicago and North West Indiana.


Thank you for joining us on this wonderful adventure!