Exciting Residential Improvements Coming to River Chase & Fremaux Town Center Multifamily Properties

Stirling Properties announces exciting new residential improvements planned for the Retreat at River Chase in Covington and Retreat at Fremaux Town Center in Slidell’s multifamily apartment communities. The $1 million upgrades will be spread across both properties with an emphasis on enhanced residential amenities and revitalized common spaces.

The Retreat at River Chase in Covington, Louisiana

Retreat at River Chase in Covington, Louisiana

Construction work has begun on the installation of state-of-the-art seafood and grill stations. Large pavilions will be erected and equipped with grills, seafood boil space, and granite counter tops with built-in waste receptacles for discarded seafood shells. The space will also include lounge areas with fire pits and yard games. The pool area will be upgraded to include a more resort-style setting with furniture, landscaping and pull-down projection screens to watch sporting events. All amenities will be accessible for residents of the properties on a first come, first served basis.

Additionally, parcel pending lockers, also known as “smart” lockers, will be installed in central areas of the facilities to collect delivered packages and e-commerce orders for residents. A property manager will receive all deliveries, assign the packages to an individual lockbox that alerts tenants of the delivery and provides a digital access code for easy, convenient retrieval. The lockers are designed to eliminate clutter due to the overwhelming amount of daily delivered packages to residential properties and to provide an extra layer of security for parcels otherwise left unattended on doorsteps. 

Work has already commenced on the projects, and anticipated completion is planned for the end of March.

The Retreat at Fremaux Town Center in Slidell, Louisiana

Retreat at Fremaux Town Center in Slidell, Louisiana

Justin Landry, Vice President of Finance for Stirling Properties, noted that the demand for high-quality apartment properties continues to be strong, especially in high population growth areas such as St. Tammany Parish and the Northshore region of New Orleans. However, demographic shifts and technological advancements are affecting housing, and tenant expectations are becoming increasingly sophisticated in the multifamily residential market sector—they want luxury living, ample amenities, open and active public spaces, all at affordable prices.

“The Retreat at River Chase and Retreat at Fremaux Town Center are both strategically located in mixed-use developments that encompass the prevalent live, work, play environment that has grown in popularity, especially among the large millennial demographics,” said Landry. “These new residential amenities will enhance the community connectivity of our existing properties and make them much more attractive in the market as new multifamily options come online every day.”

The Retreat at River Chase (formerly Springs at River Chase) is a 296-unit luxury apartment community located within the 253-acre River Chase mixed-use development at Interstate 12 and LA Hwy. 21 in Covington, Louisiana. The Retreat at Fremaux Town Center (formerly Springs at Fremaux Town Center) is also a 296-unit multifamily community located within the Fremaux Town Center mixed-use project at Interstate 10 and Fremaux Avenue in Slidell, Louisiana. Stirling Properties’ residential portfolio includes 1800 multifamily units totaling more than 1.5 million square feet of properties throughout South Louisiana.

Field of Dreams

Earlier this week, The Miracle League Northshore broke ground on its new playing field and facility located at Coquille Parks and Recreation in Covington, Louisiana!

Miracle League

The Miracle League works with mentally and physically disabled children so they can participate in everyday sports. The Northshore division was founded in 2014 to bring The Miracle League to serve the children of St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, and Washington Parishes. Coquille Parks and Recreation donated the land, and after a years-long fundraising campaign, the group is finally ready to start construction of the field.

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Currently, the children play on a natural-grass field, but the dirt and grass design of a baseball or soccer field found in a typical youth sports program can be challenging and unsafe to maneuver from a wheelchair or with crutches used by many Miracle League participants.

The new Miracle Field will be a specially constructed surface that uses a cushioned, synthetic turf to accommodate wheelchairs and other walking-assistance devices that, along with appropriate support facilities, is designed specifically for use by children with disabilities.

Gina Lorio, Miracle League's Executive Director, and Griffin Lennox, Stirling Properties’ Investment Sales Analyst

Gina Lorio, Miracle League’s Executive Director, and Griffin Lennox, Stirling Properties’ Investment Sales Analyst

Stirling Properties selected The Miracle League as the beneficiary of our annual Stirling Olympics fundraiser last year. We were able to raise $28,000 to help fund the new playing field and provide local children with access to a safe playing environment! Stirling Properties’ Investment Sales Analyst, Griffin Lennox, is also an active volunteer with The Miracle League and serves as a “buddy” for participating children to help encourage learning and fun in sports.

The mission of Miracle League of Greater New Orleans and The Miracle League North Shore is to promote the health and well-being of children with disabilities, provide opportunities for non-disabled children to learn about and interact with children with disabilities, and develop community awareness and support for the child athlete with disabilities through organized sports leagues. The vision of the program is to provide any disabled child, regardless of their level of disability, the opportunity to play league games and enjoy the emotional and physical benefits of being part of a team.


March 17, 2017|Blog, Involvement, New Orleans Northshore, Stewardship|

Congratulations to Paul Mastio for being selected as one of New Orleans CityBusiness’ 2016 Money Makers!

Paul Mastio New Orleans CityBusiness’ 2016 Money Maker

CityBusiness’ Money Makers recognizes financial professionals whose fiscal work has set the pace for their company and the region. Honorees were selected based on industry and community involvement, and achievement through their energy and innovative ideas.

“CityBusiness commends its Money Makers for the professional standards they follow as well as for the new ones they are setting,” said Natalie Chandler, Editor of CityBusiness Magazine. “This year’s honorees have not only established their institutions as solid businesses but have also worked to provide help to the community where it’s needed the most.”

Paul Mastio has been a leader and integral part of Stirling Properties’ accounting team for the last 23 years. As CFO, he is responsible for all aspects of the company’s accounting & IT team, operations, processes, and reporting functions across our Gulf South service area.

“I’ve always been great with math and numbers, so when I got into the accounting field, I found it worked well for me,” he said. “I can really make a difference with analysis and reporting, and when I do a report for an owner or investor that saves them money, it feels good.”

Marty Mayer, Paul Mastio, Jeff Marshall

Marty Mayer, Paul Mastio, Jeff Marshall

Paul’s role with Stirling Properties is crucial to our success and growth. He is passionate about the company and is always looking to make improvements, save money and assist in our development. “I really enjoy digging into financials or operations and helping the company to be more cost-effective,” he said. “Every day is a huge handbag of new and different tasks in accounting to solve, and that is what motivates me.”

Currently, he is working to implement new commercial transaction software that will simplify work processes for both commercial agents and employees. Paul notes, “I understand the back-end processes of software and how make it work for us so we can be more efficient, report information earlier, and pay our agents quicker. We also pay hundreds of vendors a month, and before, our workflow was condensed into two maddening days. When we changed to doing things electronically, it evened out the workflow so one person can handle it versus two or three. It makes a big impact on cost savings and productivities.”

Paul Mastio, Laura Wallace, Judy McKee, Doug Ferguson

Paul Mastio, Laura Wallace, Judy McKee, Doug Ferguson

He has successfully implemented two major accounting software conversions at Stirling Properties (PMAS and Yardi) which streamlined duties, ultimately saving time and money. He now serves as a member of the Yardi Property Management Systems Users Group and has guided other former PMAS users to the Yardi system. He is also a Certified Information Technology Professional (CITP) from AICPA.

Paul is heavily involved in coordinating the annual Stirling Olympics fundraiser. He has also led company efforts to support many nonprofit events such as Northshore Heart Walk, Breast Cancer Walk and ALS Association.

He is directly affiliated with numerous nonprofit organizations, community groups and recreational clubs including ALS Association, Boy Scouts of America, Mandeville Soccer Club and Pelican Park, among many others. He’s volunteered with Habitat for Humanity on the build of three homes, and worked to build local community playgrounds.

Many people have contributed to Paul’s success along the way. “My father was a huge influence on me. Although he was the typical 70s and 80s dad, going to work and bringing home the bacon, he taught me a strong work ethic and to always work hard and do your best,” said Paul. “And all of the partners of Stirling Properties—past and present—have been a blessing in my life, teaching me the ropes of real estate and mentoring me throughout the years.”

When Paul isn’t working—or doing work for others—he attends (and coaches!) his kids’ sporting events. He has five children ages five to 17.

And a little fun fact…he is also building a Shelby Cobra from a kit. “I’ve wanted to build a car since I was 14 years old,” he said. “I’ve been following the industry, went to school to learn to build it, and now it’s finally arriving in my garage this December…..assuming my garage is built by then!”

We congratulate Paul on his tremendous accomplishments, and this much deserved award.


Golf Fore! Good

Stirling Properties hits a hole-in-one
with its Annual Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament

16th Annual Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament

The 16th Annual Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament was held earlier this month at University Club Plantation in Baton Rouge. More than 120 golfers participated in the scramble event and were treated to a great day of food, fun and fellowship—along with a little friendly competition—all for a good cause.

The tournament was a huge success, raising $30,000 for local nonprofit organizations! In support of Breast Cancer Awareness month, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation received $10,000 from the proceeds. The remaining proceeds were distributed to various local charitable causes.

Representatives from Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation and LSU Tiger Athletic Foundation were on hand to receive a check for their contributions. Grady Brame, Executive Vice President of Stirling Properties (and resident golf expert!), presented a check to Todd Stevens, President and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center; and to Rick Perry, President and CEO of Tiger Athletic Foundation, during an awards celebration and cocktail reception following the tournament.

Todd Stevens, Jimmy Maurin, Grady Brame

Todd Stevens, Jimmy Maurin, Grady Brame

What happens on the golf course does not stay on the golf course—here’s a recap of the days’ activities. The 1st Place Low Net was won by Steven Serio, Tyler Marquette, Lance McCardle and Colin O’Flynn. The Low Gross winning team included Paul Geyer, Rick Perry, Grady Brame and Jimmy Maurin. Additional awards were presented for 2nd, 3rd and 4th Low Gross and Low Net as well as 4 Closest to the Hole prizes, Longest Drive, and Highest Gross Score (we won’t name any names!).

A heartfelt thanks to all of our friends and supporters that participated and contributed to the Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament. This event would not be possible without you.

“The 16th Annual Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament was a tremendous success, and we were once again able to donate to worthy nonprofit organizations that are truly making a difference in our communities. We are grateful for the generosity of our tournament sponsors and thank everyone that came out to support us. We hope to see you again next year!” said Brame.

The Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament has contributed more than $184,000 to numerous organizations over the past 16 years, with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center Foundation being the majority beneficiary of proceeds. Since 2004, $117,000 has been donated to the center in support of its cancer research and care-giving efforts.


16th Annual Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament Sponsors

Additional sponsors include Economical Janitorial Supplies, Grass Unlimited, Calcasieu Mechanical Contractors, Robert Refrigeration, Ryan Gootee General Contractors, Thermal Products, Angelos Landscaping, Big Easy Parking Lot Maintenance, Chrestia Staub, Cost Segregation Services, Inc. (CSSI), Gulf South Electric, ITS Fire Alarm Security LLC, Massengale Grounds Management, Netchex Payroll Services, Precision Concrete Cutting of Louisiana, Republic Services, Inc., Star Service Inc., Trimark, Unit Design, Jones Fussell, BH Management Services, CBL & Associates Properties Inc., CSRS, Inc., Malone Roofing, Premier Service Team, Real Estate Tax Group, LLC, River Parish Disposal, LLC, Robert Levis Development, Southeastern Waterproofing, First Bank & Trust, Moran Construction Consultants.

A huge shout out to Fidelity Bank, Brad Jongbloed and his team, for sponsoring lunch.

Stirling Properties Names Bradley Cook as Sales and Leasing Executive

Bradley CookStirling Properties commercial real estate company is pleased to announce Bradley Cook as Sales and Leasing Executive for its Commercial Brokerage Division. He will work from the company’s Covington office located at 109 Northpark Boulevard, Suite 300.

Bradley Cook joined Stirling Properties in 2016 as a Sales and Leasing Executive in the Commercial Brokerage Division. He has extensive experience in the commercial real estate industry, with a focus on industrial and investment properties, urban core redevelopment, as well as land development.

Previously, Bradley worked as an Associate Advisor for AREA Real Estate Advisors where he garnered knowledge and skills in sales, acquisitions, development, tenant and landlord representation, and buyer and seller representation. In this role, he created urban core redevelopment opportunities, and led the charge to promote an 8-million-square-foot ground-up industrial development in Parkville, Missouri.

Prior to his commercial real estate career, he was the Fitness Director for Franco’s Athletic Club, the Program Development Director for Spectrum Health and Fitness, as well as Cardiology Account Executive for GE Healthcare, covering more than 200 accounts across the Southeast. Cook was pivotal in the growth and expansion of Franco’s Athletic Club through their locations on Magazine St. and the new CrossFit Franco’s, which holds Louisiana’s first Reebok CrossFit retail location.

Born in New Orleans and a resident of the Northshore, Bradley earned his Bachelor’s degree and Master of Science degree from Louisiana Tech University. He holds multiple health and fitness certificates in the Exercise Sciences, as well as a lay counselor certificate that enables him to work with men and women in the areas of self-identity and relationships. He is a strong local advocate for the special needs community on the Northshore having started the iCAN Fitness Program at Franco’s Athletic Club and serving on the Board for The Zac Slay Experience.

Cook holds a commercial real estate license in Missouri, Kansas and Louisiana and is a CCIM Candidate.

Bradley Cook can be reached at (225) 505-6009 or

Stirling Golf Tournament Raises Money for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center

Stirling Properties’ 13th Annual Stirling Invitational Golf Tournament raised $10,000 for Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center. The scramble-style golf tournament hosted by Stirling Properties was held Monday, October 28th at University Club in Baton Rouge where generous contributions from sponsors and over 125 golfers helped to make the event a success.

Grady Brame, Executive Vice President of Stirling Properties, presented the donation to Todd Stevens, President and CEO of Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center, during an awards celebration following the tournament.

“Due to the generosity of our tournament sponsors, we are able to once again this year donate to an organization that does so much good work for the people in our region,” said Brame.

Stirling Properties has been able to make over $106,000 in charitable contributions to various organizations over the past 13 years with Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center being the charitable recipient of the majority of the tournament proceeds. Since 2004, $97,000 has been donated to the center in support of their cancer research and care-giving efforts.

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