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Develop with us

Turn potential into profit

Development is a complicated process that requires creative vision and robust knowledge to bring it to life. Elia Group is your key to to unlocking success, with deep industry and operating expertise and connections to manage projects from concept to completion.

Whether you’re just getting started with real estate development, looking for a partner, or seeking additional access to capital, we’ll help you streamline real estate development and turn potential opportunties into financial feasilble reality. Our core specialties include site selection, acquisitions, design, development, construction, management, and leasing.


Developing with Elia Group allows you to:

Secure capital and forward commitment to purchase
Access capital with competitive financing rates and certainty to close

Focus on your specialty while learning from our team and connections
Build new robust and long-lasting relationships driving future success


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Site Selection

We can find—or create—iconic locations for every kind of business. We believe that location is fundamental to the success of our projects and strive to find the best “main-and-main” locations, or create them on our own.

Elia Group has an experienced team with a record of doing both; the majority of our operating businesses are in the very best micro-locations of their respective cities and similarly, our development projects are in prime locations or in the path of future growh and development.

Our entrepreneurial spirit is a key pillar to uncovering opportunities. Through our expansive network and creative thinking we have been able to find or create opportunties that others do not see.


Our accomplished acquisitions team has managed and navigated through projects ranging from a few hundred thousand to hundreds of millions of dollars. While there are endless nuances and additional diligence items required for larger acquisitions, all projects receive the same level of care and attention.

Acquisition activity ranges from land for ground-up development, to historic buildings in need of redevelopment, and everything in between. Elia’s masterful acquisitions leaders handle the full process including deal negotiation, financing, incentives, legal, and due diligence. We have successfully driven very complex transactions with existing and new alternative financing and tax incentive structures.

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We set out to achieve unforgettable experiences and iconic environments, resulting in award-winning restaurants and highest-grossing dollar locations in our markets.

The design and programming of our spaces and projects inherently differentiate Elia Group from industry peers. Our team conducts exhaustive design and detailed selection processes to ensure that we are creating the precise environment that we set out to achieve.

We partner with top architecture firms from around the country and the world to create our iconic and vibrant environments.


We directly oversee all facets of the development process, from acquisition through stabilization, including some of the largest and most notable projects in the city of Detroit. Our managed projects have ranged from ground-up standalone retail development to large downtown multifamily and office redevelopment opportunities.

Our team is adeptly skilled at managing through the full development life cycle from engineering, design, tenant approvals, permitting, financing, construction, and obtaining local-, state-, and federal- level incentives.

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We provide in-house construction management and owner’s rep services for all of our
ground-up, redevelopment, and tenant buildout projects.

We manage the full construction process and management of third-party general contractors from inception to closeout.


Our in-house management service is built to optimize operations and profitability, and we lead with a proactive approach. We understand that executing a disciplined business plan is essential to investment performance. The size of our organization allows us to be nimble and act quickly to resolve issues or make changes, thus allowing assets to operate more efficiently and effectively.

Our management services include property management, asset management, business operations, and project management.

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We provide commercial and retail leasing services to the properties in our portfolio and other partnerships. We create long-term relationships with our tenants, supporting their individual needs for real estate as their businesses grow and evolve. Over the years, we have created strategic relationships with some of the largest tenants in the world as well as many local restaurants and small shop concepts.

When appropriate, we also partner with leading brokerage firms for leasing and sale services to ensure we cast the largest available net for prospects and ideas.