J.C. Hart Co. honored for work

John Hart receiving the award Carmel Chamber of Commerce president Mo Merhoff. (Submitted photo)

John Hart receiving the award Carmel Chamber of Commerce president Mo Merhoff. (Submitted photo)

By Mark Ambrogi

It’s been quite a year for Hamilton County based J.C. Hart Co. The apartment builder and developer was named The Applause Business of the Year at the Carmel Chamber of Commerce at the annual awards luncheon earlier this month. The award is presented to a business based on its success in growth and stability, commitment to quality, creative and unique solutions to challenges, entrepreneurial spirit and overall contribution to the community.

Mark Juleen, J.C. Hart vice president of marketing, said it was a nice honor. Juleen said the company also was recognized by the Indiana Apartment Association as the Management Company of the Year.

“We’ve had a pretty good year as it relates to some of our new construction,” said Juleen, who grew up in Carmel but lives in Westfield. “In general, we’ve had a good year in being a management company in our industry and also being recognized locally for our growth as well.”

J.C. Hart Company, Inc., 805 City Center Dr., No. 120, is a 38 year-old business with 100 employees and more than 1,000 residential units in Hamilton County that it manages. In 2014, the company also received honors from the Indiana Apartment Association for maintenance technician of the year; two best floor plan awards; best curb appeal; and best clubhouse/leasing office.

The company is wrapping up construction on The Hamilton in Fishers. The J.C. Hart company finished construction this year on the Union Street Flats in Westfield.

Juleen said the company has broken ground on two new properties, the HighPointe on Meridian and Lakeside of Carmel (City Center Drive and Guilford Road).

“We also have a second phase to our project called Legacy at 146th Street and River Road,” Juleen said. “We’ve just opened it for leasing. It’s 77 units and it’s mostly town-home style type units for rent.

“We’ve had a lot growth (in 2014). That has increased the number of employees we’ve had in our construction division as a result as well as our management company.”

The company has 19 properties in the portfolio, all in the Indiana market. Eight of the properties are in Hamilton County.

J.C. Hart Company also was recognized for having a strong philanthropic focus on education, United Way and a commitment to individualizing employee giving with company matches to support the Susan G. Komen Foundation and paid days off to volunteers.