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Continental Properties was started in 1979 by three 20-year-old college students: Jim Schloemer, Rich Bell and Steve Wagner. Today we’re a multi-million-dollar development and property management company with projects across the United States. Some of the highlights of our journey are listed below.

  • 1979: Jim Schloemer, Rich Bell and Steve Wagner organize Continental Properties
  • 1980: Opened first commercial development, an 8,000 square foot office building in West Bend, Wisconsin

  • 1988: Developed first project outside of Wisconsin, a 20,000 square foot office/industrial building in Lake Bluff, Illinois

  • 1989: Developed first apartment community, Dale Creek, in Greendale, Wisconsin. It opened in 1990 

  • 1989: Developed first Kmart in Monona, Wisconsin. Continental Properties eventually develops 29 Kmarts and becomes a leading national retail developer

  • 1999: In memory of company co-founder the first presentation of the Rich Bell Award is presented to Vice President Jane Baldus

  • 2001: Launched nationally recognized Springs brand of apartment communities, breaking ground on Springs at Braden River and Springs at Palma Sola in Bradenton, Florida

  • 2001: Developed the State Justice Center in Madison, Wisconsin for the State of Wisconsin

  • 2002: Developed 7 Kohl's Department Store Shopping Centers in Arizona; to date we’ve developed 41 Kohl's Department Stores

  • 2008: Named to Milwaukee Magazine’s list of "Best Places to Work"

  • 2008: Developed the aloft at Chicago O'Hare, the company’s first hotel development, and the fifth aloft to open worldwide

  • 2011: Surpassed 5,000 apartment homes developed 

  • 2013: Recognized by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces”

  • 2014: Recognized for the second consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces”

  • 2014: Surpassed 10,000 apartment homes developed

  • 2015: Recognized for the third consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"

  • 2015: Broke ground on 2,896 apartment homes in 7 states

  • 2016: Recognized for the fourth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"
  • 2016: Broke ground on 3,175 apartment homes in 7 states
  • 2017Recognized for the fifth consecutive year by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel as one of southeastern Wisconsin’s “Top Workplaces"
  • 2017: Named 19th nationally as the Best Places to Work in Multifamily™

Fast Facts

  • 14,000,000 SF retail and office GLA developed

  • 67 Springs Apartments communities developed

  • 24 states in which we have developed