Midtown Development is Traverse City’s Premier In-Town Residential Developer
Midtown Development Inc. is the premier infill developer in Traverse City with extensive experience in downtown residential condominiums. We understand the movement to return to urban living and subscribe to the principles of the New Urbanism and Smart Growth. Our developments resonate with the groundswell of people who are focused on sustainability and a desire to live “green”. Projects include River’s Edge, Midtown Centre, Fairway Hills and Traditions.
Midtown Development, Inc. is based in Traverse City and operates as a leading community builder in the region. Midtown’s two main objectives are to enhance the quality of life of homeowners by fulfilling the housing needs of a diverse group of homebuyers, and to be environmentally responsible.
To accomplish the first of these goals, Midtown will continue to build attractive, well-built homes in vibrant neighborhoods that offer a choice of housing options including single family homes, town homes, condominiums, apartments, and lofts.
On the environmental front, Midtown will strive to meet the objectives of efficient and smart land use by building higher density projects close to public infrastructure and utilizing green building techniques to provide energy efficient, environmentally sensible structures. Now and in the future, the company will utilize progressive community development concepts, innovative business practices, and education outreach in ways that best serve the residents of new neighborhoods and the community as a whole.
Timothy K Burden, President of the company, is an entreprenuer with extensive experience in construction industry.
Tim Burden is responsible for the overall direction of the company including oversight of all sales and marketing efforts.
He has been involved in the construction industry for 40 years, having grown a small local painting company into a diversified paint and coatings business serving the Midtwest, eventually expanding into asbestos and lead remediation services with nationwide offices. Since the sale of Burdco Group, Inc., in 1996, Mr Burden has undertaken re-development of the blighted brownfield site previously occupied by Traverse City Ironworks on the Boardman River in downtown Traverse City. His efforts produced two highly-acclaimed projects: River’s Edge and Midtown Centre.
Mr. Burden is an experienced builder, having acquired his residential builders license in 1974. He served on the board of the Northwest Michigan Builder’s Exchange for three years and one term as president. He is a member of the Rotary Club, is active in community and service groups and has chaired the Chamber of Commerce, New Designs for Growth, United Way Construction Division and is an active member of The Grand Vision.
Mr. Burden attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan where he studied Business Administration.
Michael Wills, Project Project Manager, is an entreprenuer with extensive business and development experience.
Mike Wills is responsible for company operations including site investigation and feasibility analysis, design, estimating and construction.
Mike started, operated and sold several local businesses and a multitude of real estate since moving to Traverse City in 1971. He developed Harbor West Marina and played a key role in the development of River’s Edge with Tim Burden. Following that, Mr. Wills operated a mechanical contracting firm for six years before returning to the real estate development field as a consultant in 2006. Since then, Mike has served as a development consultant on such notable local projects as Stony Point Commerce Park, SkipStone Crossing and the new Cambria Suites Hotel, which opened in the summer of 2009, at which time Mike joined forces with Tim Burden again in the summer of 2009.
Mr. Wills attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.