About Gene Kansas

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Alternative Apparel
Arden’s Garden
Atlanta Audubon Society
Atlanta History Center
Aurora Coffee
Bill Hallman
Cohen Associates
Dallas Austin
Halpern Enterprises
Hi-Rez Studios
Inman Perk
London Family Companies
Northridge Systems
Octane Coffee PocketBar
Oculus Skin Care
Office of Brothers
Perennial Properties
Pope & Land
Portman Holdings
Radiance Solar
Ryan Gravel
Son & Sons
Source Capital
Steve Nygren
The Curb Market
The Icebox
The Luce Center
Urban Realty Partners
Zac Brown Band

Founded in 2003, Gene Kansas | Commercial Real Estate buys, sells, leases, and develops commercial property with in-town Atlanta as both geographic focus and expertise.

“I really love our work because we get to be storytellers. Stories give us a greater connection to place. The stronger that connection, the more value is created. Sometimes that’s cultural value, sometimes it’s financial, other times it’s environmental. We aim to maximize each of those so that we can do our part in helping to build better communities.”

Gene continuously looks for new ways to learn, live, and love life, devoting his time to the city he adores, immersing himself in the arts, education and community, both in business and through philanthropy. As a former Board Member of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center (2008 – 2011), as a 14-year mentor and former Board Member with Big Brothers Big Sisters (2011 – 2014), as Creator & Host of Sidewalk Radio on AM1690 “The Voice of the Arts”, and as an entrepreneur with both Octane Coffee and Gene Kansas | Commercial Real Estate, Gene walks the walk.

With colorful, community-oriented marketing programs such as “The Clermont Hotel Design Competition”, and the creation of the first ever Midtown Pop-Up Shop retail district with partners Jamestown and Midtown Alliance, Gene is a standout in Atlanta commercial real estate. With clients that include everyone from Atlanta History Center to the Zac Brown Band, Arden’s Garden, Portman, Novare and AT&T, Gene has made a career as a creative voice in a conservative industry.

Awards & Recognition

Gene Kansas has been honored by the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s “40 under 40”, and featured in USA Today, Atlanta Magazine, Atlanta Journal Constitution, The Atlantan, Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles “20 Under 40”, and NPR. Kansas was also invited and honored to conduct Sidewalk Radio LIVE for The Congress for the New Urbanism’s “Lean Urbanism: A Conversation with Andres Duany”, focusing on the future of Atlanta development and our revitalization.

Recently Gene Kansas | Commercial Real Estate was honored by the National Trust for Historic Preservation for its work on the Atlanta Daily World redevelopment, being named the #2 Preservation Win nationally for 2014. Additionally, as developer, Gene and his team were recognized by The Georgia Trust for Historic Preservation with a 2015 Preservation Award for Excellence in Rehabilitation for their work on the Atlanta Daily World project. And, the team was awarded a 2015 Atlanta Urban Design Commission Award of Excellence for their contribution and care to the historical fabric of our Atlanta community via the Daily World historic rehabilitation.


About Sidewalk Radio

Sidewalk Radio debuted in October 2010, the first radio show dedicated to the history and culture of Atlanta as told thematically through art, architecture, design, development, city planning, and preservation.

Now in its 4th season, Kansas has interviewed over 175 noteworthy guests, including: Chairman Emeritus of The Atlanta Braves Bill Bartholomay, then President and CEO of Woodruff Arts Center Joe Bankoff, President and CEO of Perkins + Will Phil Harrison, Playwright and Poet Pearle Cleage, BeltLine creator Ryan Gravel, Concert Master violinist with The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra David Cucheron, Chef Anne Quatrano, Coca-Cola Archives’ Ted Ryan, US Congressmen John Lewis, and internationally acclaimed artists Todd Murphy and Radcliffe Bailey. There have also been some real Atlanta personalities like Mayor Sam Massell, Chef Linton Hopkins, and, of course, Blondie of Clermont Lounge fame.

Visit Sidewalk Radio

Sidewalk Radio can also be enjoyed on iTunes, PRX, Stitcher, and AM 1690 “The Voice of the Arts”.

Good Press

We’ve had the honor of working with some really great clients on some very rewarding projects. Below are a few of the folks sharing kind words about our mutual accomplishments.

“Groundbreakers Award” featured in Atlanta Magazine

“Real Estate Developer Preserves History” featured in Crain’s

“University of Arizona - Alumni Spotlight” featured in Eller Buzz

“Meet Gene Kansas of Constellations in Sweet Auburn” featured in VoyageATL

“Constellations brings big ideas to Sweet Auburn” featured in Atlanta Business Chronicle

“Gene Kansas Venturing Into Coworking” as featured in Bisnow

“Constellations on historic Auburn Avenue” featured in Curbed Atlanta

“Voice of the Arts” radio interview with Gene Kansas about preservation and development

“Build on our history, not over it”, Gene Kansas op-ed for AJC

“History of the World” by Gene Kansas for Main Street Now magazine

Gene Kansas Guides Historic Collaboration

Historic Daily World among “Biggest Preservation Wins…of 2014”

AJC Living Intown Magazine features Daily World Building

Passionate About Place: Meet Gene Kansas

Atlanta Business Chronicle ‘40 Under 40’

Atlanta Business Chronicle: 40 Under 40 slideshow

Borondo’s Street Art Traces the Past at Daily World

Eater: Condesa Coffee Opening at Atlanta Daily World Building

Creative Loafing: Condesa Coffee to open on Auburn Avenue

Creative Loafing: Searching for Sweet Auburn

CNU: Lean Urbanism with Andres Duany

Atlanta Preservation Center: Preservation at Work

Curbed Atlanta: Daily World Apartments

AJC: Daily World Building sold

Eater: Food for Thought with Gene Kansas

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Amick to dish on restaurants with Gene Kansas

Eater: Portman hires GK|CRE

Scoutmob: Meet Gene Kansas

Peachtree TV: Big Brothers Big Sisters interview

A is for Atlanta: Q&A with Gene Kansas

Out There Atlanta: Interview with Gene Kansas

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Streetcar spurs new development

Atlanta Business Chronicle: New vendors sought at The Curb Market

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Juice bar to open at Daily World Building

Atlanta Business Chronicle: New restaurants downtown

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Building the bustle

944: Gene Kansas’ Gastro Guide

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Updates about at Shops Around Lenox

Bisnow: The Deal Sheet

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Obama Campaign Headquarters on Auburn Avenue

America’s Mart: 20 Under 40 recap

WSB: The Clermont Hotel Design Competition

NPR on WABE: The Clermont Hotel

Atlanta Business Chronicle: Length, location boosts Peachtree rents