Milhaus Appoints John McGurk Vice President of Development Kansas City

May 22, 2018

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INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2018) – Milhaus, an award-winning developer specializing in Class A urban infill, mixed-use and multifamily residential buildings, today announces the hiring of John McGurk as vice president of development for Milhaus Kansas City.

McGurk is passionate about Kansas City, the urban core and is well-versed in real estate and economic development law. His career includes working for Mayor Sly James as Chief of Staff from 2011 to 2014 and for Polsinelli (Am Law 100 law firm) as a Shareholder in the real estate development practice from 2006 to 2011 and 2014 to date. McGurk has managed multiple real estate development transactions totaling over $1 billion, including the KC Streetcar that runs between the River Market and Union Station through the central business district.

“One of the projects I’m most proud of is the KC Streetcar. It’s spurred economic renewal and revitalization in just a few years,” says McGurk. “My professional career has always been on the development side of real estate. Urban infill has been my past focus, and in my role as an attorney, I acted much like a hybrid developer managing planning, zoning and plating, as well as overseeing financial projections and feasibility of projects and more. To have a developer like Milhaus, with their track record, philosophy and values, ask me to join their team is unique and, frankly, an honor. It was an easy decision.”

McGurk will be responsible for the creation of development pipeline in Kansas City and beyond and execution of Milhaus development projects, including current projects: Gallerie, Marcato, East Crossroads and 27th & McGee.

Jeremy Stephenson, President of Milhaus Development, said, “I am thrilled to have John join our team in this critical role, as his urban infill experience and leadership supports and complements our team already in place here. We’re passionate about investing in urban areas, creating well executed and impactful properties that can help neighborhoods grow and flourish economically.  John is extremely well respected in this community and we are thankful to have him on our team.” 

Continuing to expand its footprint within the United States, Milhaus is pursuing strategic growth opportunities in new and existing markets such as Kansas City to reach its goal of having 20,000 units in 10 markets by 2020. Milhaus currently has projects under development in Indianapolis, Ind.; Cincinnati, Oh.; Kansas City, Mo.; Memphis, Tenn.; Milwaukee, Wis.; Pittsburgh, Pa.; Tampa, Fla.; St. Petersburg, Fla.; and Bonita Springs, Fla.


Milhaus is a team of inspired and industrious individuals, headquartered in Indianapolis, Ind. and operating throughout the Midwest to Florida. The team delivers solutions for neighborhoods that positively impact urban environments by working with city leaders to provide unparalleled expertise in real estate investments, development, construction and management. Milhaus has built a reputation for implementing complex projects in urban infill and mixed-use environments that are a catalyst for neighborhood redevelopment. Ultimately, Milhaus develops high-quality projects that are financially responsible, withstand the passage of time, improve peoples’ lives and transform communities. For more information, visit