Donald R. Kenney founded Triangle Investment Company.
DRK championed the first major commercial real estate development in the northwest corridor of Columbus, which is now one of the fastest growing and most desirable residential and commercial regions in the state of Ohio. That was just the beginning.
DRK opened the Sawmill Athletic Club, which is now Premier at Sawmill, a 60,000 sf facility that has more than 7,500 members. We also opened the first Cross County Inn motel in Columbus, Ohio, the first property in what became a first-rate, limited-service hotel chain that has grown to more than 3,000 rooms across 25 properties in Ohio, Kentucky, and Michigan, and is valued in excess of $113 million. DRK went on to make Columbus, Ohio real estate history for the largest single residential sale of 800+ multi-family units for $34 million. We spent the rest of the 80s developing and remodeling The Concourse Hotel and Port Columbus International Airport – 147 rooms, an athletic club, The Landings restaurant, and more than 30,000 square feet of convention and meeting space.
We began developing master planned communities in the Columbus, Ohio region, which today total more than 10,000 single family lots to date. We also opened a 129 room Hampton Inn and a 67 room Comfort Suites motel. In 1997, Mr. Kenney was recognized as the Entrepreneur of the Year in Central Ohio. In 1998, we launched Village Communities, a development of ranch and townhome condominiums, to meet the needs of a changing real estate market. We also planned and built our first golf course community, Scioto Reserve Golf & Athletic Club, a 700+ acre development with a 40,000 square foot club facility, more than 1,200 single-family homes and an 18-hole golf course designed by Barry Sarafin. In 1999, our second golf course community was launched, a 900-acre development featuring the 30,000 square feet Kinsale Golf & Fitness Club and an 18-hole golf course designed by Arthur Hills.
We opened another hotel property, a Hilton Garden Inn at the Port Columbus International Airport in 2002 featuring 156 rooms, and in 2004, we began the master planning of Golf Village North. In 2005, all hotel/motel properties were sold in order to simplify our business lines and allow us to concentrate on the development, construction and operation of multi-family and commercial property. From 2006 to 2007, Village Communities saw a 14% increase in revenue, launched a franchise division, and was named Building industry Association Developer of the Year. We also gifted the Westerville Athletic Club to Oakstone Academy so they could open a program for students with autism at this facility. In 2008, we started construction on 1,500 new multi-family units, and in 2009, Mr. Kenney received the National Association of Industrial & Office Properties Lifetime Achievement in Real Estate Award.
DRK & Company, Realtors has been consistently recognized as one of the top commercial brokerage firms in Columbus Business First’s annual Book of Lists publication, and Triangle Commercial Properties and Village Communities have consistently received this recognition as well for the respective categories of Property Management and Development. Village Communities has been named the #1 Condo Builder in Central Ohio every year since 2010, and in 2012, Mr. Kenney, a founding director of Insight Bank who still serves on the board, was also named as a member of the Ohio State Medical Board. In 2013, we were named the #2 Commercial Real Estate Developer by Columbus Business First. DRK & Company, Realtors was recognized by the Columbus Board of Realtors for the largest office transaction of the year in 2014. In 2016, Metro Development received the Mixed Use/Multifamily Project of the Year Award from NAIOP Central Ohio for our newest student housing development, T-H-E GRIFF.