Commercial Real Estate Development

About Dodge Capital

Dodge Capital, LLC is a full service real estate firm focused on the development, redevelopment, and investment of commercial real estate.

The firm was founded by Robert Dodge Horne in 2002, after he spent the prior seventeen years focusing on office and retail development and land disposition.

Dodge’s most current project is Central Station Apartments, a planned mixed use development located at 1700 Central Street in Evanston, IL. This project, being developed jointly with M&R Development, includes 80 luxury rental apartments, 81 parking spaces and approximately 10,500 square feet of retail. The project is under construction and is scheduled for completion in June, 2013.

Dodge acquired and re-developed 512 Green Bay Road in Kenilworth, IL in 2008. This 12,000 square foot medical office building is fully leased and occupied by Fenner Plastic Surgery and Spa, Strength Time Fitness.

In 2005, Dodge started the Shops at Surfside, a 180,000 square foot retail center located on 20.5 acres of land in Cape Coral, FL.  The project opened in 2007, and is anchored by a Belk department store, Home Goods and Dollar Tree.
Dodge Capital’s first project involved the acquisition of 28.5 acres of land in the Cantera Business Park in Warrenville, IL in 2003.  After overseeing the entitlement process with the City of Warrenville and installing the project infrastructure, Dodge sold various parcels to be developed as a Super Target store, McDonalds, Chipolte, and Buffalo Wild Wings.  Additionally Dodge developed Cantera Commons, an 18,000 square foot retail center that includes Starbucks, Potbelly Sandwich Works, Jamba Juice, Supercuts, Go Roma, and UPS Store .  A long term ground lease with Bank of America was negotiated and later sold.  The remaining land parcels were sold to a restaurant and a Hilton Garden Inn.

Additionally, Dodge Capital provides consulting services to a variety of clients.


About Robert D. Horne

Over his career, Mr. Horne has led numerous commercial real estate projects; managed and closed a wide range of transactions; acted as a principal investor in real estate, private equity, and energy; and founded and led several non-profit boards.  He has built a career based on the core values of integrity, innovation, tenacity, long term relationships, and a deep understanding of both corporate and civic responsibility.

In 2002, Horne founded Dodge Capital, LLC to develop, redevelop, and invest in commercial real estate as a principal.  At Dodge he has led numerous real estate projects, raised both equity and debt, negotiated numerous office and retail leases, and has overseen all operating decisions.

Prior to Dodge Capital, Horne was a Senior Vice President at Jones Lang LaSalle (JLL), overseeing all development projects in the Midwest region where JLL acted as a principal.  In that role, he oversaw the development of numerous office buildings, managed the Cantera Business Park in Warrenville, IL, and consulted on projects around the United States.  Before joining JLL, Horne was a Vice President with Arthur Hill & Co (AHC) where he led the development team for Church Street Plaza, a major mixed use development in downtown Evanston IL.  While at AHC, he also managed numerous land and building sales on behalf of clients.  Horne started his career with Homart Development, where he developed both office and retail projects throughout the United States and oversaw the divestiture of a large portfolio of business park land.

Horne serves on the advisory board of Leopardo Construction Company, a  leading general contractor in the Chicago metropolitan region.  He also serves on the board of Devonian Partners, an oil and gas company with operations in the Texas and New Mexico.  He serves on the Foundation Board and the Facilities Committee of Children’s Memorial Hospital, and is a board member of the Chicago Foundation for Education.  He is a fellow of Leadership Greater Chicago, class of 97/98 and a member of the Economic Club of Chicago.

Horne earned a BA from Boston College (1985) and an M.M. J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University (1990).