UC-B is an award-winning urban developer committed to creating modern places with high-quality design and exceptional quality. We’re dedicated to Kansas City’s urban development and building exciting new places that respect the history of our city. With more than 15 years of experience, we want our projects to honor existing legacies while providing our residents with the advantages of living, working and entertaining in a dynamic, thriving location.

John Hoffman

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Native of Kansas City, MO. Graduated from the University of Wisconsin in 1963 with a degree in Latin American Studies.  Joined the Peace Corps and worked in Colombia for two years as a volunteer before joining the staff in Washington, D.C.  After 3 years in the U.S. Army, moved back to Kansas City and joined the investment firm of Dean Witter/Morgan Stanley.  After 33 years, retired in 2002 to devote full time to rebuilding the urban core.

Community work included Historic Kansas City Foundation (President 1980-1983), founding member Kansas City Architectural Foundation (1985-2010), served on the board of Kansas City Repertory Theater. Serves on the board of The American Jazz Museum, Boys and Girls Clubs, Harmony.  Founded Arts Alive (1999-present), founded Kansas City Camerata (1991-1998).

Started Urban Coeur Development (now Urban Coeur Properties (2002-present).  Projects include 40 Penn Row, Summit at 16th, East Market Row, 30 Gillham Row, Battery Lofts, Triangle Townhomes and Cherry Hill Row.  Restored the Filling Station at 30th and Gillham and helped owner establish a strong business model which now includes five locations in the metro area.  Restored five buildings in the Gillham area and brought the neighborhood back as a viable, vibrant new community.  In Wyandotte County built Boulevard Row and three award winning single family residences at 4409, 4445 and 4460 Rainbow.  Current projects include 7 custom homes in Beacon Hill, 6 custom homes in Longfellow, 22 apartments at 29th and Gillham and 23 apartments at 36th and Gillham.

Future projects include new construction of 110 market rate apartments between 53rd and 55th and Troost.  Jointly owns the entire west side of 55th to 56th on Troost.  Restoring facades and improving tenant mix along Troost.a

Lance Carlton

Portrait of UC-B Owner Lance Carlton: caucasian man in blue pullover in front of a construction site.

Lance Carlton has been active in real estate for the last 14 years facilitating commercial transactions, and developing and building apartments and single family residential.  He was a 1998 graduate of Montana State University with a bachelor’s degree in landscape design/horticulture before moving to Boston and then Kansas City to begin his real estate career.

Lance is committed to building quality properties and is focused on developing projects that revitalize urban neighborhoods in Kansas City, Missouri.  Lance oversees all projects from the initial phases of due diligence from acquisition to entitlement, financial modeling, finance, equity raise, development, general construction, and management/leasing.  Lance has a strong initiative and a unique ability to listen to colleagues, associations, neighbors and vendors allowing him to solve complex urban problems when other typical real estate professionals may not.

Lance’s career started in Boston in 1999, working in commercial real estate brokerage interacting with landlords, tenants and negotiating transactions with many local, national and global clients.  After 12 successful years working in Boston, Lance moved to Kansas City where his wife Lynn, a native and urban planning specialist, is the Director of Planning for 360 Architecture.

Lance began Bridger Properties to develop, build and manage assets focusing in the urban core of Kansas City.  Soon thereafter, Bridger Properties partnered with Urban Coeur Properties, founded by his father in-law John Hoffman, to create UC-B Properties and continue the mission to develop and build quality, high design, and award winning projects in the urban core.

Urban Land Institute
LEED Green Associate

Eddie Tapper

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Eddie Tapper has developed, designed or constructed well over 2,000 multifamily or single-family homes throughout the Midwest over the last 23 years as well as becoming a leader in neighborhood revitalization, accessible housing and sustainable development.  After attending Kansas State University, he worked for the local firm of Rosemann and Associates for a decade as a senior project architect designing hundreds of market rate and affordable units.  In addition, he led the design teams creating Children’s Edutainment Centers throughout the US, Mexico, South America, the Mediterranean and Middle East.

Beginning in 2000 Eddie began developing innovative housing models to address housing accessibility and aging in place issues throughout the US and became a regional leader in the design and incorporation of Universal Design into housing.  These developments succeed in impacting housing throughout the two state region and were featured in national books and articles on the subject.  These experiences led to requests to present at National AARP Conferences, State Housing Agency and Department of HUD Best Practices Symposiums to educate leading developers, architects and builders on the societal and financial cost benefits of inclusion of UD into housing.

In 2005 Eddie was selected as one of the designers to assist in the redevelopment of the long neglected Armour Boulevard revitalization and then hired to manage the overall design, redevelopment and construction of many of the Kansas City Midtown and Chicago Hyde Park Area mid and highrise apartment buildings for Antheus Capital.  In addition to working with premier large scale developers he has also devoted years to supporting and training the staff of local, community based builders including Habitat for Humanity and many other Community Development Corporations.  His community efforts also include his selection as a City of Kansas City Receiver for Vacant Properties as well as representing the Kansas City Housing Authority and other organizations in their efforts to develop high quality, sustainable and affordable housing.

Eddie’s work and efforts have also been recognized by his receiving the Kansas City Citizen Advocate Award as well as Certificates of Appreciation and Awards from the State Governor’s Office, Missouri House of Representatives, City of Kansas City and many other local, regional or professional organizations.

He sees the opportunity of leading the construction efforts of UCB Properties as a continuation of his beliefs that architecturally interesting, sustainable and well-constructed developments can have a stabilizing and regenerative impact on communities and neighborhoods.

Natalie Hall

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Natalie is the Office Manager at UC-B Properties and in her role, keeps the UC-B Properties ship sailing smoothly. Natalie has been with the company since October 2016 and has over twenty years of experience in the fields of finance and political fundraising, including fifteen years at Morgan Stanely. Originally from Nebraska, she graduated from Kansas State University with a degree in Political Science / International Relations and she has called Kansas City home every since. With a long-held interest in the field of real estate, working with UC-B Properties is a natural fit. In her spare time, Natalie is an avid tennis player and enjoys travel.

Tash Lancaster

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Tash Lancaster manages the leasing  and maintenance of UC-B rental properties. Originally from South Africa, Tash came back to the United States as a teenager. Having worked in the Midwest and the South in the hospitality and service industries, Tash eventually settled in Kansas City.

Working with tenants in various neighborhoods, Tash acts as the community liason for UC-B Properties and her involvement will continue with her goal of working toward earning her real estate license in the near future.