Doing what is challenging, because it’s right.

Inspired by the example of St. Kevin, Blackbird Investments looks to provide shelter and security, especially for the vulnerable. As an organization, we seek to not only transform real estate by establishing or revitalizing structures but also seek to impact communities by investing in people.

In 2013 Blackbird Investments was formed by partners Justin Doyle, Harry Doyle, Ryan Doyle, TJ Jacobs and Hugh O’Hagan. As of 2018, the partnership has 11 projects completed and/or in development with an approximate value of $600 million. These projects are located throughout Iowa and beyond, ranging from adaptive reuse to historic renovation to new construction. Each project has its own set of challenges providing Blackbird Investments the opportunity to create unique solutions.

Believing that there is no single solution for all projects, only a single solution for each project, Blackbird Investments looks for the creative solutions to problems which range from financial to physical.

  • Forming strategic alliances with both local and national investors
  • Creating energy efficient buildings
  • Developing low-impact stormwater abatement and landscapes
  • Engaging local craftsmen to create new solutions
  • Partnering with local housing advocates on multi-family projects

At its core, the development of good real estate is about the development of good relationships with others. Blackbird Investments believes that transforming buildings can change not only the structure but also the surrounding community. We believe in giving buildings a new life, not just holding on to their previous one. A unique blend of old and new, what existed before persists in the structure and helps give rise to the purpose that emerges to carry it into the future.

Forming good partnerships with quality construction partners (architects, engineers, and contractors) and with the municipal governments where a project exists ensures that all are working towards the common goal of viable and exciting development that will be a benefit to the community for years to come. The products that result from this approach enrich the landscape we live in and deepen our understanding of where we came from and where we are going.