Uptown Development TC, LLC brings together roughly 100 years of combined building and development experience in three key individuals:
David Whiteford, President of Whiteford Associates, Inc is the Projects Architect and General Contractor
Over the last 38 years, Dave developed his company into one of the largest and most successful design/build firms in Traverse City, having designed and built over 500 projects in the Traverse City area. He has maintained his ties to the community and to athletics through his support of the YMCA and other community organizations, and donation of his architectural services in the rebuilding of the Thirlby Field complex.
Dave is a native of Traverse City, was raised on a cherry farm south of town, graduated from Traverse City Central High School, and went on to study architecture at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. While at UM, he lettered in football playing under Bo Schembechler. After college, he returned to his home town, bringing his love of architecture and sports to his everyday life. He worked at GBKB Architects while coaching football and track at Traverse City Central until he started in his own company in 1978.
Timothy K Burden, President of Midtown Development, Inc. is an entrepreneur with extensive experience in the construction industry.
Tim Burden has been involved in the construction industry for 40 years, having grown a small local painting company into a diversified paint and coatings business serving the Midwest, eventually expanding into asbestos and lead remediation services with nationwide offices. Since the sale of Burdco Group, Inc., in 1996, Mr Burden has undertaken re-development of the blighted brownfield site previously occupied by Traverse City Ironworks on the Boardman River in downtown Traverse City. His efforts produced several highly-acclaimed projects: River’s Edge, Midtown Centre and Fairway Hills.
Mr. Burden is an experienced builder, having acquired his residential builders license in 1974. He served on the board of the Northwest Michigan Builder’s Exchange for three years and one term as president. He is a member of the Rotary Club, is active in community and service groups and has chaired the Chamber of Commerce, New Designs for Growth, United Way Construction Division and is an active member of The Grand Vision.
Mr. Burden attended Northwestern Michigan College in Traverse City, Michigan where he studied Business Administration.
Michael Wills, Project Manager, is an entrepreneur with extensive business and development experience.
Mike Wills is responsible for company operations including site investigation and feasibility analysis, design, estimating and construction.
Mike started, operated and sold several local businesses and a multitude of real estate since moving to Traverse City in 1971. He developed Harbor West Marina and played a key role in the development of River’s Edge with Tim Burden. Following that, Mr. Wills operated a mechanical contracting firm for six years before returning to the real estate development field as a consultant in 2006. Since then, Mike has served as a development consultant on such notable local projects as Stony Point Commerce Park, SkipStone Crossing, Cambria Suites Hotel, CVS Pharmacy, Fairway Hills and Midtown Centre.
Mr. Wills attended the University of Michigan and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture.
Contact: Mike wills
Uptown Development TC, LLC
328 Munson Avenue, Suite B
Traverse City, MI 49684