Author Archives: Manikka Bowman

Sponsor Spotlight with CohnReznick: 2017 Commercial Real Estate Outlook

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2017 Commercial Real Estate Outlook In the years following the Great Recession, property fundamentals stabilized across all sectors. Coupled with a continually improving economic outlook, the various constituencies of the real estate industry have enjoyed something close to open-field running. In 2016, we saw those conditions begin to evolve as deals became harder to find. In the years following the Great Recession, property fundamentals stabilized across all sectors. Coupled with a continually improving economic outlook, the various constituencies of the real estate industry have enjoyed something close to open-field running. … Read More

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City Planning Must Go Beyond Roads And Parking Lots

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Prioritizing A Future With Infrastructure Investment And Design   It was the urban activist Jane Jacobs, author of “The Death and Life of Great American Cities,” whose loud criticism of master urban planner Robert Moses ushered in the end of development based on the notion that cars come first. While Moses’s legacy lives on through the parkways, freeways and other transportation structures he designed in and around New York City, his disdain for public transportation and walkable cities has only strengthened the view that infrastructure needs to do more than … Read More

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5 Questions with David Linhart, Associate, Goulston & Storrs

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David Linhart’s law practice focuses on developer financing and approvals in addition to other commercial real estate matters in the Real Estate group at Goulston & Storrs. Prior to joining the firm, David assisted in the Office of the Lieutenant Governor of Massachusetts as part of the Interagency Council on Housing and Homelessness, where he initiated a statewide supportive housing inventory examining resident services funding. 1. Your career path has covered a lot of ground, from cancer research and leading a reggae band, to practicing law at Goulston & Storrs … Read More

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Voices from UrbanPlan Public Leadership Institute

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By Judith Garcia, Chelsea City Council and UPPLI Participant Chelsea’s history is filled with great successes and some disappointing failures. At one time, the city was a leading manufacturer of wooden sailing vessels. Its factories created shoes, stoves, and precision timepieces. The Chelsea Clock Company is one of America’s oldest and finest. The city has also been the site of devastating fires, poverty, and corruption. Following its economic collapse in 1990, Chelsea was placed in receivership. From that point, and the low point of corruption that preceded it, Chelsea created … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight with Nutter: New Year, New Tax Laws?

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      New Year, New Tax Laws? Tax Reform Proposals Under Trump and the House “Blueprint” On January 20, 2017, Donald Trump took office as the 45th U.S. President, and he has announced tax reform as a top legislative item on his 100-day action plan. Given the strong support for tax reform among congressional Republicans, we expect the year to bring continued calls for significant changes to the tax code. Specific legislative language has not yet been proposed and, while there are some policy differences between the House’s “Tax … Read More

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5 Questions with Ben Sayles, Director, HFF

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Ben Sayles is a Director in the Boston office of HFF with more than 15 years of experience in commercial real estate. He is primarily responsible for investment sales transactions focusing on office, multi-housing and retail properties. Ben Co-chairs the Boston Market Council and Program Oversight Committee for ULI Boston/New England.       How would you describe your role at HFF? HFF is a capital markets intermediary – meaning, we don’t have leasing, property management or investment advisory services that could be perceived as a conflict of interest by … Read More

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2017 Looks Good for Commercial Real Estate

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by Manikka Bowman, manager of policy for ULI Boston/New England. PwC and the Urban Land Institute have published Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017, an outlook on national real estate investment and development trends. This 38th edition of “Emerging Trends in Real Estate” reflects the views of more than 1,500 investors, developers and lenders from around the country who were interviewed or completed surveys as a part of the research process. Their insights will guide real estate forecasting for the next year. Economic, social, political, and technological factors all influence real … Read More

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Leadership Lookout: Sponsor ULI Boston/New England

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Michelle Landers, Executive Director ULI Boston/New England is a premier multidisciplinary real estate forum for ideas, information, and experience among industry leaders and policy makers. Our network of multi-disciplinary professionals ranges from students to the top executives in the field who come together to find solutions to vexing land use problems. Help ULI Boston/New England continue to a be a leader in the responsible use of land by becoming a sponsor. Benefits associated with each level of sponsorship are in the 2017 brochure. 2016 marked an extraordinary year for our … Read More

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5 Questions with Kirk Sykes, Managing Partner Accordia Partners

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Kirk Sykes is Managing Partner of Accordia Partners (AP). Sykes combines his professional training and hands-on experience in the areas of development, design and construction to create customized responses to the complex issues of urban real estate development. His approach is grounded in the bottom-line driven perspective gained during his tenure as a director of The Federal Reserve Bank, Capital Crossing Bank REIT Board, Fleet Bank, The New Boston Fund and BankBoston’s First Community Bank Advisory Boards and various other for-profit and non-profit board affiliations.       How has … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight with Gensler

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J.F. Finn is a principal at Gensler, a ULI Boston/New England Bronze Level Sponsor  J.F. Finn led the design team for MGM Resorts’ $8.4 billion CityCenter Las Vegas development, the largest privately-funded project in the United States, and is now playing an integral role in The Hub on Causeway, located at the site of the original Boston Garden. Boston’s answer to Madison Square Garden in the 1920s, “The Garden” was the epicenter of Boston’s basketball and hockey history. The Hub on Causeway is centered around a steel-and-glass structure reminiscent of … Read More

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