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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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ULI Boston is Hiring!

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The Opportunities The Manager, as an employee of ULI, will be responsible for building strong relationships with members and partners; providing outreach and project management related to Technical Assistance Panels, committee, events and programming; supporting strategic communications and providing support in the overall operations of the District Council. The Manager will also be responsible for assisting the local and national staff with preparations for the 2018 Fall Meeting to be held in Boston. Click here for a detailed description– Manager, ULI Boston The Associate serves as an informed resource for … Read More

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Disruption in Real Estate

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By Michelle Landers In less than ten years, Airbnb, Uber, and Lyft have changed the way we travel across town and around the world. These young firms have harnessed disruption as a key driver in technology innovation. Whether viewed through the lens of the gig economy or the sharing economy, these technologies have allowed individuals to monetize their homes and vehicles in ways unimaginable to most people not too long ago. Coined in 1997 by Clayton Christensen of Harvard Business School, the term disruptive technology can apply to everything from … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Corey Zehngebot, Senior Architect/Urban Designer, BPDA

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Corey Zehngebot, Senior Architect/Urban Designer, Boston Planning & Development Agency Corey Zehngebot, AIA, AICP, works as a Senior Urban Designer and Architect for the Boston Planning and Development Agency (formerly the Boston Redevelopment Authority). There, she works assiduously across scales but enjoys connecting her many interest-dots across agencies, sectors, and people. Primary responsibilities include a) conceptualizing, leading, and managing urban design initiatives and design guidelines b) conducting design review for downtown and neighborhood projects as part of compliance with Boston Zoning Code, and c) assistance with the design, substance, and … Read More

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Remembering Chuck Burd

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Charles II “Chuck” Burd of Bentall Kennedy passed away on Wednesday, May 3, 2017, at his home in Marblehead, MA. Chuck was a beloved member of the Boston real estate community and will be truly missed. See his obituary here

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Political Unity Drawing Employers to Tap Boston’s Talent 

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by Michael Hoban In recent years, Boston and the surrounding area has emerged not only as a favored city among global real estate investors but as a magnet for relocation by tech and life science companies seeking to attract and retain young talent. ULI Boston/New England recently hosted a program, where panelists discussed the thought processes of the leadership of the companies and investors that are wagering heavily on the continued success of the region. In a survey released in January by AFIRE (Association of Foreign Investors in Real Estate), Boston ranked third in desirability by foreign … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Laurie Zapalac, Founding Principal, Zapalac Advisors

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Laurie Zapalac is the founding principal of Zapalac Advisors, an urban planning firm. Zapalac Advisors provides strategic consulting services for urban regeneration initiatives, including adaptive use and infill development. Laurie works closely with clients to understand industry and demographic change, enhance the quality of the built environment, foster place-based innovation, and increase community resiliency.       After completing a doctoral degree in the Urban Studies and Planning department at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, you launched Zapalac Advisors. Why did you launch this new firm and how has Zapalac Advisors impacted … Read More

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Leadership Lookout with Richard Lampman, Director of Project Development, Ascon Construction

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The Impact of TAPs on Communities As co-chair of ULI Boston’s Real Estate Advisory Committee over the past nine years, I have been privileged to chair or participate in a variety of Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs). As many ULI members know, TAPs are a key component of the ULI Advisory Services program. Panelists for TAPs typically work one day sessions and are selected from the District Council’s membership to address land use challenges that require a combination of local knowledge and national perspective. Although many of the issues TAPs are … Read More

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Leadership Lookout with Tanya Segel, Co-Chair, Connecticut Steering Committee

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Tanya Segel, Managing Partner and Founder, REV Group, LLC and Vesta Real Estate Partners, LLC. Serving as the chair and co-chair of the Connecticut Steering Committee for two years, as well as being a standing Associate Member of ULI, I have seen first hand the real estate and land use challenges practitioners in Connecticut face. Despite a shrinking economy, Connecticut has experienced significant real estate and development activity in the realms of adaptive re-use, “eds and meds,” transit-oriented development (TOD), and affordable housing. Environmental issues, climate change/sea level rise and availability … Read More

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Understanding the Tenants, Talent, and Titans of Boston Real Estate

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by Jennifer Keller is a Director at HFF Boston remains one of the top 10 U.S. Markets to Watch for investment and is ranked #1 in the Northeast Region, according to the Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 report, from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and PwC. The report identifies the growth of technology, financial, and healthcare industries as key factors, in addition to the city’s world-class colleges and universities, driving Boston’s competitiveness relative to other markets nationally and internationally. These factors are not new or surprising. But, there are … Read More

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5 Questions with Jamie Simchik, Principal Planner, Fort Hill Places

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Jamie Simchik is a Principal Planner at Fort Hill Places in Boston, MA. Fort Hill Places is a Division of Fort Hill Companies LLC, a full-service architectural, engineering, and urban planning firm with offices in Massachusetts and Florida. In this capacity, Jamie advises public and private sector clients on a variety of real estate-related matters, including project management, preparation of development guidelines, pro forma creation, marketing, public outreach, entitlement strategies, site planning, and transportation planning. Jamie is a member of the ULI Urban Development & Mixed-Use Product National Product Council … Read More

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