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5 Questions with Kirk Sykes, Managing Partner Accordia Partners


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 is updating our Online Registration and Member Directory

ULI is updating our online registration and member directory software starting February 15th until February 21st. During this time online registration and the member directory will be unavailable. To register for an event or if you have questions please call 800-321-5011.

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5 Questions with David Linhart, Associate, Goulston & Storrs


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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TAPs: Put Your Skills to the Test


Limited budgets, lack of sufficient financing, and shifting administrative priorities are all familiar constraints that communities have learned to work with in an effort to improve the built environment. As you can imagine, we see many similar issues from community to community. Discussions around parking management, outdated and prohibitive zoning, market leakage, and limited housing options all come up time and again, from the neighborhoods in the urban core to semi-rural towns. Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) are a unique service offered by the ULI Boston/New England District Council to communities … Read More

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Voices from UrbanPlan Public Leadership Institute


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?


      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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Leadership Lookout with Kevin Joyce


Kevin Joyce, Partner, Brown Rudnick and Sponsorship Committee Chair As a member of ULI Boston’s Advisory Board and Chair of the Sponsorship Committee, I want to share with you the reasons why I support the District Council through annual sponsorship every year. I’ve been a member of ULI for several years and have always considered membership a vital part of enhancing and extending my business network. I have made many connections through ULI’s diverse membership, which includes every sector and discipline in real estate, from attorneys, developers, designers on the … Read More

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5 Questions with Ben Sayles, Director, HFF


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


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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