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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 National Panel Advises on Regional Rail

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Craft Beer and Real Estate – A New Era of Manufacturing Reimagines Industrial Space and Reignites Local Communities

The rising interest in craft beer is causing a beneficial ripple effect in local communities across the country, driving demand for warehouse/industrial space and helping to reposition neighborhoods as destinations for entertainment and engagement. With independent breweries creating a high demand for space to house equipment, tasting rooms and patrons, the real estate industry is embracing these new tenants with a big “Cheers!” This June, ULI’s Young Leaders Group hosted a brewery tour and panel discussion at Jack’s Abby in Framingham, MA focused on the economic impact of the newly … Read More

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Technical Assistance for the Development of Vibrant, Competitive Communities

While New England is known for its quaint towns and historical appeal, civic leaders are being challenged to strike a delicate balance between maintaining historical charm and meeting the needs of a region facing significant growth. Metro Boston is expected to create 800,000 new workers by 2030, forming nearly 500,000 new working households. Those with the financial means will seek a home in Greater Boston. Many more will be forced to move outside the metro area. Communities bracing for an influx of new residents are facing pressure to accommodate growth … Read More

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Urban Land Institute to advise on real estate development opportunities related to rail line linking North Station and South Station

Boston, MA  A group of nationally renowned land use and urban planning experts has been convened by the ULI to make recommendations to the City of Boston on the opportunities for downtown development that could result from an underground rail line linking North Station and South Station in the city. The panel, composed of land use professionals representing all aspects of urban design and urban development, is being sponsored by the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership in collaboration with the City of Boston and several communities in the greater Boston region. The panelists, … Read More

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The New Gateway to Boston’s Historic Downtown

For perhaps the first time since wrecking balls demolished the tenements and shops of Boston’s West End, the neighborhood is again teeming with a renewed sense of energy. Cranes, trains and constant foot traffic define a newly reimagined gateway neighborhood at the intersection of the North End, West End, and Bulfinch Triangle. By 2020, the addition of more than two and a half million square feet of new development promises to reshape the neighborhood with the inclusion of retail, office and hospitality developments. It will also include market-rate and middle-class … Read More

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Houston Message from ULI Leadership

A message from ULI Americas Chairman Trish Healy and ULI Americas CEO Ralph Boyd The devastating loss of life and vast property destruction resulting from the flooding in Houston is almost impossible to comprehend. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the people of this great city and to those around the nation who are responding with rescue and relief aid. As this tragedy has unfolded in the past days, several of you have contacted ULI wanting to know how our organization can help. We want you to know we have reached … Read More

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Cultivating Vibrancy In Connecticut’s Capital City

By Jamie Bratt Hartford’s development headlines this year reveal a tale of two cities. On the one hand, the structural deficit and high tax rate have stagnated the city, leading to depressed real estate values and some high-profile corporate departures. On the contrary, “The ongoing redevelopment has begun to change the trajectory of Hartford, particularly downtown, bringing more people to live here and explore all the city has to offer. Hartford also remains the commercial epicenter of the region, home to many blue-chip corporations as well as small and midsize … Read More

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Boston Real Estate Leaders elected to the Governing Trustees of the Urban Land Institute

The Boston/New England District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) announces the election of three local members to the Governing Trustees of ULI, joining 136 of the world’s foremost industry leaders. Governing Trustees frame ULI’s broad direction and agenda and provide leadership in advancement of the Institute’s mission. “The addition of these extraordinary land use leaders to our roster of Governing Trustees is strengthening ULI’s knowledge base and broadening its global reach,” said ULI Global Chief Executive Officer Patrick L. Phillips. “As ULI continues to expand, the expertise of our … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Jeff Myers, Managing Consultant, CoStar Portfolio Strategy

Jeff Myers is a Managing Consultant with CoStar Portfolio Strategy. He provides consulting services for institutional clients in areas such as market selection, investment strategy, and investor communications. With a deep understanding of the mechanics of urban areas, he has monitored economies and CRE markets across the country and has in-depth knowledge of the five primary property types. Mr. Myers has authored white papers and he has been quoted in numerous national and local media outlets including National Real Estate Investor, Multi-Housing News, and the Wall Street Journal.     … Read More

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Retail: A Constant Refresh

By Ryan Leeming If there is one thing that holds true for all types of retail, from fortress-style Class A malls to new open-air retail destinations to e-commerce companies, it’s the need to keep it fresh. Today’s consumer demands what’s new and original. And retailers are learning fast that what’s new today is old tomorrow. Because consumers are connected through many networks, both online and offline, what’s new travels fast. The internet has changed how we live, learn and shop. And, while e-commerce gives people access to what’s new in … Read More

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