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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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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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Program Update: Density Done Right in Connecticut


by Spenser Johnson,  Associate ULI Boston/New England Why do many communities still consider density a dirty word? Multiple strategies have been put forth through plans of conservation and development with millions of federal and state dollars invested in transit facilities and transit-oriented development planning and yet there is still a negative connotation associated with this word. ULI’s Connecticut Steering Committee in partnership with the Connecticut Chapter of the American Planning Association held an open and honest discussion on the issues of density and ways to overcome it. Kevin Hively, Founder … Read More

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District Council Update: Dedham TAP

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On Thursday, October 13, ULI convened a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in Dedham, MA. The town asked ULI to evaluate redevelopment potential and help craft a long-term vision for the area near Legacy Place. The study area includes approximately 50 acres in 33 parcels and nearly 496,000 gross square feet of existing development, assessed at $59.3 million. It is located near the MBTA Dedham Corporate Center commuter rail stop and has access to Route 1. The TAP brought together member experts in design, planning, development and engineering. After touring the … Read More

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Sponsor Spotlight with Gensler


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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5 Questions with Darcy Jameson, Development Director Beacon Communities Development


Darcy L. Jameson, Development Director at Beacon Communities Development LLC and a ULI Boston Program Oversight Committee Co-Chair, Member of the Boston Management Committee and Advisory Board, and National Multi-family Council, has a strong commitment to responsible land use, community building, and multi-family housing development. Darcy has been working in the field of multi-family housing and community development since 1999 and been an active member of ULI since 2004. Before joining Beacon in 2004, Darcy worked as an Associate at Stockard, Engler, and Brigham and was the Director of Housing … Read More

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Message from Leadership


Fern Kanter, Executive Vice President/Managing Director, Hotel Asset Management – CHMWarnick In 2005, I relocated to Boston, leaving my home and business network of 20 years. I looked for a way to develop relationships in New England as I embarked on my transition from South Florida (don’t even get me started on the winters here!). I found ULI, but I knew simply joining ULI on a national level wasn’t enough. I met with staff at ULI Boston District Council, where I was guided to get involved with the Real Estate … Read More

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Policy Talk with Congressman Seth Moulton


By Jason Denoncourt As a ULI member, I was pleased to facilitate Congressman Seth Moulton’s (D-MA) address to the District Council at the October Member lunch. During his speech, he highlighted his two local priorities, economic development in Lynn and the North-South Rail Link. Congressman Moulton believes in the City of Lynn’s economic potential and sees it in the nearly 500 acres of undeveloped land on the Atlantic Ocean that is just 10 miles from Boston and accessible by train and ferry. One year ago, Congressman Moulton formed the Lynn … Read More

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Message from Leadership


Heath Cody, Architect SGA Boston | New York and ULI Boston/New England YLG Co-Chair I have been working as an Architect in the Boston area for more than 12 years. The ULI Young Leaders Group (YLG) has had a strong impact on helping me gain leadership skills and expand my professional network. For one, I have gained great awareness and understanding of how our partners in the industry work. This knowledge helps me improve both my relationships and leadership skills. For this reason, the YLG has proven to be an invaluable … Read More

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