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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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Sponsor Spotlight with Goulston & Storrs

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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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5 Questions with Phil Colleran, Principal, CRJA-IBI Group

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Phil Colleran is a principal at CRJA-IBI Group, a landscape architectural design and environmental planning firm in Boston. Since joining the firm in 1995, Phil has directed a range of urban developments in the U.S. and abroad, including the Masdar Institute of Technology, Shams Abu Dhabi, and the American University in Cairo. He has significant experience with complex planning/design projects and large teams in Asia, the Middle East and North Africa, with a focus on addressing environmental and civic concerns. His current work centers on the design of forward thinking public … Read More

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Leadership Lookout with Alexandra Phillips

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Alexandra Phillips, Project Manager – Stantec Real Estate Services Group When I graduated college, I had a degree that provided me with a hard skill, Spanish, but not a career. I landed a job at CoStar in Washington, DC, knowing I had an interest in architecture and city building, but not knowing very much about real estate. CoStar provided me with an excellent foundational knowledge of real estate, but it was getting involved in ULI that piqued my interest in urban planning and real estate development. I dove into ULI Washington’s … 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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TAPs: Put Your Skills to the Test

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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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