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ULI Announces Pathways to Inclusion to Expand Access in Boston’s Commercial Real Estate Industry

The Urban Land Institute’s Boston/New England District Council is announcing a new program designed to increase participation of those underrepresented in the land use and real estate industry. Pathways to Inclusion will kick-off at ULI’s Fall Meeting, the industry’s largest gathering of city builders, which is being held in Boston October 8-11, 2018. Thirty-four minority professionals – representing a wide range of disciplines within the land use industry – will receive free access to Fall Meeting, in addition to a year-long ULI membership, which will establish structured connections to key Boston … Read More

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Action Planning for Urban Development

By Heather Scranton High land and construction costs – coupled with limited, undeveloped land – are familiar challenges for most urban developers. And when a lot for re-development is acquired, other issues can significantly impact the project schedule and outcome, potentially costing millions of dollars. There are many different issues, some of which include: Adjacencies: The site is next to or over critical public infrastructure (tunnels, bridges, highways, rail, air rights, etc.); next to historic or concerned building owners that may see impacts, such as building settlement, because of the new … Read More

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Pathways to Inclusion

The Pathways to Inclusion Initiative is a partnership between the ULI Boston/New England District Council, the Builders of Color Coalition, African American Real Estate Professionals (AAREP) New England, and the City of Boston Office of Resilience and Racial Equity and is designed to broaden ULI membership and expand the professional networks of minority developers and land use professionals in New England. The Pathways to Inclusion program will provide up to 25 individuals of color a scholarship to the 2018 Fall Meeting to be held in Boston October 8th – 11th, … Read More

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Matt Pullen Named Chair of Boston/New England District Council

Matt Pullen, executive managing director at NKF Capital Markets, has been named Chair of the Boston/New England District Council of the Urban Land Institute. Pullen will assume his role in January, just three months after ULI will host its signature Fall Meeting in Boston. The event will bring 7,000 real estate professionals to the city from all over the world. Pullen is looking forward to the timing of the new position and is prepared to showcase Boston as one of the top 10 markets in the world for investing in real estate. … Read More

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NOAH East Boston Flood Prevention Workshop 

By Jordan Zimmermann and Philip Giffee East Boston’s Neighborhood of Affordable Housing (NOAH) continued its climate change initiative to tackle the impacts of issues of coastal flooding in a community workshop on May 18-19, 2018. The bilingual workshop kicked off with site tours of flood-prone areas of East Boston, led by youth. Teams for the workshop included community members, architects, landscape architects and civil engineers. ULI members and other design specialists, in collaboration with the community, assisted in developing solutions for an area of Boston prone to flooding. Teams were … Read More

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Investing in Infrastructure 

Consider the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956. The infrastructure plan championed and executed by President Dwight D. Eisenhower built a 41,000-mile network of interstate highways that spanned the nation. It was the largest public works project in American history at the time and, without question, it did as much to reshape America as the transcontinental railroad had nearly a century earlier. One might also argue it was the last public infrastructure investment to create economic development opportunities for every American. Ultimately, the government spent close to $129 billion to build the system and it was far from perfect. Many cities leveraged federal … Read More

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Changing How Public Officials View Private Development

By Manisha Bewtra While driving around my childhood home of Ames, Iowa during school vacation week, I couldn’t help but compare it to my hometown of Melrose. Both communities have wonderful people; both developed as a result of railway expansion and both grew up during the Victorian era. But, while Ames is a college town that has expanded considerably in both acreage and population over the past 20 years, Melrose is a bedroom community without much room to grow. The dynamics that affect Melrose are indicative of many Mass. communities … Read More

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Extreme Weather Calls for Creative Solutions to Address Resiliency

Changing climate conditions and extreme weather events are presenting new challenges for real estate and development professionals to design, permit and build projects that will endure the short- and long-term risks associated with the flooding that results from rising seas and superstorms. Short of raising all sites above the flood elevation, what can property owners do to combat flood risks? Addressing resiliency through design of new projects, or adaptive design of existing properties, is not a one-size-fits-all proposition. There are a variety of approaches and techniques that can provide protection … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Ronette (Ronnie) Slamin, Project Director, Joseph J. Corcoran Company.

Ronette (Ronnie) Slamin graduated in June 2017 with master’s degrees in Real Estate Development and City Planning from MIT. There her focuses were on mixed-income housing and economic development. Before studying at MIT, Ronette worked in Boston for two years in community development at The American City Coalition (TACC). Leading planning initiatives in the Roxbury neighborhood, she created online platforms to engage residents and worked to identify developers and projects that aligned with the communities vision. Ronette is originally from Wilmington, DE. She obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from … Read More

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Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) Internship Program

In 2017 ULI Boston/New England partnered with KAGE Growth Strategies as a sponsor for the inaugural Commercial Real Estate Success Training (CREST) internship program.  The CREST program placed 17 interns with organizations in the commercial real estate industry. Students and employers reported very positive experiences with the program and ULI Boston/New England is pleased to announce our continued sponsorship of CREST in 2018 along with NAIOP and CBA. CREST’s mission is to place qualified minority college juniors from academic partner institutions- Brandeis, Bentley, Boston College, Tufts, UMass Boston and Wellesley … Read More

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