Author Archives: Sara Marsh

Planning in the 21st Century: Why we’re still not doing it right

By Michael Grove Throughout my career as a landscape architect and planner, I’ve always been an optimist. The act of planning is, by nature, forward-looking. When putting pen to paper, you are laying out your hopes and dreams for the future—blending the reality of present-day needs with a vision for what might be. As designers, we think of ourselves as stewards, with the belief that human potential can solve anything. I hope it can. But if you’re planning for a utopian future without considering the mess we’ve gotten ourselves into, or if you’re an idealist without also being pragmatic, or if you’re sketching out your dreams … Read More

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ULI Perspectives – Laboratory Land Use Expanding Beyond Cambridge

By Matthew Pullen Greater Boston’s life science hub has outgrown its birthplace in Kendall Square/East Cambridge. Since 2013, the submarket has posted net absorption of more than 570,000 square feet per year. Today, it boasts a zero percent direct vacancy rate for Class A laboratory space and rental rates approaching $100 per square foot, triple net. That is driving laboratory tenants to search for space beyond this land-constrained center. Laboratory developers are rapidly emerging as some of the most active bidders on land sites throughout the region. The most attractive … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Amanda Chisholm, Director of Community Technical Assistance, MassDevelopment

Amanda Chisholm is the Director of Community Technical Assistance for MassDevelopment.  A former Chief Economic Development Planner for the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Chisholm earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and her Masters in Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning from Tufts University.           MassDevelopment is a respected institution in the Commonwealth. What should the average ULI Boston member know about this agency?  MassDevelopment, the state’s economic development and finance agency, works with businesses, nonprofits, financial institutions, and communities to stimulate economic … Read More

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ULI Boston/New England Seeking Intern (part-time)

POSITION TITLE:  Intern (part-time), ULI Boston/New England LOCATION:  Boston, Massachusetts REPORTS TO: Director of Policy and Outreach  FLSA CLASSIFICATION: Non-exempt POSITION STATUS:  Part-time, 25 hours a week   The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 42,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. More than 1,300 members represent the Boston/New England District Council. … Read More

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Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Impact Research Project – Request for Proposal

Who We Are The Urban Land Institute Boston/New England is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the institute has more than 40,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines. More than 1,300 members represent the Boston/New England District Council. Technical Assistance Panels ULI’s Technical Assistance Panels (TAP) provides objective, expert advice to municipal and community-based organizations on the feasibility, design, … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Ileen Gladstone, Senior VP and Senior Principal, GEI Consultants, Inc.

Ileen Gladstone is a Senior Vice President and Senior Principal at GEI Consultants, Inc. (GEI). GEI is a national consulting engineering firm, with more than 850 professionals in 42 offices nationwide. Ileen specializes in incorporating remediation and cleanup into all her construction projects. She has overseen the cleanup of soil, groundwater, and indoor air contamination at more than 300 sites in Massachusetts. Ileen earned her B.S. in Civil Engineering from The Cooper Union in New York and M.S. in Civil Engineering from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Kendin Carr, Associate, Marcus & Millichap

Kendin Carr is a multifamily specialist at Marcus & Millichap and exclusively represents buyers and sellers of investment properties throughout the Boston and Cambridge area.  Kendin has more than 13 years of experience in the real estate industry and has closed over 40 investment real estate transactions valued over $50 million during his career. Prior to joining Marcus & Millichap, Kendin founded Realm Realty Group, a virtual real estate brokerage company focusing on a niche market of small, high transaction volume property investors in the Boston Metro area. Kendin graduated from University of North Carolina- Chapel Hill with a Bachelor of … Read More

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Retail Repositioning

By David Chilinski The recent Chapter 11 filings by Sears and Toys R Us offer additional signs that conventional retailers – and the properties they anchor – face an uncertain future. Yet, despite these tenant failures, these sites present an undeniable opportunity due to their scale and location. What we are learning in repositioning aging properties is that the right program mix of live, work, play and stay are critical to a successful future. Finding that right mix is not as simple as it may seem. Large-scale, mixed-use development involves both the art and science of Placemaking. What makes mixed-use come alive is an integrated experience, a place purposely designed as an eclectic, changing scene. The experience begins with a design strategy that accomplishes many things, among them: working with what … Read More

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Support the District Council this Giving Tuesday

This Giving Tuesday consider supporting ULI Boston/New England by becoming an Annual Sponsor. Continued support allows the District Council to elevate ideas through dynamic conversation that provide leadership in the responsible use of land throughout the region.   Our recent successes include: Technical Assistance Panels: 700+ volunteer hours in 7 TAP Communities UrbanPlan: 253+ volunteer hours instructing 400 students in 7 schools UrbanPlan Public Leadership Institute: Engaged Massachusetts elected officials on land use fundamentals through public-private collaborative engagement Leadership and Diversity: Launched Pathways to Inclusion program to increase access to important networks for land use professionals of … Read More

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Fall Meeting 2018

After many months of planning by hundreds of ULI members and staff, Fall Meeting begins on Monday! The Fall Meeting brings together over 6,000 land use professionals from across the country and around the world. A special thank you to the many members who helped make this meeting happen, including the Meeting Chairs: Franz Colloredo Mansfield, Pam Herbst, and Owen Thomas; the Host Committee; and of course the many firms supporting the meeting through Sponsorship particularly Icon Sponsors Boston Properties and Union Point and Principal Sponsors Newmark Knight Frank and Suffolk Construction. … Read More

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