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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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Prepare Now For The Next Superstorm 

Assessing The Impact A Major Hurricane Will Have On CRE In Massachusetts By Mark Hickey and Patrick McCafferty As Florida, Texas, and other areas slammed by devastating hurricanes Harvey and Maria continue to clean up, and experts study the intensity of Atlantic hurricanes, many in the local real estate community are examining the potential impact of a powerful hurricane could have in Massachusetts. Major hurricanes are rare here, in large part because Massachusetts is so far north, but the region is far from impervious. According to the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, New England has only had three Category 3 hurricanes (5 is the … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Aaron Jodka, Director of Research, Colliers International | Boston

As Director of Research at Colliers International | Boston, Aaron manages the information and intelligence in Colliers’ proprietary database, which, includes detailed property statistics on more than 360 million SF of office, lab, and industrial properties in the greater Boston area. He is a monthly guest on Bloomberg Radio’s Baystate Business, and a frequent resource for Bisnow, Banker & Tradesman, The Boston Globe, Boston Business Journal, The Real Reporter, and other publications.       ULI recently released Emerging Trends in Real Estate® and once again, Boston is in the … Read More

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UrbanPlan Fall 2017

The 2017-2018 school year of UrbanPlan is well underway! In September ULI Boston/ New England trained 16 new UrbanPlan Volunteers who have been quick to participate in the classroom. We had a successful UrbanPlan at Cambridge Rindge and Latin, and are currently running the program at Newton North High School and Boston College. UrbanPlan will also be taught at Brookline High School, Boston University, Boston Latin School, and Bedford High School. If you are UrbanPlan Trained, please consider volunteering for UrbanPlan at Brookline next month. The dates are: December 6th … 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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