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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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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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Support the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting

We are thrilled to be hosting the 2018 ULI Fall Meeting from October 8-11 (Register Here). This meeting draws industry leaders in real estate development and land use and hosting the meeting gives us the once-in-a-decade opportunity to showcase the region’s best real estate projects, people, and companies along with the diverse drivers of our city’s economy. As chairs of the Fall Meeting Sponsorship Committee, we invite you to join these leading firms in sponsoring the meeting. In addition to supporting the mission of ULI – to provide leadership in … 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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Press Release: Spring Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE   April 24, 2018   BOSTON, MA—In 2018, what makes great commercial or residential real estate is already changing. Technology is revolutionizing how new offices and homes are designed, built, and function, and helping companies appeal to a changing workforce.   On April 26, ULI Boston/New England will turn to local and national experts to share how offices, apartments and condos are evolving. The 2018 ULI Spring Summit will be held at 5:00 p.m. at the InterContinental Boston and will feature Robin Brown Chase, co-founder and former CEO of … Read More

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Boston Spring Summit

Come to ULI Boston’s Spring Summit event (formerly known as Trends in Real Estate Forum) to hear experts and colleagues from across the industry identify – and define – opportunities in a transforming real estate environment. Today’s office and residential developments look more like hospitality offerings than ever before. New technological advances are revolutionizing how cities are designed, built, and function. Boston is leading these megatrends and will inevitably be transformed by them. The Urban Living Panel will explore how Greater Boston is meeting the challenge of providing the amenitized housing … Read More

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ULI Westchester/Fairfield Development 360: Session II- Capital Markets with Paul Doocy

          DEVELOPMENT 360   Introduction to the Development Process – Session II: Capital Markets To all aspiring real estate developers and young professionals seeking a deeper understanding of the overall process (and challenges) faced by real estate developers; ULI West/FF  is pleased to announce its DEVELOPMENT 360 Program. DEVELOPMENT 360 is a five- session professional development program taking place over the course of a year, each session covering the complete cycle the real estate development process  from acquisitions, capital markets, entitlements/land use, construction/architecture through dispositions. The sessions are geared to … Read More

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The Results are In! And the Winner of Technology Council’s Shark Tank Competition is…

  On Wednesday, January 31st, four real estate technology companies took the stage to pitch their products and services in a Shark Tank-style competition presented by ULI Boston/New England’s Technology Council. The competition took place at Goodwin in their beautiful new office space with incredible views of Boston’s Seaport District. David Provost of Boston Properties energetically moderated the event, and Jesse Devitte of Boralis Ventures provided an excellent introduction to Technology Investing. Comfy, HqO, Starry and WiredScore each gave their best pitch and showed the sharks and audience how they are … Read More

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