ULI Boston/New England Blog

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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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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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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Real Estate Tech Survey

The ULI Boston/New England Real Estate Tech Local Product Council is seeking to gain a better understanding of how burgeoning technology can be tailored and leveraged to make commercial real estate professionals’ daily routine, and the industry as a whole, more efficient. It would be much appreciated, if you could take a few minutes to complete this brief survey https://www.research.net/r/tos_uli_boston to share your perspective and experiences in your day to day work. For your participation, you will receive a first look at the survey results. Thanks in advance for your input!

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ULI Experts Identify Priorities for Future Development Catalyzed by Proposed North-South Rail Link

Strengthening links between housing and job centers and preserving high-value land for development should guide future investment For more information, contact: Trisha Riggs at 202-624-7086; trisha.riggs@uli.org WASHINGTON (January 29, 2018) –  An expert panel of real estate and land use professionals convened in Boston by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) has identified key priorities to guide future real estate development that could be catalyzed by a proposed underground rail line that will link two major transit hubs—North Station and South Station—and unify two currently separate commuter rail systems. (Click here … Read More

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