Category Archives: News

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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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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Housing, Transportation, Resiliency and Land Use are on the Agenda when 6,000 Real Estate Experts Gather in Boston

  Boston, Mass. – (October 3, 2018) – The Urban Land Institute’s Boston/New England District Council will host the real estate industry’s largest global gathering of city builders and land use experts at ULI Fall Meeting, October 8-11, 2018 at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. 6,000 real estate professionals and public officials will examine critical issues around commercial development and land use. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary, member-driven real estate organization dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities.   Among the topics of local interest: Transit-Oriented … Read More

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Mayor Martin J. Walsh Joins Skanska to Celebrate the Grand Opening of Harbor Way

pictured from left to right are: City of Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh; Skanska Vice President of Development, Russ De’Martino; Skanska Executive Vice President of Commercial Development in Boston, Charley Leatherbee; City of Boston Archaeologist, Joe Bagley; Skanska Development Manager, Chris Legocki; Skanska Development Director, Carolyn Desmond.   BOSTON, August 30, 2018 – Mayor Martin J. Walsh joined construction and development firm Skanska, and members of the Seaport community today for a public block party event to celebrate the grand opening of Harbor Way, a 70-foot wide pedestrian promenade with … 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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Manikka Bowman named to BBJ 40 under 40

Manikka Bowman

ULI Boston/New England’s Directory of Policy and Outreach has been named to the Boston Business Journal’s 40 under 40. Selected from nearly 350 nominations, Manikka’s work at ULI and the Cambridge School Committee put her in an elite class of for-profit, non-profit, and government professionals.  

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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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