ULI Boston - NEXT Presents: Building Small with Jim Heid


2022-10-06T11:45:00 - 2022-10-06T13:15:00

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    BUILDING SMALL: A Toolkit for Real Estate Entrepreneurs, Civic Leaders and Great Communities

     Small-scale, incremental, real estate development offers a growing alternative to more conventional approaches. Small Scale development helps create more authentic places, acts as a magnet for new investment, helps attract talent based employment, all while fostering a more resilient local economy. This in turn helps communities better differentiate themselves when seeking new investment in an increasingly competitive landscape. For its virtues, however, entrepreneurial real estate developers working to ‘build small’ face jurisdictional and capital inertia that impedes bringing this approach to scale.

    Drawing on extensive research, using case studies, interviews with over 100 developers and first hand knowledge gained from tours through 15 cities and his own personal projects, author and developer Jim Heid articulates what small-scale development means, why it is essential to communities of very size and location, and how entrepreneurial developers and community leaders can help remove the obstacles to small – resulting in more successful projects and more enduring communities.

    Join us for lunch and a discussion with author Jim Heid about building small.



    Jim Heid

    Founder, Urban Green, LLC

    Jim Heid, FASLA, is an infill real estate developer and strategic real estate adviser focused on the tools and techniques that lead to a more sustainable built environment. For more than 30 years he has advised cities, NGOs, legacy landowners, and private developers on more positive ways to build community. In 2017, he founded CRAFT Development, a real estate company focused on incremental development and intentional place-building. Since its founding, CRAFT has adaptively refashioned a 1960's empty bank space into a bespoke 'club-working' space (www.craftworkhbg.com) that opened 60 days before the onset of the pandemic, and is completing an innovative twelve unit fee simple cottage court on 1.2 acres (www.riverhousehealdsburg.com), both located in his home town of Healdsburg, CA - a small lifestyle town north of San Francisco. Over nine years ago he founded ULI's Small Scale Developers Forum to bring together real estate entrepreneurs developing fine grained, community driven projects that disrupt real estate norms while creating community value and increase the vitality of communities across the urban to rural transect. After leading tours and forums in over 15 cities for ULI, he authored ULI's newest publication - Building Small: A Toolkit for Real Estate Entrepreneurs, Civic Leaders and Great Communities. An active member of ULI since 1991, Jim has participated in, or chaired, over 14 Advisory Services Panels focused on resilience, sustainable development and mixed use or new community design. For over two decades he has led ULI's professional development courses in Sustainable Community Design, Mixed Use Development and Advanced Residential Development. He is a founding member of the Responsible Property Investing Product Council and is now a member of CRC-Platinum.

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