ULI Boston - A Night with the WooSox


2022-05-18T16:30:00 - 2022-05-18T20:30:00

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    Polar Park 100 Madison St Worcester, MA 01608 United States


    Early Pricing Until May 6 Members Non-Members
    Private $50.00 $70.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $45.00 $65.00
    Student $30.00 $65.00
    Under Age 35 $35.00 $65.00
    Private $65.00 $90.00
    Public/Academic/Nonprofit $55.00 $80.00
    Student $45.00 $80.00
    Under Age 35 $50.00 $80.00

    Pre-registration for this event has closed. Onsite registrations will be accepted beginning at 4:15 pm. 

    In the heart of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, a Public-Private Partnership was created to revitalize over 20 acres of brownfields with the development of a ballpark-anchored mixed-use district in downtown Worcester. The Partnership set out to expand the Canal District’s renaissance and reconnect a formerly vibrant area of the city that had laid mostly dormant for years. The project was to enhance the downtown with strong and sustainable economic vitality; to improve infrastructure, including streets, sidewalks and public open space; and to bring the Red Sox Triple-A affiliate home to the Commonwealth. Evidence of the Partnership’s success is already visible in the numerous private development projects popping up in the immediate neighborhood and beyond.  Learn how the core of this challenging urban renewal district was conceived, designed, approved, and built in just over two years.


    Join us for an energized panel discussion, private tour of the park and baseball game!



    • 4:30-5:30 – Panel Discussion (DCU Club)
    • 5:30-6:15 – Park Tour
    • 6:45 – Game Starts



    Matt Mrva

    Director of Planning & Landscape Architecture, Bohler

    Matt is a registered landscape architect with over 22 years of experience in open space planning, urban design and streetscape improvements. He has managed a wide range of projects including downtown revitalization, campus planning, and community development, and currently serves on ULI Boston’s Sustainability Committee. As Director of Planning and Landscape Architecture, Matt strives to ensure close coordination of planning and landscape architecture with civil engineering to achieve integrated results. He is focused on the integration of the latest technology in designing the next generation of living, working and recreational environments.


    Roberta Brien

    Vice President of Projects, Worcester Business Development Corporation

    As the Vice President of Projects, Roberta has over 23 years of experience in real estate and project management. Before joining the WBDC in 2004, Roberta was most recently employed by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts where she was a Project Manager to the Division of Capital Asset Management’s Office of Real Estate. Roberta's portfolio consisted of planning for the reuse and development of large state hospital properties as well as the sale and leasing of smaller properties throughout the Commonwealth to private citizens and businesses. Ms. Brien's portfolio consistently represented an annual revenue stream of $1 million in real estate transactions for the Commonwealth. Prior to her experience with the Commonwealth, Ms. Brien worked as a Commercial Real Estate Agent and a Site Selector for national retail chains where she researched and negotiated development opportunities for her clients. Leading up to her experience as a real estate agent, Ms. Brien was a Transportation Planner for a Regional Planning Agency, providing her with experience in accessing state and federal grant programs as well as a foundation in community planning and development. Combining real estate with community development and planning, Roberta brings a comprehensive awareness of project management to the WBDC. Project Experience ? Facilitated the closing and re-use of large former state hospital properties inclusive of hundreds of acres, multiple parties of interest, aged facilities, environmental contamination, historical designations, and sensitive political issues, ? Oversight of the redevelopment of 20 Franklin Street into academic and business incubator space, ? Managed and directed the financing of projects utilizing strategies including new market tax credits, historic tax credits, conventional financing, and state and federal grants, ? Oversight of the ongoing development of WBDC owned properties, and ? Generate and oversee Fee-for-Service contracts for private developers, institutions, and municipalities by assisting in creating mixed use developments, industrial parks, and industrial subdivision roads, expansion and relocation, acquisition and asset management.


    Dan Rea

    General Manager and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Real Estate, Worcester Red Sox

    Dan Rea III serves as General Manager and Executive Vice President of Business Affairs and Real Estate for the Worcester Red Sox. Since joining the ball club in November 2015, Rea (pronounced “Ray”) has overseen the day-to-day business functions of the organization while managing its relationship with the Boston Red Sox. Rea is also the Front Office’s point person on all matters related to real estate development around Polar Park, including a mixed-use project to the immediate south of the ballpark along Madison Street. This project, which is led by Boston-based developer Denis Dowdle and has involved active collaboration with and input from the team since inception, is beginning construction on over 200 market-rate apartments this year, and includes plans for additional residential, biotech, office, and hotel development to follow. Rea was a key member of the negotiating team that crafted an agreement with Worcester and Massachusetts public officials to build a transformative ballpark in the Canal District of New England’s second-largest city. Over the past two and a half years Rea has worked with various stakeholders to ensure the ballpark fits well within its vibrant neighborhood, in addition to acting as a liaison to various political, business, and community leaders in Central Massachusetts and beyond. Rea was a recent member of the Baker/Polito Administration’s Economic Development Planning Council, a committee of Massachusetts business leaders co-chaired by Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and Secretary of Housing and Economic Development Mike Kennealy that was tasked with bringing a series of economic growth recommendations to state leadership. Prior to joining the ball club, Rea spent 10 years in the Front Office of the Boston Red Sox, beginning there during his freshman year at Harvard in 2006. Upon graduating Rea assumed a leading role in the planning and execution of Fenway Park’s 100th anniversary, co-editing three books published by the club for the 100th and coordinating the park’s centennial celebration on April 20th, 2012 that welcomed over 200 Red Sox alumni back to Fenway Park. Rea also oversaw the organization's historical archives and was head scriptwriter for pre-game ceremonies at Fenway during his time in this position. From 2013 to 2015 Rea served as Special Assistant to Red Sox President/CEO Larry Lucchino, aiding Lucchino in a Chief of Staff-like capacity while executing various projects for Boston’s Front Office. Rea resides in Framingham with his wife, Lindsay, and their Shih Tzu-Yorkie, Willie, who is a very good boy.

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