Monthly Archives: November 2013

Housing Finance Leaders Gather to Discuss the Future of Freddie and Fannie

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Housing finance industry leaders came together last week to debate the future role of government-sponsored lending giants, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Both entities were placed under the conservatorship of the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA) during the financial crisis from which they have yet to emerge. Panelists included David Brickman, Head of Multifamily for Freddie Mac, Robert Bostrom, Co-Chair of the Financial Compliance and Regulatory Practice at Greenberg Traurig, Mike McRoberts, Managing Director at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company, David Reiss, Professor of Law at Brooklyn Law School, and Alan … Read More

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“If/Then”: A Review of the Broadway-Bound Musical About City Planning

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What rhymes with “waterfront redevelopment plan”? I wondered that after recently reading that the storyline of an upcoming musical whose plot revolves around a 40-ish city planner moving to New York. Clearly a musical needs a larger audience than 40-something women with city planning degrees, but as the bulls-eye of their target demographic, I felt a certain obligation to go see it. I settled in my seat for If/Then, which opened November 5 at Washington’s National Theater, with both anticipation and trepidation. By intermission, though, I couldn’t stop babbling about … Read More

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ULI is Now Accepting Applications for the 2014 Hines Competition

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The ULI Gerald D. Hines Student Urban Design Competition—now in its 12th year—is an urban design and development challenge for graduate students. The Hines Competition challenges multidisciplinary student teams to devise a comprehensive development program for a real, large-scale site. Teams of five students representing at least three disciplines have two weeks to develop solutions that include drawings, site plans, tables, and market-feasible financial data. This is an ideas competition; there is no expectation that any of the submitted schemes will be applied to the site. The winning team will … Read More

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Far More Than Amenities: 2013 Urban Open Space Award Finalists Video

Two parks have been selected as winning projects in the Urban Land Institute Urban Open Space Award competition. The Parks and Waterfront at Southeast False Creek, located in Vancouver, British Columbia, and the Yards Park, located in Washington, D.C., were both recognized at ULI’s Fall Meeting in Chicago. Watch the video below.   

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Building Healthy Places at the Fall Meeting: Concurrent Sessions on Office and Residential

Last week, ULI’s Fall Meeting in Chicago featured a good deal of Building Healthy Places programming, with dynamic panels and speakers that focused on what it takes to make healthy places happen, the future of retail and office and emerging opportunities for doing well and good. Read highlights and tweets from some of the sessions. PowerPoints will be available soon for download. Creating Holistically Healthy Work Environments Office developers are thinking more and more about health of tenants and employees, said panelists at this session. Clare De Briere, Executive Vice … Read More

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ULI Releases Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2014

The U.S. real estate recovery is set to continue into 2014, with investors increasingly looking beyond some of the traditionally popular markets to secondary markets in search of higher yields, according to Emerging Trends in Real Estate® 2014, co-published by PwC US and ULI. According to real estate market participants, the predicted growth in secondary markets is driven by investors searching for returns as opportunities in core markets become harder to find and the best assets become more expensive. As a result, the report anticipates that 2014 may be the year … Read More

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Via Verde Wins 2013 Global Award for Excellence

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ULI New York would like to congratulate Jonathan Rose Companies, Phipps Houses, Grimshaw and Dattner Architects for their work on the Via Verde project – a winner of the ULI Global Awards for Excellence. About Via Verde Location: Bronx, New York Developer: Jonathan Rose Companies/Phipps Houses Designer: Dattner Architects, Grimshaw, et al. Size: 69,260 square feet Via Verde was the winning entry in the New Housing New York Legacy Competition, New York City’s first juried design competition for affordable, sustainable housing. Codeveloped by Phipps Houses and Jonathan Rose Companies, Via Verde provides much-needed healthy, affordable, urban housing for residents of … Read More

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Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel Speaks to ULI

At the 2013 Fall Meeting in Chicago, Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed ULI to his city. “A sustainable strategy is also a good economic strategy that creates jobs,” he said.    

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ULI New York Wins $20,000 Urban Innovation Grant

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Seventeen grants totaling $250,000 and targeted for projects ranging from Technical Assistance Program (TAP) panels to workshops have been awarded to ULI district and national councils through ULI’s Urban Innovation Grant program. The recipients were announced on Tuesday, November 5 at ULI’s 2013 Fall Meeting in Chicago. ULI New York was among the recipients and will  use the grant for Build Healthy, Sustainable Communities: A TAP Panel Series. This project is a series of two two-day TAP panels to develop further implementation strategies for the New York City Department of City Planning … Read More

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Local Law 87 – Energy Audits and Retro Commissioning

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This year marks yet another important milestone for energy efficiency in New York City. 2013 is the first year of required compliance with Local Law 87. Given the direct implications of this law on nearly 15,000 existing properties across the five boroughs, a brief guide about the law and the processes may be of interest to ULI New York’s membership. What is Local Law 87? A lot has been written on this topic: PlaNYC is rich with useful and relevant information. Local Law 87 was enacted in 2009 as part … Read More

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