Monthly Archives: May 2016

Emile Haddad of FivePoint Speaks at Industry Leaders and Managers Program


Guest speaker Emile Haddad, Chairman and CEO of FivePoint Holdings, LLC and Gary Hunt, board member, shared insights on leadership and life lessons at the third class of the popular Urban Land Institute Leaders and Managers Program on Planned Communities, Urban Infill and Residential Design.  The company’s mixed-use master-planned communities are located in California including the Great Park Neighborhoods in Irvine, Newhall Ranch in Valencia and the San Francisco Bay Area. Emile Haddad grew up in Beirut, Lebanon during civil war.  He realized at an early age that life does … Read More

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Mentoring in Palm Springs

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By Mike West, Inland-West Mentors and Protégés participating in the 2016 ULI Mentorship Program are organizing various ways to meet and learn from each other about best practices and lessons learned in planning and development occurring in Southern California. John Brown, an attorney with Best, Best & Krieger LLP, arranged a tour to provide an “inside look” at what a large scale redevelopment entails. John Wessman and Michael Braun of Wessman Development in Downtown Palm Springs met with Brown and the protégés in his group. The Downtown Palm Springs development has … Read More

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A Peek into a Mentorship Meeting


By Erica Congelliere, Marketing Coordinator, LSA ULI Mentor John Leehey, with Danielian Associates, brought his Mentorship Group to SWA Group’s office in Laguna Beach, last month.  This meeting was organized by Protégé Pavel Petrov, an Associate with SWA.  The group was treated to an office tour and a special presentation by Sean O’Malley, Senior Principal with SWA.  O’Malley’s engaging presentation highlighted the effects of water supply on Master-Planned Communities and SWA’s practices for incorporating water system planning into their Master-Planning strategies.  O’Malley’s presentation encompassed the varied SWA master-plan community projects around the world that reflect both … Read More

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Housing for Veterans

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The ULI Young Leaders Group completed their 8th Annual Pro Bono Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) for a charitable organization.  This year, the panel focused on transitional and affordable housing for veterans in the City of Tustin. It was through the vision of the Orange County Rescue Mission President, Jim Palmer, that the TAP Panel sought a solution to help positively impact the growing homeless veterans issue in Orange County. Throughout the latter half of 2015, a panel of eight professionals, who are ULI members under the age of 35, conducted … Read More

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Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Update

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You are invited to attend the ULI OC/IE Infrastructure Technology Initiative Council quarterly meeting to discuss the Dana Point Harbor Revitalization Plan.  The meeting will be held on Wed., Jun. 8, 8 am to 10 am, at the Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Ave., Irvine, CA, in the Community Room (located adjacent to the northeast of the main building).  Heather Johnston, Executive Director, Dana Point Chamber of Commerce will be presenting an update on the revitalization process.    

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Get $25 Off ULI Membership Thru June 30

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This offer is available for a limited time for all new members or professionals whose membership has lapsed more than 90 days.   It applies to Associates, Associates Under 35 (aka Young Leaders Group), and Full Members.  With the changes that are still occurring in the industry, now is the time to join the most prestigious, diverse and balanced organization representing the planning and development industry, worldwide.  Join today and get involved in the ULI! ULI Membership Types Associate Membership: The most popular type of membership. Associate membership is open to … Read More

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ULI to Hold TAP for Indian Wells

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ULI Seeks Volunteers to Study Highest and Best Use Development Opportunities in Indian Wells, Calif. ULI seeks professionals to participate in a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) to study ways in which the City may facilitate future development of 10 individual sites that would generate long-term financial benefit to the City, provide amenities to the residents, maximizes synergy with adjacent land uses as well as bolster the City’s high-end brand.  Furthermore, the City is seeking ULI’s recommendations on a development implementation strategy, which considers multiple properties and owners, market viability, timing and … Read More

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What Goes Into ULI Event Planning?


ULI Member Josh Cox, Hillwood Development, met up with Kendra Chandler, Director, and Katie Holst, Senior Associate, ULI Orange County/Inland Empire, to scout out a place to hold the May 19th ULI program at the former Rialto Municipal Airport.  So, how do you find a site on 1,500 acres to park attendees’ cars, seat 75-100 people, bring in A/V, set-up chairs and a “Porta Potty? Well, ULI program planning starts with members like Cox, and Joe Cesta, CBRE, who serves as the Vice Chair of the ULI-Inland Empire Committee. They … Read More

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A Message about MFH in OC that is in ULI’s Wheelhouse


Multifamily development has come of age in Orange County, constructed with unique amenities, like roof top decks, specialty retail or onsite services. Rents have hit a record high.  Homeownership rates are still declining so the fundamentals of apartments are soaring. How are investors looking at this trend and the impact on their investment strategies? Are communities addressing the requirement to provide society’s need to have workforce and affordable housing?  Is this development cycle/pattern sustainable? The answer to these questions is in this statement: “While multifamily housing in the OC is … Read More

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COO Shares Value of Expertise and Relationship Building


Some of the brightest minds in the homebuilding industry will share their experience and insights at The ULI Industry Leaders and Managers Spring Program featuring Leaders in Planned Communities, Residential Design & Urban Infill. The first class was held on Wednesday, April 6th and will continue on Wednesday evenings until May 18th. Moderated by John Martin of Martin & Associates, the program will feature some of the most influential leaders in the homebuilding industry and cover a variety of topics, including career paths, lessons learned, company culture, current market trends, … Read More

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