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Mentorship Group Visits Sacramento!

On June 26 Larry Casey, President and COO of Donahue Schriber, organized a trip for his ULI Young Leaders Mentorship Group to visit three Sacramento area development projects and one redevelopment project totaling over $400 million in gross costs for Donahue Schriber.  On top of Donahue Schriber’s investment, tenants have spent a minimum of another $50 million in building/building out their stores. The tour was led by Donahue Schriber’s Senior Vice President of Construction, Scott Lawrence. Pictures show the group in front of Donahue Schriber’s plane in which the group traveled … Read More

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Mentorship Groups Visit Baker Block

Two of the ULI Mentorship groups recently had the privilege of touring the new Baker Block apartment complex in Costa Mesa. Andrew Nelson of Red Oak Investments, the developer of Baker Block and ULI YLG Mentor, gave the proteges a full overview of the project including cost, financing strategy, capital stack, and marketing.  The group then received a tour of their very unique, leading edge apartment project, including an up close look at the massive and impactful Shepard Fairey mural. A great learning experience for all! Left to right, Ben Yan, … Read More

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ULI Transit Oriented Design Field Trip

By: Ron Nestor, AIA Sr. Principal with WHA Architects, Planners & Designers Last month, 32 attendees met at the Tustin train station and took Metrolink to Union Station for the ULI’s annual field trip focusing on new transit-oriented developments in Los Angeles.  For many, it was their first visit to this 1938 landmark, an interesting blend of Spanish Colonial Revival and Art Deco. There, in the spectacular historic ticketing hall, officials from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority presented major transit improvements under construction or planned, including the Regional Connector, a new … Read More

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Digital Persuasion: Do You Really Know How?

By Tanner Wolverton, Student Representative for the Multi Housing Initiative Council This quarter’s Multi Housing Initiative Council meeting sought to teach us ways to be better digital persuaders. Erin Gargan has centered her career around the subject. A self-titled digital persuasion expert, Gargan helps companies become more persuasive digital communicators. “Digital” is anything online while “persuasion” is moving someone to action. Gargan specifically delineates between digital persuasion and in-person persuasion because the two require different strategies for success. With in-person communication, a person can rely on methods such as speech, … Read More

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Mentorship Group Heads North

A few lucky ULI Mentorship Program Proteges recently took an exciting trip up North with their Mentor, Larry Casey, to visit three of Donahue Schriber’s Sacramento properties. Guided by Donahue Schriber’s VP of Construction, they viewed the projects, reviewed development proformas and discussed lessons learned. The three properties visited were: Sienna Ridge –  99,000 sf Safeway anchored shopping center project about to start grading Sunridge Plaza – 92,000 sf Raley’s anchored shopping center development under vertical construction; Raley’s and Starbucks just opened Rocklin Commons and Crossings – 900,000 sf stabilized … Read More

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Laying Foundations for OC’s New Public Realm

Link to post with photos Thoughts from the Public Realm Initiative Council’s March 2nd Quarterly Meeting by Jonathan Lightfoot, Student Representative for the PRIC The December quarterly Public Realm Initiative Council meeting reviewed the case study of Klyde Warren Park in Dallas and a conference call with Benjamin Donsky of Biederman Redevelopment Ventures about how his firm’s model of park design and management quickly established Klyde Warren as a destination and hub of public life in the city. This case study, along with the Council’s various experiences in other vibrant … Read More

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UCR Presents: Future of Cities 2017

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ULI OC/IE Wins Membership Challenge!

ULI Orange County/Inland Empire is pleased to announce that we have WON the FY16 Membership Challenge in the category of “Most Points Earned”! The ULI Membership Challenge is a tool used to help District Councils reach their FY16 membership goals and increase member engagement. Points were awarded for membership growth rates, retention rates as well as for the variety of programs offered to members. This achievement would not have been possible without Jessica Candaele and her membership team – Charles Smith, Lori Smith, Greg Black, Bill Nevell and Kim May! If … Read More

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An Inside Look at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting

By: Richard Rojas, Senior Planner, City of Carson For a public sector urban planner looking for insight into land development trends and best practices, the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas was a valuable experience. Though I traveled to the event on my own, I found myself in the company of professionals from Phoenix, Minneapolis, Dallas, DC, Atlanta, Seattle, and other cities who were eager to strike up a conversation, inquire about shared experiences, include in networking receptions and otherwise make this first-time ULI national conference attendee feel welcomed. I … Read More

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CMIC Bids Farewell to Eric Snyder

Eight years ago ULI member, Eric Snyder, reached out to see how he could become more involved with ULI. He met with Jeff Mayer, District Council Chair at that time and Phyllis Tuchmann, Executive Director, over lunch and they immediately knew he was the guy to start to the Capital Markets Initiative Council. Eric built the council from the ground up at a time when there were literally no deals to discuss and now the CMIC is one of the most sought after and difficult to join councils in the Orange County/Inland … Read More

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