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Office and Commercial Council Members Hear Presentation on Dana Point Harbor Revitalization

By Jake Phuc Mai, Student Representative, ULI Office and Commercial Initiative Council   Dana Point Harbor has been the focal point of what defines the coastal city, ranked as #1 on the to-do list by Trip Advisor (https://www.tripadvisor.com/Attractions-g32279-Activities-Dana_Point_California.html). The Harbor consists of a variety of local activities such as shopping, dining, fishing, whale watching, kayaking, and of course, the Ocean institute, which provides an educational experience on a pirate ship. For several decades, since its inception in 1971, the Harbor has not only provided a great place to spend time … Read More

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Amanda Tropiano Appointed to ULI National Young Leaders Committee

Eleven ULI members, representing District Councils throughout North America, have been appointed to serve on a new national committee that will focus on the under-35 Young Leaders membership designation for ULI.  Amanda Tropiano, a Senior Associate with PlaceWorks, was nominated and confirmed to be a member of the ULI National Young Leaders Coordinating Committee, representing the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire. Tropiano has capably and passionately volunteered her time to serve in many leadership roles over the past nine years for the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire Young Leaders Group. “I have … Read More

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Legacy Moving Forward

The leadership of the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire is pleased to announced the new Initiative for Women’s Leadership (WLI) is being guided by Chairwomen Julie Brinkerhoff-Jacobs and Joan Marcus-Colvin.  Brinkerhoff-Jacobs and Marcus-Colvin have announced that “LEGACY MOVING FORWARD” is the 2016/2017 focus for the ULI Orange County/Inland Empire’s WLI, and will form the basis for four WLI programs throughout the year. The programs will look at the various ways in professionals in the land use planning and real estate development industry are creating legacy. “One of the notable things about legacy is it … Read More

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ITN, RFI, RFQ, RFP

Would public agencies consider it a good problem to have if they received multiple responses to their announcements seeking individuals or firms to outsource planning and community development projects?  And, wouldn’t public agencies be happy with a response to these requests from ULI members?! The ULI MARKETPLACE houses current “Invitations to Negotiate”, “Requests for Interest”, “Requests for Qualifications” and “Requests for Proposals” throughout the US.  This resource can be used by public agencies to announce the bidding process as well as in the competitive industry of land use planning and real estate development, where ULI members can find a way to … Read More

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Protégés Get Advice from Green Street Advisors

By Alex Fullencamp and Amber House, ULI 2016 Mentorship Group Protégés On June 21, 2016, Colin Gamber arranged a meeting with Green Street Advisors for our mentorship group to learn more about the roll that an advisory group, such as Green Street, plays in the real estate industry. Colin Gamber is Vice President of Strategic Planning and Finance at Donahue Schriber Reality Group, which is a client of Green Street. In addition to our group, we were also joined by Larry Casey’s mentorship group. Casey is the President and Chief … Read More

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MFH Tour by Protégés

By Christine DePillo (formerly Fischer) ,  Chase  and ULI 2016 Mentorship Program Protégé Donning hard hats and safety vests, our Mentorship Group with Mentor George Ochs of Western National Group, toured the new multifamily development near Fashion Island by The Irvine Company.  The project is called “The Colony,” and it is located at 5100 Colony Plaza, in Newport Beach.   The complex was still under construction, and we were led the superintendents of the project, employees of Western National Properties.  Western National is the primary general contractor for all of The Irvine Company’s new multifamily projects.  This … Read More

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Protégés Tour Newport Beach Hotels

By Kevin David Lee, Remax Titanium Commercial Broker and 2016 ULI Mentorship Program Protégé  Getting a look at what’s going on today in hotel renovation in Orange County, gave us a great perspective on how this sector of the industry is changing.  On June 27, 2016, Scott Broder from Sunstone Hotel Investors arranged and hosted a site tour of the Fairmont Hotel and the Hyatt Regency in Newport Beach for Lawrence P. Casey’s mentorship group.  We toured the rooms, the event spaces, and the amenities each hotel provided their guests, and Broder explained the various department operations … Read More

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Secret Ingredients for Redevelopment: PPPs & Environmental Efficiency

By Audrey Young, City of Lake Elsinore and Student Representative, Public Realm Initiative Council With the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agencies in California, efficient infrastructure and public-private partnerships are the key to financing redevelopment projects. At the ULI Public Realm Initiative/Public-Private Partnership Council meeting on June 2, 2016, several leaders in the field shared their stories for navigating the new rules. Pete Carmichael, the Director of Great Park Planning and Development, presented two different projects with alternative financing strategies that have achieved successful outcomes. The historic Redondo Beach Waterfront redevelopment … Read More

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Dana Point Harbor Revitalization

By Cayla J. McDonell, UCI Master’s of Urban and Regional Planning Graduate (2016) and Infrastructure Technology Initiative Council Student Representative. ULI Member Scott Mayer, Senior Real Estate Officer with the County of Orange, along with input from Heather Johnston from the Dana Point Chamber of Commerce, presented the Dana Harbor Revitalization at the June 8, 2016 ULI Infrastructure Technology Initiative Council meeting. The project has involved input and approvals from the state, county, the California Coastal Commission (CCC), city merchants and boat owners. As the Harbor currently stands, there are … Read More

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Looking into the Future of Reality

By Emily Ware, USC MRED Graduate (2016) and Multi-Housing Initiative Council Student Representative What peeks the interest of a group of seasoned professionals in the multi-housing development sector at a ULI meeting?  Leaders of the ULI Initiative Council that focuses on multi-family housing put to this question to the test when they created the agenda for a recent Initiative Council meeting. Leading the discussions about apartment design trends, market demographics and technology in real estate were Charles Halladay, HFF; Greg Anderson, Shea Properties; and Aram Chahbazian, TCA, Inc.  The Multi-Housing Initiative Council (MHIC) … Read More

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