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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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RFQ – Downtown Fullerton Development Opportunity – Commercial, Residential or Mixed-Use

The City of Fullerton is making available, for sale and/or long-term ground lease, approximately 5.0 acres of land near Downtown Fullerton.  Desired development could be commercial, residential or mixed-use, and incorporate opportunities for partnership and potential inclusion of existing privately owned structures including the historic Elephant Packing House. For more information, and to obtain a copy of the RFQ, please visit https://www.cityoffullerton.com/WalnutTruslowValencia.

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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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Implications of Hurricane Harvey for Orange County/Inland Empire and Opportunities for the Public Realm Initiative Council

By: Daniel Herman, Student Representative for the Public Realm Initiative Council This quarter’s meeting of the Public Realm Initiative Council focused on two topics: first, Jason Ficht, former Vice Chair of the council, spoke about his experience in Houston during and after Hurricane Harvey; second, the opportunities group presented potential projects the Initiative Council can work on. The second presentation followed with a discussion on the scope of the Public Realm Initiative Council’s work. The meeting concluded with the decision to distribute a survey among members to determine project priorities. … 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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The Intersection of Food and Real Estate

In the Spring of 2016, ULI Center for Sustainability and the ULI Healthy Places Initiative launched a program of work examining the intersection of food and real estate.  Thus far, the research and programs have explored the relationship between food-based amenities – such as community gardens, farmer’s markets, food halls, restaurants, grocery stores and community building.   The work recognizes how access to fresh / local food is spurring innovation in development projects.  The foundation has committed resources through 2018 to further explore this connection.  The research is funded in part … Read More

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YLG Completed its 9th Annual Pro Bono Technical Assistance Panel

A New Lease on Life The ULI Young Leaders Group recently completed its 9th Annual Pro Bono Technical Assistance Panel. The non-profit client this year was Victorville-based Moses House, who provides vital long-term services to single mothers who are pregnant or have at least one child under the age of six. Programs offered focus on helping the single mothers and their families succeed by giving them a new lease on life. To support its core programs, Moses House operates a thrift store in Victorville, which fulfills multiple purposes. It serves … Read More

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New Health Program Opportunities for Members and Students: Apply by June 2

The Urban Land Institute’s Building Healthy Places Initiative is pleased to announce two new programs we hope you’ll consider being part of: ULI Health Leaders Network This program will empower real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities. Through in-person forums and training webinars, participants will gain valuable skills and connections that will help them advance their careers. They will also gain practical knowledge about the intersection between health and the built environment. This program is … Read More

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San Bernardino Developer Forum on June 6

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