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Why we should rebrand workforce housing as human infrastructure


Moderator Eric Tao kicked off ULI San Francisco’s Housing the Bay: Housing the Missing Middle program with a challenge and some late 1990s inspiration, echoing Cuba Gooding Jr.’s character in Jerry McGuire: “Show me the money!” In the context of the June 27th program “Housing the Missing Middle: A New Financial Frontier”, ‘the money’ referred to a single  question: how can we use market forces to accelerate the delivery of the 6,721 workforce/middle-income units currently entitled at San Francisco’s four major development projects, Treasure Island, Hunter’s Point Shipyard, Park Merced, … Read More

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Capital Markets – Middle Market Investment Spotlight: $15M-50M

Emerging Developers, construction boom

On June 13th, Sedgwick hosted roughly 60 real estate professionals for a moderated panel on the topic of middle market debt and equity. The panel was led by Chris Moritz, Managing Director in the Debt & Structured Finance Group at Newmark Cornish & Carey and included Brian Esquivel, Senior Director of CRE Equity at RealtyShares, Isaac Abid, Principal at HP Investors, Kirby Sack, CEO of Sack Properties and Sam Isaacson, Managing Director at JCR Capital. This event, which was the first of a 2-part debt/equity series hosted every year by … Read More

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ULI Tours the Public Market in Emeryville


Known for its food hall, eclectic mix of tenants and historic buildings, the Public Market in Emeryville is among the most recognizable destinations in the Bay Area. A multi-year redevelopment project with one to two years of construction remaining, the 14-acre project contains 300,000+ square feet of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, offices, and residential space, and also includes anchor grocery tenant New Seasons Market. On Wednesday, May 17th, ULI held an event in a retail shell space at Public Market highlighting this unique project and the people who have been involved … Read More

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Boardroom After Dark: A Great Place to Learn and Network!


You never know where a ULI networking event will take you.  Lake Tahoe, anyone? On Sunday, June 4th, I had the privilege of biking around Lake Tahoe with fellow ULI member David Chavez, VP at Transwestern.  The 72-mile ride climbed 4,027 feet over its winding course and is billed by the organizers as “America’s Most Beautiful Bike Ride.” They might be right. Starting at South Lake Tahoe, the ride wound its way clockwise around the lake, up steep switchbacks at Emerald Bay, down into Tahoe City, around past Kings Beach, … Read More

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Local vs. State Control: Our First Housing the Bay Lead-Up Program


What do you get when you put leading political representatives and practitioners, each with varying opinions, in a room to discuss Bay Area housing policy? A passionate and informative discussion! The Housing Crisis: Local, Regional and State Perspectives, one of several lead-up programs for the Housing the Bay Summit, was a broad-ranging discussion covering the causes and potential solutions to the Bay Area’s long-standing regional housing crisis. Eric Tao of AGI Avant opened up the breakfast panel by sharing his own experiences engaging the public process. Tao summarized his own personal … Read More

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Structural Engineering 101: Load Paths, Structural Systems, and Withstanding Earthquakes


On June 9th, ULI San Francisco hosted a sold-out seminar on high-rise building in the Bay Area entitled “Sink, Swim… or Tilt?” The talk was given by respected structural engineer Carl J. Wilford, P.E., S.E., Vice President of Thornton Tomasetti. Wilford’s 21 years of experience in structural and civil engineering were readily apparent as he broke down the different engineering techniques used to stabilize high-rise buildings in the event of an earthquake. Wilford began by listing the strengths and weaknesses of different materials that can be used in the construction … Read More

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Key Takeaways: Connie Moore on the BRE/Essex Merger


The merger between BRE Properties and Essex Property Trust in 2014 was one of the most high-profile transactions in the multifamily real estate industry and included more than 56,000 housing units across nearly 240 properties on the West Coast.  On May 23rd, Holland & Knight hosted a ULI San Francisco event featuring former CEO of BRE Properties Constance Moore.  Connie provided a look back into the merger between the two giants and described the various dimensions of the transaction such as how it came to be, the key people involved … Read More

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Boardroom After Dark 2017

Boardroom After Dark 2017

ULI San Francisco’s Boardroom After Dark dinner series continues into its third season!  We invite you to get up-close-and-personal with some of the most dynamic and engaging real estate and land use leaders who are making things happen in the San Francisco Bay Area. Join these leaders for an intimate dinner with only eleven other ULI members! Dinners are held between 5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in a private dining room at Il Fornaio, 1265 Battery Street.  This season’s dinners are scheduled for: July 11           … Read More

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ULI SF Welcomes Nathaniel Hanson

Nate Hanson

ULI San Francisco is very happy to welcome the newest addition to our District Council team, Nate Hanson, who joins the staff as a Senior Associate. Nate is a recent graduate of Carnegie Mellon University’s Heinz College of Information Systems, Public Policy, and Management, where he graduated with a Masters in Public Management in May 2017. A native of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Nate previously worked in Pittsburgh local government as Chief of Staff to the Chair of Pittsburgh City Council’s Committee of Land Use and Economic Development. In this role, Nate … Read More

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YLG Disrupting: What’s Coming to the Housing Industry

YLG Housing P2P

On May 10, ULI San Francisco’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) sponsored a program highlighting emerging companies that are transforming the ways people live in and gain access to housing. Leaders from five innovative Bay Area companies, all under the age of 35, each introduced their companies and then sat together on a panel moderated by Lauren Krause, Co-Chair of the YLG Steering Committee and Senior Development Manager at Grosvenor Americas. Zac Shore, Director of Development at Panoramic Interests, began by describing his company’s modular approach to multifamily development, which he … Read More

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