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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

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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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Lessons Learned: Ready or Not Renewables are Coming to Commercial Buildings


ULI members and the greater Bay Area real estate community had the unique opportunity to hear from several experts on the exciting renewable energy revolution happening in commercial real estate and the significant challenges ahead in implementing new regulations. The dynamic discussion was led by Joshua Kagan, Vice President of Business Development at CleanFund, who set the stage with the Chinese word wei ji, meaning “crisis,” referring to the climate change crisis facing the world today. With crisis comes opportunity; and, here in California, one way we’re seeing that opportunity is in … Read More

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More Homes, Same Neighborhood: Accelerating Accessory Dwelling Units

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On April 18th, ULI San Francisco and the Terner Center for Housing sponsored a ULI program to unveil and discuss a major research study on accelerating creation of Accessory Dwelling Units or “ADUs,” an increasingly popular way to create market-rate and affordable housing within existing neighborhoods. This event served as the kick-off for ULI SF’s Housing the Bay Initiative! The evening began with opening remarks from Carol Galante, the Faculty Director for the Terner Center for Housing Innovation at UC Berkeley.  Ms. Galante identified the well-known and much discussed need … Read More

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Small Homes, Big Benefit: Lessons from Three West Coast Cities

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Press Release: As housing costs keep rising and the demand for new housing continues to outpace supply, accessory dwelling units (ADUs) are an innovative way to create more homes, with fewer resources. A new study from researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Texas at Austin explores how three cities have helped to stimulate production of ADUs to help ease housing pressures in their high-cost regions. “How did Portland go from seeing two ADUs constructed per month in 2009 to one per day today?  What is … Read More

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New To West Oakland: City Venture’s Station House

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On Tuesday, March 21, ULI San Francisco braved the rains to check in on what has been developing in West Oakland. The event featured a discussion and tour of City Ventures’ Station House with their Development Manager, Jason Bernstein. The event was organized by the East Bay Programs Committee. Station House is the latest addition to the West Oakland neighborhood and the first for sale development to be delivered during this cycle. The project is part of the Central Station development, initially envisioned by Holliday Development in 2000. The Central Station development also includes … Read More

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Lifecycle of a Deal in Three Parts

On January 19th, Divco West hosted Lifecycle of a Deal, the first Peer to Peer event for 2017 as part of YLG’s array of signature programs. The panel was made up of three speakers with diverse backgrounds – Marcus Gilmour, Principal and Lane Partners, Tyler Meyerdirk, First Vice President at CBRE, and Chris Eldemir, Associate at DivcoWest. Each speaker was able to provide a different perspective based on their current roles in their career. Mr. Gilmour spoke on the development side, Mr. Meyerdirk spoke on the brokerage side, and Mr. … Read More

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ULI is Hiring!

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The San Francisco District Council is looking for a Senior Associate to join our staff! The ideal candidate will have 3-6 years of related professional experience and an interest in the issues that are important to the local membership and related subject areas of ULI. To see a full job description and instructions on how to apply please see the ULI Career Opportunities page.

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