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1028 Market Street: A Case Study in Successful Community Engagement

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When the development team for Tidewater Capital started internal talks about their community engagement process for the recently purchased 1028 Market Street project, they knew they wanted to break the mold. These first-time San Francisco home builders had heard about the painful experiences of past developers fighting with neighborhood community organizations and individuals Tidewater knew that to have a successful project they needed to engage with current residents, listen to their desires and concerns, and then deliver a great project for all stakeholders. As part of ULI’s Housing The Bay … Read More

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ULI SF Remembers and Pays Tribute to Bob Thompson


It is with great sadness that we share the news of the passing of long-time member and former ULI SF Chair Robert Thompson on July 29th. He was 74. Bob’s intellect and calm resolve facilitated his steely devotion to the public interest, which led to projects and accomplishments that went beyond the bottom line to strengthen the fabric of our communities. As conveyed beautifully in the tribute released by Sheppard Mullin, Bob personified the values and dedication of ULI SF to responsible land use and development of great cities that … Read More

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Modular Construction in the Bay Area: The Future is Now


After years of abstract discussions and false starts, modular building may finally be gaining the momentum it needs to make an impact in the Bay Area. Why now? And why here? On Tuesday, July 18, the San Francisco District Council of the Urban Land Institute hosted “Modular Construction in the Bay Area: The Future is Now”, an event moderated by Terner Center for Housing Innovation Faculty Director Carol Galante. The panel discussion featured four leaders committed to bringing this innovative housing method to scale in the Bay Area: Developers Rick … Read More

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ULI SF Announces New Chair, Kim Diamond


The Urban Land Institute’s San Francisco District Council has appointed a new Chair, Kim Diamond, replacing outgoing Chair and Sack Properties CFO, Jeff Smith. Prior to her appointment as Chair of ULI San Francisco, Diamond served as ULI SF’s Chair of Mission Advancement. The San Francisco District Council is one of 51 ULI District Councils located in the Americas. The Institute also has 14 National Councils in Europe and seven National Councils in Asia Pacific. ULI San Francisco is ULI’s largest District Council worldwide. With over 18 years of experience … Read More

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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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