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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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1500 Mission: Enhancing Public and Private Partnerships


On Tuesday, February 7th, ULI San Francisco held a lunchtime presentation, at the offices of Holland & Knight, to discuss public-private partnerships.  The talk centered on recent collaboration between the City of San Francisco and development firm Related California, on the old Goodwill site at 1500 Mission. John Updike, the City of San Francisco’s Director of Property, and Matt Witte, a partner at Related California, presented details of the partnership to a full house of about 40 people. Mr. Witte and Mr. Updike discussed in detail the genesis of the … Read More

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Building Resilient Cities on a District Scale

San Francisco eco-house

As cities undergo some of the most rapid growth of the past 100 years, can neighborhood-scale innovations bridge the gap between our current urban infrastructure and the low carbon cities of the future? With this question in mind, ULI San Francisco held an event on January 26, 2017 at the offices of Mithun. Moderated by Sandy Mendler, Principal at Mithun, the panelists included Eric Corey Freed, Chief Community Officer at EcoDistricts, Lisa Fisher, Urban Planner and Sustainable City Team Lead at the San Francisco Planning Department, and Toral Patel, Stewardship … Read More

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A Discussion on the Santa Clara Square Master Plan


This event showcased the Irvine Company’s Santa Clara Square community, and began with a visit to the sixth floor viewing suite for a bird’s eye view of the project and sweeping views of the valley. The panel discussion started with an overview of Irvine Company’s holdings, the Santa Clara Square project and its formulation from Steven Kellenberg, Senior Vice President, Master Architect and Planner. The company has 8.5 million square feet of retail along with over 1,100 hotel rooms, 58,000 apartments and 45 million square feet of office. Here in … Read More

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John McNellis “Making It” Interview


To kick off the New Year, ULI San Francisco hosted John McNellis, of McNellis Partners, to discuss his recent book, “Making It in Real Estate: Starting Out as a Developer”.  Mr. McNellis co-founded McNellis Partners in 1982, and has been developing retail and mixed-use properties in the Bay Area since.  Mr. McNellis is also a monthly columnist for the Registry Magazine and guest lecturer for ULI, NAIOP and the ICSC. On January 10th, around 100 ULI members gathered on a rain filled night to hear Mr. McNellis discuss the practical … Read More

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Boardroom After Dark with Melinda Ellis Evers

Melinda Ellis Evers

On November 1st, as part of the Boardroom After Dark dinner series, 9 ULI members had the pleasure of dining with Melinda Ellis Evers, Managing Principal and co-founder of Ellis Partners. Boardroom After Dark brings together a small group of ULI members for an intimate dinner with some of the Bay Area’s most influential real estate professionals and leaders. At this particular dinner, the 9 female attendees represented a variety of skill sets and facets within the real estate spectrum including architects, attorneys, bankers, and asset managers. ULI attendees enjoyed … Read More

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An Intimate Dinner with Jeanne Myerson

Boardroom With Jeanne Myerson

On Tuesday, November 29th, eleven ULIsf members gathered for Boardroom After Dark, a WLI dinner series that invites ULI members to dine with a distinguished female industry leader. At this particular dinner, we sat down with Jeanne Myerson, who holds a new post as CEO of the Americas of ULI. Prior to ULI, Jeanne worked as CEO of The Swig Company. The table was comprised of a diverse group of members ranging from architects and planners, developers, brokers, and people working in the non-profit realm. After a quick round of … Read More

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Capital Markets: Gauging the Commercial Real Estate Debt Market

Silicon Valley's capital city San Jose, California as seen in this aerial photo is undergoing an urban development revolution calculated to keep it as the thriving heart of a region renowned for technological innovation.The city is working to reverse a trend in which promising startups take root in suburbs and neighboring cities such as Mountain View, Sunnyvale, and Cupertino -- the homes of Google, Yahoo and Apple respectively. Districts brimming with high-density housing are now blossoming near downtown office towers. There are 32,000 units in or near the city center and "enterprise incubation centers" have sprung up to nurture start-ups in the areas of software, bioscience, environment and market access. (Photo credit should read HELENE LABRIET-GROSS/AFP/Getty Images)

On October 5th ULI members gathered at Cushman and Wakefield’s Santana Row office in San Jose, for a discussion on capital markets and current conditions surrounding raising capital for commercial real estate projects. With regulatory complexity increasing post-recession and risk at the forefront of deals, dynamic investment strategies have become a necessity in today’s market. Moderator Mike Jameson, Managing Director at Prudential Mortgage Capital Company set the stage with some broad observations of the market before diving in to some more pointed questions for the panelists. The panelists, with decades … Read More

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Central SOMA DeTour(ed)

On November 16 the San Francisco chapter of the ULI Young Leaders Group held the latest installment of DeTour, this time walking the streets of Central SOMA and mapping out some of the largest projects on the drawing board in San Francisco. The catalyst for this boom of planned growth is the Central SOMA Plan, for which a revised draft was formally unveiled by the City this last summer and which is expected to be fully approved in 2017. The Specific Plan up-zones a large portion of the Central South … Read More

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