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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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San Francisco’s Benchmarking Ordinance Shows Major Reduction In Energy Use

Energy consumption by commercial properties in San Francisco has declined significantly since 2011 after the implementation of San Francisco’s Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance, according to a new report released today from the Urban Land Institute Greenprint Center for Building Performance (Greenprint). The report is the result of a collaboration between Greenprint and the San Francisco Department of the Environment. The San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Performance Report shows a 7.9-percent reduction in energy use across a cohort of 176 properties consistently tracked since 2010. A review of a … Read More

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Event Recap: Alternative Financing, Innovations in Real Estate

Alternative Financing: Innovations in Real Estate by Chris White, Veritas Investments On January 22, 2015 ULI held an event in Oakland focused on alternative financing methods for real estate projects. The panel of industry experts featured two individuals from the real estate crowdfunding space and two who are actively raising money for real estate projects using the federal EB-5 Visa program. Crowdfunding disrupts the traditional real estate finance model by using the internet to put real estate debt and equity investment opportunities in front of potential investors. There are approximately … Read More

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Reviving the Golden Age of Retail in the East Bay

“After 12 years with the City of Oakland, the last two years have been the most exciting,” commented Keira Williams, Oakland’s Retail Specialist, at a ULI panel discussion on the East Bay’s next retail hot spot: the Golden Triangle, referring to the Oakland, Berkeley and Emeryville trifecta. The panel of highly accomplished retail professionals agreed, including John Jay, Executive Vice President and COO of the Jay-Phares Corporation; Pamela White, Vice President of Development for Madison Marquette; Michael Caplan, Economic Development Manager for the City of Berkeley; and moderator Ed Del … Read More

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Bay Area Residential Update

ULI San Francisco held its annual residential panel at The Omni Hotel in Downtown San Francisco on February 27th, with approximately 200 guests in attendance. Paul Zeger of Polaris Pacific kicked off the event with an economic overview of the Bay Area’s major residential markets. His talk focused on how San Francisco, Silicon Valley and Oakland/Emeryville have all experienced impressive price and rent growth over the past year. This increase has been fueled by job growth, particularly in the tech sector. At the same time, interest rates have remained low, … Read More

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Shark Tank SF 2014: More Than Just Dirt and a Prayer

On January 23, two presenters at the ULIsf 2014 Shark Tank event gained invaluable feedback from a ‘shark’ panel of experts that even delivered a few sharp-toothed yet constructive comments. With last year’s Shark Tank presenters reported to be moving forward on their projects, and one actually under construction, this year’s participants were buoyed that the Shark Tank experience might propel them too toward a successful capital raise. With a panel comprised of three of the region’s most accomplished real estate investors, Shark Tank is the closest the packed house … Read More

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City of San Jose Urban Villages Design Charrette – Participants Wanted!

The Emerging Professionals Committee of AIA Santa Clara Valley is pleased to announce an upcoming opportunity for professionals to participate in a design charrette in partnership with the City of San Jose’s Urban Villages program. All skill levels and related professional interests are welcome. AIA is working with the San Jose Planning Department to plan a public design charrette for one Urban Village in May or June. San Jose has targeted over 70 ‘Urban Village’ locations throughout the city, for future development and growth into lively, walkable, transit-oriented, mixed-use, community … Read More

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Bay Area Construction Costs: Still on the Rise?

ULI San Francisco hosted a sold out event at the SPUR Urban Center on the morning of November 21st to discuss rising Bay Area construction costs. The message from the panel of industry veterans was knowledgeable and consistent – a result of their commonplace in the GC world and their collaboration weeks in advance. With TMG’s David Cropper at the helm, refusing to lob soft balls, the 90-minute conversation was packed with hard facts and valuable insight. Here’s the breakdown: How much have costs risen? On the low end, construction … Read More

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Apartment Talk in the East Bay

Bob Burke of Greenhart Land Company led a great discussion with John Eudy of Essex Property Trust, Chris Hudson of Hudson McDonald, and John Wayland of BRE Properties on the current trends on the residential apartment market in the East Bay. Bob started with an overview covering some of current happenings in the East Bay residential market: 2,100 units to be delivered in 2013 versus 700 units delivered in 2012 2,500 units are under construction and 5,000 units have been submitted to City Planning Departments Rents have increased by 21% … Read More

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Is California’s Water Supply Tapped Out?

The ULIsf East Bay Programs Committee hosted an eye-opening discussion on water in the Bay Area on October 1, 2013 in Oakland, titled Tapped-Out? Water Supply Challenges and Bay Area Growth. Jim Fiedler, COO of the Santa Clara Valley Water District, served as moderator. The four people on this illustrious panel were: Matt Regan, Bay Area Council of Public Policy; Bill Kirkpatrick, Engineering Manager, East Bay MUD; Steven Ritchie, Assistant General Manager, Regional Water Control Board; and Bry Sarte, author, engineer, and artist associated with the Sherwood Institute. The evening panel kicked off with … Read More

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