Category Archives: Hot Topics

The Rapidly Urbanized Landscape of North San Jose

On October 2, in the heart of Silicon Valley, ULI had the special opportunity to hear from a cross section of the local real estate and development industry on the future of the rapidly growing district of North San Jose.  The forum was hosted in one of the stylish resident lounges in Crescent Village, the latest apartment community recently completed by The Irvine Company in North San Jose.  The panel included:   Moderator Joe Moriarty, Senior VP of Investment Properties, CBRE Panelists Laurel Prevetti, Assistant Director for the Dept. of Planning, … Read More

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M. Cohen Gives Advice on How to Negotiate

On June 18th, Sedgwick hosted ULI for a real world negotiations seminar with Michael Cohen of Strata Investment Group. Michael has broad negotiations experience, having served on the public side (Michael was the City of San Francisco’s primary negotiator for development projects including Treasure Island and the Hunters Point Shipyard) and the private side (Michael was a real estate attorney for Morrison and Foerster and is currently involved in several projects with Strata). The best way to become an expert negotiator is through experience, and Michael was kind enough to … Read More

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Bay Area Office Market Still Hot

On Tuesday, June 11 well over two hundred industry enthusiasts gathered at the Hyatt Regency in San Francisco to hear the office sector’s finest professionals opine on market conditions as well as inform attendees about their current projects. Kenneth Rosen, Chairman of the Rosen Consulting Group and Chair for the Fisher Center of Real Estate and Urban Economics at UC Berkeley, began the discussion by giving an overview of the economic atmosphere nationally and locally.  While America is slowly recovering from a deep recession, California has bounced back faster and … Read More

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Oakland Coliseum Looking Towards the Future

ULI met at the offices of Wendel, Rosen Black & Dean, LLP in May in Oakland for a presentation on the Oakland Coliseum District master plan.  Ed McFarlan, Principal of JRDV Urban International, led the attendees through the 25 year master plan that spanned various scenarios including: retention of all three sports teams, or the loss of one, two, or all the sports teams. The 750 acre Coliseum site is very unique as it is the home to three sports teams located a quarter mile from the waterfront, and is … Read More

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Call For Proposals: ULIsf Shark Tank Series

Shark Tank, ULIsf’s marquee event that presenters and audience members never forget, is gearing up again! Tailored after the popular TV Show and following the huge success of Shark Tank in January 2013, this exclusive, non-public event brings together local real estate entrepreneurs and a panel of “sharks” to vet their proposals in the context of the volunteer investment committee’s decades of experience. our last committee featured representatives from Morgan Stanley, Prudential, Rockwood and Pacific Urban Residential. Randy Miller of Nautilus, commenting on his experience of presenting a student housing … Read More

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ULI San Francisco Talks Hospitality

“Barring war, pestilence, and unforeseen economic circumstance, strong growth is projected for the San Francisco hospitality market through 2017,” Thomas Callahan of PKF Consulting stated early in the night, grabbing the attention of nearly 100 ULIsf members gathered at the Omni Hotel.  REVPAR and ADR are back to pre-crash highs in San Francisco due in part to a thriving technology driven local economy and material constraints on the supply side.  Aside from a general lack of developable land, Julie Purnell of Denihan Hospitality Group also noted that hotel conversion projects … Read More

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What Will the Future CA’s of Affordable Housing Look Like?

On April 25th, a distinguished panel of California affordable housing experts addressed a packed room on the state of affordable housing in the aftermath of the demise of redevelopment agencies. The Executive Director of California Housing Finance Agency, Claudia Cappio, shared her legislative and funding insights.  Executive Director of Eden Housing, Linda Mandolini, and Senior Vice President of BRIDGE Housing, Brad Wiblin, shared their views as large regional nonprofit developers, and Senior Vice President of AmCal Housing, Craig Adelman, provided the perspectives of a large for-profit developer of affordable housing throughout … Read More

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ULIsf Gets the Scoop on the Central Subway

On February 26, 2013, ULI got the scoop on the underground Central Subway project expected to break ground this spring.  John Funghi, San Francisco Municipal Transportation Authority (SFMTA) Program Manager; Joshua Switsky, Project Manager of the Central Corridor Project with the City of San Francisco Planning Department; and Mennor Chan, P.E., Owner of Telamon Engineering Consultants, a certified SBE/MBE/WBE/LBE civil engineering firm, provided an overview of the upcoming $750 million construction project. The Central Subway project will extend the existing surface tracks of the Third Street Rail T-Line to the … Read More

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Bay Area Real Estate Is Back!

“Real estate is back!” opened Eric Tao, moderator of the Market Update Series: San Francisco Residential panel sponsored by ULI on February 13th. Tao led a lively, upbeat discussion of  residential apartment recent trends, present conditions and future outlook by industry elite Rick Holliday, Connie Moore, Jack Robertson and Alan Mark. After 4-5 years of wondering if real estate development of residential apartments would come back, the panel resounded that the rental market is on fire. Alan Mark kicked off with staggering statistics — the Bay Area added 83,700 jobs in 2010 and … Read More

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Rockridge Safeway: Building Project Support Through Social Media

December 17, 2012 marked the second year Oakland’s Lake Chalet Seafood Bar & Grill hosted the Holiday Mixer for the East Bay members of ULI San Francisco.  The evening began with an engaging panel that highlighted how real estate developers can use social media platforms to connect with the community.  The program focused on how social media can provide a voice for those who may not have the opportunity to attend public meetings, and would otherwise not have a forum in which to express project support. Strategic Marketing Consultant Theresa … Read More

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