Category Archives: Kickin’ the Bricks

YLG Checks Out Berkeley Central’s Deal History and Innovative Design

On April 4, 2013, a group of 30 ULI members toured CityView’s Berkeley Central project located in Downtown Berkeley. Led by Tony Cardoza of CityView, Wright Sherman of WRNS Studio, and Don Peterson of Mill Creek, ULI got an inside look into Berkeley Central’s deal history as well as the innovative design decisions made throughout the entitlement process and the challenges resulting from being a residential  high rise built in Berkeley. Mr. Peterson opened the event with the story of the deal from the time SNK purchased the property in … Read More

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YLG Kicks Lawrence Station Bricks

On a rainy December morning, 20 ULI members gathered expectantly at BRE Properties’ new apartment complex, the aptly named Lawrence Station, which is tucked away directly off Lawrence Expressway and Highway 237. None were too sure what to expect – a top notch development of course, consistent with the quality of the rest of BRE’s portfolio. But beyond that was a mystery. Lawrence Station is located at the heart of Silicon Valley, negotiated between several widely recognized landmarks. Down the road from the Yahoo campus and a few miles from … Read More

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Domain by Alta: If it were easy, they wouldn’t call them “workouts”

Downtown Oakland’s residential real estate scene looked alive and thriving during the evening tour of downtown Oakland’s Domain by Alta apartment community.  After sitting half-built for over two years as an unfinished condominium development, the communities’ new life as a completed apartment community is an impressive story of residential development in a challenged marketplace.  “We believed in the fundamentals of the deal, and knew given the times it would be hard,” noted Brian Pianca, Development Associated at Wood Partners.  Brian spoke on the challenges of getting the deal done, along … Read More

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