Category Archives: Silicon Valley

Capital Markets: Gauging the Commercial Real Estate Debt Market

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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November 2016: Bay Area Election Recap

Despite the uncertainty brought on by the recent national election, the Bay Area has a clear voice on housing. They want more, they want it affordable, and they want it transit friendly. Below are the outcomes of the key land use and transportation ballot initiatives. San Francisco: Measure C: allows the remaining $260 million of the SSLP bond to go towards increasing the amount of affordable housing Measure M: overturned a proposal to create a new Housing and Development Commission Measure RR: authorizes a $3.5 billion bond to upgrade BART’s system. … Read More

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A Look Inside Downtown San Mateo’s TAP Report

ULIsf’s latest Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report has been released! Last year, the City of San Mateo looked to ULI San Francisco for guidance on the redevelopment of two important downtown sites. The two sites — a former Kinkos store now used for surface parking and a parking lot with several temporary buildings including a local Worker Resource Center — were transferred to the city from its former Redevelopment Agency. The sites lie in a key area of the downtown that spans both the east and west sides of the Caltrain tracks; their … Read More

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ULIsf Welcomes New Executive Director: Michelle Malanca Frey

Michelle Malanca Frey Head Shot

The ULI San Francisco executive board announced the appointment of Michelle Malanca Frey as its new Executive Director effective June 27, stepping into the role of Elliot Stein who is retiring in July 2016. The former Vice President at the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC), Frey has two decades of built environment experience working with numerous organizations around the globe to drive the development of healthy, livable, and sustainable communities and buildings. She is a long time member of ULI San Francisco and has served as the organization’s Sustainability Committee … Read More

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YLG Mentor Program & Development 360

YLG’s Professional Development Programs are Open for Enrollment. ULI San Francisco’s Young Leaders Group (YLG) is proud to announce that the 2016-2017 Mentor Program and Development 360 applications are now available! About the Mentor Program: The Mentor Program promotes the mission of fostering an exchange of professional ideas, friendship and expertise among young real estate professionals and industry veterans. This program matches young professionals with experienced professionals to help guide and support them for a calendar year. Learn more About Development 360: Development 360 is an exciting new program now … Read More

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Video: When to Sell & When to Hold? Disposition Strategies with John McNellis

A few weeks ago, ULIsf wrapped up the 2015-2016 Development 360 program with a final class on Disposition Strategies led by John McNellis of McNellis Partners. The Development 360 program is a 5-session professional development course that covers the entire real estate development process, and is open to all ULI Young Leaders Group (YLG) members. You can see a video of the final class on Disposition Strategies here. About the Speaker: John McNellis is a Partner and co-Founder of McNellis Partners. John is a frequent lecturer at ULI conferences and is … Read More

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UrbanPlan Volunteer Training

October 16th, 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM Become an UrbanPlan volunteer! Sign up to attend the volunteer training session this Oct. 16th. To register email Marisita Jarvis at Learn more about UrbanPlan and what is means to be an UrbanPlan volunteer here.  

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Event Recap: Development & Public Benefits in Silicon Valley: Community Impact Summit 2015

On March 26, 2015, leaders from local government, the building industry and the nonprofit sector convened to discuss tools for improving communities today in the wake of the dissolution of California’s redevelopment agencies in 2012. Hosted at the Foster City Community Center, the event was co-sponsored by the Foster City Chamber of Commerce and the Urban Land Institute’s Silicon Valley group. The speaker lineup represented both private and public perspectives and included San Mateo City Manager, Larry Patterson; City of Santa Clara Economic Development Director and Assistant City Manager, Ruth Shikada; … Read More

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Event Recap: Silicon Valley’s Original Incubator Space Meets BART

In the heart of Silicon Valley, amidst the confluence of a developing BART Station and local Flea Market vendors, ULI-Silicon Valley hosted an open-air event on February 25th to discuss the evolution of the San Jose Flea Market. The event was moderated and hosted by San Jose native Ralph Borelli, of Borelli Investments. Borelli provided insight in regards to the history of the Flea Market, once the largest event seller of beer in Northern California, and the vehicle for which many individuals have, and continue to, start their own businesses. … Read More

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Emerging Trends 2015: New & Renewing Member Promo

New and Renewing Members Receive Free Registration to Emerging Trends 2015 Take advantage of this new membership deal with ULIsf. All members who either join ULIsf for the first time or renew their membership between November 20th and December 9th will receive complimentary registration to Emerging Trends 2015, one of the most anticipated real estate events of the year. See other member benefits and found out how to join ULI on our Membership Page Attendees will also have the option of joining ULI or renewing their membership on-site at the event. Please contact John … Read More

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