ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean News

Drawing Buyers of All Ages to Florida’s Walkable Suburban Downtowns

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For years, Florida was considered a sunny retirement community, a haven for northerners looking to escape harsh winters and higher taxes. But as the state’s university system has grown, industry has expanded and drawn more corporations to Florida’s largest cities. The influx of professional opportunities has drawn younger generations to settle or remain in Florida, prompting an interesting demographic shift for real estate developers. With so many generations to serve in Florida’s increasingly attractive housing market, how can developers be sure their product supply will appeal to their target audience? … Read More

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ULI SOUTHEAST FLORIDA/CARIBBEAN NAMES GREG WEST NEW CHAIR

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Greg West, President  & Chief Development Officer of ZOM, has been named the new Chair of the ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean, which serves Urban Land Institute (ULI) members in Southeast Florida and the Caribbean. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary real estate organization whose work is driven by 40,000-plus members dedicated to leadership in the responsible use of land and creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. As ULI SE Florida/Caribbean Chair, West will serve on a voluntary basis for a two year term that ends July 2019. “I look forward to guiding … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Andrew Frey of Tecela Highlighted as Entrepreneur

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Entrepreneur Profiles are conversations with real estate development professionals who, in most cases, have recently made the leap into the industry whether as young individuals fresh out of school or as mid-career transitions. With a focus on small-scale developers often doing incremental and transformative work, these are quick and easy to read profiles to raise awareness of these professionals. By telling their stories, the Urban Land Institute hopes to inspire the next generation of small-scale entrepreneurs to transform their own communities. What did you do before you were a developer? … Read More

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Pompano Beach moves to redevelop its aging, underutilized downtown area

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Pompano Beach, a centrally located seaside city in Broward County, is developing an “innovation district” as part of a plan to renovate its aging, downtown center. The city has been working “to build a second century downtown since 2007,” said Thomas DiGiorgio, an architect and builder who is chairman of the Pompano Beach Economic Development Council, a public-private organization. Among the goals is creating new economic appeal for the city and making it more attractive for companies, their employees, tourists and year-round residents. DiGiorgio was one of the speakers at … Read More

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Follow the Money: Top Real Estate Players Discuss Today’s Capital Sources

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Young Leaders of Broward County Hosts Industry Leaders Karsenti, Foschini and Behar for Lively Chat ULI’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean chapter and its Young Leaders of Broward County hosted a group of some of South Florida’s most recognizable real estate players on June 14 for an entertaining panel discussion about the available sources of capital in today’s dynamic market and the local projects that are tapping into unconventional financing sources like EB-5. An enthusiastic crowd of industry professionals convened at the Riverside Hotel in Fort Lauderdale to hear insights from the panel, … Read More

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2017 Lifetime Achievement Award Announcement

The District Council is proud to announce the 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award recipients: Bernardo Fort-Brescia and Laurinda Spear, the founding principals of the global architecture firm Arquitectonica. Founded in 1977, the firm received acclaim almost from its inception, thanks to a bold modernism that was immediately identified with a renaissance in Miami’s urban landscape. Bernardo and Laurinda have continued exploring and pushing the limits with their innovative use of geometry, pattern, and color to introduce a new brand of humanistic modern design to the world. Today their practice spans the … Read More

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Save The Date! September 7 – Vision Awards

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Mark your calendars and save the date for ULI’s annual Vision Awards. This year’s event will be held on Thursday, September 7, 2017 at the JW Marriott Marquis Miami. More information on this year’s event, including the announcement of our Lifetime Achievement Award recipient, is coming soon. You can register or reserve your tables now. Sponsorship opportunities are also available. Email Vanessa.dennis@uli.org or call (954) 916-7329 for more information.

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ULI Case Study Brief of Wynwood Walls Just Released

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Wynwood Walls is a collection of six privately owned warehouses that flank previously abandoned land used for junk storage and garbage in the urban core of Miami. In creating Wynwood Walls, the building facades were transformed into canvases and the open land area was converted to a gallery floor. The result is an outdoor “museum of the streets” by developer and placemaker Tony Goldman of Goldman Properties. It is one of the largest concentrated public displays of world-class street art, including more than 30 major works of art on giant … Read More

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Sister Cities Unite: Hollywood and Dania Beach Mayors and Developers Share Vision for Growth

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Young Leaders of Broward County Hosts Spirited Discussion about Development of Both Cities ULI’s Southeast Florida/Caribbean chapter and its Young Leaders of Broward County hosted the mayors of Hollywood and Dania Beach and the developers of transformative projects in both cities on March 2 for a lively panel discussion about the development activity occurring there. A standing-room only crowd packed Becker & Poliakoff’s Fort Lauderdale office to hear insights from the panelists, which included moderator Eric Swanson, Principal of Treadwell Franklin Infrastructure Capital; Tamara James, Mayor of Dania Beach; Josh … Read More

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Here’s how to fix South Florida’s mid-market housing crunch

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What’s the best solution for the housing crunch that is pricing out middle-class workers and threatening South Florida’s economy? There is no magic bullet — but experts say a series of smaller public policy fixes and private initiatives can help make the region more affordable. That’s important for business owners who are worried about attracting and retaining skilled employees in one of the country’s least affordable housing markets. According to policy makers, developers and housing analysts, the most reliable arrows in the quiver to fight soaring home prices include: Building … Read More

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