Author Archives: Vanessa Dennis

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

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

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

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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Watch Now! Lobbies Will Be Basements: Sea-Level Rise Lessons from Seattle

On February 2, 2017, at the Greenberg Traurig offices in Downtown Miami, David Williams, author of “Too High & Too Steep: Reshaping Seattle’s Topography”, gave an informative presentation on Seattle’s macro challenge to its existence a century ago, and the trials they faced in raising the city to stop it from sinking into the water. His presentation was followed by a response panel in which he and local experts David Martin, President & Co-Founder, Terra Group, James Murley, Chief Resiliency Officer, Miami-Dade County, Andrew Frey, Pricipal, Tecela, and moderator Dr. Charles Bohl, … Read More

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We Are Hiring!

The ULI Southeast  Florida/Caribbean office is expanding! We are currently looking to fill an Associate position, and will be accepting applications until the position is filled. Please see the job description below. No phone calls or emails please.    POSITION DESCRIPTION POSITION TITLE:                          Associate, ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean DEPARTMENT:                              District Council LOCATION:                                    Fort Lauderdale, FL REPORTS TO:                                 Executive Director FLSA CLASSIFICATION:             Exempt POSITION STATUS:                      Full-Time ______________________________________________________________ BASIC FUNCTION: The Associate is a professional position within the district council. As an integral part of the district council … Read More

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Takeaways From the 2016 Miami Condo & Community Development Symposium

The 2016 Miami Condo & Community Development Symposium was held on November 30, 2016 at the brand new East Hotel Miami at Brickell City Centre. This symposium featured lively and informative dialogue with South Florida’s – and the country’s – most successful and recognized real estate professionals and public sector leaders, who came together to expose and analyze, from a host of standpoints, various trends, forecasts and opportunities that exist in Miami’s evolving real estate condo market. Press articles, photos and an event recap video are now available! Video Recap:  … Read More

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2017 Vision Awards – Call To Nominations

Nominations are now open for the ULI SE Florida/Caribbean’s 2017 Vision Awards Project of the Year and Young Leader of the Year. The date and location for this year’s Awards event will be announced soon. The nomination process is open to all eligible applicants – not just to ULI members. The annual Vision Awards honor individuals and real estate projects from our region that exemplify the mission of ULI and demonstrate a proactive commitment to excellence. Young Leader of the Year This award will honor an individual 35 years of age … Read More

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ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean Member Spotlight: Joe Chancy Highlighted as Entrepreneur

ULI 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. Read the entrepreneur profile of ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean … Read More

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Riviera Beach TAP Complete – Report Available

In the summer of 2016, the City of Riviera Beach asked the ULI Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council to convene a TAP to develop a set of observations and recommendations related to relocating or rebuilding city hall, the city’s public safety operations, the public works department, and a branch library. Five publicly-owned sites were to be considered in the evaluation, including the potential for private redevelopment on one or more of the sites. The following describes the process used by the TAP to make its recommendations, including…Read More Riviera Beach Tap … Read More

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