New Developments

  • Manufactured Housing Leads 2015 REIT Sector Performance

    July 27, 2015 Aging baby boomers and strong demand for inexpensive housing have helped boost the small manufactured housing real estate investment trust (REIT) sector. The sector’s market capitalization totals just $8 billion, but its total year-to-date return of 13.13 percent far exceeds the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average of –1.07 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
  • Views on the Passive House Standard from Two Continents

    July 23, 2015 The Passive House standard created by Passivhaus Institut of Germany is the latest, toughest standard in sustainable design. Owners and developers around the world have certified Passive House buildings, including U.K. property giant Grosvenor. In the United States, developers are now building hundreds of new units of housing to meet the Passive House standards in states like New York and Pennsylvania.
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New Developments

  • Manufactured Housing Leads 2015 REIT Sector Performance

    July 27, 2015 Aging baby boomers and strong demand for inexpensive housing have helped boost the small manufactured housing real estate investment trust (REIT) sector. The sector’s market capitalization totals just $8 billion, but its total year-to-date return of 13.13 percent far exceeds the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average of –1.07 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.
  • Views on the Passive House Standard from Two Continents

    July 23, 2015 The Passive House standard created by Passivhaus Institut of Germany is the latest, toughest standard in sustainable design. Owners and developers around the world have certified Passive House buildings, including U.K. property giant Grosvenor. In the United States, developers are now building hundreds of new units of housing to meet the Passive House standards in states like New York and Pennsylvania.
  • An exterior view of the A-Mills building. Development

    Converting Mill Space into Affordable Housing in the Twin Cities

    Minneapolis-based Dominium is cooking up a new use for the former Pillsbury flour mill complex on the east bank of the Mississippi River in Minneapolis. Four buildings on the 3.2-acre (1.3 ha) site are being transformed into the A-Mill Artist Lofts, a 251-unit affordable housing project that will serve working artists.

  • 800cityhall Sustainability

    Modernizing San Francisco’s Century-Old City Hall

    Soon to celebrate its centennial, San Francisco’s historic City Hall was recently awarded LEED Platinum certification for Existing Buildings: Operation & Maintenance (EBOM), the oldest building in the United States to achieve the USGBC’s highest rating.

Recent Articles

  • Improving Educational Opportunities for Cities and Suburbs

    July 27, 2015

    Affordable housing projects are often ground zero for the achievement gap that exists in the United States said panelists at the ULI Housing Opportunity conference. Nearly one in four American children (22 percent as of 2013) live in poverty, with half of those children living in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty.

  • Manufactured Housing Leads 2015 REIT Sector Performance

    July 27, 2015

    Aging baby boomers and strong demand for inexpensive housing have helped boost the small manufactured housing real estate investment trust (REIT) sector. The sector’s market capitalization totals just $8 billion, but its total year-to-date return of 13.13 percent far exceeds the FTSE NAREIT All Equity REIT average of –1.07 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Not Just Retail—It’s a Whole New Bloc

    July 27, 2015

    An unloved, enclosed downtown shopping mall is being opened up to create a “Rockefeller Center” for Los Angeles. The centerpiece of this $421 million project is an upscale 400,000-square-foot (37,000 sq m) outdoor shopping, dining, and entertainment district fashioned out of Macy’s Plaza, a brick-clad, fortresslike indoor mall that was erected in 1973.

  • Emerging Best Practices for More Resilient Communities

    July 27, 2015

    “The hard truth is that we really have to rebuild and build new with the expectation of likely extreme weather in the future,” said Harriet Tregoning, principal deputy assistant secretary, Office of Community Planning and Development Resilience at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, speaking as a panelist at ULI’s Housing Opportunity 2015 conference in Minneapolis.

  • In Print: Tactical Urbanism: Short-term Actions for Long-term Change

    July 24, 2015

    This is a much-anticipated book, and the basic message is an important one: small-scale actions play an essential role in ensuring that cities—and especially the street frontage or building blocks within them—are responsive to genuine but unmet needs

  • Building Up Community, One School at a Time

    July 23, 2015

    It requires strong partnerships among school districts, the community, and developers to place improved schools at the heart of a new development.

  • Four Themes of ULI’s Butcher Forum on Multifamily Housing

    July 23, 2015

    More than 30 of the nation’s leading multifamily developers, owners, and capital providers gathered in May to discuss issues facing the industry at the 2nd annual ULI/Carolyn and Preston Butcher Forum on Multifamily Housing in Houston, Texas, with four key themes emerging.

  • Views on the Passive House Standard from Two Continents

    July 23, 2015

    The Passive House standard created by Passivhaus Institut of Germany is the latest, toughest standard in sustainable design. Owners and developers around the world have certified Passive House buildings, including U.K. property giant Grosvenor. In the United States, developers are now building hundreds of new units of housing to meet the Passive House standards in states like New York and Pennsylvania.

  • U.S. Retail Environment Weighs on REITs

    July 20, 2015

    Mixed economic news is weighing on retail markets, pushing real estate investment trust (REIT) performance down. Within the retail REIT sector, regional malls, prized for stability as a core property type, have posted the best year to date returns (–1.92 percent), while shopping centers posted a return of –2.94 percent. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • Developing Resilient Waterfront Blocks

    July 20, 2015

    Boston architects propose an elevated, connected network of buildings and services that would allow the land beneath to flood without destroying the community.

  • From Clicks to Bricks: L.L.Bean’s Embrace of Omnichannel Retail

    July 20, 2015

    Not long ago, it seemed as if e-commerce would make brick-and-mortar retail as obsolete as rotary telephones. Instead, catalog and web retailer L.L.Bean is leading a wave of businesses that are building physical storefronts to drive their online trade.

  • The Twin Cities’ Affordable Appeal Is Increasingly at Risk

    July 20, 2015

    Population growth and a market playing catch-up to meet pent-up demand threaten the region’s affordability, according to a panel of mayors from the Twin Cities that kicked off the 2015 ULI Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis.

  • Designing for Dignity: Viewing Design as a Social Tool

    July 20, 2015

    Designing more human-centered communities requires “moving beyond intentions of what we hope to create to finding ways to actually engage with people [in order] to get there,” said designer and architect Liz Ogbu, speaking at ULI’s Housing Opportunity Conference in Minneapolis last week.

  • Cisneros: Change Is the Constant in Urban Revitalization

    July 20, 2015

    For the first time in history, more people are living in urban centers than in rural areas. “It is an amazing thing that is happening around the world,” said Henry G. Cisneros, founder and chairman of CityView, a developer and investment management firm focused on urban residential real estate in the western United States. The former secretary of U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development said, “The jury is still out on how this plays [out], but we do know where people are going to be. They are going to be in these urban settings, and they are going to be very powerful places.”

  • Video: Can Redesigned Corner Stores Make Us Crave Healthier Foods

    July 17, 2015

    Healthy Retail SF is a program designed to help retailers in high-poverty neighborhoods in the Bay Area transform their markets into places that offer a variety of affordable and healthy food options.

  • New Keys for Modern Master-Planned Communities

    July 15, 2015

    Convenience, authenticity, and connectivity were attributes that experts used to characterize trends in master-planned communities during a panel discussion titled “New Dimensions in Master Planning” at the National Association of Real Estate Editors’ recent annual conference in Miami. During the session, panelists tackled questions of how people will work in the future, changing attitudes and processes regarding land planning, and whether or not golf is still part of the resort picture.

  • Big City Dreaming: The Sometimes Mixed Results of Mixed Use

    July 15, 2015

    In an opinion piece for Urban Land Online, ULI Foundation Governor and developer John McNellis argues that mandating mixed use is not the best way to incentivize development.

  • Understanding the Role of Health Impact Assessments

    July 14, 2015

    Health is emerging as a significant aspect of this Real estate developers’ work. Projects that advance health may also have a market advantage, and one method of determining health impacts is by conducting a health impact assessment (HIA).

  • U.S. REITs Feeling Effects from Turmoil in Greece and China

    July 13, 2015

    International economic forces have taken center stage this week, affecting both U.S. stock markets and real estate investment trusts. The crash in the Chinese stock market and ongoing concerns about the future of Greece in the Eurozone drove markets down during the first half of the week, with REITs faring better than the overall market. Plus, interest rate survey results from Trepp.

  • In Print: Public Produce: Cultivating Our Parks, Plazas, and Streets for Healthier Cities

    July 13, 2015

    This brief tome, a revised edition of a book by the same title published in 2009, trumpets the cause of edible cities with new examples of the growing international movement bent on ensuring the basic human right to a healthy daily diet, while also returning to food sources that are both local and affordable.

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