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ULI Women Get Connected

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ULI’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) is THE place where women in the real estate and land use industries get connected. The relationships formed within WLI have been instrumental to the successes that women have experienced as developers, designers, investors, and planners. Through the work of the WLI on both a local and global level, women in the industry are becoming more visible and influential. Learn more through  WLI’s new video series, which highlights eight exemplary ULI women who represent diverse backgrounds, experiences, and geographies. These women share their career paths, what success means to … Read More

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BUILDPhilly in the News

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BUILD Philly  (Built Environment, Urban,Infrastructure, Land Use and Design) ULI Philadelphia joined with 20 other nonprofit land use groups to create BUILD Philly. The coalition kicked off with a Mayoral Forum on April 8 at the National Museum of American Jewish History. The candidates answered exciting questions about their preservation strategies, reorganization of L&I, tax abatement policies, and more. You can see the full high definition video here: Also see additional news coverage of the event here: Mayoral candidates share views on development at BUILD Philly forum Abraham returns to … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia and the BUILDPhilly Coalition Mayoral Forum

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ULI Philadelphia has joined with 20 other nonprofit land use groups to create BUILD Philly (Built Environment, Urban, Infrastructure, Land Use and Design), kicking off with a Mayoral Forum on April 8 at the National Museum of American Jewish History.  All of the Mayoral candidates are confirmed and Matt Golas of PlanPhilly will ask questions and moderate. To register click here. Check out news coverage: Mayoral candidate Q&As Q&A: Doug Oliver on the 10-year tax abatement, Vision Zero, and Philly’s waterfront Q&A: Nelson Diaz on affordable housing, attracting new business, … Read More

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In the News: Philadelphia’s Future Rail Park

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Like New York City’s High Line, Philly’s proposed Rail Park has the potential to transform parts of Philadelphia and drive economic development in the surrounding areas, according to panelists at ULI Philadelphia’s Corner of Rail and Broad: Connecting the New Rail Park to North Broad, Neighborhoods and Center City event held on March 18. Hundreds of real estate folks joined media and project stakeholders at the Union League to learn more about the Rail Park project, a three mile long raised viaduct that will connect dozens of neighborhoods from Fairmount Park to Vine Street, … Read More

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In the News: Recommendations for Harrisburg’s City Island by ULI Philadelphia

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For more than 50 years ULI has provided guidance to nonprofits and municipalities seeking solutions to land use challenges. At the regional level, ULI Philadelphia offers Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) that bring together objective planners, developers, lenders, architects, and related professionals to evaluate specific needs and make recommendations on implementation in an atmosphere free of politics and preconceptions. Last year, the  ULI Philadelphia was asked to evaluate Harrisburg’s City Island’s potential. Recommendations for Harrisburg’s City Island by ULI Philadelphia were recently featured on NPR and three TV stations. Co-chaired by Saul Ewing … Read More

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Spotlight: Kevin Purfield

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As part of a continuing series, ULI Philadelphia sat down with one of our leading members and top-tier sponsors, Kevin Purfield, Audit Partner at Ernst & Young: What has being a ULI member done for you professionally or personally? From a professional standpoint participation in ULI events has provided opportunities to connect with people in the industry. In addition, hearing panelists speak about their experiences and offer first hand perspectives enhances my ability to serve my clients. For EY, the branding and networking opportunities are extremely valuable as we look to connect … Read More

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Meet Michael Garden, Connecting the New Rail Park to North Broad, Neighborhoods and Center City

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Natalie Kostelni of the Philadelphia Business Journal sat down with Michael Garden, who is on the board of Friends of the Rail Park, and will be part of our panel discussion tomorrow called At the Corner of Rail and Broad: Connecting the New Rail Park to North Broad, Neighborhoods and Center City, to discuss the transformative project. Read the article here.  Garden will be joined by Matt Pestronk of Post Brothers, Rob Zuritsky of Parkway Corp. and Patrick Cullina, a landscape designer who was a founding vice president of horticulture and park operations … Read More

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Registration Deadline Approaching for ULI’s Panel for Philadelphia’s Rail Park!

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Philadelphia’s Rail Park has the potential to transform, revitalize and drive economic development, recreation, open space, education, environmental and cultural vitality from Fairmount Avenue to Vine Street, and weaving together a dozen neighborhoods, North Broad Street and Center City. Phase 1 of the Rail Park, a segment spanning from N. Broad at Noble Street, rising up to the elevated Viaduct, and extending south towards Callowhill Street is slated to break ground in 2015. A quarter-mile long, the site begins as an earthen ramp, four-tracks wide, upon which freight trains once ascended … Read More

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Festival Pier Redevelopment Request for Expressions of Interest

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The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation (DRWC) has issued a Request for Expression of Interest (RFEI) for the development of an eight-acre parcel on the Delaware River at the key intersection of Spring Garden Street and Delaware Avenue/Columbus Boulevard, known as the Festival Pier Site. The RFEI seeks interest from qualified developers to pursue the exciting opportunity to transform a prime waterfront site into a mixed-use residential development with spectacular views of the Delaware River north and south, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, and the Philadelphia skyline, with valuable opportunities for ground-floor … Read More

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Last year’s Global Award for Excellence Winner Shows How Proper Planning Can Bring Triple Bottom Line Benefits

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WRT, a national collaborative practice of city and regional planners, urban designers, landscape architects, and architects headquartered in Philadelphia, won our 2014 Award for Excellence for their SteelStacks Arts and Cultural Campus redevelopment. They went on to win the 35th annual ULI Global Awards for Excellence, which is widely recognized as the real estate development industry’s most prestigious honor. Recently, WRT created a master plan for The Parklands of Floyds Fork in Louisville, KY that is a perfect example of how proper planning of parks can bring “triple bottom line” benefits to a community. Green … Read More

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