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Brewing Success: How Breweries Are Transforming Real Estate — Last chance at early bird rate!

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Join ULI Philadelphia for a happy hour forum exploring the growth of craft breweries and brewpubs over the past 20 years. As their numbers have grown, many are choosing to locate in older and abandoned buildings, and are retrofitting them with tanks, kettles and casks, becoming centerpieces for economic development and transformation. Hear from developers, designers, neighbors, and local craft brew masters on strategies for attracting consumers and creating vibrant communities where families can plant roots and small businesses can thrive. Beer samples plus your first cold one included! Registration is … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia Awards Two 2016 Future Leaders Scholarship Winners

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Local students Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye and Rhiannon Wright Recognized for Their Future Leadership in Sustainable Land Use ULI Philadelphia has announced that Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye and Rhiannon Wright have been named the 2016 recipients of the ULI Future Leaders Scholarship. Created by ULI Philadelphia’s Young Leaders Group, the scholarship is awarded annually to a graduate student ($2,000) and an undergraduate student ($1,000) who demonstrate excellence in a ULI-related field of academic study. The winner of the $2,000 graduate-level scholarship is Oforiwaa Pee Agyei-Boakye from Accra, Ghana and currently resides in University … Read More

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In Photos: ULI Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence

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Check out some of the photos from the June 15th award ceremony! ULI Philadelphia’s Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence recognize the best real estate projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The winning projects – which represent a variety of types, including urban mixed-use, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, multipurpose entertainment, and institutional projects – were scored by 15 jury members from around the nation on use of best practices; quality planning and design; elements that build healthy places; … Read More

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Eight Winners Announced at ULI Philadelphia’s 3rd Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence

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ULI Philadelphia’s Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence recognize the best real estate projects completed within the last five years in Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. The winning projects – which represent a variety of types, including urban mixed-use, historic preservation, adaptive reuse, multipurpose entertainment, and institutional projects – were scored by 15 jury members from around the nation on use of best practices; quality planning and design; elements that build healthy places; environmental sustainability and energy reduction; economic success and market acceptance. “The finalists and … Read More

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ULI Awards – Last Chance for Early Bird Rate!

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Join us as honoring the legacy of Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III. The Awards for Excellence recognize the region’s top projects completed within the last five years throughout Eastern and Central Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey, and Delaware. Winners will be announced live!  For more information on the finalists please visit http://on.uli.org/1WmdTXX WHEN: June 15, 2016                 5:30PM – 7:00PM WHERE: “The Ballroom at The Ben”                  834 Chestnut St.                  Philadelphia, PA 19107 RSVP today for this June 15th event!  

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Talkin’ About Practice: 76ers Hard Hat Tour

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On June 2nd, attendees at ULI Philadelphia’s Hard Hat Tour received an exclusive first look at the Philadelphia 76ers new training facilities in Camden, New Jersey. Currently slated to open in late September, just in time for the Sixers training camp, the facility still has a long way to go before its ready for use. However, the property promises to not only be the largest and most expensive in the NBA, but be the most innovative due to its one-of-a-kind startup incubator and state-of-the-art amenities. The tour began with opening … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Paul Commito

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This month we sat down with Paul Commito, Vice President of Development, Brandywine Realty Trust and Chair for Mission Advancement (CMA) for ULI Philadelphia. Paul shares his thoughts on what makes ULI special, feedback from the recent Spring Meeting and why people don’t want to drive anymore. How did you get your start in real estate? It’s an interesting business – it’s not like you learn how to be a real estate developer in high school or college. I started on the brokerage side in the 80’s working on condo … Read More

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#ULIAwards: Social Campaign

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June 1st through the 15th ULI Philadelphia’s Twitter feed will be highlighting award finalists at the 3rd Annual Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence using #ULIAwards. Each post will feature the one of the fifteen finalists as well as spotlighting the reason behind their selection. This year all fifteen finalists are located in urban areas (Philadelphia, Camden, and Bethlehem) and feature walkable and transit oriented projects complete with community-focused amenities. Congratulations to Our 2016 Finalists: 3737 Chestnut (Philadelphia) AQ Rittenhouse (Philadelphia) Central Green at The Navy Yard (Philadelphia) Cira Green (Philadelphia) Community Legal Services, North … Read More

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2016 Spring Meeting Highlights

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After an absence of more than 20 years, the global Spring Meeting enabled us to “show off” Philadelphia’s robust real estate development to the world.  More than 3,000 Full Members from around the globe attended, along with about 500 local members. We set a few records under the leadership of Spring Meeting Co-Chairs Bill Hankowsky, Jerry Sweeney, and Marilyn Jordan Taylor. For a presentation on this record setting Spring Meeting, click here!  

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Designing the houses today’s buyers want

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Using insights from ULI Spring Meeting’s housing panel, The Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Al Heavens describes how firms aim to design housing that appeal to a wide array of buyers. From Millennials looking to buy for the first time to Baby Boomers who are looking to downsize, its clear that housing aspirations are evolving.   While among the millennials, there are strong concerns that buying a house is a risky investment because of the drop in prices, “the appeal of home buying for them has nothing to do with financial considerations,” said Kermit Baker, … Read More

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