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ULI Philadelphia Adopts New Strategic Action Plan

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During a months-long process, members and staff from ULI Philadelphia worked together to update the district council’s strategic plan.  The first step of the process included a survey that was sent out to all members. A core working group of 11 members including former district council chairs, and current committee chairs then drafted the plan.  The key objectives of this  committee were to set the direction and goals for the district council for the next five years. Our Strategic Action Plan plan is a framework for the future. We need you, … Read More

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July 14th Deadline for Sponsorship Breakfast

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Enjoy a discussion about the nexus of food and real estate, catering by Walnut Street Café and a tour. Featuring: Project designer: Jeremy Levitt, Principal, Parts and Labor Design Patrick Cappiello, Beverage Director, BDP Hospitality Daniel Eddy, Executive Chef, BDP Hospitality Branden McRill, Operating Partner, BDP Hospitality Melissa Weller, Pastry Chef, BDP Hospitality Exclusive to committed sponsors. Sign up by submitting your Annual Sponsorship Commitment Form to bridget.donovan@uli.org by Friday, July 14th. 

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A Blueprint for Energy Efficient Construction

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Property developers are turning to PECO Smart Ideas to implement high-efficiency building upgrades into their new construction designs. Whole-building approaches, combined with proven energy-saving equipment, can increase property value, improve occupant retention, and lower maintenance costs for a wide range of new construction projects. To help achieve the benefits of more energy-efficient new construction, PECO offers incentives for building ENERGY STARâ certified homes and LEED certified or high-performance (beyond code) properties, and for the installation of energy-efficient equipment. Whether single-family or multifamily, residential or commercial, all property types can qualify … Read More

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Recap of the Tour of FMC Tower at Cira Centre South

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On Wednesday evening, June 28th, ULI Philadelphia offered a tour of the residences and unique common spaces at the city’s first vertical neighborhood and ULI Philadelphia’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse III Awards for Excellence Winner, the FMC Tower at Cira Centre South. Guests gathered on the 28th floor, which features a skyline terrace, a pool, fitness center, golf simulator, media room, and spectacular 360° views of the city.   Paul Commito, Senior VP for Development at Brandywine Realty Trust and Evan O’Donnell of AKA, gave guests their insights on what … Read More

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Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand

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Over the past two decades, immigrants account­ed for about 28 percent of all household growth in the United States and have been a critical factor in the housing market’s recent recovery. Immigration policy is poised potentially to have a big impact on the continued improvement and overall health of the U.S. housing market. Home in America: Immigrants and Housing Demand examines the influence of immigrants in shaping urban growth patterns, particularly those who have entered the U.S. since the Great Recession. Among the key findings from the report: Without growth … Read More

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Philadelphia’s Historic Neighborhoods named ‘National Treasure’ and 2nd Best U.S. Vacation Destination

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Whether is shopping, walkability, or the Pope visit, Philadelphia continues to rack up the accolades. In June the city ‘s historic Neighborhoods were named a  National Treasure by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Mayor Kenney hopes that the new historic preservation task force, which was announced in April, can identify best practices and encourage more preservation-minded development. Read more here: http://planphilly.com/articles/2017/06/15/philadelphia-s-historic-neighborhoods-named-national-treasure The rich historical heritage of Philadelphia, and the fact that it is the first and only city in the USA to be named a UNESCO World Heritage City, helped the city beat out … Read More

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8 Things to Know About FMC Tower at Cira Centre South

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The Young Leaders Council Communication Committee spoke with Paul Commito, Senior VP of Development, Brandywine Realty Trust and Evan O’Donnell, Managing Director, AKA University City about the new FMC Tower and its impact on the surrounding University City Neighborhood.   1. It’s the first! Commito outlines the myriad of ‘firsts’ this gem offers, and defines the vertical neighborhood concept: We have not seen anything like the vertical neighborhood in Philadelphia or the region. Whether it’s work, working out, entertainment, or eating out, you’ve got the all the lifestyle amenities you … Read More

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ULI Philadelphia Receives Building Healthy Places Grant to Study Grays Ferry Corridor

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ULI Philadelphia, in conjunction with PennPraxis, received a national grant to study the Grays Ferry corridor from Washington Avenue to Woodland Avenue. The Healthy Corridors Phase II Grant was awarded by The Urban Land Institute (ULI)’s Global organization through funds received from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Colorado Health Foundation.  The Leadership team for this project includes the Public Health Management Corporation, Philadelphia Industrial Development Corporation, University of Pennsylvania, University of the Sciences and ULI Philadelphia. The Building Healthy Corridor Phase II projects builds on four healthy corridor … Read More

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ULI is its Members

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You deliver on our mission. You enhance our communities. You shape the future of our industry. We wanted to know how we could make an even greater impact and provide an even better experience for members. You told us how important ULI is to you and what could be improved. We have listened and we have made substantial changes. Fundamentally, this means more opportunities for more members. Watch the full video to see how we are improving the ULI experience. Our work is not finished. We are just getting started. We … Read More

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Divine Lorraine Round Up

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On Wednesday, May 17, the Young Leaders Council was proud to host a tour of the nearly complete redevelopment of the historic Divine Lorraine. Eric Blumenfeld, Developer and President of EB Realty, Chris Cordaro, Vice President of EB Realty and Billy Procida, Founder and CEO of Procida Funding led the crowd of 60 through the famous Philly hotel as event attendees took in the landmark’s unique architecture and unrivaled views of the city and Broad Street. The expert guided tour was followed by a networking happy hour. For more information and … Read More

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