Monthly Archives: March 2017

Opportunity Task Force Recommends Action on Affordable Housing

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A long-awaited, 92-page report issued this week by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Opportunity Task Force proposed a wide range of strategies for improving opportunities for upward social and economic mobility — including a number of proposals to increase the supply of affordable housing.  The Task Force was formed in May 2015 in response to a 2013 study conducted by researchers at Harvard University and the University of California, Berkeley, which focused on the economic mobility of low-income families in major American metropolitan areas. The study found that in cities like Charlotte, Atlanta and Indianapolis, … Read More

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Where’s the growth coming next? Just follow the beer

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If you wanted to invent a foolproof system for tracking which neighborhoods are soon-to-be hotbeds for revitalization, gentrification and the M-word (Millennials), you could do worse than following the breweries. Read more here.

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Member Profile – John Scott Trotter

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As Vice President of Acquisitions & Dispositions for Charlotte-based Charter Properties, Inc., John Scott Trotter helps manage the firm’s capital market activities, which includes identifying and executing acquisitions and asset sales, as well as building relationships with financial partners. Among the most satisfying aspects of his job, he says, is the ability to participate in the full “life cycle of a real estate project, engaging with all of the inherent challenges and opportunities along the way.” He cites his recent involvement in the Kingsley Village project in Fort Mill, SC … Read More

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ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast: Spring 2017

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ULI Real Estate Consensus Forecast: Spring 2017 You’re invited to join us on Wednesday, April 19, at 1 pm ET for an exclusive, complimentary webinar for ULI Members and the media. Learn what experts forecast for movement in economic and real estate indicators by the end of 2017, 2018, and 2019. Listen to a lively debate between leading economist and analysts who participated in the Consensus Forecast survey as they explain or defend their views. As questions or challenge consensus about what lies ahead for the real estate industry in … Read More

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Increasing Workforce and Affordable Housing in Charlotte Recommendations for Public and Private Sector Action

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ULI Terwilliger Center for Housing recently released a report that provides recommendations for increasing the supply of workforce and affordable housing in Charlotte, North Carolina. The recommendations were developed by the staff of the Terwilliger Center and a panel consisting of a group the Center’s national advisory board members.  Recommendations outlined include: Bring new public and private resources to bear on creating supply. Create new and consistent incentives for mixed-income development. Maximize mixed-income development through public real estate. Ensure preservation of existing workforce and affordable units. Use zoning and land … Read More

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Two Members Accepted to the Product Council Exchange

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Congratulations to Amanda Gardner of New Forum and John Scott Trotter of Charter Properties, for being accepted to the ULI District Council/Product Council Exchange program.  By invitation only, this program offers a one-time opportunity for emerging leader members who have sufficient professional experience and are active in the District Council system to attend a Product Council reception/dinner and meeting at the 2017 ULI Spring Meeting in Seattle, WA.  We look forward to hearing about your experience.

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RECAP – CoffeeTalk: The Intersection of Food and Real Estate

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Trends: Breweries – surprisingly Charlotte has more than Oregon. About 27 in operation in Charlotte with 20 more planned.  This is leading to craft distilleries, which doesn’t take as much as space Restaurant-owned gardens and farms – farm to table Demographics – higher percentage of millennials in Charlotte (compared to National and State averages).  They dine out frequently, want the experience, eat fast food (even though they don’t adminit it), want a visual experience with their food (post to snap chat) Natural ingredients Agri-hoods – food can drive change; experiential retail … Read More

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Scholarship Recipients Announced

Congratulations to the scholarship recipients selected for the Carolinas’ Meeting on March 23-24 in Charlotte, NC.   Public Sector Scholarship Recipients (support provided by ULI Charlotte, ULI South Carolina and ULI Triangle) Charles Drayton City of North Charleston Charleston, SC Katie McKain, AICP City of Charleston Charleston, SC Richard Thurmond Charlotte Center City Partners Charlotte, NC   Young Leader Scholarship Recipients (support provided by ULI Charlotte through support from the Center for Real Estate at UNC Charlotte) Matt Brooks Capital Bank Raleigh, NC Kristin Vinesett LMC, A Lennar Company Charlotte, … Read More

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