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RECAP:  Impacts of School Choice on Real Estate Development

On December 6, 2018, we held a Coffee Talk discussing the impacts of school choice on real estate development.  A special thank you to Bart Danielsen, our speaker, and David Ravin, Northwood Ravin and Nicole Frambach, Ryan Homes, our panelists.  Several of the take-aways are highlighted below:     Parents care more about their kid’s commutes than their own.  Schools are known to attract more residents than jobs. Using private school choice to attack concentrated poverty, crime and unemployment – check out www.alec.org (economic development zone). Urban developments aren’t as … Read More

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CoffeeTalk: Impacts of School Choice on Real Estate Development

Date: December 6, 2018 Time: 7:30 am – 9:00 am Venue: Myers Park Baptist Church Address: 1900 Queens Road, Charlotte, NC 28209 The availability of good schools may be the most important factor in spurring economic development. But while urban planners, mayors and county commissioners are frequently viewed as the civic leaders tasked with advancing economic development, a separate branch of local government, the school board, controls the most important economic development lever. Today, charter schools, opportunity scholarships, homeschooling, and other “school choice” programs are growing rapidly around the country, and real estate developers … Read More

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RECAP: CoffeeTalk: Integrating Health and Wellness in our Community, Workplace and Lifestyles

On April 12, 2018, ULI Charlotte hosted a CoffeeTalk around healthy places in the built environment.  The session focused on creating places that contribute to healthier people and communities and enhancing and preserving value by meeting the growing desires for health-promoting places. The event was hosted at the new offices of AvidXchange (employer about 1200 team members) located in the Music Factory/North End area.  The panel was moderated by Dr.  Mark DeHaven of UNC Charlotte and Professor of Public Health Services, with the following panelists:  Mike Praeger, AvidXchange, Joe Frey, … Read More

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CoffeeTalk: Integrating Health and Wellness in our Community, Workplace and Lifestyles

Embracing the energy of open space and trails, engaging employees with workspaces meant for interaction, and integrating wellness in our everyday lifestyle through the built environment. Real estate decision making are creating places that contribute to healthier people and communities, and to enhance and preserve value by meeting growing desires for health-promoting places. At this CoffeeTalk, hear from several panelists as they discuss the value of integrating healthy places into the workplace through amenities such as shuffleboard, yoga and Xboxes; lifestyle amenities such as trails, athletic facilities and family activity … Read More

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RECAP: CoffeeTalk: Transformation of South End

On March 1, 2018, ULI Charlotte convened members to discuss the South End story.  Moving from a thriving manufacturing community, through the decline of textiles, to its rebirth as one of the hottest submarkets in Charlotte.  The panel shared their insights about what’s driving development, how to drive change the right way, and what the future will look like.  Below are some basic take-aways: The scale is changing, design is being driven by the need for complementary types of buildings, taller, density, ground floor activation all surrounding walkability – take … Read More

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What Can UDO

As you know, the Charlotte Planning Department has been working hard on the Charlotte Place Types and Unified Development Ordinance (UDO), a citywide effort aimed at updating the policies and regulation that guide growth and development in our community.  As part of this project, they are hosting a Coffee Talk on Friday, March 23rd, from 8am – 9:30am at the Charlotte Powerhouse Studio.  The Coffee Talk will feature Taiwo Jaiyeoba, Director of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Department and Mitchell Silver, FAICP.  Mitch Silver served as Chief Planning and Development Officer and … Read More

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CoffeeTalk: The Transformation of South End SOLD OUT

The South End area of Charlotte has a great story. Once a thriving manufacturing community surrounding the first rail line connecting Charleston, Columbia and Charlotte, the area declined along with the textile industry. In the 1990s, the name “South End” was coined and began a rebirth as a place “where retro mixes with contemporary, historical bumps up against trendy, and art intersects commerce.” Now, South End is one of the hottest submarkets in the country. A new South End Vision Plan, including design guidelines, aims to guide that growth over the next … Read More

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CoffeeTalk: Growing Small – How Smaller, Infill Urban Developments Are Making a Big Difference

As the real estate industry continues to evolve in terms of project finance, design, and execution, one idea gaining quiet speed is small development. Projects that are seen as being at the vanguard of “small” bring together today’s best thinking of real estate professionals in how to shape the built environment. At the core of these efforts is a desire to make small, infill, and entrepreneurial development more visible and an active part of community building. From re-positioning to adaptive reuse to infill development, our region is experiencing great opportunities … Read More

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CoffeeTalk: Intersection of Food and Real Estate

A focus on food is providing a rich arena for innovation and creative placemaking. While food and real estate development have long been interconnected, growing interest and awareness in food destinations and commercial real estate anchors is spurring innovation shaping projects. The growing investment in food-centric real estate can be related to trends in health, sustainability, organic food, and buying local. In addition, “growing, buying, and eating food can all be social activities” and that “young people seem to prefer experiences more than stuff.” Add this to the fact that … Read More

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RECAP: CoffeeTalk: The Big Rewrite – How it will Impact Development & Our Community

On October 6, 2016, ULI members gathered to learn more about the upcoming zoning rewrite and how it will impact development and the growth of our community.  A panel moderated by Tony Lathrop of Moore & Van Allen and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Planning Commission Chair, included Ed McKinney, City of Charlotte, Bridget Grant, Moore & Van Allen and Chris Thomas, Childress Klein Properties.  Some of the quick facts we heard include: Charlotte is focused on transportation, mixed land, affordable housing, open public spaces, healthy local foods, and preservation of fresh air.  Zoning … Read More

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