CNU NE Western New England Meetup: A Seated Tour of Downtown Springfield
Oct
10
5:30pm 5:30pm

CNU NE Western New England Meetup: A Seated Tour of Downtown Springfield

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A Seated Tour of Downtown Springfield

A case study of urban design - The good, the bad and the other

Meet local design, planning, and development professionals interested in furthering the principles of New Urbanism in Western New England.

Using downtown Springfield as a case study, Mark Westa, Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture at the University of Connecticut, will lead the group in a discussion of urban design theory and practice. Using the principl, es of the Congress for the New Urbanism, as well as other ideas on how to see and evaluate the urban environment, we will discuss the successes and opportunities of the fourth largest city in New England.

Presentation Highlights: 

  • Urban Design Theory & Practice
  • Principles of the Congress for the New Urbanism
  • Discuss Successes & Opportunities for the 4th Largest City in New England

 

Food and light refreshments will be provided ~ cash bar. 

Registration Required.  Cost:  $15pp.  

Space is limited. Register now to save a seat.

Sponsored by: 

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2017 BUILD MAINE
Jun
8
to Jun 9

2017 BUILD MAINE

What if we could find ways to build economically stronger, more successful towns and cities in Maine through strategic, high impact investments?  

Build Maine returns to Lewiston with a day-long program of dynamic, nationally renowned speakers.  Looking to go deeper into the innovative tools for doing more with less?  Join us the day before Build Maine for technical, hands-on 201-Level Workshops.

www.build-maine.com

Build Maine brings together all people participating in the act of building our cities. The builders, funders, elected officials, engineers, lawyers, planners, finance institutions, and rule-makers converge annually to share best practices and aspirations for moving Maine forward within the political and economic climates of today.  

Build Maine introduces cutting edge business practices and focused conversations with nationally renowned leaders in the fields of street design, real estate development, and public service, demonstrating a breadth of knowledge we can apply locally.

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Please join us on June 8 & 9 at Bates Mill 1 in Lewiston for Build Maine, where we will explore ways to invest wisely in our future.

Build Maine is hosted by the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism, Maine (CNU Maine) with the Maine Municipal Association (MMA), and the Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA).

We hope you will join the conversation.

 
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CNU New England Meetup: Western New England
Jun
6
5:30pm 5:30pm

CNU New England Meetup: Western New England

Meet local design, planning, and development professionals interested in furthering the principles of New Urbanism in Western New England. Bob Stevens, Principal at M&S Development will present a brief overview of the principles of New Urbanism and how we can rebuild the fabric of place in New England one project at a time.

Why you should attend:

  • Explore the concepts of New Urbanism 
  • Discuss economic and urban development trends in Western New England

  • Collaborate and connect with local professionals

  • Identify topics of interest for future engagements

Food and light refreshments will be provided ~ cash bar. Space is limited. Register now to save a seat. 

Sponsored by: 

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Parking

Parking located in Tower Square. Attendees are encouraged to park on Level “A” of the garage. Please do not park in any ‘reserved’ spaces.

 
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Abbey Road Tour: Community Focused Real Estate Investment With Andrew Consigli
Jun
1
5:30pm 5:30pm

Abbey Road Tour: Community Focused Real Estate Investment With Andrew Consigli

Abbey Road is a community of 18 individually-crafted homes for active adults in the quintessential New England town of Sherborn, Massachusetts. The homes are grouped around a common center green to promote a close-knit sense of community and neighborliness, commonly referred to as a “pocket neighborhood”. The architecture of Abbey Road is inspired by the Arts and Crafts movement of the early 20th century, which revived traditional artistic craftsmanship and was inspired by nature, incorporating themes of simplicity, honesty, and function.

The development team consists of Bob Murchison of Fenix Partners and Andrew Consigli of Civico Development, a community-focused real estate investment and development group founded around a commitment to quality design, historic preservation, and neighborhood-oriented infill development. In this on-site tour and discussion, Andrew Consigli, the Architect and Development Partner, will provide insight into the development process, including the challenges of permitting, design, and construction of this unique project. 

Thursday, June 01
5:30pm - 7:00pm
Abbey Road
2 North Main St
Sherborn, MA 01770

Abbey Road is in the center of Sherborn, MA, off of Village Way at the intersection of Routes 16 and 27.

Space is limited -- registration required. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be served. $10 admission fee. 

Andrew Consigli is co-founder of Civico Development, a community-focused real estate investment and development group founded around a commitment to quality design, historic preservation and neighborhood-oriented infill development.

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Profitable Real Estate Development in a Climate Change Focused City
Apr
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Profitable Real Estate Development in a Climate Change Focused City

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4/19 | Profitable Real Estate Development in a Climate Change Focused City


Three leaders in the real estate and planning fields speak on making profitable real estate developments in Hartford, Connecticut. Jamie Bratt’s vision for the post-industrial capital city includes her office catalyzing the revitalization of brownfields, the re-use of historic properties, and the infill of an increasingly vibrant downtown. Sara Bronin has spearheaded sweeping regulatory changes that embed green development in the law, and now leads the local climate stewardship effort that aims to do even more. As a developer and architect, Bruce Becker seeks projects that are social and environmental game-changers with creative and interdisciplinary solutions to complex urban challenges. 
 

Speakers:

Sara Bronin - Chair of Hartford's Planning & Zoning Commission

Jamie Bratt - Hartford's Director of Planning & Economic Development

Bruce Becker - President, Becker + Becker

 
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2017 URBANISM SUMMIT
Mar
30
to Mar 31

2017 URBANISM SUMMIT

The Urbanism Summit features the best of what is happening to create thriving places in New England. The conference brings together urbanists of all backgrounds for a full day of regionally-focused idea-sharing, storytelling and collaboration.

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Jack Mullen: The Financing Challenges of New Development
Mar
6
5:30pm 5:30pm

Jack Mullen: The Financing Challenges of New Development

Jack Mullen: The Financing Challenges of New Development

CNU New England + Real Estate Finance Association, CT

Join us for an interactive discussion focused around the financial challenges of project developments.

The conversation will include specific industry examples, a lively discussion of ideas and solutions and an opportunity to network with thought-leaders.

As the Founder and Managing Director of Summer Street Advisors, Jack Mullen draws on his expertise and extensive knowledge of the CRE industry to lead the firm’s transactional management initiatives for multi-million and multi-billion dollar projects in the United States and beyond.

Cost of admission is $15 which includes food and drinks. Registration is required. 

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BUILDING LEAN: Chris Rumul - Identifying and Accessing Public Sector Financing for Real Estate.
Dec
13
5:30pm 5:30pm

BUILDING LEAN: Chris Rumul - Identifying and Accessing Public Sector Financing for Real Estate.

Chris Rumul, Senior Vice President, Walker & Dunlop will be leading the December 13 roundtable on identifying and accessing public sector financing for real estate.

In this session, Chris Rumul will discuss how to access public sector financing for real estate. He will draw on his experience originating loans from the Federal Housing Authority. Over his career he has closed more than 45 deals totaling $450 million with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae, and Freddie Mac. He will address the role these sources of public sector financing can play in real estate projects.

This event is part of the Building Lean Fall 2016 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour.

Register at: https://buildingleanroundtable.eventbrite.com

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Spring 2017 Internships Undergrad and Fellow
Nov
21
to Dec 12

Spring 2017 Internships Undergrad and Fellow

Student interns are essential members of the CNU New England team, helping to plan our many events, maintain our online presence, and plan for our future. We are seeking energetic and motivated individuals to work with the Executive Director, staff, and key members of the Chapter's Board of Directors to make the year a success.

Spring Term 2017 Undergraduate Programming Internship 

Spring Term 2017 Graduate Policy and Regional Affairs Fellowship

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J-Term Internships Undergrad and Fellow
Nov
21
to Nov 30

J-Term Internships Undergrad and Fellow

Student interns are essential members of the CNU New England team, helping to plan our many events, maintain our online presence, and plan for our future. We are seeking energetic and motivated individuals to work with the Executive Director, staff, and key members of the Chapter's Board of Directors to make the year a success.

January Term 2017 Undergraduate Programming Internship 

January Term 2017 Graduate Policy and Regional Affairs Fellowship

 

 

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Building Lean - Mark Van Noppen - Unlocking Value in Historic Properties
Nov
15
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Mark Van Noppen - Unlocking Value in Historic Properties

Mark Van Noppen, Vice President and Managing Director, The Armory Revival Company will be leading the November 15 roundtable on unlocking value in historic properties.

This event is part of the Building Lean Fall 2016 Roundtable Series.

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small development in Boston and New England?

Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour.

Register at: https://buildingleanroundtable.eventbrite.com

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Call for Awards Nominations: 2016 Urbanism Awards
Oct
21
12:00am12:00am

Call for Awards Nominations: 2016 Urbanism Awards

We are currently accepting nominations for the 2016 Urbanism Awards.

Submissions due Friday, October 21st by midnight.

The 2016 Urbanism Awards jury seeks nominations for outstanding design, development, and policy achievements in New England.

Urbanism Awards honor projects and places built in harmony with their physical and social contexts as well as the policies, plans, and codes that structure and help to implement them. Entries will be judged on the extent to which they fulfill and advance the principles of the Charter.

Achievement Awards honor those individuals, firms, and organizations making contributions to the New Urbanism in New England. Awards will be granted for a career or body of work by practitioners and advocates who demonstrate continued achievement and excellence in their field. 

2016 JURY

  • Robert Campbell of The Boston Globe
  • Dr. Rebecca Carter of Brown University
  • Anthony Flint of the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
  • David Genovese of Baywater Properties in Darien, CT
  • Jenna Goldman of ASH NYC
  • Ha Min Joo of Yale School of Architecture
  • Councilor Michelle Wu of Boston
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Death By Chain? New England's endangered local retail and small business
Oct
20
5:00pm 5:00pm

Death By Chain? New England's endangered local retail and small business

Death By Chain? New England's endangered local retail and small business 

Thursday, October 20 | 5:00 to 8:00pm

Aurora Providence
276 Westminster Street
Providence, Rhode Island

New Englanders value locally-owned businesses that sell products with local flavor. They are also committed to building codes that preserve the environment, public health, accessibility, and building safety. Unfortunately, these two impulses can come into conflict. Small business owners might not have the resources to meet local regulations or satisfy federal financing requirements. Franchises and other chain stores have larger regulatory and legal staffs to handle these issues, but national chains detract from the uniqueness of shopping in a New England downtown. This panel will address this tension and discuss ways to overcome barriers to vibrant retail development while maintaining a commitment to responsible building practices.

CNU New England is proud to partner with R Street, The American Conservative, and Brown University Urban Studies to address the barriers to nurturing small business and creating vibrant retail in New England towns and cities. The dialogue will feature panelists Cliff Wood, Executive Director of Downtown Providence Parks Commission, Kip Bergstrom, former Deputy Commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development, Margaret Bodell, a Connecticut-based art center consultant with experience repurposing storefronts, and Anne Haynes, Director of Transformative Development for MassDevelopment. Moderated by Jonathan Coppage of R Street.  

Register on our Eventbrite.


Cosponsored by R Street and The American Conservative.

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Building Lean - Karin Brandt - Engaging the Public: Changing our Relationship with the Community.
Oct
18
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Karin Brandt - Engaging the Public: Changing our Relationship with the Community.

Karin Brandt, co-founder and CEO, CoUrbanize will be leading the October 18 roundtable on Engaging the Public: Changing our Relationship with the Community.

This event is part of the Building Lean Fall 2016 Roundtable Series

In this session, Karin Brandt will discuss how to engage the public. When it comes to real estate development, the traditional community engagement process consists of long, weeknight meetings that very few people can (or want to) attend. Engaging the community in a way that controls the conversation, engages the “silent majority”, and provides a clear message can be daunting. Learn about how developers are taking an innovative approach with technology to change their relationship with the community and create a more positive dialogue.

Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour.

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. $30 admission fee supports food and drink. Capacity is limited -- register now.

Register at: https://buildingleanroundtable.eventbrite.com

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Walk & Talk: Storrs Center and Historic Willimantic Tour + Happy Hour
Oct
7
10:00am10:00am

Walk & Talk: Storrs Center and Historic Willimantic Tour + Happy Hour

 

Join CNU New England and CNU New York for a walking tour, lunch, and happy hour in Northeastern Connecticut. The tour will begin at the newly redone Storrs Center, a dense, walkable, and brand new traditional college town for Connecticut's largest and premier public university. Led by Lou Marquet of Leyland Associates, the tour will highlight the new development and its establishment of a sense of place among UCONN and its surrounding businesses. Next, hop on the tour bus to join us in Willimantic, CT for a walk through the historical mill town, once called the "Thread City," led by Joseph Vallone of Joseph Vallone Architects+Development Studio. Come walk Main Street and experience both the historical hidden gems of the town as well as the new riverfront and efforts to attract small tech startups. Highlights include the Frog Bridge and Garden-on-the-Bridge and a lunch at Cafemantic on Main Street. Happy Hour to follow at the Willimantic Brewing Company. 

Arrival and registration begins at 9:30am at Storrs Center, before the tour begins at 10am and moves to Willimantic at 12pm. Lunch will last an hour before the Willimantic tour, and an optional and informal Happy Hour beings at 3pm at the Willimantic Brewing Company

This is an event in a quarterly series of "Walk and Talk" events. Capacity is limited so register early to secure your spot. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Register using the link below. We look forward to your participation. Regular admission $60 / Student $30. 

Register on our Eventbrite.

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Building Lean - Michael Mullins - Principles of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups for real estate
Sep
19
5:30pm 5:30pm

Building Lean - Michael Mullins - Principles of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups for real estate

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Boston and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock human-scale development in Boston and New England? Our Fall 2016 series of events will emphasize lean techniques for success in all stages of real estate development. Sessions will occur monthly and will consist of an expert speaker, small group discussions, and social hour. 

In this session, Michael Mullins will discuss the principles of Lean Manufacturing and Lean Startups applied to real estate development: Waste in development, zoning, and permitting / Fixed costs and switching costs  -- and why they present a problem for both cities and developers / Default bias in the permitting process -- populist permitting vs. the pink zone / Tools for developers: incrementalism, successional development, and build-measure-learn

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. $30 admission fee supports food and drink. Capacity is limited -- register now. 

 

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Open House and Regional Tour
Jul
27
to Aug 5

Open House and Regional Tour

Boston, MA
Open house at CNU New England's office

July 27 | 5:00–7:30 p.m.
31 St James St, Ste. 910
Boston, MA 02116

Burlington, VT
July 28 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Vin Bar & Shop
126 College Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Worcester, MA
July 29 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Bocado
82 Winter Street
Worcester, MA 01604

Boston, MA
Design Museum Boston Urban Innovation Festival

July 30
274 Albany St, Boston, MA
Attend the festival with other CNU members and supporters! More information about the Festival can be found here

Hartford, CT
August 2 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Trumbull Kitchen
150 Trumbull Street
Hartford, CT 06103

Nashua, NH
August 3 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
MT's Local Kitchen and Wine Bar
212 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060

Providence, RI
August 4 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Local 121
121 Washington Street
Providence, RI 02903

Darien, CT
August 5 | 5:30–7:30 p.m.
The Goose American Bistro and Bar
972 Boston Post Road
Darien, CT 

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Build Maine 2016
Jun
23
8:00am 8:00am

Build Maine 2016

CNU New England is proud to support Build Maine for their 2016 conference.

How can we build economically stronger, more successful towns and cities in Maine by making more strategic, high-impact investments? 

What if all people involved in the work of building Maine — the builders, funders, elected officials, engineers, lawyers, planners, finance institutions, and rule-makers — converged to share aspirations and best practices for moving Maine forward within the reality of the new economy?

What if we added into the mix focused conversations with nationally renowned leaders in the fields of street design, real estate development, and public service to introduce ideas on how to do more with less?

Please join us on June 23 in Lewiston, Maine, for Build Maine: a tactical approach to growing Maine towns and cities. Build Maine is hosted in partnership with Maine Municipal Association (MMA), Maine Real Estate & Development Association (MEREDA), and GrowSmart Maine.

We hope that you will join the conversation. For speakers and schedule information and to register, please visit the event website at build-maine.com.

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Hacking Town Hall with David Clem of Lyme Properties
Jun
21
6:00pm 6:00pm

Hacking Town Hall with David Clem of Lyme Properties

Join David Clem, Managing Partner of Lyme Properties, an adaptive reuse developer in Hanover, New Hampshire, as he offers suggestions on how to get around onerous local regulations. Using his extensive experience negotiating regulatory processes across New England, Mr. Clem will lead a small group discussion on skills and strategies to overcome regulatory barriers.

Mr. Clem has led an eclectic life in urban development that began when he left his PhD studies at MIT to become a Cambridge City Councillor. Impatient with the status quo, he then founded his own development company and got to work. Not just another developer talking strategies for sustainable development, Mr. Clem is well-known for his refusal to take no for an answer.

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Admission fee supports food and beverage. Capacity is limited, so register now – we look forward to your participation.

Regular admission $25 / student $10

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Walk & Talk: Government Center Station Area Tour + Happy Hour
Jun
16
6:00pm 6:00pm

Walk & Talk: Government Center Station Area Tour + Happy Hour

Join CNU New England on a walking tour of the Government Center station area led by (representatives from) Halvorson Design Partnership and HDR Inc. Halvorson Design Partnership has collaborated with HDR, Inc. to improve the atmosphere of the civic open space around the newly-renovated Government Center Station. In addition to recapping a complex design review process, Halvorson will explain how this project creates a cornerstone in future Cambridge Street and City Hall Plaza master plan improvements. HDR Inc. will give a short tour of the station exterior and will discuss the intermodal and accessibility improvements of the $113M station project, a building reviewed by the Boston Globe as a "gleaming new installation of contemporary architecture above and beneath some of Boston's busiest streets." The tour will last approximately 45 minutes followed by a happy hour at Carrie Nation at 11 Beacon Street in Boston.

This is an inaugural event in a quarterly series of "Walk and Talk" events. Capacity is limited so register early to secure your spot. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Register using the link below. We look forward to your participation. Regular admission $20 / student $10.

We will meet under the Starbucks steaming teapot at the corner of Court and Tremont.

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The Missing Middle Housing: A Conversation with Dan Parolek
Jun
14
6:30pm 6:30pm

The Missing Middle Housing: A Conversation with Dan Parolek

CNU-NE is excited to invite its members to a special conversation next week with Dan Parolek, AIA, principal of Opticos Design, who we've recently learned will be visiting us from the West Coast. He will be speaking with us about the Missing Middle, the range of cluster and multi-unit housing types — such as duplexes, courtyard apartments, and townhouses — that form a gradient between single-family houses and apartment blocks. Mr. Parolek will discuss how the Missing Middle, often forgotten or left out of the picture, can offer a richness and diversity of housing at a compact, human scale and can help to meet the rising demand for walkable urban living.

Informed by his childhood in small-town Nebraska, his work at many scales with such architecture giants as Robert A.M. Stern, Leon Krier, Elizabeth Plater-Zyberk, and Peter Katz, and his passion for great places and walkable urbanism, Mr. Parolek has continually pushed the boundaries of urban planning, design, and architecture, helping to formulate and advance form-based codes; writing and speaking prolifically about urbanism; founding Opticos, a design firm committed to a triple bottom line of social, environmental, and fiscal responsibility; and advocating for the use of the Missing Middle as a tool to create compact urban neighborhoods.

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CNU 24 Detroit: The Transforming City
Jun
8
to Jun 11

CNU 24 Detroit: The Transforming City

Join us for the 24th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in Detroit, Michigan. The Congress is the premiere international event dedicated to creating great places and will bring together over 1500 people for four days of discussion, education, collaboration, and celebration. We hope to see you there!

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The 2016 Urbanism Summit
Apr
28
to Apr 29

The 2016 Urbanism Summit

Getting It Built: Connecting Ingenuity to Opportunity

Please join CNU New England for the 2016 Urbanism Summit in Providence on April 28 and 29. The Summit is a two-day conference featuring a series of energizing tours, talk, and open-source discussions that will inspire and connect you to fellow development and design professionals, public officials, academics, and activists across the region. 

Big moves may take a long time, yet direction and leadership is necessary so that small interventions can happen quickly -- by the people and for the people. Let's talk New England! Together we can accelerate the pace of reinvestment in our cities and towns.

Visit the summit website for more information.

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Making the Leap - with Neal Morris of Redmellon Restoration and Development
Apr
4
6:00pm 6:00pm

Making the Leap - with Neal Morris of Redmellon Restoration and Development

Many talks from professionals in the real estate industry contain phrases such as, "...and then we put together our first deal," or "An angel investor stepped in and provided equity."  But how does it actually happen? Where do you meet these people? How do you make the move from working for a company to being the company?

Neal Morris, founder and principal of Redmellon, a mission driven real estate development firm in New Orleans, provides a case study and offers suggestions on how others might more easily make "the leap". Along the way the group will discuss neighborhood development, LIHTC applications, historic preservation, negotiating with architects and investors, and probably a little bit about Netflix.

Pre-registration is required for building security purposes. Please enter the names of attendees for each ticket purchase. Admission fee supports food and beer. Capacity is limited, so register now -- we look forward to your participation!

This session's featured speaker: Neal Morris

Neal Morris is founder and principal of Redmellon Restoration & Development, a mission driven real estate firm based in New Orleans. He received his B.A., M.B.A., and J.D. degrees from Tulane University. He is a Loeb Fellow at the Graduate School of Design at Harvard University. Neal has taught in the Masters of Sustainable Real Estate Development program at the Tulane University School of Architecture and lectured extensively on affordable housing and historic preservation. His firm, Redmellon Restoration and Development, is a mission-driven company that focuses on urban historic rehabilitation and affordable housing. In the past ten years Neal has developed over 1,000 units of affordable housing in Louisiana and Georgia. Neal’s Iberville Offsite Rehab project was the recipient of the 2014 HUD Secretary’s Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and the Congress of New Urbanism’s 2015 Global Grand Prize for Excellence in Urban Design.

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Small-Scale Development Workshop
Apr
1
to Apr 3

Small-Scale Development Workshop

Stop waiting for someone else to fix your city.
 
Have you ever looked at a building or empty lot in your neighborhood and said to yourself: "I wish someone would do _____ with that site"?  That blank might be a new two story building to fill in a gap on Main Street... Retrofitting an existing one story on the corner that hasn't had a shop in it for a few years...The triple decker on the narrow residential street with lovely shade trees towering over the sidewalks. That someone could be you!
 
The Small Scale Developer Workshop is designed to help individuals in small towns or big cities learn how neighborhood scale real estate projects work, particularly buildings with 2-20 residential units and/or are 1-3 stories with a mix of uses. The course assumes you know a lot about your city or place, but not necessarily much about the industry or related fields. Through hands on applied learning, guidance from seasoned coaches and networking with local like-minded people, the workshop could be your first step to being a change maker in your community.
 

Co-Sponsored by the Incremental Development Alliance, CNU New England and the City of Providence.

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Call for Ideas, Questions, and Session Proposals
Dec
13
12:00pm12:00pm

Call for Ideas, Questions, and Session Proposals

The 2016 Urbanism Summit is New England's platform for action. How can we inspire ingenuity in a new generation of civic leaders and city builders? What are the unrealized opportunities to meet the growing demand for walkable human-scale urbanism? We want to hear from you. CNU New England is seeking proposals from designers, developers, public officials, entrepreneurs, academics, activists -- and more -- to address a variety of topics. Those include -- but are not limited to -- the following: 

  • Providence's transformation -- past, present and future
  • Leadership for change – physical, cultural, administrative and beyond
  • Human-centric development -- what it is and why it matters
  • Democratizing the development process -- ensuring access to participation and benefits
  • Reviving New England ingenuity in design, development, and government
  • Untapped opportunities for reinvestment in New England 
  • Demographic and migration trends affecting development
  • Working with cities and regions as complex systems

These suggestions are to provoke and inspire, not limit, your imagination. Think big, be creative, and tell us what's on your mind. The deadline for submissions is December 13, 2015.

SUBMIT A PROPOSAL

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Small Development Roundtable in Providence: Guerrilla Development
Nov
17
6:00pm 6:00pm

Small Development Roundtable in Providence: Guerrilla Development

Small Development Roundtable

The political, design, economic, and social impacts of large infill development are increasingly being felt in Providence and cities across the country. Yet, even as historic neighborhoods of small mixed-use and multifamily buildings soar in value, very little new development is taking this smaller, more incremental, more diverse form. How can we unlock small-scale development in New England? Join developers, planners, architects, activists, entrepreneurs and others for a series of discussions on rejuvenating the practice of incremental development.

Admission fee supports food and beer. Capacity is limited, so register now -- we look forward to your participation! Register HERE

"Guerrilla Development" with Anna Mackay

Guerrilla Development is a real estate company defined by its unique combination of design chops, social values, and business smarts.  They target sites that are often overlooked by larger institutional firms and bring to life projects are social experiments disguised as buildings, designed to benefit the economic and social welfare of the neighborhoods where they reside.  Guerrilla measures success in social capital and asset value.  Their goal is to create spaces that highlight strong design, invite participation, and act as gathering points for the community - all while providing financial returns to their investors.  By maintaining long-term involvement in their properties, Guerrilla works to create the best environment for their tenants to thrive.

Anna Mackay is development manager and right-hand woman at Guerrilla Development.  She has recently relocated from Portland, OR to Boston, MA where she is sniffing out the next Guerrilla project. 

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