Shaw University, Raleigh, North Carolina – Advisory Service Panel

Shaw University is a private liberal arts institution located in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina. Shaw holds the distinction of being the first historically black university in the southern United States and among the oldest Historically Black Colleges & Universities (HBCUs) in the nation. As such, Shaw has a long history of educating African Americans in business, arts, and sciences; a mission it proudly continues today. However, like many small, private institutions, Shaw is challenged by declining enrollment, aging facilities, and a limited endowment. Shaw understands that its greatest asset is its location and real estate. The University’s physical setting is at the southern edge of Raleigh’s central business district, and in proximity to the state capitol, Dorothea Dix Park, the campus of North Carolina State University, along with four other colleges and universities, and thriving adjacent residential neighborhoods. Additionally, the institution owns several properties outside its core campus both in Raleigh and in cities across North Carolina….
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Pottstown, Pennsylvania – Advisory Service Panel

Pottstown is a borough in southeast Pennsylvania, with a rich history in iron and steel. Despite being located in a prosperous county, Pottstown has struggled to keep pace as manufacturing jobs have fled the region, much like the rest of the country. Compared to its surrounding neighbors, Pottstown has the highest concentration of poverty and lowest educational attainment, and the highest rates of unemployment and adults who lack a regular source of health care. The housing stock is old and in need of repair and renovation. The proliferation of nonprofit organizations, including an elite school and hospital, inadvertently keep the tax base low, which has affected the financial health of the Borough, resulting in significant impacts on school quality. 

A ULI Advisory Services panel was brought in to make recommendations to the Pottstown Area Health and Wellness Foundation and local stakeholders. The Panel came up with several community-minded economic development strategies for Pottstown’s future, including economic development projects, job-enabling plans, financing and housing strategies. …
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University of Virginia Foundation – Charlottesville, Virginia – Advisory Service Panel

In 1985, the University of Virginia engaged an Urban Land Institute Advisory Service Panel to assess the potential effect of a more strategic and sophisticated program of real estate acquisition, development, and use. This eventually led to the establishment of the UVA Foundation in 1989. Thirty years later, the Foundation owns and manages nearly 5,200 acres of land including 70+ properties, and 1.85M Square feet of improved real estate – on behalf of the University of Virginia.   
The panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, involves a partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association….
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Hemisfair – San Antonio, Texas – Advisory Service Panel

The Advisory Service Panel team came to San Antonio to provide strategic advice on the transformation of the eastern portion of the Hemisfair site downtown into an urban district with park space that serves as a focal point for the community.

The panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, involves a partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association….
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Austin, Texas – Advisory Service Panel

An advisory services panel made recommendations to The Trail Foundation and the City of Austin Parks and Recreation Department on the feasibility of transferring the operation of the Ann and Roy Butler Hike-and-Bike Trail at Lady Bird Lake to The Trail Foundation. The Advisory Services panel was conducted in conjunction with the 10-Minute Walk Campaign, a national movement striving to ensure that residents of urban neighborhoods throughout America have access to a high-quality park within a ten-minute walk from their homes. The 10-Minute Walk Campaign, which has been endorsed by over 230 mayors, involves a partnership between the Urban Land Institute, The Trust for Public Land, and the National Recreation and Park Association….
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Downtown South, Raleigh, NC – Advisory Service Panel

A ULI Panel was convened to evaluate the possibilities for Downtown South, a proposed mixed-use development consisting of approximately 1.7 million square feet of office, retail and residential located 1 mile south of the central business district on South Saunders Street. The focal point of the development is a proposed 20,000 seat soccer stadium. The panel was asked to provide strategic advice on creative financing for the development, place-making, external connectivity (including downtown, the North Carolina State University Centennial Campus, Dix Park, the Farmers Market and the Warehouse District) and steps to ensure involvement with and consideration for the adjacent neighborhoods. The panel’s visit took place August 18-23, 2019.

The panel was chaired by longtime ULI member Leigh Ferguson, the Director of Economic Development at the Downtown Development District of New Orleans. …
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