Small Scale Developer Forum: Historic Meets Contemporary

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April 19 @ 8:00 am
April 20 @ 5:00 pm
Courtyard Charleston Historic District
125 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC 29401 United States
David Mulvihill, Vice President, Professional Development


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The next ULI Small Scale Developer Forum will take us to Charleston, South Carolina.  Celebrated as the top city to visit in the U.S., Charleston exudes history, southern hospitality, and fine grained development. Well known for its historic preservation movement, the decades-long regeneration of Charleston’s historic blocks have resulted in a vibrant, walkable, and interesting mix of adaptive reuse and creative infill. Like many places with a distinctly historic fabric, innovative developers are now experimenting with contemporary infill projects to create a balance of history and forward looking design.

Starting from our base in the historic district, we will be within walking distance of Charleston’s great restaurants, King Street – the central ‘high street’ for shopping and entertainment, the College of Charleston’s energy and classic campus, and a myriad of interesting adaptive reuse and new construction hospitality projects. From there we will head out to historic neighborhoods that have seen new construction, along with meticulous restorations. We will trek north of the core and visit new infill projects that are adding to the texture and real estate base of the city, while introducing new architectural styles and edgy food and beverage concepts.

Interactive panels will discuss some of the common pitfalls and lessons learned from developing adaptive reuse projects, and working with historic tax credits. The program will also explore how to best meld contemporary and historic design concepts. Additionally, Charleston’s significant role as a tourist mecca will allow us to explore what is happening in the boutique and small scale hospitality realm.

As with prior programs, space will be limited to 45 registrants to maintain the interactive, collegial nature of the program.  Reserve your spot now!

Course Leader

Jim Heid
Healdsburg, California

Jim Heid is a real estate developer and strategic development consultant focused on the tools and techniques that lead to a more sustainable built environment. In 2000, he founded UrbanGreen® to advise established real estate companies, legacy landowners and government agencies on how to develop real estate assets that foster community change while generating appropriate economic returns. Known for his aspirational but practical approach, he is valued for his ability to communicate the value of good design, within the realities of local market norms.

An active member of the Urban Land Institute since 1993, Jim has authored white papers and articles on sustainable design, resilience, responsible investment and small scale, incremental development. In 2011, Jim worked closely with ULI staff to create the Real Estate Entrepreneurs Program, which began as a series of Small Scale Development Forums, held around the country. To further the potential of this effort, in fall of 2015 he helped organize an unprecedented gathering of nine national organizations (ULI, CNU, NTBA, Locus, Preservation GreenLab, Strong Towns, National Main Streets, Incremental Development Alliance) to help align each groups’ collective efforts to promote small scale, incremental development as a practical tool for regenerating communities.

Today he is actively involved in three development projects focused on mixed use, small scale infill, and continues his role as advisor to legacy families and cities wanting to harness the power of incremental development to shape more sustainable neighborhoods.

Trained as a landscape architect, Jim received a Masters in Real Estate Development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as a way to more effectively integrate economics, development, and design thinking.

Guest Speakers

(Additional speakers to be announced)

Jeff Baxter
Charleston, South Carolina

Eddie Bello
Bello Garris Architects
Charleston, South Carolina

William Cogswell
Roadstead Management, LLC
Charleston, South Carolina

Jim Haley
Charleston, South Carolina

Winslow Hastie
Historic Charleston Foundation
Charleston, South Carolina

Jacob Lindsey
Director of Planning
City of Charleston
Charleston, South Carolina

Diana Permar
Permar, Inc.
Kiawah Island, SC

Patrick Phillips
Global CEO
Urban Land Institute
Washington, DC

Neil Stevenson
Neil Stevenson Architects
Charleston, South Carolina

Stephen Zoukis
Raven Cliff Co.
Charleston, South Carolina


ULI Members: $850
Nonmembers: $1,130

Registration fee includes continental breakfast, reception/dinner, luncheon, and refreshments.

Cancellations, which must be made in writing or email to ULI Customer Service, will be subject to a $100 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received at least seven days prior to the start of the workshop to be eligible for a refund. No refunds will be granted thereafter. You may, however, transfer your registration, without penalty, to another member of your organization.


Hotel accommodations are not included in the registration fee. A limited number of rooms at a discounted room rate are available for program attendees, if registered by Thursday, March 29, 2018. Reservations can be made online by clicking here, or calling Marriott reservations at 843-805-7900. Attendees should reference the ULI Small Scale Developers Forum.

Program Highlights

•Intimate tours of small scale projects with the development team

•Behind the scenes discussion of project challenges and how lesson learned are informing new projects

•Role of entrepreneurs in remaking cities

•Lessons learned from small scale developers

•The challenges of adaptive use development projects

•Working with historic tax credits

•Boutique and small scale hospitality

•Networking reception and dinner with speakers