Urban Land Institute to Advise Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, on Long-Term Strategies for Future Growth

Renowned Panel of Land Use, Planning Experts to Visit Area from November 10-15

For more information contact Justin Arnold, 202-448-8717, justin.arnold@uli.org

WASHINGTON (November 7, 2019) — A group of nationally renowned land use, urban planning and resilience experts representing the Urban Land Institute (ULI) will be making recommendations next week to Shaw University in Raleigh, North Carolina, on long-term strategies to create campus and community consensus about how Shaw and the adjacent areas should evolve over the next 10 years. ULI is a global, multidisciplinary real estate organization whose work is driven by more than 45,000 members dedicated to responsible land use and building thriving, sustainable communities.

The ULI representatives, convened through ULI’s renowned Advisory Services Program, will be visiting the city from November 10-15. Sponsored by Shaw University, the Advisory Services panelists will consider and provide strategic recommendations on:

  • How the campus can be utilized to better position Shaw as an asset in partnership with the broader community;
  • How to improve linkages between downtown, Dorothea Dix Park, the emerging Downtown South district, and Southeast Raleigh;
  • Best practices around capital formation and strategic partnership development; and
  • Leveraging current university-owned properties to take advantage of any opportunities that could be available for the university.

The panel will be chaired by leading ULI member Lyneir Richardson, executive director, Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development Rutgers Business School, Newark, New Jersey. “We look forward to learning more about Shaw’s real estate assets, understanding the market dynamics in Raleigh and providing strategic advice to leadership at the university,” said Richardson. “The fact that Shaw is an historically black college and university, and located in a Federal Opportunity Zone, gives this work national importance at this pivotal moment.”

Richardson will be joined on the panel by Paul Bernard, executive vice president, Advisory Services, Urban Land Institute, Washington, D.C.; Juanita Hardy, business and creative placemaking consultant, Tiger Management Consulting Group, LLC, Silver Spring, Maryland; Nitasha Rajora, owner’s representative – Make Projects, LTD, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada; Richard Rogers, retired president, College for Creative Studies, Detroit, Michigan; Dawveed Scully, associate, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP, Chicago, Illinois; and Sam Swiller, senior advisory of real estate and economic development, Gallaudet University, Washington, D.C. Mitchell J. Silver, former chief planning and development officer and planning director for the city of Raleigh, will serve as a panel advisor.

In addition to interviewing stakeholders, the panel will tour the surrounding areas before developing recommendations that will be presented at the conclusion of the panel’s visit.

Now in its 72nd year, the ULI advisory services program assembles experts in the fields of real estate and land use planning to participate on panels worldwide, offering recommendations for complex planning and development projects, programs and policies. Panels have developed more than 700 studies for a broad range of land uses, ranging from waterfront properties to inner-city retail.

According to Thomas Eitler, senior vice president of ULI’s advisory services program, the strength of the program lies in ULI’s unique ability to draw on the substantial knowledge of its 45,000-plus members, including land developers, engineers, public officials, academics, lenders, architects, planners and urban designers. “The independent views of the panelists bring a fresh perspective to the land use challenge,” Eitler said. “The advisory services program is all about offering creative, innovative approaches to community building.”

Past sponsors of ULI advisory service panels include federal, state and local government agencies; regional councils of government; chambers of commerce; redevelopment authorities; private developers and property owners; community development corporations; lenders; historic preservation groups; non-profit community groups; environmental organizations and economic development agencies.

NOTE TO REPORTERS AND EDITORS: Members of the media and public are invited to a public reception on Monday, November 11, at 5 p.m. at Estey Hall Auditorium, Shaw University, 721 S. Wilmington St., and to a public presentation of the findings on Friday, November 15, at 9 a.m. at the same location.

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