Category Archives: TAPs


How can a 1960s suburban strip find new life in the 21st century? This summer, a Technical Assistance Panel of planners, architects, and developers helped craft a vision for Greenbelt Road, a Prince George’s County corridor with trying to reimagine itself as a new Main Street. View the full Technical Assistance Panel report here. Located just inside the Beltway in northern Prince George’s County, Greenbelt Road (Maryland Route 193) is a major east-west road connecting the municipalities of College Park, Greenbelt, and Berwyn Heights. Greenbelt Road is close to extensive … Read More


Realizing a New Vision for Chinatown Park—ULI Washington Panel Makes Recommendations for Improving the Park in Downtown Washington

ULI Washington recently released a Technical Assistance Panel Report analyzing challenges and opportunities for improving Chinatown Park, a small and underutilized National Park Service (NPS) park within the Chinatown area of downtown Washington. Chinatown Park is located in the northeast corner of Chinatown, at the intersection of Fifth and Sixth Streets and Massachusetts Avenue, within the Downtown Business Improvement District (BID). The Park is similar to many National Park Service properties within the District of Columbia in its simplicity, with a large lawn panel as the main element, as well … Read More

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ULI, with COG, Accepting applications for Technical Assistance Panels

From Feb. 1 – Apr. 2, ULI Washington will be accepting applications to conduct Technical Assistance Panels in COG-Designated Activity Centers. Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) are one of ULI Washington’s signature programs, where a panel of 10-12 senior-level experts work over a concentrated timeline to evaluate and provide market-based feedback on a local development or land use challenge. Panelists are selected from over 2,200 ULI Washington members in the Metropolitan Washington Area based on needed skillsets and expertise to address the problem at hand. Panel member expertise typically includes developers, … Read More

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Vienna and the W&OD Trail—ULI Washington Panel Makes Recommendations for Improving the Trail and Surrounding Areas in the Heart of Vienna, VA

ULI Washington recently released a Technical Assistance Panel Report analyzing existing challenges and opportunities for improving the Washington & Old Dominion (W&OD) Railroad Regional Park, together with surrounding areas, within the Town of Vienna, Virginia. The Town of Vienna is located in the northeastern portion of Fairfax County and is approximately 14 miles from Washington, DC. In 2015 the Town updated its Comprehensive Plan, and as part of the update, the Town set goals for creating/updating master plans for the Town’s parks, including the W&OD Park. The W&OD Park is … Read More

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Advisory: Panel to Deliver Recommendations on Revitalizing and Activating Chinatown Park

On October 17th and 18th, the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (MOAPIA) and Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (MWCOG) are sponsoring an independent Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) in conjunction with ULI Washington. The purpose is to develop recommendations for revitalizing and activating Chinatown Park After a tour of the study area and various interviews, the panel will provide an open press initial presentation of their findings, the details of which can be found below: WHO: ULI Washington, Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments, DC Mayor’s Office for … Read More

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Research Boulevard – It’s Not An Office Park! ULI Washington Panel Recommends Scenarios for the future of Research Boulevard in Rockville, MD

ULI Washington recently released a Technical Assistance Panel Report  analyzing existing challenges and documenting possible scenarios for the future of Research Boulevard in the City of Rockville, MD. The Research Boulevard study area is a 272 acre site in the City of Rockville. Located 12 miles northwest of Washington D.C., the study area is just outside the Capital Beltway and in a regional corridor defined by Interstate 270 and MD-355, also known as Rockville Pike. With about 3.7 million square feet in 46 buildings, the study area is home to some … Read More

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District Energy, Cultural Sustainability, and Open Space: ULI Washington Completes Panel in Florida Avenue Market

Earlier this month, ULI Washington released its latest Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) Report which focused on the Florida Avenue Market area of Washington, DC. Florida Avenue Market is located approximately 1/2 mile from the NoMa- Gallaudet Metro Station and adjacent to the Trinidad neighborhood in the District of Columbia. In 2009, the District of Columbia adopted the Florida Avenue Market Study Small Area Plan. The plan provides a redevelopment framework that seeks to balance maintaining the area’s old world charm, grittiness, and character while repositioning the approximately 45-acre site to … Read More

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What’s Next for Westfields? ULI Washington Panel Explores Future for Office Park in Fairfax County

ULI Washington recently released a Technical Assistance Panel report documenting existing challenges and recommendations for the future of The Westfields International Corporate Center (Westfields) at Dulles. Westfields is a 1,100 acre Class A corporate office park. Located at the intersection of Route 28 and Westfields Boulevard in Chantilly, Virginia, it is conveniently located in the heart of Fairfax County, approximately seven miles south of Washington Dulles International Airport. Technical Assistance Panels, or TAPs, provide expert, multidisciplinary advice to public agencies and private sector clients facing complex land use and real estate issues in … Read More

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Release: New Report Recommends Transforming Westfields From Business Park Into a Community Within a Park

A new Technical Assistance Panel – or TAP – report sponsored by the Westfields Business Owners Association (WBOA) and released by ULI Washington has concluded that Westfields has a niche position in the office marketplace and with the right redevelopment holds a promising future in the Washington DC region. The report, titled “What’s Next for Westfields?, <insert hyperlink>” documents the findings of a panel of ten ULI members who were convened December 5-6, 2016 to offer recommendations on how Westfields can – once again – thrive as best in class. … Read More

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Application Available: TAPs in COG-Designated Activity Centers – ULI Partners with Council of Governments to Deliver Upcoming TAPs

ULI Washington, in conjunction with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments (COG), will offer up to three (3) Technical Assistance Panels (TAPs) in the coming year that will focus on identifying priority, catalytic strategies to maximize the impact of investments in COG-designated Activity Centers. A signature ULI Program, TAPs are an intensive and collaborative exercise where 10-12 senior-level real-estate and land-use experts work together over a concentrated day-and-a-half to develop unbiased, market-based feedback on a specific local development or land-use challenge. The TAP culminates in a formal presentation of recommendations, … Read More

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