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Placemaking Initiative Council Recap

On October 5, the ULI Washington Placemaking Initiative Council met in Rosslyn at The Alcove, an experiential retail space that brought unique activations to Central Place in Downtown Rosslyn for a limited, two-month engagement.   The Placemaking Council is one of five Initiative Councils that bring ULI members together to learn about and discuss topics of mutual interest.  In addition to learning about and experiencing the Alcove, the BID staff took the Council members on a tour of several other elements of placemaking in Rosslyn, including the Beer Garden, and permanent parklet. … Read More

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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


Urban Agriculture with 11th Street Bridge Park Plots Service Opportunity Event Recap

ULI kicked off fall in style this past weekend, teaming up with 11th Street Bridge Park Plots to rejuvenate a garden in Wayne Place. Wayne Place, a transitional housing complex for foster youth in Southeast, incorporates gardening into their community, which helps eliminate food insecurity for the foster system graduates. Dawning shiny new ULI vests and spurred on by some bumping beats, the volunteers prepared the existing garden plots for the fall planting season. This included clearing the existing overgrown vegetation, dodging massive spiders, aerating the soil, and then installing … Read More

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2018 Mentorship Program Kick-off Event Recap

The ULI Washington Young Leader Group’s Mentorship Program held their annual kick-off event for the 2018-2019 program at The Alcove in Rosslyn, VA in September. There were a record 237 attendees this year between mentees, mentors and ULI staff. The event was a chance for each group to network, meet their respective mentors and fellow mentees, and begin planning their groups’ events for the year.    The Mentorship Program’s primary goal is to connect Young Leaders (“Mentees”) with Associate and Full Members (“Mentors”).  This year’s program consists of 275 Mentees … Read More

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Sponsorship Campaign Now Open!

ULI Washington is now in the process of taking pledges and securing sponsorship for FY19. Please take a moment to consider becoming a sponsor or renewing your commitment to support the district council. ULI Washington depends on sponsorships to provide the necessary resources for it to carry out its robust program of work.  There are several categories of sponsorship including Annual (supports the ongoing work of the district council) and Trends (supports the region’s premier real estate conference). Both categories give your company amazing visibility within the local commercial real … Read More

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A Year-end Note from the Chair

IMPACT UPDATE ULI Washington has had a terrific year and the level of engagement from the members is critical to the success of the district council.  As we are nearing the end of the fiscal year, we are pleased to announce that we are working our way through our primary strategic IMPACT goals under the themes of:  Housing Affordability, Economic Competitiveness and Disruptive Technologies.  Housing Affordability The ULI Washington Impact Task Force has contracted with two consultants to undertake a research study on the time, cost and effort of by-right … Read More

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Building Bridges Across the River: ULI Mini Technical Assistance Panel

Six members from the latest graduating class of Urban Land Institute’s (ULI) Regional Land Use Leadership Institute joined the 11th Street Bridge Park for a Mini Technical Assistance Panel (mTAP) to focus on a specific issue facing a local community or organization as part of their nine-month leadership program. With the 11th Street Bridge Park team, the ULI fellows focused on mapping strategies to develop and manage long-term affordable housing in Wards 7 and 8 through the creation of a Community Land Trust (CLT). The purpose of this mTAP was … Read More

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Kasita Tours in Navy Yard (June 22-23)

Kasita, a manufacturer of modular micro-units, is bringing one of their award-winning homes on tour to DC and we’d love for you to visit. Based out of Austin, Kasita makes high-design, modern homes that can stand alone or be stacked up for projects varying from a backyard guest house to a dense multi-story apartment building. We were just the presenting sponsor at ULI’s Spring Meeting in Detroit and had great feedback, so we’re excited to share our product with the DC ULI community. We’ll be giving tours and answering questions across … Read More

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Recruitment of Nontraditional Candidates Can Boost Industry Diversity

Panelists at the ULI Washington Trends Conference in April said having a more diverse staff benefits the bottom line and addressed some of the ways they are trying to attract talent to the industry. “If everyone around the table looks the same, it’s hard to get outside of that box,” said Jodie McLean, chief executive officer of EDENS, a real estate developer, operator, and owner. “Many people at EDENS do not have what we call the right résumé. They’re the right people.” McLean is also a ULI Governing Trustee. Julie Smith, … Read More

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Incorporating Live-Performance Spaces into Existing and New Developments

Business improvement districts (BIDs) and other stakeholders are leveraging live music performances and other activities as a draw—both to prospective commercial tenants and to residents and visitors. Participants at a recent ULI Washington panel discussed both best practices and complicating factors when adding live-performance spaces to a neighborhood. “People want live entertainment. They want culture,” said panelist Mary-Claire Burick, president of the Rosslyn BID in Arlington County, Virginia. Her organization has doubled down on live events—concerts, movie screenings, Zumba classes, and more—and is seeing results. In 2016, respondents to the … Read More

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