Author Archives: Richard Cox

Panel considers Past, Present & Future of Raleigh’s historic Moore Square

Bob Geolas (HR&A) led a thoughtful conversation on the history and reimaging of Raleigh’s Moore Square with panelists Stephen Bentley (City of Raleigh), Sally Edwards (Marbles Kids Museum), and Vansana Nolintha (Bida Manda/Brewery Bhavana).  The discussion was wide-ranging, from the historical importance of Moore Square in the Jim Crow South to the emerging vision of Moore Square as a gathering place to connect downtown workers, transit riders, tourists, visitors and neighbors in a lively, welcoming green space.   Key Takeaways included: Stephen Bentley provided an overview of the renovation, describing the thought … Read More

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Commitment to community in Rocky Mount

ULI members took a field trip to Rocky Mount Mills to learn about the opportunities and challenges of placemaking on the outer edges of the Triangle from an expert panel representing the diverse players in the project, including: Michael Goodmon (Capitol Broadcasting Company) Councilman Reuben Blackwell (Rocky Mount City Council) John White (NC Department of Commerce Legislative Affairs ) Dan Gerlach (Golden Leaf Foundation) Moderated by David Joyner (Joyner Media & Strategies) The 160-acre site includes an historic 68-home mill house neighborhood and a massive old cotton mill being repurposed … Read More

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WLI hosts annual Leadership Conversation event with Alison Garcia

ULI Triangle’s Women’s Leadership Initiative held its leadership conversation in early April featuring a fireside chat with Alison Garcia and WLI Co-Chair Ginger Ackiss (Crescent Communities).  Alison is a Principal and Member of the Investment Committee of Meadow Partners and is Head of Business Development and Investor Relations for the firm. She shared stories and advice from her many years and various roles in the industry, including her recent time as Director of Real Estate for the North Carolina Department of State Treasurer. We asked attendees to submit some of their key takeaways: Stay engaged … Read More

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Durham Hotel tour highlights ULI award winner

by Toby Coleman (Smith Anderson) Earlier this month, ULI Triangle organized a tour of The Durham Hotel where developer Brad Wiese of Maverick Partners talked about the redevelopment of the Home Savings Building, a downtown Durham historic landmark. At 53 rooms, the midcentury modern boutique hotel has worked to become more than just a place where out-of-town guests can find a nice place to sleep. To succeed, Wiese said, the three-year-old hotel has had to become a “community asset.” With a popular rooftop bar and a restaurant run by James … Read More

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Greenville SC hosts 5th Carolinas’ Meeting

More than 700 ULI members from North and South Carolina descended on Greenville, SC February 12-13th to connect, learn, and engage at the 2018 Carolinas’ Meeting. The 5th annual meeting reached a new high in attendance, sponsorship, tours, and programming. See photos here! The conference kicked off with sold out tours of key developments in and around Greenville, including a walking tour led by the Mayor of Greenville highlighting the public investment in public spaces, parking and critical infrastructure that has catalyzed millions of private investment in Greenville’s CBD. Focusing … Read More

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Members Cycle Through Downtown Raleigh

On a recent crisp autumn afternoon, 26 adventurous ULI Triangle members gathered for a bike tour to explore the bicycle lanes and greenways in and around downtown Raleigh and the destinations they connect.  Daniel Howe, Raleigh Bike Ped Advisory Commission, provided an overview of the Commission’s purpose to make recommendations on the implementation of relevant programs, policies, regulations, and funding priorities regarding walking and bicycling in Raleigh – then the group was off. The first stop was NCSU’s new Gregg Museum on Hillsborough Street, where Wake County Commissioner, Sig Hutchinson, … Read More

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Real estate practitioners and undergraduates connect at WLI event

UNC undergraduate women networked with women working in exciting careers across the real-estate industry at an event hosted by the Triangle chapter of the Urban Land Institute (ULI)’s Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI) in conjunction with the Leonard W. Wood Center for Real Estate Studies and the Undergraduate Real Estate Club at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School. The Undergraduate Women’s Engagement Event included small group networking, panels and a presentation about job opportunities and resources available through the Wood Center. Panelists were Lauren Bean, director of finance for The Dilweg Companies (BSBA … Read More

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YLG hears from leaders in new construction technologies

Young Leaders hosted a panel in Chapel Hill with industry experts to discuss the latest innovations in construction technology, such as modular hotel construction, modeling and manufacturing of pre-fabricated building systems, and advancements in sustainable general contracting. The panelists (Dave Perez — JE Dunn Construction, Dennis Mitchell — OTO Development, and Keith Stocker — Prescient Co.) noted that new construction technologies aren’t appropriate for every build. There are certain features of the site that determine appropriateness. Economies of scale really help, and they are currently a better fit for larger projects. For … Read More

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Nation’s mayors launch groundbreaking 10-minute walk to a park campaign

At 10:10 a.m. on October 10, 134 of the nation’s most infuential mayors joined The Trust for Public Land, National Recreation and Park Association, and Urban Land Institute in launching an historic “10-minute walk” parks advocacy campaign, establishing the ambitious goal that all Americans should live within a 10-minute walk (or half-mile) of a high-quality park or green space. This bipartisan group includes mayors from all across the country and represents cities large and small, including America’s four largest cities (New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, and Houston) and diverse communities … Read More

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2017 Carolinas Regional Initiative Councils meet in Asheville

  ULI Carolinas Regional Initiative Councils (RIC)—the Carolina Trends Council, Young Leader Council and Rethinking Southern Cities Council—descended on Asheville, NC in August to learn about Asheville’s market dynamics, development trends and successful public private partnerships. The cooler mountain weather was a welcome respite from the piedmont and coastal heat.  With the addition of excellent craft beers along with interesting tours and programs, the meeting was deemed the most successful RIC gathering to date. Program highlights from each of the RICs includes: Presentation and discussion with Jack Cecil, long-time ULI … Read More

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