Author Archives: ULISanDiego

Apartments, High-End Retail Spurring Redevelopment of Tijuana’s Historic Downtown

By Patricia Kirk May 18, 2017 Tijuana’s historic Zona Centro, a 55-block downtown district and a ten-minute walk from the U.S. border, is undergoing a renaissance that is replacing taco stands and tourist curio shops with residential developments, great restaurants, collaborative workspaces, art galleries, bicycle stations, craft beer breweries, and other entertainment venues. “This is now the place to be for a demographic of hipsters,” notes San Diego developer Greg Shannon, whose company, Sedona Pacific Corporation, recently started a new apartment project in the Centro district. “A few years ago, you … Read More

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Daniel Ryan to Receive 2017 James F. Sallis Visionary Award

Daniel J. Ryan, executive vice president and San Diego regional market director for Alexandria Real Estate Equities Inc., will be awarded the 2017 James F. Sallis Visionary Award at ULI San Diego — Tijuana’s second annual Healthy Places Awards tonight. The award is in recognition of Ryan’s innovation in design, leadership in sustainability and passion for community building throughout his development career. Ryan has helped secure the company’s reputation as a leader in life-science campuses. It has more than 4 million square feet of office/laboratory space in its San Diego … Read More

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ULI Announces Finalists for 2017 Healthy Places Awards

Winners to be honored at the 2nd Annual Healthy Places Gala on Thursday, May 18. (San Diego, May 1, 2017) Eleven extraordinary projects from across San Diego County and Tijuana have been selected as finalists in ULI San Diego – Tijuana’s 2017, Healthy Places Awards, the awards recognize the faces, places and policies that are creating and sustaining healthier communities across the region.  This year’s finalists include projects from San Marcos, the East Village, downtown San Diego, Mission Valley, central San Diego County and notably our first submission from Tijuana, … Read More

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How San Diego’s Smart City Tech Is Reducing Traffic, Saving Energy

By Patricia Kirk February 27, 2017 San Diego is rolling out the largest city-based Internet of Things (IoT) network in the world, with deployment 3,200 smart sensors to upgrade the city’s infrastructure and enhance the quality of life for residents, announced San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer at a press conference. The city is partnering with GE and will deploy its digital engine for intelligent environments called “Current” and replace 14,000 streetlights with energy-efficient LED versions, reducing the cost for energy by 60 percent, light pollution and overall greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs). … Read More

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Reversing the Decline in California’s Workforce Housing

By Patricia Kirk February 10, 2017 The housing affordability gap in San Diego is among the highest in California, with the average household shelling out 35 percent of their income for housing, and one-quarter of the population spending half of their income on rent. Recently, ULI San Diego/Tijuana brought together multifamily housing experts with local government and community leaders to discuss creative ways to increase workforce-housing stock. “Stagnant wage growth and rising housing prices have created ‘housing haves’ [homeowners] and ‘housing have-nots’ [renters],” said Jennifer LeSar, president and CEO of LeSar … Read More

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ULI San Diego-Tijuana Member Spotlight: Soheil Nakhshab Highlighted as Entrepreneur

ULI Entrepreneur Profiles are conversations with real estate development professionals who, in most cases, have recently made the leap into the industry whether as young individuals fresh out of school or as mid-career transitions. With a focus on small-scale developers often doing incremental and transformative work, these are quick and easy to read profiles to raise awareness of these professionals. By telling their stories, the Urban Land Institute hopes to inspire the next generation of small scale entrepreneurs to transform their own communities. To read more and to see ULI … Read More

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Be a part of the international Open House movement!

Be a part of the international Open House movement! Saturday, March 25 and Sunday, March 26 Team up with other design enthusiasts and become a volunteer for the San Diego Architectural Foundation’s newest program, Open House San Diego. OH! San Diego gives San Diegans a brand new (and free) opportunity to learn and interact with our city through rare behind-the-scenes access to its most iconic buildings and sites. By volunteering on the day of the event, you will meet new people with similar interests, learn more about our city and … Read More

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A Recap from the Housing Symposium

On Wednesday, February 1st, 2017, over 175 real estate industry professionals, community organizers, and public officials attended our half-day housing symposium, “Overcoming Barriers with Creative Solutions: A New Perspective on Housing Affordability in San Diego.” The program opened with Jennifer LeSar, LeSar Development Consultants, setting the stage. She was then followed by Ethan Vaisman, CoStar, giving us the reality of our housing stock with the keynote presentation. We then progressed into the roundtable discussions. Here is what you missed! Leveraging Under-Utilized Land Setting the Stage Daniel Weisfield, Mckinsey & Company Panel Discussion Moderated … Read More

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Emerging Trends in Real Estate 2017 – The Recap

Playing for Advantage, Guarding the Flank   “Big assets, big cities, big capital, and big competition. The U.S. is more in favor than the rest of the world right now.”   As promised, HERE is the presentation from the January Breakfast Emerging Trends Program. The game of chess is not a game of chance, but requires mastery of a complex set of skills that are both art and science. A player needs to be alert, equally aware of the strengths and weaknesses of his own position and that of his opponent. … Read More

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Downtowns Matter

  By Edward T. McMahon Edward T. McMahon is the Chairman of the NMSC Board of Directors. He also holds the Charles Fraser Chair on Sustainable Development and is a Senior Resident Fellow at the Urban Land Institute in Washington, D.C., where he leads the organization’s worldwide efforts to conduct research and educational activities related to environmentally sensitive develop- ment policies and practices. He is also a senior staff adviser for ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative, and is a sought- after speaker and thinker on land use and economic development trends. McMahon is the … Read More

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