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Sarasota Hot Projects Tour


On Tuesday, March 21st ULI Tampa Bay took 50 people on a hot projects tour of downtown Sarasota. Tour stops included: Kolter’s Westin/Vue Project Greenpointe’s ‘The Quay’ project Bayfront 2020 Rosemary District Kolter’s ‘The Mark’ project the Aloft Thanks to tour sponsors Greenpointe, Kolter, HoytArchitects, Stantec and Williams Parker for making it happen!                    

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Encore Tampa is a featured ULI Case Study


Encore Tampa was recently chosen to be featured as a prominent ULI Case Study, which showcases innovative approaches and best practices in real estate and urban development. Encore is a mixed-use, mixed-income redevelopment of what had been public housing just north of downtown Tampa, Florida, developed by a partnership between a housing authority and a bank-owned community development corporation. Encore currently comprises four apartment buildings with a total of 662 units of housing, 559 of which are affordable to seniors and family households with low incomes. At full buildout, the LEED … Read More

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ULI’s Resilient City Workshop


ULI Tampa Bay received a $20,000 grant to provide technical assistance to the City of St. Petersburg, Florida on improving climate resilience from ULI’s Urban Resilience Program, supported by the Kresge Foundation. As a coastal peninsula, the City is uniquely vulnerable to environmental disasters such as severe storms and storm surge flooding, coastal flooding, hurricanes, sea level rise, and high heat events. The City recently committed resources to a planning effort focused on climate action and resiliency and looked to ULI for guidance on economic development and social equity strategies … Read More

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Event Recap: Creating Transformative Open Space


At the sold-out StimULI Breakfast on December 1st, attendees heard about the role of urban parks and the effects transformative urban open spaces can have on neighborhoods and cities. The panel discussion was moderated by David Conner of David Connor + Associates, and included Cary Hirschtein of HR&A Advisors, Matt Davis of Strategic Property Partners, and Jason Jensen of Wannamacher Jensen Architects. Cary spoke to the group about the catalytic force of parks and open space and their ability to effect the economic development of a city or a region. … Read More

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Event Recap: Trends in Residential Amenities


At the sold out October StimULI breakfast, attendees heard about the latest trends in residential amenities from Jay Curran of Crescent Communities, Jay Tallman of Ascentia Group and Tony Squitieri of Taylor Morrison. Curran said location is fundamental to a project’s success, including the amenities available right outside the front door. As reported in the Business Journal, Crescent keeps investing in downtown Tampa– equating the consistent job and population growth to increased demand for apartments. Crescent Westshore opened on September 1st with 374 units and planned Crescent Riverwalk will add … Read More

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Meet the new Co-Chairs of ULI’s Young Leader Group

David Jae and Amy Long are the new Co-Chairs of the ULI Tampa Bay Young Leader Group.   David is a Tampa native growing up in the Carrollwood area and graduating from Jesuit High School in 2005. He attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, graduating in 2009 with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Finance. For the past seven years, David has worked for Lerner Real Estate Advisors, a real estate advisory business focused on distressed workouts for institutional investors. As Co-Chair of ULI’s Young Leader Committee, David is excited to … Read More

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Event Recap: What’s Old is New Again

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At the StimULI breakfast on August 4th, attendees heard from experts on signature redevelopment and reuse projects in Tampa that are catalyzing positive change. Abbey Dohring of The Dohring Group, who moderated the program, spoke of the importance of these projects for breathing new life into Tampa’s urban neighborhoods, while also celebrating the past. Project champions shared the bold, daring and inspiring stories of their projects. David Scher, spoke of the redevelopment of the Fort Homer Hesterly Armory building into the Bryan Glazer Jewish Community Center, an effort he is … Read More

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ULI Contributes to Future Leaders in Planning Program


At the end of June, ULI Tampa Bay led a ‘building healthy places’ visioning workshop with 12 high school students as part of the Hillsborough County Future Leaders in Planning Program. ULI Members Taylor Ralph of Real Building Consultants and Hannah McAleer of Clearview Land Design, led small groups in a visioning exercise focused on an area of the West River in Tampa. The students were asked to come up with innovative redevelopment policy and design ideas aligned with the principles of building healthy places. Contact us at if you … Read More

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ULI Tampa Bay/St Petersburg Receives $20,000 Resiliency Grant

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ULI Awards $20,000 to help improve urban resilience in St. Petersburg, Florida.  ULI Tampa Bay will convene a Technical Assistance Panel to inform the City of St. Petersburg’s current Climate Action Plan, considering the city’s coastal vulnerabilities and the threat of sea level rise. The project has been convened with the support of Mayor Rick Kriseman and will be carried out in partnership with city staff. The District Council will also initiate a resilience working group to guide the project and plans to keep the working group in place to … Read More

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Event Cap: What’s Next for West River?

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At the June 2nd StimULI Breakfast, attendees heard about the latest plans for Tampa’s West River area from Bob McDonaugh, the Economic Opportunity Administrator for the City of Tampa and Leroy Moore, the Chief Operating Officer for the Tampa Housing Authority. The session was moderated by Christine Burdick, the President of Tampa’s Downtown Partnership and ULI Tampa Bay’s Chair of Mission Advancement. The West River neighborhood is located on over 1.3 miles of riverfront immediately west of Downtown Tampa. The Tampa Housing Authority, City of Tampa and a broad representation … Read More

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