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In The News: A Detroit Neighborhood, and a Blueprint for the Future

John Petz, co-chair of the Urban Land Institute Michigan Programs Committee, gives Bridge readers a look into ULI’s Larson Center for Leadership’s, Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) and the Grandmont Rosedale Development Corporation’s partnership with the Michigan District Council of the Urban Land Institute, to create a series of recommendations and achievable solutions. The result of the nearly six-month process was a report entitled Grandmont Rosedale, Detroit: Creating Density through Housing and Retail Diversification. Petz outlines the series of strategies that were made to maximize the full potential of the community. … Read More

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ULI Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner Party Pictures

On Thursday, May 18, more than 400 guests attended a dinner at the Westin Book Cadillac in Detroit, where Urban Land Institute Michigan presented a lifetime achievement award to John Rakolta Jr., chairman and CEO of Walbridge. ULI Lifetime Achievement Award Dinner: Party Pictures DBusiness May 24, 2017

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In The News: Collaborative Real Estate Development Program Makes a Difference Across Metro Detroit

This feature article takes a look into Urban Land Institute’s, Robert C. Larson Center for Leadership Program and how it began. The article features members of the program and of ULI and has them speak about what program members do and how they take on projects to refresh communities. Collaborative Real Estate Development Program Makes a Difference Across Metro Detroit By Patrick Dunn Model D May 15, 2017

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In The News: Experts offer 3 ways to make Grand Rapids more equitable

ULI in action! MLive.com covered the Rose Center for Public Leadership study tour in Grand Rapids last week, read up on the panel’s time in the city and the final recommendations presented to City of Grand Rapids Mayor Rosalynn Bliss and her team. Experts offer 3 ways to make Grand Rapids more equitable By Amy Biolchini Mlive.com March 23, 2017

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In The News: Urban Land Institute Michigan honors Walbridge CEO with Lifetime Achievement Award

The Urban Land Institute Michigan has named John Rakolta, Jr., the recipient its 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award. Rakolta, chairman and chief executive officer of Detroit-based Chicago construction firm Walbridge, was honored for his contributions to the real estate industry and Michigan communities. Urban Land Institute Michigan honors Walbridge CEO with Lifetime Achievement Award Midwest Real Estate Journal March 10, 2017

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In The News: Development heavyweights weigh in on the future of Detroit

At this week’s UM/ULI Real Estate Forum in Detroit, Curbed Detroit was there with a few takeaways from a panel of some of the biggest names in Detroit development talked about their predictions for the future of Detroit. Development heavyweights weigh in on the future of Detroit By Robin Runyan Curbed Detroit November 18, 2016

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In The News: Chris Leinberger Discusses Detroit Development at the UM/ULI Real Estate Forum

At the University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute conference, Chris Leinberger spoke to a crowd of about 200 in regards to Detroit seeing “huge market share shifts” due to development in areas of downtown and Midtown while speaking about Dan Gilbert’s influence on Detroit which can be counted in the billions, with more still to come. Here’s a look at Dan Gilbert’s multi-billion dollar impact on Detroit By Paula Gardner Mlive.com November 18, 2016

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In The News: Cullen predicts Pistons will move downtown, MLS stadium will be built

Speaking as part of a panel discussion Thursday at the University of Michigan/Urban Land Institute Real Estate Forum in Detroit, Matt Cullen, principal of Detroit-based Rock Ventures LLC and CEO of Jack Entertainment LLC, offered two predictions about the fate of the Detroit Pistons moving from Auburn Hills to downtown as well as the MLS stadium being built on the site of the Wayne County Consolidated Jail toward the tail end of the roundtable moderated by Detroit Free Press columnist John Gallagher. Cullen predicts Pistons will move downtown, MLS stadium will be built By Kirk Pinho Crain’s … Read More

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In The News: As state economy recovers, commercial real estate adjusts to fit

Michigan cities have experienced a devastating drain of young, educated talent in recent years – with college graduates flocking to cities with more personal and professional opportunities for living a well-rounded lifestyle in engaging environments. But now, with a market driven mostly by the millennials and, to a much lesser degree, the longer-living empty nesters giving up their family home, bookend generations are looking to return to communities like metro Detroit, Grand Rapids, Traverse City and Ann Arbor to raise families, be closer to kin and take part in Michigan’s … Read More

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In The News: ULI Michigan’s Dearborn plan a blueprint for rejuvenating struggling downtowns

Guest post from John Petz, Chairman of ULI Michigan’s Technical Assistance Program: In Dearborn, Michigan, a once bustling commercial block has fallen on tough times. The Wagner Hotel block in the West Downtown District suffered multiple vacancies and a fire during the last economic recession–and has been struggling to rebuild since. ULI Michigan, recently partnered with the City of Dearborn to do just that and help to rebuild that area, commissioning a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP)–part of ULI’s prestigious Larson Center for Leadership program–to provide land use and development counsel … Read More

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