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Smaller Floor Plans, Focus on Customer Experience Help Reinvent Retail in Denver

by Kathleen McCormick This article originally appeared in Urban Land Magazine Retailers are focusing their physical presences on offering excellent customer service and curation of products, said panelists at a ULI Colorado event in Denver. The event was held at the Dairy Block, an example of new retail projects that are animating both commercial and public spaces with experimental and experiential places for people to shop, eat, drink, be entertained, and find community. “Bricks-and-mortar retail is not dead—it’s undergoing an evolution that some call a renaissance,” said Brad Wilkin, ULI … Read More

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Following ULI recommendations, Englewood poised to take off

By John Rebchook This article initially appeared in the Colorado Real Estate Journal Englewood has been flying below the radar for a long time. Now, Englewood’s commercial core is poised to be begin the process of being re-invented as a revitalized and walkable transit-oriented, mixed-use development site. Indeed, Englewood’s 55-acre CityCenter already is a pioneering transit-oriented developmet (TOD) in the Denver area. Development within a half-mile of a light rail station often is considered a TOD. At the helm of redeveloping CityCenter is Dan Poremba, Englewood’s recently hired and first chief … Read More

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A note from Women’s Leadership Initiative Co-Chair Cindy Harvey

Dear WLI Members, What’s the best advice you ever got?  If you’ve been to any of our events, you know advice is something that comes up a lot—those precious nuggets of information and wisdom that spark an Aha! moment or shifts momentum in one’s career or personal life. The funny thing about advice is it isn’t always seen as such until action is taken, time passes, and we take time to reflect on how it all went.  And then there is the advice we never got—and that is the topic … Read More

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Making Multitenant Net Zero Work in Colorado

  By Kathleen McCormick A 100,000-square-foot (9,300 sq m) project in an emerging transit district in Boulder, Colorado, is making the business case for net-zero-energy (NZE) multitenant leased office buildings, including lower operating costs, higher profits, reduced carbon emissions, better recruitment and retention for tenants, and happier, healthier, and more productive employees. The new $40 million Boulder Commons, a mixed-use office/restaurant/retail project in two adjacent buildings, is one of the largest NZE multitenant commercial buildings in the United States, according to New Buildings Institute (NBI) data. A recent ULI Colorado … Read More

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Michael Leccese’s Letter from Detroit

More than 4,000 ULI members (including 156 from Colorado) poured into Motown to experience a city whose revival seems in full swing—but still with a daunting way to go. Much of the credit seems to go to the city’s tag-team billionaires, Dan Gilbert of Quicken Loans and Chris Ilitch of Little Caesars pizza. The two have invested or engineered $8 billion worth of revitalization, as they discussed before a packed opening session on Wednesday, May 2. Gilbert (net worth said to be $6.5 billion) has taken on Detroit’s once-deserted downtown … Read More

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ULI Colorado Raises Design Bar at 3rd DAM forum

On April 25, ULI Colorado held its third Design Forum since 2015 raising the question: has the design and construction of our buildings and public spaces gotten better or worse? As the public increasingly objects to the design and development work ULI members do, the question has become much more than academic. And what can be done to raise the bar? A sold-out crowd at Denver Art Museum’s 275-seat Sharp Auditorium heard a panel featuring two out of town speakers and local leaders address these issues in a lively (and … Read More

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