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New Vice Chair: Mike Zoellner, ZF Capital

Mike Zoellner of ZF Capital has been named vice chair for the Colorado District Council of the Urban Land Institute (ULI Colorado). He will serve in that role with chair Tracy Huggins, executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority, through June 2019, when he succeeds Huggins for a two-year term as chair.   ZF Capital is a Colorado investment company focused on developing and acquiring multifamily and mixed-use properties. Before forming ZFC this year, Mike was a founding partner of RedPeak Properties (15 years) and Legacy Partners (formerly the … Read More

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Urban Land Institute selects 16 Etkin Johnson Student Scholars From CU Denver, CU Boulder, CSU, and University of Denver

For immediate release: Sixteen Colorado undergraduate and graduate students have been awarded ULL Colorado’s Etkin Johnson Student Scholarship for the 2017-18 academic year. Now in its third program year, the scholarship allows Colorado students in architecture, finance, planning, public health and real estate development to participate as members in 40-plus programs and activities hosted by Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado, including panel discussions, lectures, and insider tours of new development projects. Etkin Johnson Student Scholars will also receive one-on-one and small group access to ULI leaders. The program was founded … Read More

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Making the Link: The Future of Mobility Discusses Innovation for Denver’s Intra-City Connectivity

This post was contributed by Camron Bridgford, Masters in Urban and Regional Planning at UC Denver and member of the 2017-18 Etkin Johnson Student Scholar Cohort. Read more about Camron below or on our website. This complex status of Denver’s transportation, traffic congestion and mobility challenges was the topic of ULI Colorado’s Oct. 11 TOD, Making the Link: The Future of Mobility. The evening hosted two separate panels to discuss how Denver is filling in the gaps left by RTD’s FastTracks with intra-city mobility. Moderated by Chris Nevitt, citywide manager … Read More

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Transforming Inner-Ring Suburbs with Walkable Mixed-Use Development

This article initially appeared in Urban Land By Kathleen McCormick Most of the United States remains a suburban nation, despite recent migration of jobs and population to the urban core. Yet the suburbs are also changing in cities such as Denver, where new transit lines and placemaking efforts around walkable mixed-use neighborhoods are creating communities more similar to the urban core, said panelists speaking at a ULI Colorado event in Lakewood, Colorado. The suburbs have been “a critical focus for ULI since our founding,” but have suffered from a lack … Read More

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New ULI Colorado report tackles gentrification and involuntary displacement

With Denver Metro housing costs soaring, concerns about displacement and its discontents have also surged. In March, ULI Colorado convened 100 Denver-area leaders to discuss viable solutions. ULI is proud to release Six Principles for Equitable Revitalization, by Denver writer David Sachs, summarizing ideas put forth by the real estate developers, public officials, and community activists who attended the ULI Colorado forum, “The Search for Equity in Neighborhood Revitalization.” The March 2017 forum was keynoted by Egbert Perry of Integral, one of the nation’s leading developers of mixed-income housing, and … Read More

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DURA Director Tracy Huggins named to lead ULI Colorado into 2019

Tracy Huggins, the executive director of the Denver Urban Renewal Authority (DURA), became the new chair of Urban Land Institute (ULI) Colorado on July 1. Huggins was named vice chair in 2015 and will serve as chair of a 25-member executive committee until June 30, 2019.                 Huggins directs the agency’s involvement in redevelopment with combined DURA financing of close to $643 million, leveraging $7 billion in private investment. Huggins also manages DURA’s housing rehabilitation programs, which the authority administers for the city’s Office of Economic Development. Since joining DURA … Read More

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Development 360 Applications Due June 30!

Development 360 is a mentoring program for ULI Young Leaders, to educate them about the development process. Accepted applicants will attend 6 planned sessions over the course of 3 months. They will learn about the development of a specific project or case study through planned curriculum and guest speakers, facilitated and taught by the project’s developer. This program is a more rigorous version 2.0 of ULI Colorado’s longstanding and successful Partnership Forum. Participants must have completed one year of the Partnership Forum to participate. Key Dates: Friday, June 30 – … Read More

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Impact Awards 2017 Recap

WHAT A NIGHT! Crossroads Commerce Park, INDUSTRY, Red Tail Ponds Permanent Supportive Housing, and W Line/40 West Creative District take top project awards; Harry Frampton of East West is Legacy Winner for Lifetime Achievement; Sarah Snider Komppa of Tryba Architects named Rising Star; Special honor for Tom Clark of Metro Denver EDC More than 400 leaders in land use attended ULI Colorado’s third Impact Awards program on Thursday, April 6 at Mile High Stadium. INNOVATION: An anchor on Brighton Boulevard, the mixed-use co-working space INDUSTRY won.  Other finalists: Emily Griffith Downtown … Read More

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Apply by January 27th for 2017 Impact Awards.

Impact Awards ULI Colorado’s Impact Awards are based on the ULI Awards for Excellence, the most highly respected international program of land use awards.  As with the ULI awards for excellence, ULI Colorado will recognize projects that realize ULI best practices while also providing successful business and economic models. The 2017 Impact Awards will be held on April 6, 2017 at Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium and will feature project and personal awards in 6 different categories. See the application for review and the application submittal requirements here. … Read More

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Holiday Celebrations and What Is Next for Hotels in Denver

View photos from the event on our Facebook Page View the slide deck from the event on our website By Jenni Lantz (LinkedIn) On Wednesday, December 7, ULI Colorado hosted its annual holiday party at the EXDO Event Center in the RiNo (River North Art District) neighborhood of Denver. The party included an educational component presented by the Explorer Series Committee. This year, attendees looked into the hospitality industry with two panels: one on trends (national and local) and the other on local case studies. After a welcome from Michael … Read More

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