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  1. 1. Winter 2007 Vol. 1, Issue 1 One of the hallmarks of the Urban Land Institute is its NEWS commitment to bringing divergent viewpoints together to shed new light on old issues. One of the most illuminating events of the year was the May 9 program in ULI Richmond’s Changing Face of Virginia series, an event that turned out the be as entertaining as it was insighful... Zoning: Bliss or Bane? Luncheon attendees mingled prior to the presentation, held at the Country Club of Virginia. By George Nyfeler T he May 9th luncheon held at the Country Club of Virginia was as One or both of these speakers would satisfy entertaining as it was insightful. First, the program portion of a typical ULI Richmond two guest speakers detailed challenges lunch meeting. This event, however, had faced while navigating through the planning only just begun as actors prepared to role play stages for two large local mixed-use projects. the awkward assignments given them for the entertainment soon to follow. John Easter of Williams Mullen discussed the recent history of the making of the Watkins Centre Have you ever wanted to be in the shoes of project located at the intersection of Route 60 & your professional adversary? A number of Route 288 in Chesterfield County. people had that opportunity, each delivering performances from their own perspectives The initial groundwork and approval processes – some with plenty of standup comedy along for HHHunt’s Wilton Farm development project on the way. This mock re-zoning hearing was the east bank of the James River at Interstate 895 choreographed by Tom Jacobson, Chesterfield in eastern Henrico County were discussed by Jim County Director of Revitalization. Theobald of Hirschler Fleischer. —continued on page 2 Sustaining Sponsor SPOTLIGHT Chicago Title Insurance Company Southern VA National Commercial Center A National Business Unit and VA Direct Commercial Operation The Richmond office of Chicago Title Insurance Company was very pleased to be the signature sponsor of ULI for 2006. They were very excited at the opportunity when it was presented to them to show support of such a forward thinking and intellectual organization. The Richmond office of Chicago Title Insurance Company is a National Commercial Center that is your single source for commercial title insurance services. They bring you the underwriting experts, broad geographic coverage, staff and resources to bring your transaction to the closing table as quickly as possible. Chicago Title offers all the services you need for single-site, multi-site and multi-state transactions, equity participations, joint ventures, REITs, sale lease-backs and other complex transactions. Chicago Title has been putting its seal of approval on real estate transactions for more than 150 years. They are now an independent member of the Fidelity National Financial organization, unquestionably the largest organization in the title insurance business. • ULI Richmond District Council • 2231 Oak Bay Lane, Richmond, VA 23233 • Phone 804.754.4466 • Fax 804.754.0801
  2. 2. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 2 continued from front page INSIDE THIS ISSUE: Table discussions followed. Granting the development near their homes and lobby THE CHANGING FACE OF VIRGINIA rezoning request would be a departure government officials to stop or modify LUNCHEON SERIES: proposed land development projects. These from the established local comprehensive Zoning: Bliss or Bane.............................1 plan. To the delight of our public-sector cases often seem to be the same show on SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT: guests present, nearly all tables rejected the different dates and locations. What about Chicago Title..........................................1 proposed rezoning request. the notion that each project is a creative and independent idea? If so, then one size won’t The State of the Richmond One attendee commented, “A common fit all.” Housing Market......................................3 theme exists between this fictional case and real zoning cases. NIMBYs are ever- Thanks go to the willing participants in Ettrick TAP Update ...............................5 present. Citizens never seem to want any helping make the event fun! • Young Leader’s Corner ..........................5 Non-Profit, For-Profit Developer’s Forum.................................6 Jack R. “John” Marlles Memorial Sponsorship...........................7 A Glance Back at 2006..........................8 Coming Soon: Richmond’s Urban Willliams Mullen partner John Hirschler Fleischer Chairman Tom Jacobson, Director of Hanover Planning Marketplace Initiative.............................8 Easter explains the Watkins Jim Theobald describes the Community Revitalization for Commissioner Janet Binns acts Centre rezoning Wilton Farms case Chesterfield County as a property rights activist MEMBER SPOTLIGHT: Karen Miller Campbell............................9 ULI Richmond Awarded Action Grant...........................................9 Waterfront Development: Former Pittsburgh Mayor challenges ULI Richmond audience to do it right!.........10 Noted Writer Alex Marshall on Global Competitiveness and Cities: ULI Willliams Mullen partner Andy Developer Bryce Powell acted Dr. John Moeser acts as an President of HHHunt Richmond joins with the Richmond Condlin acted as public planner as a wild-eyed citizen outspoken business advocate Communities Dan Schmitt acts as an affordable housing advocate World Affairs Council...............................11 Collaborative Effort for Regional Vision Emerges: ULI Richmond leads formation What about the notion that of the Alliance for Quality Growth – Richmond Region.................................12 each project is a creative Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) hosts ULI National and independent idea? If so, Advisory Panel......................................13 then one size won’t fit all. ULI Richmond receives EPA/ULI National support for its Alliance for Quality Growth effort...........................13
  3. 3. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 3 The State of the Richmond Housing Market By George Nyfeler K nowledgeable speakers addressed the state of the housing percentage of the sum of new and existing home closings within market from national and local perspectives at a ULI- the same jurisdiction, were Goochland at 38%, New Kent at 34%, Richmond luncheon on October 3rd at the Country Club Powhatan at 32%, Chesterfield at 29%, Henrico at 23%, Hanover of Virginia. at 22%, Charles City at 17% and the City of Richmond at 11%. The sources of these numbers come from the Central Virginia MLS and Chris Chmura of Chmura Economics & Analytics displayed Integra Realty Resources-Richmond. statistics indicating that Metro-Washington, D.C. is clearly experiencing a housing industry recession. The Richmond area Both Ms. Chmura and Mr. Tyler indicated that the new market is housing market, however, is merely softening. She also gave an putting buyers in better negotiating positions. interesting presentation of economic metrics that portray a stable national economy, some of which were that the U.S. annual Following speaker presentations, a panel of local industry gross domestic product continues to remain in a healthy range professionals commented on their understanding of current and of 2.8 to 3.4 percent and that the Federal Reserve Board appears future Richmond area market conditions. Thanks go out to Bill to be satisfied with leaving current interest rates alone for the Barnett, Senior Vice President/ Partner, Commonwealth Commercial foreseeable future. Partners, Clem Carlisle, Senior Vice President, East West Partners of Virginia, Inc. and Barry Musselman Senior Vice President, Real One significant risk factor to the stability of the national economy Estate Services, Wachovia Bank for sharing their insights. would be if oil prices rose dramatically. Locally, there is always the risk of a slowing housing market dropping off faster than anticipated. After the event, Director of Government Affairs for the Home Builders Association of Richmond, Tyler Craddock, described the Richmond Tom Tyler of Integra Realty Resources-Richmond presented data building situation like this: “You are barreling down the highway at 90 showing new trends in the character of local building activity. mph, then you slow down to 65 mph. At 65 mph, you are still moving Defining the region as being the City of Richmond along with the at a brisk pace, although your previous speed makes changes seem Counties of Goochland, Powhatan, Chesterfield, Henrico, Hanover, more drastic than they really are.” New Kent and Charles City, single family construction fell from 91% to 79% of market share over the period from 2003 to 2006. Cautious optimism and comfort from knowing Richmond’s long Townhouse construction market share history of housing market stability were recurring themes. • over the same period doubled from 6% Ten-Year Annual New Home Closings and Average Prices to 12% and condominium construction in Suburban Richmond by Quarter tripled, rising from 3% to 9%. Source: Integra Realty Resources-Richmond Significant condominium and townhouse construction has been appearing in suburban locations. Contributing to this trend was the dramatic increase in single- family home sales prices over the last five years. From 2001 to 2006 the number of suburban home sales closing under $200,000 fell from 57% of those sales to a meager 10%. Furthermore, Mr. Tyler pointed out that rural counties are experiencing a high percentage of new home closings compared with existing home closings in the same jurisdiction. In the year ending June 2006, new home closings, as a
  4. 4. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 4 ULI Richmond Leadership From The Chair: Putting the “You” in ULI W 2006-2007 ow! That is what comes to mind as I glance at all the activities covered in this newsletter - clearly, ULI CHAIR Richmond is making a difference in our community, John Grier, Trammell Crow Residential and we are looking forward to the year ahead for even greater impact. Perhaps what is even more remarkable is that VICE-CHAIR all of these activities are initiated and implemented by volunteers, all Chris Corrada, East West Partners of Virginia local members acting to enhance our neighborhoods and our region by undertaking efforts such as facilitating forums and worksessions, DISTRICT COUNCIL COORDINATOR offering programs on trends and best practices to enhance our Robin Morrison, ULI Richmond businesses, or mentoring the younger folks entering the various professions represented within ULI. PROGRAMS John Grier Kristen Heckman, Chicago Title Chairperson Throughout this newsletter, you will see updates on new initiatives, John Nolde, Nolde Commercial Real Estate ULI Richmond and the leaders behind them. While some of these leaders are District Council drawn from our the ranks of our more “seasoned” members that TECHNICAL ADVISORY PANELS have a long familiarity with ULI, its mission, its ethics, and how to Laura Lee Garrett, McCondlish Holton, P.C. make things happen within the organization, we are also blessed with an emerging group of Young Leaders that are stepping in and stepping up, to bring new commitment, new ideas, YOUNG LEADERS and new energy to our committees and initiatives. Ryan Fanelli, Ryan Homes Teri Klug (Advisor), Commonwealth Architects In the process, these Young Leaders are demonstrating that while the national organization is a vast enterprise with tremendous knowledge and leadership resources at the national level, MEMBERSHIP the local District Council offers a framework within which every member new or old can find, Linda Smith, Landmark Design Group perhaps even create, a leadership role based on their own particular interests. This framework Tom Jacobson, Chesterfield County gives all of our members an opportunity to volunteer and make a meaningful difference in our community through ULI Richmond, while at the same time contributing to their own OUTREACH professional development. Costa Canovas, VHDA Monique Johnson, VHDA This concept is best demonstrated by noting just a few of the members that have emerged in the past year to carry out past efforts or take on new initiatives. Specifically, I would like to SPONSORSHIP recognize and offer thanks to Laura Lee Garrett for her leadership with the Technical Advisory Tim Davey, Timmons Group Program (TAP) and its successful execution of a TAP this year, with Adena Patterson’s editorial Brett Womack, Divaris Real Estate support for the published results; Dave Smith and Tom Jacobson for their leadership in the Alliance effort; the new duo in Programs Kristen Heckman and John Nolde, Jr., together with COMMUNICATIONS Jessica Bankston’s work on the outstanding program flyers; Tim Davey and Brett Womack George Nyfeler, McCrone, Inc. for leading the Sponsorship effort; Karen Miller, and her strong successors Monique Johnson and Costa Canovas in Outreach for the development of new revitalization initiatives; and for establishing one of our most dramatic growth areas this past year, Teri Klug and Ryan Fanelli Newsletter Committee with the Young Leaders group. And of course, with this newsletter, the folks involved, led by George Nyfeler, are setting a high standard for communicating all the many activities of ULI EDITOR Richmond. Look for much more from those folks in the months ahead! George Nyfeler McCrone, Inc. So, yes, it’s clear, we had a great 2006 as far as serving our community in new ways, and offering LAYOUT & DESIGN professional development and networking opportunities to our members, but there is more to be Jessica Bankston done. Each of you has something to offer, some idea to advance, something to contribute that will D.O. Allen Homes, Inc. help shape the initiatives and programs of ULI Richmond. Please follow those that stepped up in the past year, and let us know your ideas, and how you can join us in our efforts in the year ahead. •
  5. 5. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 5 Ettrick Area TAP Update By Laura Lee Garrett Edited by George Nyfeler P art of ULI’s community outreach program is to offer professional services to evaluate specific issues. One of those programs is ULI’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP). A TAP session is usually one day long and brings together experts in the real estate and development industry to deal with three to four well defined questions related to a land use issue. The TAP is staffed by local ULI members and expenses are covered by the sponsor or contracting entity. Briefing books are provided to the TAP panel members prior to the TAP and a written report of the findings follows one to three months following the event. On August 9, 2006, five real estate and business experts were brought together to answer three questions related the type of uses and potential development along Chesterfield Avenue in Ettrick. term development and growth, the TAP also evaluated the physical The panel members were: Diane S. Akers, CPA, CEcD (ComBiz relationship of Ettrick to VSU and what improvements could be Solutions and the Blacksburg Partnership); David Anderson, P.E. made to enhance the relationship between the University and the (Timmons Group); Benjamin B. Cummings, Jr. (Millennium Retail Ettrick community. Partners, LLC); Richard L. Ford, Jr., AIA (Commonwealth Architects), and Brett Womack, CCIM, CPM (Divaris Real Estate). The event was supported by ULI Richmond – District Council and coordinated by the local TAP committee. Assistance to the Virginia State University (“VSU”) is located within Ettrick. Ettrick is committee was given by additional Richmond District ULI members, a local community within Chesterfield County, but is not a separate as well as a number of employees of Virginia State University and governmental jurisdiction. While VSU continues to grow and Chesterfield County. At the end of the day, the sponsors and various improve its campus, it also faces geographic limitations. Currently stakeholders were invited to a presentation of the panel’s findings and there are also limited support services for the University provided recommendations. Questions and comments from approximately forty within the Ettrick community. As part of VSU’s Strategic Plan and attendees followed the briefing of the findings. Visionary process, the University and the County of Chesterfield requested a TAP to evaluate what services might be needed to If your locality would like to know more about the Technical Assistance support VSU students, faculty, and employees while supporting and Program, please contact Laura Lee Garrett, Chairman of the ULI reinvigorating businesses in Ettrick. As part of the University’s long Richmond TAP committee at or her McCandlish Holton, PC office phone 804-775-3897. • Young Leader’s Corner At the beginning of June, Teri Klug, Business Development Manager for Commonwealth Architects, stepped down as Chairperson of the Young Leader’s Group (YLG) and was succeeded by Ryan Fanelli. Ryan will oversee YLG’s various social and educational programs. Ryan is a land manager with Ryan Homes. Teri Klug has been involved with YLG since its inception two years ago. She has been instrumental in making Richmond’s Young Leader’s Group a success, and will continue to be involved in ULI Richmond. Also look for Lee Alford of Monroe Properties, who is an active member of Young Ryan Fanelli Leaders and continues to assume more leadership responsibility.
  6. 6. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 6 Non-Profit, For-Profit Developers Forum By George Nyfeler E arlier this year, ULI Richmond was the recipient of a Community Action Grant to fund a half-day workshop bringing together 60 players from local government, for-profit developers, non-profit organizations and others interested in the challenging process encountered when redeveloping some older neighborhoods and communities. ULI/J. Ronald Terwilliger Chair for Housing, John MacIlwain, came down from Washington, D.C. to facilitate the event held at the Richmond office of the Virginia Housing Development Authority. Attendees were assigned tables and tasks for breakout sessions involving problem solving and then reporting on identified issues and potential solutions to the rest of the group. Topics addressed were: John MacIlwain Rachel Flynn forming partnerships, development strategies, financing, creating mixed-use/mixed income developments, inner suburb revitalization Group Leaders for the day: and property acquisition. • Robin Miller – Miller & Associates Over lunch, Laura Lafayette, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs • Chris Corrada – East West Partners & MLS Richmond Association of Realtors, updated the group on the • Glen Hudson – LISC • Anthony Scott – RRHA Mayor’s Inter-Agency Task Force on Community Infrastructure for • Tom Jacobson – Chesterfield County the City of Richmond. Also speaking were the City of Richmond’s • Ron Stallings – Walker Row Partnership Rachel Flynn, Director of Community Development, covering the • Lee Householder - RRHA new mixed-use zoning ordinances and Art Dahlberg, Commissioner of Buildings, discussing his upgrading policy for code enforcement Key partner organizations: and streamlining of the construction permitting process in Richmond. • Chesterfield County Department of Community Revitalization • Virginia Commonwealth University, Wilder School of Many thanks go to the ULI-Richmond Outreach Committee members Government & Public Affairs Planning Department who organized the event: Monique Johnson - VHDA, Costa Canavos • East West Partners - VHDA, Eric Leabough - RRHA and Karen Miller Campbell - ULI • Better Housing Coalition community volunteer & contact person for the Action Grant. • • Richmond LISC ULI Richmond Executive Committee well-represented at ULI National Leadership Event Four members of the ULI Executive Committee, John Grier, Chris Corrada, Linda Smith, and Teri Klug attended ULI National’s summer leadership event in Washington, D.C. in August. For three days, the participants from district councils across the country shared innovative ideas and best practices. While there was a lot of focus on the core activities of district councils, such as developing programs and establishing stable sponsorship efforts, ULI Richmond had the opportunity to share its knowledge on two areas where it is among the forefront: establishing regional alliances to advance quality and sustainable growth (see more about the founding of Richmond’s Quality Growth Alliance, page 12; and fostering dialogue among a region’s for-profit and non-profit development enterprises to brainstorm on how partnerships might emerge to advance a region’s revitalization and affordable housing objectives (see more about Richmond’s fall housing forum, page 3. The participants were also among the first to hear of efforts to update ULI’s mission statement, as ULI National Chair Marilyn Taylor shared the elements of National’s strategic plan for the year. The updated mission statement is intended to reflect the reality that both the national organization and the district councils are pursuing increasingly in-depth and intensive efforts to positively address a wide-spectrum of quality of life issues throughout the regions of the world. Look for further news on the mission statement update in the next ULI Richmond newsletter. •
  7. 7. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 7 Announcing the Jack R. “John” Marlles Memorial Scholarship ULI Richmond has joined with the Consistent with his innovation with the Virginia Chapter of the American Main Street and Enterprise Zone programs, Marlles Scholarship Planning Association (VAPA) and Virginia John applied his keen eye to strategically Gift Form Commonwealth University to establish a examine the changes and challenges scholarship fund in memory of John Marlles, that were becoming apparent in Henrico’s Name honoring his lifetime of work in urban older suburban neighborhoods, and began planning and revitalization. to raise the profile of those issues to the Address County leadership. Rather than allow these John was a 1983 graduate of the Master’s issues to be addressed as a sideline within in Urban and Regional Planning Program the larger Planning Department’s mission, City, State, Zip (MURP) in VCU, and upon full funding, John planted and nurtured the seeds that annual scholarship awards will be made to a grew to the eventual establishment of a new Phone Number leading student in that program. Department of Community Revitalization, John was an active contributor to ULI and he left his position in the Planning E-mail Address Richmond, serving on the Membership Department to head up this new initiative. Committee and sharing his expertise at John Marlles passed away on September I would like to contribute in the following way: various breakfast and luncheon programs. 20, 2005. In all that he did, John was best In his professional life, John was known known for his humility and generosity of spirit. • My gift of $ ______ is enclosed in the form throughout the Commonwealth for his We honor John for his tireless dedication to of a check. exceptional leadership in a variety of public serve all residents, all neighborhoods, in the agencies in Virginia. He came to Richmond communities in which he served, and for that • My gift of $ ______ is in the form of a in 1979 to work for the Virginia Department extra effort required to bring new ideas, and pledge to paid: ___ Quarterly of Housing and Community Development, strategies, to organizations where leading where he led the introduction and ___ Semi-Annually change is often difficult. implementation of the Virginia Main Street ___ Annually Program. In 1987, he moved on to Roanoke Please join ULI Richmond in sustaining the No. of Payments ____ to begin ___________. to lead that city’s Department of Planning lessons that John’s life brought to us, by (mo./year) and Community Development, where his supporting our next generation as they study push for the revitalization of downtown the emerging trends in this region. Please • Please charge/debit my gift of $______ to included the ultimate preservation and rebirth complete the form to the right and mail to: the following: of the Hotel Roanoke. ____ Visa ____ Mastercard ____ Amex VCU College of Humanities & Sciences Many of us in Richmond got to know John Attn: Director of Development professionally in his role leading the Planning P.O. Box 842019 Name (as it appears on card) Department in Henrico County from 1998 Richmond, VA 23284-2019 to 2004, however, to simply associate Or, you may make a secure gift online at www. Account Number John with guiding the high quality growth evident today in western Henrico would be donations/ egiving _center.html. to overlook that theme that ran throughout Please reference the “J. Marlles Scholarship” Expiration Date his life, that confidence that with a little push, when doing so. In the next newsletter, we a little team work, and a lot of persistence, would like to recognize those ULI members that Signature things can be better. It may be hard work, help us achieve our goal of full-funding of the but things can be better. scholarship, so please make your contributions Your contribution is greatly appreciated! as early as possible in the next 30 days. •
  8. 8. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 8 A Glance Back At 2006 ULI Richmond was pleased to carry out the following slate of AUGUST • Young Leaders Event: West Broad Village activities this past year. A heartfelt thanks is offered to all of you • Technical Advisory Panel – Ettrick Area, Chesterfield County that attended, participated, and of course, provided financial sup- • Executive Committee Participates at ULI National Leadership Event port for these events and activities: • Young Leaders Event JANUARY SEPTEMBER • Young Leaders Event: Understanding Legislative Policies • Young Leaders Event: Case Study – Refinancing the Wilton Retail Portfolio FEBRUARY • Changing Face of Virginia Series: Capital Markets Review OCTOBER • Changing Face of Virginia Series: Richmond Metro Housing MARCH Market • National ULI Advisory Services Panel: Jackson Place & N. Jackson Ward • Housing Partnership Forum: For-Profit and Non-Profit • Young Leaders Event: Rockett’s Landing Development Partnerships APRIL NOVEMBER • Young Leaders Event • Young Leaders Event: Breaking into Real Estate Development – Darden School, UVa MAY • Changing Face of Virginia Series: Waterfront Development • Young Leaders Event: Urban Renewal at the Manchester – Doing it Right District’s Corrugated Box Building • Changing Face of Virginia Series: Zoning: Bliss or Bane DECEMBER • Establishment of John Marlles Scholarship Fund • Holiday Reception with Mayor Wilder, at Richmond’s Historic Main Street Station JULY • Joint Program with the World Affairs Council: Cities and Global • Alliance for Quality Growth: Official Formation with Initial Board Meeting Competitiveness COMING SOON: ULI Richmond’s Urban Marketplace Initiative ULI Richmond’s Community Outreach Committee, headed by Costa been held by ULI Atlanta, ULI Houston, and ULI St. Louis. Conovas and Monique Johnson, has announced the formation of a workgroup to hold a Richmond Region Urban Marketplace, This is a significant, major undertaking for ULI Richmond, and tentatively set for May 2007. The theme for this event will be “Make as such, it is a great opportunity for members to participate in a Deal, Make a Difference”. an effort that will be both highly visible and highly meaningful for participants and attendees. All members interested in the issues, Urban Marketplace will evolve to be an annual conference to opportunities and strategies for promoting, fostering, or undertaking showcase and promote investment opportunities and development infill, revitalization, and/or redevelopment projects are encouraged strategies for urban and inner-ring suburban neighborhoods and to contribute to this effort, and we particularly encourage those that business districts that are in transition. This will be the premier event would like to showcase particular past development projects or for public sector officials, finance professionals, real estate brokers, specific future opportunities to join the workgroup early. This will for-profit developers, non-profit development organizations, and also be an outstanding opportunity for those of you that serve the all other participants in the development process to come together development community, such as financial services, design, and real and find profitable and rewarding ways to take advantage of these estate brokerage professionals, to showcase your firm’s services opportunities. The Urban Marketplace concept was initiated by ULI and opportunities. For more information, please contact Costa at Los Angeles, and similar events, with a high degree of impact, have (804) 343-5735 or Monique at (804) 343-5992. •
  9. 9. uli richmond N EWSLETTER | PAGE 9 Member Spotlight: Karen Miller Campbell From time to time, we will recognize members of the ULI community joining Tom Jacobson in his newly formed Department of Revitalization in that have stepped up and worked tirelessly to advance ULI’s mission Chesterfield County. in the community. At this time, we would like to tell you about ULI In Karen’s outreach role with ULI Richmond, she built bridges between member Karen Miller Campbell. the private sector members of ULI and the local non-profit housing and Karen has recently “retired” from her role as the founding vice-chair of ULI community development organizations. Her first high-profile project was Richmond’s Outreach Committee. In this role, Karen exhibited the same not only a break-thru at the local level, but also recognized nationally forceful drive as she demonstrated in her professional career. Trained in as an innovation. In this project, Karen brought for-profit and non-profit architecture at Virginia Tech, Karen applied her skills in the private sector, developers and financiers drawn from the ULI Chicago District Council, including a stint with award-winning developer HHHunt here in metro to Richmond so share their efforts to build partnerships between the Richmond, but her mission-driven outlook was clear in her subsequent non-profit and for-profit sectors. That event was anchored by a dinner work with the Better Housing Coalition, where she made a name for meeting, where then Lt.Gov. Kaine inspired our out-of-town guests with herself in her contribution to the success of the Coalition’s Winchester his background fighting for fair-housing. The next day brought further Greens community. Winchester Greens has been nationally-recognized discussions and tours where the ULI Chicago group spent the day as a landmark revitalization project, demonstrating that a thriving, mixed- helping representatives from our for-profit and non-profit development income community can emerge within an inner-ring suburb facing serious community see the many opportunities in our city through new eyes. challenges from blight. After four years, Karen moved to the public sector, Karen also spearheaded the effort to bring the John Marlles memorial scholarship to fruition, while also leading ULI Richmond to successfully apply for and receive a major grant for further discussions of partnerships among the for-profit and non-profit development community here in Richmond. That effort resulted in last fall’s Housing forum (see page 3), with the research of that forum serving as the springboard for the upcoming Urban Marketplace (see page 8). After giving so much to revitalization efforts in our community, both professionally and thru her involvement in ULI Richmond, Karen has turned her focus to her own household, and has handed the reigns of the Outreach Committee over to two able successors, Costa Canovas and Monique Johnson, both of VHDA. We thank Karen for her creativity and commitment in establishing a strong and lasting role for the Outreach Committee, and wish her much success in her future endeavors. • Karen Miller Campbell leads Congressman Randy Forbes on a tour of Winchester Greens ULI Richmond Awarded Action Grant ULI Richmond was honored this past summer to be selected to receive a ULI Community Action Grant from the Urban Land Institute Foundation. ULI Richmond was one of four Action Grant recipients, out of 23 applications from District Councils around the country for the second round of competition in FY 2006. The grant, in the amount of $10,000, supported ULI Richmond’s initiative to develop and host a forum and worksession designed to foster collaborative thinking among and between the for-profit and non-profit development communities. The effort to compete for this grant was led by Karen Miller Campbell. For more information on this forum, see page 6. The ULI Foundation supports the mission of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) by providing an assured source of funding for ULI’s core research, education, and public service activities and for a variety of special initiatives. Through its various giving programs, the Foundation helps to strengthen ULI’s ability to provide responsible leadership in the use of land to enhance the total environment. The ULI Foundation funds ULI programs in the following areas: action grants, research, public service and education. •
  10. 10. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 10 Waterfront Development: Former Pittsburgh Mayor challenges ULI Richmond audience to do it right! of waterfront views through high-value residential tax base, while also creating a critical mass of people that will activate the public spaces along the waterfront, making it more welcoming to all users of the waterfront. Mr. Canada described in great detail his city’s efforts to get the Appomattox dredged to allow renewed boat access to the downtown area. He also reviewed the already increased development activity underway in Petersburg, attributing it in part to the availability of relatively modest-priced land in close proximity to the historic district and waterfront. Mr. Condlin reviewed the various development projects that are underway along the riverfront in eastern Henrico, including Rocketts Landing, Tree Hill Farm, Wilton Farm, and Curles Neck Farm, and he described how the county anticipates a mix of public parkland and private open spaces along the waterfront. Two items of note were the new road intended to run parallel to Route 5 to help accommodate traffic needs along the O Pittsburgh skyline riverfront, and the Capital to Capital Trail, a recreational trail that will run n November 21, former Pittsburgh Mayor Thomas from Richmond to Williamsburg, with a substantial portion envisioned to Murphy brought the story of Pittsburgh’s riverfront run along the James as it extends out of downtown Richmond. revival to Richmond, as the leading presentation in ULI Richmond’s November edition of the Changing Ms. Flynn reviewed the history of Richmond’s relationship to the Face of Virginia Series. The program offered a discussion of riverfront, describing how like Pittsburgh, Richmond’s riverfront was waterfront development strategies and a review of what is going the base of industry and commerce until relatively recent times. Ms. on along our region’s waterfronts. Murphy, a Senior Fellow at ULI Flynn led the audience through a comprehensive inventory of the National, was joined by Jim Constantine of Looney Ricks Kiss remarkably rich and diverse uses and experiences that Richmond (LRK) for a review of other national case studies; David Canada, offers along its waterfront, but noted that the challenges of creating a City Manager of Petersburg, for an update of that city’s Appomattox cohesive sense of place along the riverfront, and fostering stronger riverfront initiative; Andy Condlin of Williams Mullen to review urban design connections and better public access from the core of Henrico County’s approach to planning along the James River; and Downtown, still remain to be addressed in the years ahead. Rachel Flynn, Richmond’s Director of Community Development, to review the vision for the Downtown riverfront. ...finding ways to bring residential uses to the edge of the public space is a great way to Mr. Murphy led off with a review of the evolution of Pittsburgh’s waterfront from an area dominated by industry, with minimal public reap the value of waterfront views... access, to today’s stunning situation where the waterfront is an amenity Mr. Murphy concluded with a commentary that the challenges Ms. serving residents throughout the region. His tale of hard-fought battles Flynn left on the table are not unusual, and that with commitment, in his effort to maintain public access along the waterfront, including like the level manifested in Pittsburgh, they can be overcome. His his face off with the Steelers that resulted in the team’s practice fields closing comments put the pressure on the audience to not leave being shortened to 80 yards so that public access could be preserved doing the “right thing” to just the local government, by calling out to around the fields, offered a lesson that doing what is right can be each of us to impress upon our leaders that there is no other option. difficult, but with steadfast commitment it is achievable. In addition to the placement of activity generators like sports facilities Mr. Constantine reviewed some of his firm’s work from throughout the along the waterfront, a key principle in Pittsburgh’s success was to country, and noted that the concept of preserving public access along hold fast to the concept that there should be public access along the the waterfront is a good one, and that finding ways to bring residential entire downtown waterfront, to serve as a component of Pittsburgh’s uses to the edge of the public space is a great way to reap the value “Green Necklace” of recreational space. •
  11. 11. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 11 Noted Writer Alex Marshall on Global Competitiveness and Cities: ULI Richmond joins with the Richmond World Affairs Council O n December 7, ULI Richmond joined with the World Affairs Council to present noted writer Alex Marshall at the Richmond Federal Reserve. Mr. Marshall, a fellow at the noted Regional Plan Association in New York and a prolific writer on the design and economies of cities, offered the audience a review of key factors for cities to consider as they try to position themselves to compete in the global economy. Marshall’s commentary offered three projects as examples of the principles that should guide cities (and regions) in their effort to stake their claim in the global economy. In citing the Erie Canal, begun in 1820, Mr. Marshall pointed out that this is an example of the principle of “looking beyond Alex Marshall offers wisdom on how to position Richmond to be competitive in today” and doing whatever it takes to put the right investments the global marketplace, as Jim Ukrop listens attentively. in place for the future. At the time that this improvement was started, the budget was beyond any infrastructure effort up overall theme, or plan to create a distinctive identify throughout to that point, but was justified by the proponents as being the city. essential to position the New York region as a gateway to the world, while supporting the development of the interior of that In closing, Mr. Marshall also touched on “what not to do”, with portion of the country. Marshall asserted that the measure of the particular emphasis to the principles of “do not follow the the “correctness” of this investment is obvious, as the canal herd”, which translates to do not made New York harbor important, resulting in New York City as go out and get a “thing” or a “ a city unparalleled in its global position in the world economy. building” or other project for your city, just because some other The next example cited by Marshall was the decision of North city did that project and it worked Carolina leaders in 1956 to create the Research Triangle for them. In essence, copy cat Park around the university infrastructure of Raleigh-Durham- strategies rarely succeed, and Chapel Hill. He described this as an example of the “grow the best investments are those your garden” approach. The leaders in that area recognized that are tailored to what the city or that the “production” of college graduates was an asset that region can do to be different than could be leveraged to create a one-of-a-kind critical mass of Marshall suggests Richmond the rest. technology jobs, that would, in turn, make the universities more is well positioned to take attractive to the “best and the brightest” students in the years advantage of the eventual Following Mr. Marshall’s ahead. melding of the Piedmont presentation, thoughtful Atlantic mega-region (Atlanta commentary was provided by a Finally, Marshall noted the efforts of Bilboa, Spain, to create a to Raleigh) and the Northeast panel consisting of Richmond distinctive identity for itself. He began by pointing out the well- mega-region (graphic: business leader Jim Ukrop, Regional Plan Association) Garland Pollard of Virginia Living known symbol of that city, its free-form metal clad Guggenheim Museum. Marshall pointed out, however, that this single magazine, and former Secretary building, although gaining worldwide notoriety for the city, was of Transportation Whitt Clement. All of the panelists spoke of actually just one part of a consistent effort to position the city the tendency in our region to drift toward a copycat mentality, as a center of art, culture, and livibility. Thus, the lesson is but also noted that this tendency is tempered by the equally not to build a single cool building as the path to success, but dysfunctional tendency of our region to avoid investing in public rather, make all of your investments internally consistent to an facilities and infrastructure. •
  12. 12. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 12 Collaborative Effort for Regional Vision Emerges: ULI Richmond leads formation of the Alliance for Quality Growth – Richmond Region By John Grier I n July, a diverse group of stakeholders came together to form an grow to preserve organization dedicated to foster open and honest dialogue on the and enhance our growth issues facing our community, and to use that dialogue to reach region’s quality of broad community consensus on how best to address those issues. life. In addition to the commitment The initial genesis of the alliance concept was an outgrowth of to forming and discussions started by ULI Richmond member Gary Fenchuk, supporting an together with others, including ULI Richmond members Kim alliance to foster Tingley and John Cogbill. The discussions eventually evolved into these discussions, a steering committee made up of a variety of stakeholders in the a second product Richmond Canal Walk growth debate, including groups that normally hold opposing views of this forum was a on growth management principles. Based on ULI’s reputation as commitment by the participants as to how the discussions should be a fair and balanced “middle ground” resource, ULI Richmond was undertaken, to ensure that the participants can move from opposing tasked as the convenor of the effort, and Dave Smith assumed viewpoints to a collective vision for the future. These values will the leadership role of the steering committee. Other organizations require participants to come to the debate in a mindset that is honest, represented included the The Chesapeake Bay Foundation, the inclusive, respectful, action-oriented, with a sense of urgency, and with Richmond Association of Realtors, the Homebuilders Association of candor. Participants also debated and recommended draft quality Richmond, the James River Association, and the Greater Richmond growth principles that could serve as a guide for how our region’s Chamber of Commerce. The committee was able to draw on the growth should occur in the years ahead. expertise of Suzanne Cartwright from ULI National, and a work plan was established to gauge the interest of the broader Richmond The steering committee took this charge forward, and incorporated the community in establishing a formal alliance effort to lead collective Alliance, with the following mission: visioning and collaboration of growth issues. “To achieve positive change in the growth and On May 18, 2005, approximately 60 invited leaders, some of which came to the table with extremely divergent viewpoints about how land use practices of the Richmond Region our region should grow, spent the day learning the facts about the through education, partnership, and action” growth pressures our region will face, and discussing the future of ULI Richmond has committed to playing a leadership role in this the Richmond region. After gaining a common understanding of the new organization, and members will continue to be kept up to trends, the participants ended the day with far more commonality than date on this initiative in this newsletter. What does this leadership differences about the key actions that need to be taken. The common commitment mean for ULI Richmond and its members? As an themes that emerged were generally summarized as the need for: organization, ULI will offer support for, and participation in, the 1. maintaining and enhancing the quality of life of the area, regional forums and educational efforts to be offered by the Alliance 2. providing opportunity for all area citizens, and in the months ahead. In the long run, we can anticipate ULI Richmond being called upon to offer facilitation of working groups 3. preserving the history, beauty, and uniqueness of the region. to resolve specific issues or develop strategic polices, perhaps A second leadership forum was held on October 26, 2005, where the through Technical Advisory Panels. For individual members, as the participants heard about how other communities are addressing their Alliance evolves, as additional forums are held, as special studies growth issues, and concluded that there should be a new organization and TAPs are formed, the Alliance will be seeking the skills, talents formed to serve as the instigator and forum for a series of even and wisdom for which the ULI membership is known. For more broader discussions on the growth issues, with the intended product information on the Alliance effort, please contact Robin Morrison, of those efforts a widespread consensus of how our region should ULI Richmond Coordinator at •
  13. 13. uli richmond N EWSLETTER | PAGE 13 Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority (RRHA) hosts ULI National Advisory Panel Following a request by the RRHA, in March As part of the RRHA’s Strategic Plan, the 2006 an Advisory Panel was convened agency had determined it will advance by ULI National in Richmond. The panel, redevelopment of this area in partnership with consisting of distinguished panel of the city of Richmond. The advisory panel’s urban planning experts and real estate planning recommendations included specific practitioners drawn from other markets in action items that can be used by the city and the country, undertook three days of study, the RRHA to advance the revitalization of the then presented its recommendations for the area. ULI Richmond member Tim Davey potential future development of the Jackson Place Redevelopment was instrumental in helping the RRHA formulate the proposal and area and North Jackson Ward in the city of Richmond. background briefing material for the Advisory Panel. The primary focus of the panel was the Jackson Place area, a 65 “We are excited about the recommendations of the panel,” noted acre area bounded on the north by Duval Street and Interstate Sheila Hill-Christian, RRHA Executive Director at the time. She 95/64, the south by Jackson Street, the east by North 3rd Street continued, “Their findings and strategies complement our interest and the west by Chamberlayne Parkway, which includes the for a vibrant mixed-income, mixed-use community for the Gilpin currently vacant properties on its eastern end, as well as the Court and Jackson Ward neighborhoods. Going forward, we Jackson Commons area currently undergoing development by a will prepare to engage the Gilpin Court community, the city of joint venture of Walker Row Partnership and Monroe Properties. Richmond, our elected officials and other partners to develop The panel also considered the area north of the Interstate, a successful revitalization plan for the future of this historic and consisting of North Jackson Ward and Gilpin Court. important area for the city.” • ULI Richmond receives EPA/ULI National support for its Alliance for Quality Growth effort ULI Richmond, as the initial convenor and founding member of the Councils with existing smart growth alliance programs, recipients in Alliance for Quality Growth - Richmond Region, was awarded a this category were ULI Atlanta, ULI Orlando, ULI Philadelphia, and grant through the joint initiative of the Environmental Protection ULI Washington. These District Councils were awarded $1500 to help Agency and ULI National to foster the emergence of smart growth them mentor new alliance efforts in other regions. alliances in selected regions around the country. A second category consisted of District Councils that had strong This grant is part of ULI National’s continued effort to work through potential to foster regional collaboration on smart growth activities. ULI and with local District Councils to form alliances, where diverse Richmond’s grant was awarded in this category, to support its continued stakeholders can work in through the civic and political stalemates efforts in the formation and implementation of our region’s Alliance for that often result when communities examine how best to support Quality Growth. The grant was for $5,000, and ULI Richmond joins ULI economic growth, accommodate a wide range of housing choices, Colorado, ULI Seattle, and ULI Southeast Florida as recipients in this enhance community livability, and protect the environment. category. ULI Richmond is grateful for the EPA/ULI National support and recognition of our effort, and for the opportunity for ULI Richmond According to ULI President Richard M. Rosan, the Environmental and its members to participate in the Alliance as it seeks to promote Protection Agency’s funding for ULI’s growing network of active and civic engagement in the discussions on our region’s future. emerging smart growth alliances is an extension of the federal agency’s ongoing support of the Institute’s overall smart growth effort. For more info on the Alliance for Quality Growth – Richmond Region, see the related article on page 12. • The grants were awarded in two categories. In the category of District
  14. 14. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 14 New Members (January - November 2006) John Arehart, III, Countryside Service Company Patricia M. Kluge, Vineyard Estates Kevin T. Barnes, Lumsden Associates, PC Charles Justin Lambert, Hyperlink Cafe LLC Anthony R. Beck, Highwoods Properties, Inc. Aharon Laufer, Star Property Management, LLC Andrew T. Bleckley, DesignForum Eric S. Leabough, Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Lauren E. Block, MBA, Darden School of Business University Authority of Virginia Brandon Lee Mitchell Bode, Wilton Development Corporation Bob Lewis, Ryan Homes Andy Boenau, Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. Burke S. Lewis, McGuire Woods LLP Ryan Boggs, Williams Mullen Lewis Little, Jr., Grubb & Ellis/Harrison & Bates Stephen B. Brant , HHHunt Howard R. Long, III, Luck Stone Corporation Brent A. Campbell, Vaaler Real Estate Company Heather C. Mackey, McGuire Woods, LLP Rohini D. Chopra, SunTrust Bank Joseph Marchetti, III Michael Cooper, Henrico County William H. Mattox, Grubb & Ellis/Harrison & Bates Shane Cusick, designforum inc Patricia Collins McCullagh, McCandlish Holton Matt Dugan, Timmons Group Thomas Jeremy Miller, Hanover County Economic Development James G. Dunn, Chesterfield County Economic Robin M. Morrison, ULI Richmond District Council Development Stephen Cassin Muir, Jr., The Long Companies Marwa 0. El-Messidi, Virginia Department of Housing & Kelly Sewell Nagel Community Development Mark C. Nelis Rich Hardin Ellis, Jr. Charles Edward Nunnally, Jr., Philip Morris USA Carolyn Entzminger, BCWH George A. Overstreet, Jr., McIntire School of Commerce, University Travis Gardner, Centex Homes of Virginia John Gillenwater, KBS, Inc. Andrew A. Painter Geleene Goffena, Henrico County Evan Paner, River City Land Company Mark W. Green, ECorp Management Associates, Inc. Donald G. Pendleton, Consensus Real Estate Services, LLC Anthony Wolf Greenberg, Clark Realty Capital, LLC Myles Perkins J.Andrew Andrew Hagy, First Bank and Trust Company Michael Pruitt, Pruitt Associates, Inc. Larry Haines, City of Richmond Industrial Development Thomas E. Pruitt, Pruitt Associates, Inc. Authority Steve Quesenberry, Virginia Commonwealth University John Robert Hauserman, Goode Land Company David Rau, 3North Architects Shelia Hill-Christian, Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Mary Reynolds, Henrico County Authority Muriel Rodriguez, Schnabel Engineering James Phil Huber, Marstel-Day, LLC Saundra R. Schmidt, Kaufman & Canoles Kristie Howle Inge, Highwoods Properties, Inc. Anthony Scott, Richmond Redevelopment & Housing Authority Safwan Jaber, Tameer Holding Investments Carter Snipes, Snipes & Partners James E. Jarrell, III, Jarrell Properties, Inc. William A. Stanley, William A. Stanley Companies, LLC Stewart S. Jester, Better Housing Coalition Scott Sutton, Froehling & Robertson William A. Johns, AES Consulting Engineers Benjamin W. Tripp, City of Salem Bradley Michael Johnson, Columbia University Birge Swift Watkins, Landmark Atlantic Holdings, LLC Monique S. Johnson, Virginia Housing Development Authority Stacie Wiczulis, Grubb & Ellis, Harrison & Bates Daniel Jones, East West Partners David Ryan Wilkins, CB Richard Ellis Chad L. Joyce, Ryan Homes Brian J. Wilson, Interstate Business Christian Kiniry, Kiniry & Company, Inc. Dana Zaffuto, Higgins & Gerstenmaier
  15. 15. uli richmond N EWSLETTER | PAGE 15 What is a District Council? District Councils are ULI at the local level. District Councils are organized use policy continues to be the focus and achievement of the District in 48 North American communities and 13 European communities, and Councils. serve more than 30,000 of its more than 33,000 members. In the ULI fashion of offering an unbiased and non-partisan exchange on Through District Council sponsored educational forums and events issues impacting the industry, District Councils provide the avenues for such as trends conferences, Smart Growth programs, and project active dialogues between private industry, environmental organizations, tours, through community outreach programs, and by providing industry and public agencies to help provide solutions to local and expertise to community leaders, the opportunity to influence local land regional issues. The History of the District Council Program The District Council Program began in 1983 when ULI’s Trustees senior staff positions within the national organization to administer the approved a set of seven “District Council Network” regions. At that District Councils, and set the framework for a substantial increase in the time the Trustees noted that “as the American economy shifts from a prominence of the Program within ULI, extending ULI’s influence into the centralized industrial base to one of geographically separate, diversified hometowns of its members. economic centers, it is increasingly difficult to paint local issues with a national brush and that as the balance of power—the ability to get Upon assuming ULI’s Chairmanship in July, 1999, Ron Terwilliger made things done—shifts form the national level to smaller political units, local the District Council Program one of his primary focuses with objective initiatives will become a driving political force parallel to the ‘bottom up’ to take the District Councils to “the next level” and make them the place theory of networking structures.” By 1984 the network had expanded to to be at the local level. A Summer Retreat in July 2000 resulted in a nine regions. new strategic plan setting forth a “seamless” organizational structure, integrating all aspects of the Institute and the local level. The success of The District Councils were intended to provide an expanded base of the community outreach program and the frequency of Senior Resident membership resources needed to support the Institute’s program of work Fellows speaking engagements at District Council events are two at the local level. By 1987 there were 34 metropolitan areas represented examples. The next two chairs, Joe O’Connor and Harry Frampton, in the network and nine meetings were held. By 1990, the regions were continued to focus on “ULI in the Community” and the District Councils replaced by District Councils in individual metropolitan areas. continue to grow exponentially as more and more real estate professionals use ULI’s tool to make a visible difference in the communities in which Led by Los Angeles, Atlanta, Chicago and Washington, the District they live and work. As a result, ULI’s membership has grown from 15,000 Councils moved from the “breakfast club” mode to entities which in 2000 to over 33,000 today. More and more District Councils have produced ULI quality programs and began outreach activities in their significant outreach strategies and our members are having a profound communities. In 1996 a strategic plan was created, setting forth how influence on the land use issues in the communities where they work the District Councils should be organized, how they should function and live. The District Councils have truly become the “delivery system” and how they should be viewed within ULI. The plan created full-time for ULI’s policy and practice agenda at the local level. Support your local District Council - Be a ULI Richmond Sponsor in 2007 Did you know that by harnessing volunteer action, ULI Richmond can as those for Technical Advisory Panels and Outreach events. In multiply your financial support to make a meaningful impact on the return, the association of your business with ULI’s efforts will let the future of our region by sharing ULI’s best practices, and improving community know you and your business are serious about making a the dialogue about growth and development? ULI Richmond offers difference in our community. To find out more about our sponsorship numerous opportunities for community leaders to support its efforts opportunities, and the benefits you will receive, contact us at through annual sponsorships, event sponsorships, breakfast and luncheon series sponsorships, and targeted sponsorships such
  16. 16. uli richmond NEWSLETTER | PAGE 16 Thank You ULI Richmond 2006 Sponsors! The generous support of our 21 Sustaining Members creates the backbone that supports ULI-Richmond in 2006. None of what we’ve accomplished in the first half of the year would be possible without those who you see proudly displayed at every ULI-Richmond event. Please take a moment to thank the sponsors below at the next event.