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Member Spotlight: Scott Cullen, Executive Vice President, JLL’s Land & Development Services Group

by The Wilbert Group From practicing law to leading a business line of JLL in Atlanta, we spoke with Cullen about his career highlights, biggest challenges and his continued appreciation for the power of ULI. When Scott Cullen sees a parcel of vacant or under-used land, he sees a blank canvas and potential. As the executive vice president in JLL’s Land & Development Services Group, Cullen’s responsibilities include overseeing the practice, analyzing market research, valuing land and underutilized assets, searching for sites and transacting acquisitions and dispositions — just to … Read More

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Member Spotlight: Stacy Patton, Director of Real Estate at the Atlanta BeltLine, Inc.

by The Wilbert Group With all eyes on Atlanta BeltLine, Inc. and affordable housing, we spoke with Patton about her tried-and-true passion for land planning, her involvement with ULI and how she spends a day off. Soon after Stacy Patton graduated from the University of Georgia with her Master of Environmental Design in Landscape Architecture, she came to a fork in her career path. She realized that while she enjoyed working as a landscape architect, she wanted to be in a position to make more decisions on the final outcomes of … Read More

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Housing is Fundamental to Sustainable Growth in Buckhead

by Sarah Kirsch Executive Director, ULI Atlanta I started my professional career in real estate and land use 20 years ago. The firm I was working for, RCLCO, was located in Lenox Plaza, the midrise building located between Lenox Towers and what was then Dante’s Down the Hatch. I was young and single and it generally took me 15 minutes to drive to and from my home in Peachtree Hills, a single-family house that had been converted into several apartments (an important note but a discussion for a different blog). … Read More

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Lessons in Leadership with Mayor Riley

by Matt Bertram The built environment in Atlanta has changed dramatically over the last 10 years and most Atlanta residents are proud to brag about some of the new outdoor amenities available to them.  Whether it is the Atlanta BeltLine and connected greenspace, Mercedes Benz Stadium, SunTrust Park and the Battery, or the opening in 2019 of the first phase of the new Westside Park, there are more opportunities than ever for locals and visitors to connect to local culture and enjoy the outdoors. As an active member of the Urban … Read More

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Opportunity Zones Present Benefits, Challenges

By:  Matt Peurach Have you heard of OZones? They have nothing to do with ozone gas in the atmosphere. It’s short for Opportunity Zones or – more formally – Qualified Opportunity Zones. The zones are low-income communities that the U.S. Treasury designated as needing economic revitalization through new capital investment. The goal is to give low-income communities a boost by giving investors a tax break. All 50 states, five territories, and the District of Columbia now have opportunity zones. Each zone is a census tract with a poverty rate of … Read More

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Atlanta Construction Projects with Empty Hard Hats

By Inga Harmon The Atlanta skyline is filled with cranes and scaffolding sprouting from the ground like plants on a daily basis. Even as a real estate professional, sometimes it is hard to keep up with the latest development pipeline. The addition of Mercedes Benz Stadium, SunTrust Park, and connectivity of the Atlanta Beltline has ignited a huge demand for housing and development from foreign investors, current residents, and new residents.  There is a residential and commercial boom happening all across the region, from the intown neighborhoods to the farthest … Read More

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An Education Model With An Affordable Housing Solution

By: Marjy Stagmeier This week the school-bells ring across the Atlanta region signaling the beginning of another school year. For some of you this means no more summer schedule. For others it just means thinking twice about your commute as traffic patterns have changed.  For me, the new school year is the reminder of the important community ecosystem intertwining education and housing, and the critical impact that housing has on the educational achievement of our children. While we are housing investors, we often describe our company as an “education model, … Read More

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Opinion: LINK trip opened local eyes on need for affordable housing

Originally printed in the AJC on Friday, July 20, 2018 by Sarah Kirsch Metro Atlanta has a well-earned reputation for being the economic engine of the Southeast, and a big factor driving that growth is our region’s affordability. This competitive advantage, however, is in danger of eroding as housing costs rise. Consider these numbers from a recent report prepared by the Bleakly Advisory Group for the Urban Land Institute’s Atlanta District Council: The median household income in metro Atlanta increased just one percent per year between 2010 and 2015. At the same … Read More

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Women’s Leadership Initiative (WLI): Where Relationships Help Build Opportunity

By: Kim Bucklew Since its inception in 2011, ULI’s Women Leadership Initiative (WLI) has been on a mission to increase the visibility of women leaders throughout the real estate industry. A ULI survey of its membership revealed only 25 percent were women and of those women only 14 percent were CEOs. A clear gender gap exists when we talk about women in leadership across all industries, real estate is no exception. Something has to change and change is good. Atlanta’s WLI for 2018 is designed to inspire women by showcasing … Read More

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What Is Atlanta’s ‘Hedgehog’?

A city long known for its affordability, hospitality, and warm climate is at cross-roads. When I think about what I want Atlanta’s story to be relative to affordable housing, I don’t want a researcher being quoted in the AJC in five years saying, “we did not act fast enough to preserve, produce or protect affordable housing here.” Some of you may say, “Too late… that ship has sailed.” But I don’t think so.  Yes, the window is closing but we have the tools, the ideas, and the leadership to make … Read More

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