Seminar 2: Best Practices in Infill Development
Thursday, April 14, 2011
California infill builders have created large- and small-scale infill developments in urban and suburban communities throughout the state. Learn from a few of them who have worked successfully with local government policymakers, planners and neighborhood groups. They will offer insights, based on prior projects, into ways of achieving successful outcomes through an ever-increasing number of hurdles.
"Infilling California: Tools and Strategies for Infill Development" presentation by Meea Kang
Meea Kang, President of Domus Development, an affordable housing development company with offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles and Irvine, California, has helped create nearly 2,000 units of affordable and market-rate housing in California. Since 2003, her company, Domus Development has produced socially- and environmentally-conscious ventures by revitalizing underutilized properties, improving infrastructure, involving communities in the planning process, creating public-private partnerships and assembling complex layered financing. For her achievements, Kang was recently honored with a Visionary 2020 Award from the Sierra Business Council. This award is presented to "leaders and visionaries who have made remarkable contributions in the areas of conservation, energy efficiency, smart planning and growth, sustainable development and affordable housing". Kang earned a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University. She is a founding member and President of the California Infill Builders Association Board of Directors, a not-for-profit organization advancing the goals of focusing development inside cities and towns and controlling sprawl.
"Infill in Berkeley" presentation by Patrick Kennedy
Patrick Kennedy is the owner of Panoramic Interests, a development firm that has been building housing, live-work space, and commercial property in Berkeley since 1990. The firm has focused on dense mixed-use, mixed-income, infill developments, typically financed with private funds. All of the multi-family housing projects include below market rate units (usually 20%). Since 1995, Panoramic Interests has built 483 units of housing in several mixed used projects in and around the downtown. In August 2004, the firm finished three projects in the downtown area: The Fine Arts Building, a 100-unit Art Deco apartment building, with a ground floor theater; The Bachenheimer Building, a 44-unit Mediterranean revival apartment, with ground floor retail; and The Touriel Building, a Modernist 35-unit apartment, with a ground floor flower shop. All of the firm's other projects incorporate the Smart Growth principles designed to discourage auto use, mitigate sprawl, encourage local business, and enhance the pedestrian streetscape in the places where they are located. In April, 2007 Panoramic Interests sold its rental portfolio of 7 buildings to the Equity Residential Apartment REIT of Chicago for $146,000,000, the largest real estate transaction in Berkeley's history. Kennedy is now focusing on developing SmartSpace® – a small, stylish, and economical dwelling unit, exceeding all governmental requirements for enviromental construction. He recived a BA from Claremont McKenna College, JD from Harvard Law School, and an MS from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Recent awards include: Community Champion Award, Local Government Commission; Excellence in Design Award, Downtown Berkeley Assoc.; Best Main Street Smart Growth Leadership Award, Calif. Main Street Assoc.; Special Commendation, American Institute of Architects (AIA), California Council; and Special Honors, Res. Architecture, AIA, Cal. Council.
"Infill Development" presentation by Seth Bland
Seth Bland, Partner, Wilson Meany Sullivan, has more than 25 years of comprehensive development and investment experience, including significant mixed-use residential and retail projects throughout California. He joined Wilson Meany Sullivan in 2004 from Catellus Development, where he had been Senior Vice President for Urban Projects at the 303-acre Mission Bay master plan in San Francisco. He was directly responsible for development of The Beacon, a 1.4-MM square foot mixed-use high-rise including 595 residential units, 82,000 square feet of grocery-anchored retail and 45,000 square feet of office. The Beacon was recognized as the 2003 Bay Area Mixed-Use Project of the Year by the San Francisco Business Times. At WMS and Catellus Bland has also been directly responsible for development and sale of The 88, the San Jose Business Journal's 2006 Mixed-Use Project of the Year, and luxury mixed-use projects The Glassworks, 350 Jackson, and the for-sale residential conversion of WMS-developed Shipley Square. Prior to Catellus, Bland was a developer with Safeway and Marriott International. At Marriott he developed more than 600 senior residential units in California and Washington and entitled an additional 1,000 units for future development. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Human Biology from Stanford University and an MBA from Saint Mary's College.
"Infill at Emeryville Marketplace" presentation by Denise Pinkston
Denise Pinkston, Partner at TMG, has 30 years of experience in real estate, planning and project management. Her projects have included managing, leasing, and redeveloping the $40 million Emeryville Marketplace and Public Market; entitlement and sale of the Albany Target site; and the development of $100 million Hamilton Field Air Force Base. Prior Before joining TMG Partners, Pinkston directed Current Planning and Redevelopment for the County of Marin including for the $100 million Marin City USA Project. Pinkston has served as a planning commissioner and chamber of commerce board member. She has also been an instructor in Urban Studies at San Francisco State University. Pinkston attended the University of California at Berkeley where she earned a B.A. in History, and a Masters in City and Regional Planning. Affiliations include: Emeryville Transportation Management Authority, Board Chair; Urban Land Institute, Member; American Planning Association, Member; Kairos Youth Choir, Advisory Council; Ragged Wing Theater Ensemble, Volunteer; Prospect Sierra School, Volunteer.
Moderator: Louise Mozingo
Associate Professor of Landscape Architecture & Environmental Planning and Urban Design, UC Berkeley