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uptown oaklandInfilling California: Tools and Strategies for Infill Development


Seminar 4: Creative Financial Tools and Techniques for Infill
Thursday, April 28,

One attraction of infill sites is the availability of existing infrastructure. However, some built-up areas lack sufficient road capacity or transit service. Oftentimes infrastructure may be undersized or deteriorated, requiring replacement. This seminar focuses on regional and local financial strategies that have been successfully used to support the installation of transit infrastructure, street and pedestrian improvements, utilities, and open-space facilities essential for successful infill development.

doug johnson"MTC's Approach to Support Infill" presentation by Doug Johnson, Senior Transportation Planner, Metrpolitan Transportation Commission (MTC)

Doug Johnson is the Metropolitan Transportation Commission's Senior Planner for Land Use Coordination and Social Equity. In that capacity he oversees the agency's planning and grant programs that directly support the development and expansion of equitable, transit supportive communities. He received a Masters of Science in Transportation Engineering and a Masters in City and Regional Planning from the University of California, Berkeley.




james kennedy"Contra Costa Centre: Redevelopment for Infill & TOD" presentation by James Kennedy, Redevelopment Director, Contra Costa County

James (Jim) Kennedy has been with Contra Costa County in various capacities for over 30 years. Appointed as Redevelopment Director in 1987, his organization is responsible for redevelopment, housing, economic development, infrastructure finance, and Community Development Block Grants. Kennedy oversees a staff of 18, with a current year budget of over $100 million. The County currently administers five redevelopment project areas in the unincorporated county including two project areas with transit-oriented development initiatives. He is the Immediate Past-President of the California Redevelopment Association, a member of the Board of the ABAG Finance Authority, the Kennedy-King Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors, and a former member of the Contra Costa County Workforce Development Board. Kennedy holds a BA and MA degree in Economics/Geography from San Diego State University.



"City of Berkeley Case Study David Brower Center & Oxford Plaza" presentation by Elizabeth Seifel, President of Seifel Consulting

libby seifelElizabeth (Libby) Seifel is the president of Seifel Consulting, a strategic economic consulting firm. She advises public agencies and developers on how to strategically plan and accomplish complex, urban infill developments. Throughout California, she has helped create or implement more than 100 redevelopment projects and numerous public private partnerships. Seifel actively promotes best practice in real estate development and urban revitalization through teaching and writing activities, such as the chairmanship of the Urban Land Institute's Inner City Council. Seifel received her Bachelor of Science and Master in City Planning from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is an elected member of Lambda Alpha International, the Honorary Society of Land Economists, and a certified planner with the American Institute of Certified Planners.



tim kelly"Real Estate Economics of Infill" presentation by Timothy C. Kelly, President of Keyser Marston Associates

Timothy C. (Tim) Kelly is a founder of Keyser Marston Associates and serves as President. He is the Managing Principal of the San Francisco office. For more than 30 years, Kelly has provided his clients with real estate and financial expertise on urban development. Kelly has been an adviser on a wide range of commercial and residential developments. Many have been pioneering, ranging from Horton Plaza in San Diego to the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose to Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville. The depth of his experience provides him with exceptional skills to work with both private developers and the public sector. He is frequently asked to play a key role in developer selections, disposition negotiations, and presentations to public officials. Specific Areas of Expertise include: Public Financing in Public/Private Partnerships Kelly has played a major role in structuring creative public private financing agreements. He has advised clients on structuring business agreements with Catellus, Forest City, CIM Group, Related Companies, Wolff Sesnon, Madison Marquette, MacFarlane Partners, and The Olson Company. Development Agreements and Entitlement Strategies Kelly advises his clients on development agreements and entitlement strategies for surplus properties, underutilized industrial and commercial sites, and base closures. He specializes in developing strategies that balance development interests with requirements for public benefits, affordable housing and mixed use development. Disposition Strategies and Developer Selections Kelly assists his clients in evaluating and structuring land sales, ground leases and the sale of air rights. Assignments have included the hi-tech campus in Mountain View, Century Theatres in San Mateo, multiple residential sites throughout the Bay Area and in Reno. A member of the prestigious American Society of Real Estate Counselors (CRE), Kelly is the past Chairman of the Northern California Chapter. Kelly currently serves as a special adviser to the Board of Directors of the California Redevelopment Association (CRA), a statewide organization comprised of 350 redevelopment agencies which provides information on legislative proposals, administrative regulations and professional development services to redevelopment agencies throughout the state. Additionally, Kelly is a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC). He has been a speaker at conferences for: ICSC, CRA, ULI, and UC. An alumnus of UCLA, Kelly earned his undergraduate degree in economics there and continued at the Graduate School of Management where he earned his MBA.


dan chatman

Moderator: Dan Chatman
Assistant Professor of City and Regional Planning, UC Berkeley