By Patrick Fox, President, The Saint Consulting Group, and staff With large-scale development often facing clamors of opposition, generating community support for a project is a challenge to developers. To persuade a community to support a new project often means overcoming issues of property use, real estate value, traffic, environmental issues or character of a neighborhood. A developer needs a … Read More
Commenting on development projects and land use politics in Marketwi.se, John Reeder offers some rules to use when valuing real estate development deals, or trying to assess the potential success of the project.
Wal-Mart Stores Inc faces a critical hurdle this week in a long-standing battle to build a second Chicago store, this one at a shuttered steel site called Pullman Park on the Far South Side.
Opponents are never impressed by the blue sky and lush shrubbery in the slick renderings of the proposed store, but local officials will say they at least won some improvement from the chain’s prototype box — even if it is of the ‘lipstick on a pig’ variety. But a new store in Quincy, Ma. didn’t even manage that.
By Seth Cargiuolo Chief Knowledge Officer The Saint Consulting Group Every development project, regardless of size or industry, has one thing in common — a myriad of moving pieces. Plans, elevations, marketing collateral, zoning applications, contracts, and an outreach or public relations plan are just some of those pieces, and they’re all managed by different players from different disciplines, all … Read More
The reality is that everyone involved in zoning and land use — the applicant, the neighbors, the town officials, the supporters, the opponents, the applicant’s competitors — has a political agenda.
By Jesse McKnight Executive Vice President, The Saint Consulting Group (Editor’s note: this article on airport expansion explains the key role political due diligence plays in identifying and preparing for big issues facing controversial projects across all property sectors) The biggest mistake airport operators — or developers of any potentially controversial project — make is launching expansion efforts without fully … Read More
Erosion and sediment control can prove to be difficult issues with the ever-changing landscape and natural habitat loss, and for development sites these two issues can make or break a project.
By Jay Vincent, Regional Vice President- Midwest, The Saint Consulting Group In the second in a series of case studies, this Saint Model Outcome looks at urban redevelopment. For five years our client tried to secure approval to redevelop an entire city block of retail and commercial office space. Community leaders had initially favored the redevelopment and expansion, but then … Read More
It may be four years old, but this Planetizen feature on the wacky world of plannerese still provides a useful glossary of terms that go well beyond NIMBY — such as doczilla, GOOMBA and NOPE. Thanks to Ric Stephens and Planetizen for this delectable feast of plannerese jargon that has not gone stale since it first ran on July 26, … Read More
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