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Proposed CityWalk at Denver LoDo

Management of site selection, conceptual design, leasing, and pre-development activities, for a planned Universal Studios themed, CityWalk retail-entertainment facility in the LoDo (Lower Downtown) district of Denver, Colorado.

 

Lorimar Studios

Master plan for potential highest-and-best-use of Lorimar Studios in Culver City (California), prior to ownership by SONY Studios.

 

Analysis of re-purposing and redevelopment potential for the Lorimar Studios campus, explored with a focus on “highest and best use.” The full array of existing of future facilities were part of the analysis, including soundstages, production office space, post production facilities, and the like.

 

Redevelopment options were evaluated and compared to a baseline redevelopment scheme, along with build-out and phasing scenarios. Report included conceptual site plans of various redevelopment schemes for the film studios, financial projections, market analysis, and an implementation risk analysis of the alternatives.

 

The Ritz-Carlton Hotel New York

Owner representative and asset management of The Ritz-Carlton on Central Park in New York.   Asset management included hotel management contract restructuring negotiations, renovation program preparation and implementation, and owner representation to operator.

 

In early 2005, after a couple more changes of ownership, the hotel facility was acquired by a development group interested in converting the facility to residential condominium ownership. Even while operating as a lodging facility, the property had several occupants holding a right to occupy their units as residences under long-term leases.

Dubuque Economic Development

City economic development study, including business plan and tactics for community economic revitalization, including targeted area redevelopment. The business plan included a five-year strategic plan for the city’s implementation, and specific redevelopment and development proposals in various locations throughout the city.

 

Dubuque’s waterfront features the Ice Harbor, where the Diamond Jo Casino and William M. Black are based. Recently the National Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium, the Grand Harbor Hotel and Waterpark, and the Grand River Events Center have been built just north of the Ice Harbor. Land for this project was acquired from several businesses through condemnation of their properties under eminent domain.

 

As with so many U.S. cities, Dubuque has been featured in major Hollywood films – the movies F.I.S.T. and Take This Job and Shove It were both filmed in Dubuque. About 25 miles west of the city is the town of Dyersville, Iowa – where movies Field of Dreams, was filmed.

 

Woodfield Corporate Center

Owner representative and asset management of major suburban mixed-use facility in Schaumburg (Chicago), Illinois.

 

Asset management and owner representation to joint venture partnership in Woodfield Corporate Center, then the leading mixed-use development and corporate campus in suburban Chicago. Responsibilties include leasing and lease administration.

 

Facilities at Woodfield Corporate Center include high-rise multi-tenant office towers, the Schaumburg Marriott Hotel, and ancillary retail and restaurants. The 48-acre, 1.9 million square-foot mixed-use development was built phases between 1982 to 1986.

 

In collaboration with venture partner Prudential Insurance Co., a repositioning of the facility was completed, including the appointment of U.S. Equities as property manager and leasing agent. Work completed by Firm Principal while with predessor firm. In 1999, the complex sold for $200 million+ to New York-based J.P. Morgan Investment Management Inc. The complex was the largest suburban office development to sell in the U.S. in that year.

 

Marne-la-Vallée Paris

Product concepting and financial analysis in support of master planning effort for new regional center near Paris, France.

 

While land planning and product concepting were underway for the development of Paris Disneyland (EuroDisneyland at the time) urban destination master plan, various financial analysis was prepared for the client’s strategic planning department.

 

Work performed included overall land residual valuation analysis – a means of depicting build-out value for various master plan and build-out scenarios, as well as financial studies of alternative routings of planning golf course facilities.

 

The master planning process for Paris Disneyland (then Euro Disneyland) was a comprehensive and wide-ranging. Disney’s overall project included master-planning of a major regional theme park and themed entertainment district in the vicinity of the theme park.

 

Hamilton Cove Avalon

Business plan alternatives for alternative capital recovery strategies, in connection with luxury resort residential development.

 

Business plan and financial feasibility analysis of this scenic residential resort community located on Catalina Island, just 26 miles off the coast of Southern California.

 

Hamilton Cove is situated in a private cove next to the town of Avalon, the main community of Catalina Island. Many of the secluded villas of Hamilton Cove are offered for rent for weekend, weekly, and seasonal occupancy.

 

Catalina Island history goes back well before recorded times, but we know that the Pimungans of Santa Catalina Island first met European travelers in 1542 – when the native peoples paddled out to greet Spanish explorer Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo and his galleon – just 50 years after Columbus first entered the Western Hemisphere. The island was claimed by Spain. Santa Catalina Island was awarded by Mexican Governor Pio Pico to Thomas Robbins as a land grant in 1846, just four days before the United States invaded California.

Port of San Diego

Management review of port district leasing practices, including lease administration and lease rate.

 

The Port of San Diego was interested in confirming whether or not its ground lease rates, issues of highest and best use, deal terms, and operating polices were at par with “best practices” at other world port districts, particularly, at U.S. West Coast port facilities. A study was undertaken concerning regional market conditions, competitive conditions at other world ports, “best practices” at such other ports, and other related factors. Recommendations were prepared for consideration by the Port of San Diego, with regard to lease rate-setting and deal terms.

 

The Port of San Diego is a special government entity, created in 1963 by an act of the California legislature in order to manage San Diego Harbor, and administer the public lands along San Diego Bay.