May 2013 Luncheon

Urban Planning and Real Estate Finance in a Post-Housing Bubble World

Thursday, May 16, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

This month's topic is “Urban Planning and Real Estate Finance in a Post-Housing Bubble World” and will feature a discussion with residential and commercial loan specialists to discuss diverse topics at the "intersection" of planning and banking/finance.   Discussion topics will include but not be limited to: 1) Availability of credit/loans – what projects are moving forward?  What assets are banks staying away from?  Where is growth anticipated now and in the future? 2) What changes have been made to rules for letters of credit?  Are there more stringent rules in place to ensure that improvements are fully funded?    3) What are the bank’s expectations when asking for a zoning certificate and considering financing/refinancing when there are nonconformities?

Afterwards, join Will Krause, Chairman of the Edwardsville's Historic Preservation Commission and Edwardsville City Planner Scott Hanson on a one-hour walking tour of the LCCC campus and the adjoining Historic Leclaire neighborhood.  Leclaire is said to be among the largest and earliest National Historic Register neighborhoods in terms of number of intact structures in the United States. Learn the interesting history of this “utopian” neighborhood, why the Historic Leclaire is arguably among the first "sustainable" communities in the nation and what it still has to teach us about creating "walkable" communities.

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March 2013 Luncheon

Pagedale Determined
Community Inspired Planning Efforts that are Transforming a Community

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Beyond Housing is facilitating three physical development projects in Pagedale, that, when completed will create a community-inspired plan to transform the area from the intersection of Page Avenue at Ferguson Avenue, to the St. Charles Rock Road MetroLink station into a Town Center to serve as the civic, business and entertainment heart of the city.  This set of projects, called Pagedale Determined by area stakeholders, will result in a beautiful, safe, resident-friendly area in which people can shop, be active and interact with their neighbors.  Included in Pagedale Determined is a Transit Oriented Development Study as a part of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development and a Great Streets project supported by East West Gateway.  Connecting these two planning projects is a project to design and activate a Healthy Corridor, with funding provided by Missouri Foundation for Health.  Together these three planning efforts are transforming the corridor into a vibrant, livable community.

SPECIAL NOTE:  The restaurant has requested that food be served at 11:30, so we will be having registration from 11:00-11:30 and lunch will be served (and the program will begin) from 11:30 to 12:30So please plan accordingly.

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February 2013 Luncheon

Wednesday February 20, 2013:   Grand MetroLink Station TAP Report: A Case Study in Public-Private Partnerships

Wednesday, February 20, 2013
11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Kim Cella, Executive Director of Citizens for Modern Transit;
John Langa, Vice President of Economic Development for Metro Transit;
Gwen Knight, Executive Vice President of Enhanced Value Strategies, Inc. and ULI Advisory Board Member.

Public-private partnerships create connections, leverage resources, and serve as catalysts for action.  In October 2012, Citizens for Modern Transit (CMT), a non-profit working to support and expand the Metrolink, and Metro Transit, the St. Louis Region’s public transportation agency, partnered with the Urban Land Institute (ULI) to explore development opportunities around the Grand MetroLink Station.  Through the ULI’s Technical Assistance Program (TAP), a panel of experts worked with CMT and Metro to identify short- and long-term improvements for transit-oriented development around the station.

Join the St. Louis Metro Section of the American Planning Association to learn more about the Grand MetroLink Station TAP Report and the benefits of public-private partnerships.  To learn more about the report, visit CMT’s website to download the report document:

Registration will begin at 11:30am.  Lunch will be served and the program will run from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

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January 2013 Luncheon

Wednesday January 16, 2013:   Senior Co-Housing

Presenter:  Peter Salsich, McDonnell Professor of Justice in American Society at St. Louis University Law School

The November 2012 issue of Governing magazine called senior co-housing “the next real estate trend.”  The AARP has several articles about the topic on their website and even include it as an option in their “Which Type of Housing is Best for You?” segment.  So what is senior co-housing and is your community ready?

Mr. Peter Salsich will explain the topic of senior co-housing, the land use and zoning obstacles and the legal questions about creating senior only communities.

Registration will begin at 11:30am.  Lunch will be served and the program will run from 12:00pm to 1:00pm.

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