ULI Austin in The News

ULI Austin in The News

See what others are saying about ULI in Central Texas.


Oct 4. 2018 – Resolution would start push for affordable housing on former HealthSouth property – On Thursday, City Council will vote on taking the first step in redeveloping the former HealthSouth property on Red River Street, which has been identified by many as a potential site for the city to create affordable housing units. A report from Urban Land Institute Austin found the property “provides a rare opportunity to provide affordable housing within the Central Business.

Sept, 4, 2018 – What Gary Farmer wants you to know about Austin’s future; plus ULI awards galore!  Jan Bucholtz reports on the ULI 2018 Impact Awards.  Jand stats in her article “I learned something very quickly when I moved to Austin in April 2012: Gary Farmer, president of Heritage Title company, is the most connected business person in the city. That point was driven home once again last week when he was awarded the 2018 Urban Land Institute Austin Vision Award. If you weren’t there — at the Zach Theatre — you missed a great cocktail party and awards program.”

Aug 24, 2018 – As hotels and short-term rentals grow, a look at their impact on Austin With Austin on pace to have more than 13,000 hotel rooms in the downtown core by 2020 – nearly double the number of rooms in 2014 – the construction of new chain and boutique hotels continues to have an impact.

Aug 15, 2018 – HealthSouth site gets top spot in ULI affordable housing study  An analysis of some of the city’s most-prized parcels of land has found that the former HealthSouth property downtown would have the biggest impact on the local housing shortage if the property were converted to affordable housing.The new white paper

Aug 13, 2018 – Make Room for Design in Manufactured Homes  The origin story for micro-housing builder Kasita is part of modular home lore. To make a point, founder Jeff Wilson in 2014 spent a year living in a Dumpster. A dean at Houston-Tillotson University in Austin, Wilson regarded his time in the customized trash receptacle as an experiment, a teaching exercise, and ultimately a research project on tiny-home design. He stepped out of the container with a clear vision of what is important in living space. This article appeared in the 2018 summer issue of Urban Land on page 66.

Jul 27, 2018 – Talking talent, and why Austin companies can’t find enough workers Add in a growing wait time and difficulty with hiring foreign workers for technical jobs and the frustration grows, a feeling discussed in depth Wednesday during an Urban Land Institute Austin member breakfast that focused on Austin’s shortage of talent.  Read the full Austin Monitor Article HERE.

Jul 25, 2018 – Austin has 36,000 unemployed and 42,000 job openings; how do we close labor gaps? Austin’s thriving economy has brought many businesses to the area but also made it harder to recruit. That will hamper the city in the long run if business and government leader don’t tackle the problem now. Full Biz Journal Article HERE

Jul 25, 2018 – Job openings grow as Austin area battles ‘skills gap.’ peaking during an Urban Land Institute event in downtown Austin, they extolled the benefits of workforce training — including corporate internships and apprenticeships — to help prevent area residents from being left behind amid the hot economy, as well as to mitigate burgeoning problems such as traffic congestion and affordability that are exacerbated when companies are forced to recruit from elsewhere. Austin Stateman Full Article HERE

Jul 20, 2018 – Five Real Estate Industry Leaders Named to ULI’s Americas Executive Committee.  Bret Wilkerson, Hawkeye Partners LP of ULI Austin, continues his tenure on this esteemed committee.

Jul 09, 2018ULI Austin’s Eric Van Hyfte (Austin principal at BOKA Powell) was featured in UrbanLand Magazine article discussing retail strip centers, built along arterial streets that have been renovates and used former Lamar Plaza on South Lamar Boulevard as an example.

Jun 20, 2018 – ABJ Article on our ULI Executive Director – Paulette Gibbins, who leads the Austin branch of Urban Land Institute, is the first licensed structural engineer to ever work at any global ULI branch. She spoke to ABJ about bringing a worldly view to the job, where she wrestles with affordability and other pressing Central Texas issues.

Jun 7, 2018 – Capital Gains: Gary Farmer… A veteran real estate exec honored by ULI Austin.

May 23, 2018 – Austin-area young professionals in the Urban Land Institute participated in a May 23 competition to create a conceptual design for the public use of the Lime Creek Quarry in Cedar Park. The designs—which were purely conceptual and do not indicate possible city plans for the property—incorporated parkland, mixed use development, rock-climbing and BMX courses onto the property. Community Impact Article

May 21, 2018 – Capital Metro unveiled new exhibit plaques that celebrate the history and people of the East Austin community on Saturday May 12th.  ULI Austin was a community sponsor of the unveiling event. Mass Transit Article

May 17, 2018 – Downtown Austin Alliance references Red River Technical Assistance Panel in 2019 Vision Plan. Culture Map Article

May 10, 2018 – A live chat of ULI Oklahoma’s tour of Austin, with coordination support from ULI Austin Staff. Oklahoma News Article

May 08, 2018 – The Travis County Commissioners Court on Tuesday nominated the first member to a three-person advisory board that will make recommendations regarding how the county’s historic Palm School property ought to be preserved and redeveloped. Commissioners voted to allow the Travis County Historical Commission and the Urban Land Institute in Austin each to nominate a member for the remaining two spots. Statesman Article

May 07, 2018 – Austin Based tiny home builder, Kasita featured in the UrbanLand magazine.

April 26, 2018 – Real estate leaders tackle equity, housing affordability at ULI breakfast.  Austin Monitor Article

Apr 13, 2018 – What Can You Do With a Block With a View? In Downtown Austin, Not Much Hey, who would win in a wrestling match: Capitol View Corridors, or God? Trick question — Capitol View Corridors are God. Okay, maybe I’m kidding just for the sake of an oblique reference to an American classic, but they both do a bang-up job hanging out all invisible up in the sky just waiting to cold-cock any enterprise of man that presumes to protrude beyond his appointed station. In August 2017, Last August, the county tapped the Urban Land Institute to assemble a panel of experts to take a look at the site and spitball some ideas to squeeze out a skosh more value.

December 18, 2017 – UrbanLand discuss how Amazon could impact cities like Austin.