Boston Harbor Island Alliance/Strategic Implementation Plan
I assisted the Island Alliance in the reuse plan and re-branding of the Boston Harbor Islands, a unit of the National Park System. This involved leading a multi-disciplinary team to produce a strategic implementation plan and a marketing plan which capitalized on the Islands’ historic and natural assets while providing a revenue stream with which to support the Islands. The assignment included site assessment, market analysis, physical and financial feasibility, and a strategic implementation plan of proposed development scenarios.
Bay Area Rapid Transit District/Joint Development and Institutional Arrangements Study
While with Sedway Group I led a multidisciplinary consulting team selected from a field of 12 competing teams to conduct a $200,000 federally funded study of how the Bay Area Rapid Transit District (BART) might enhance its ability to implement successful joint development projects through new or improved institutional arrangements. The goal was to determine how BART – and, by extension, other transit agencies throughout the country – could capitalize on the development opportunities identified in and around BART station areas. Specifically, the study analyzed the merits of creating a nonprofit development subsidiary, making greater use of BART’s joint power agreements, and increasing BART’s legislative authority. These recommendations were translated into a legislative agenda that was advocated by BART, the Association of Bay Area Governments, and the Bay Area Council.
In 1996, a group of eight disabled agencies in the Bay Area, including the Center for Independent Living (CIL), formed a consortium (the Ed Roberts Campus – named after one of the pioneers of the disabled rights movement) to explore the siting and development of a headquarters building that they would share. In 1997 while with Sedway Group I was enlisted to help them identify an appropriate site, secure its control, and advise on entitlements and financing. In early 1998, the ERC decided that the eastside parking lot of the Ashby BART station was their preferred site. Since this site has a bifurcated ownership (BART owns the land and the City the air rights), this meant that putting the project together would be exceptionally complex, even by Berkeley standards. The City and BART both granted the ERC options to acquire the air rights and land. The project was approved by the City and completion of construction is scheduled for mid 2010.
Peninsula Health Care District/Mills-Peninsula Medical Center Negotiations
While with CBRE Consulting I supported the Peninsula Health Care District, a special-purpose public entity, in its negotiations with Mills-Peninsula Health Services (MPHS) regarding a proposed new medical center in Burlingame, California. At that time, the Peninsula Health Care District owned the land and existing hospital building and leased the facility to MPHS. As a result of SB 1953, a new medical center facility needed to be constructed and consequently the two parties needed to recast their real estate and operational agreements. We provided assistance to the Peninsula Health Care District in evaluating the MPHS proposal and crafting responses to the proposal. In addition, we conducted a real estate study session at a Peninsula Health Care District public board meeting, analyzing the MPHS proposal and its real estate and other economic implications.
U.S. Department of Transportation, City and County of San Francisco, Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, and San Francisco Redevelopment Agency/Transbay Terminal/Caltrain Downtown Extension/Redevelopment Project
While with CB Richard Ellis Consulting I was one of several led by Parsons Transportation Group on the EIS/EIR for the new multi-modal Transbay Terminal and Downtown Caltrain extension. The EIS/EIR also included the creation of a new Redevelopment Area Plan encompassing the Terminal and the surrounding area. CB Richard Ellis Consulting provided real estate cost estimating pertinent to two alignment alternatives and two construction options. These cost estimates also included fee-take and permanent underground easements, as well as estimates of relocation costs, demolition costs, and proceeds from property resale after completion of construction. CB Richard Ellis Consulting also analyzed the fiscal implications of the land acquisition resulting from loss of property tax, payroll tax, and sales tax revenues. The fiscal analyses were also segmented by alignment alternative and construction option.
Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation/Market and Financial Feasibility Study
Sedway Group helped the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, the National Park Service, and the New Jersey Governor’s Commission formulated a financially viable redevelopment plan for the south side of Ellis Island, one of the nation’s most beloved cultural resources. We conducted site visits, interviewed key stakeholders, assessed the market, and developed three redevelopment scenarios for the historic property. Potential uses include a conference center and hotel complex, a living history memorial, museums and other cultural uses, and supporting retail. Our work also included performing a thorough market analysis and financial feasibility study of the three reuse options and developing a strategic implementation plan for the selected redevelopment alternative.