In December I will be participating in a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) organized by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) through its Southeast Florida/Caribbean District Council. I am one of eight panelists who will be advising the Ft. Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Authority (CRA) and the City of Ft. Lauderdale regarding activation and redevelopment of Sistrunk Boulevard, an important historically African-American residential and business corridor contiguous to downtown Fort Lauderdale.
A TAP is comprised of seasoned real estate, planning, financing, marketing and development experts, who as volunteers share their pragmatic advice on complex land use and development issues.
According to ULI: “Sponsors request TAPs services on a specific issue that can be addressed by a panel of experts in one or two days. The District Council assists the sponsor in refining the scope of the assignment and convenes a panel to address those specific issues. The sponsor works within ULI guidelines to provide background information to ULI panelists prior to the panel convening. When convened, the TAP panel views the subject site, hears from public and private stakeholders and then deliberates on the assigned issues. At the conclusion of the panel’s work, an oral report is presented to stakeholders followed within about two weeks by a written report.”
I am looking forward to participating in this important project.
ULI is a 75 year old 501(c) (3) non-profit with 33,000 members worldwide. In SE Florida and the Caribbean, ULI has about 750 members, who include both public and private sector people involved with building better communities.