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Institute of Real Estate - IRE

Historic Times, Unprecedented Opportunities:
The Game Plan for Implementing 21st-Century Zoning

December 3, 2008

The Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies sponsored a conference titled Historic Times, Unprecedented Opportunities: The Game Plan for Implementing 21st-Century Zoning.  The conference took place on Wednesday, December 3, 2008  from 8:00-11:00 a.m. in the Student Center Theater, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center, North Campus.  The conference was presented by the Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University.

The conference featured keynote addresses by Bryce Blair, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. and Ron Terwilliger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Trammell Crow Residential.  In their presentations, both developers addressed the issues they have faced around the country while building mixed-use developments.  They demonstrated how well-designed mixed-use communities offer an affordable lifestyle that is attractive to the younger generation, couples and empty nesters; how they have built transit-oriented developments; the strategies used to gain community acceptance; and how they are currently incorporating affordable housing into mixed-use developments.  A panel discussion followed moderated by Gary Lewi, Executive Vice President, Rubenstein Associates, Inc.  Many attendees participated in a lively question and answer session.

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l to r: Gary Lewi, Executive Vice President, Rubenstein Associates, Inc.; Richard V. Guardino, Jr., Executive Dean, Wilbur F. Breslin Center for Real Estate Studies; Bryce Blair, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Marilyn Monter, Hofstra Trustee and Vice President, The Holiday Organization; Ron Terwilliger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Trammell Crow Residential; Alan Eidler, President, The Institute of Real Estate at Hofstra University and President and CEO, Spiegel Associates
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Center Michael E. White, Esq., Executive Director, Long Island Regional Planning Council; Right Edward Blumenfeld, President, Blumenfeld Development Group
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l to r: Bryce Blair, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Ron Terwilliger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Trammell Crow Residential; Gary Lewi, Executive Vice President, Rubenstein Associates, Inc.; Robert Spiotto, Artistic Director of Community Arts Programs, Hofstra University, acting as the Security Guard in The “Land of No” trying to prevent new ideas, zoning changes or mixed use developments from entering Long Island.
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l to r: Bryce Blair, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, AvalonBay Communities, Inc.; Ron Terwilliger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Trammell Crow Residential; Gary Lewi, Executive Vice President, Rubenstein Associates, Inc.
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Edward Ambrosino, Town of Hempstead Councilman