U3 Advisors is a nationally recognized consulting practice that provides real estate and economic development solutions to the institutions that anchor our communities.


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  • U3 Advisors was engaged by the Hyde Family Foundations beginning in 2014 to understand the economic and physical impact of eight major anchor institutions in the Memphis Medical District including Baptist College of Health Sciences, Memphis Bioworks Foundation, Methodist/LeBonheur, Regional One Health, Southern College of Optometry, Southwest Tennessee Community College, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital/ALSAC, and the University of Tennessee Health Science Center. Together, these anchors employ 16,000 people, educate 8,000 students, have $1.2 billion in collective purchasing, and control 250 acres of property. U3 Advisors found that despite the significant size of these anchors, their potential impact within the Medical District has not been fully realized.

  • Beginning in fall, 2014, U3 Advisors was engaged by JTS as the lead project manager and real estate advisor to undertake an ambitious project to reshape JTS’ campus in Morningside Heights. U3A worked closely with JTS leadership to complete an intensive programming phase with its selected architect, execute the land transaction with a third-party developer, and navigate the construction management process. In addition, U3 Advisors led a solicitation processes to select a world-class design architect for the development site. 


U3 Advisors advises our clients on a wide variety of real estate issues so that they can better understand how their real estate portfolio can best serve their institutional core mission. Universities and non-profit organizations may wish to determine whether there are opportunities to consolidate their real estate assets and operate more efficiently. They may also ask whether it is better to own or lease facilities.
U3 Advisors believes that anchor institutions - universities, medical centers, and non-profit and civic organizations – are important economic engines that can be leveraged to regenerate and strengthen their surrounding neighborhoods.
U3 Advisors assists organizations and institutions in planning for new facilities – from a single building to an entire master-planned campus. We also have expertise in many specialized types of facilities, including student and faculty housing, laboratories and teaching facilities, performance venues, and hotels.
U3 Advisors' planning strategies are based on the core philosophy that anchor institutions – universities, medical centers, and non-profit and civic organizations – provide critical economic and social support for the communities of which they are part.

News + Ideas


U3 Advisors original research on Employer Assisted Housing Incentives published and presented at Congress for New Urbanism Seattle Conference

Anchor Institutions, such as universities and hospitals, have the power to bring about positive economic and physical change in their surrounding neighborhoods." U3A's Alex Feldman and Shea O'Neill contributed their paper, Live Local - Achieving Equitable and Sustainable Neighborhood Development through Anchor-Led Housing Incentives  to the Congress for New Urbanism's 25th annual convening.  Read the full research paper here

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Milkboy ArtHouse opens in College Park

"Great cities are not made of few large projects but of many unique smaller projects. We believe Milkboy will be just that." MilkBoy ArtHouse, a collaboration between MilkBoy, a Philadelphia-based music and entertainment company, and the University of Maryland's Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center will feature multiple bars, restaurant areas with seating and two stages for artists to perform. U3A worked with the various university and community stakeholders to help bring MilkBoy to College Park. Since 2009, U3 Advisors has served the University of Maryland in College Park, advising on a variety of real estate and place-based economic development initiatives. 

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Towson University seeks to improve downtown through stronger bonds with neighbors

The Baltimore Sun reports on U3A's work with Towson University to deepen connections between the University's campus and the surrounding community.
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