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MCS Opens Upper West Side School

Manhattan Country School (MCS) held the ribbon cutting ceremony for its new school on 150 West 85th Street in New York City. U3A served as project manager for this K-8 independent school for four years, working with MCS to plan and execute a strategy to double enrollment, sell its historic mansion on the Upper East Side, and acquire a new facility on the Upper West Side to support the school’s growth.  Read the latest about MCS' move to the Upper West Side here
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U3A selected by HPD as a Pre-Qualified Pre-Qualified Owner’s Representative

U3A was selected by the New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development (HPD) as a Pre-Qualified Owner’s Representative for non-profit, faith-based property owners seeking to develop or preserve high quality affordable housing or mixed use projects. For more information on the PQL of Owner’s Representatives click here

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Reimagining the Civic Commons

The Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative will invest in five place-based demonstration projects with the potential to catalyze transformative change through the imaginative use of civic assets.  This work is being funded collectively by four national foundations and will take place in Philadelphia, Chicago, Memphis, Detroit, and Akron.  A national learning network under U3 Advisors' leadership will focus on activating innovation in the civic commons in demonstration cities and beyond, understanding the impact of the civic commons and the innovation and collaboration required to achieve that impact, and increasing broad-based support for the civic commons in cities across the country.

Learn more about the Reimagining the Civic Commons initiative here.

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Building A Greater College Park Together

"The University of Maryland is working with partners to create the modern land-grant university. Research and industry in lockstep. Public and private enterprise working in close collaboration. An academic and economic engine for our region and our nation. " Read about the latest developments in Collage Park, Maryland here

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Huge new retail and residential complex coming to College Park

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The Washington Business Journal reports on the latest developments in the revisioning of College Park, Maryland. The University of Maryland selected the Bozzuto Group and Willard Retail Group, in partnership with the University of Maryland Foundation, to develop a $110 million mixed-use site along U.S. Route 1. Plans for the site include a 300-unit luxury apartment building with more than 100,000 square feet of ground-floor retail on the 4.5-acre site. 

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11-Story Apartment Building Planned To Replace Harlem Church At 20 West 116th Street

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Plans have been filed to develop an 11-story apartment building on the Harlem Baptist Temple Church’s property at 20 West 116th Street in Harlem, NY. The church would return to the site, which was partially demolished in 2009, taking up 5,800 square feet in the cellar and first floors of the new development. Twenty-eight apartments would be stacked on top, spread across 29,540 square feet of residential space. U3 Advisors has served as Harlem Baptist Temple Church's Development Advisor since 2014.

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Planning for Higher Education Journal: Breaking the Mold Cornell Tech and the 21st-Century University

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U3 Advisors Principal & Co-founder Karen Backus and Senior Advisor Steven Jacobs contributed to Planning for Higher Education's profile of Cornell University's winning bid in New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg's Applied Sciences Campus competition. Read the full article here.

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Prospective Master Plan to Guide On-Campus Housing for Next Decade

Read about U3 Advisors' latest engagement with Cornell University in The Cornell Daily Sun.   U3A is working with the University's Division of Student and Campus Life to "draw up a master plan to reassess on-campus housing for the next decade."  

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Cornell Chronicle: Housing master plan to guide campus development

Cornell University's Division of Student and Campus Life has engaged U3 Advisors to conduct a nine-month housing master plan process for the Ithaca campus.  Read the Cornell Chronicle's article regarding this engagement here. U3A has served as the University’s real estate advisor for its planned 2 million square-foot applied sciences and engineering campus – Cornell Tech – since 2011. In addition, U3A has served as real estate advisor for the University's East Hill Village project since 2013. 

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Op-Ed: Universities have duty to engage with their cities

"Universities, if managed with vision and intentionality, not only can contribute to our knowledge economy and human advancement, but can also ensure that we nurture a just society."  Read U3 Advisors CEO Omar Blaik's Op-Ed in the Philadelphia Inquirer on the role of universities in supporting "physically, socially, and economically integrated neighborhoods"  here

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