Featured Projects

  • Since 2009, U3 Advisors has served University of Maryland in College Park, advising on a variety of real estate and community engagement initiatives. Cumulatively, the strategies have led to the University forming a stronger working relationship in College Park, and laying the groundwork to transform the Downtown into a vibrant college town district.

  • U3A served as consultant to Cornell in the University’s successful quest to win the Bloomberg administration’s competition to attract a world-class applied sciences and engineering campus to New York City, and has since served as real estate advisor in implementing the 2 million square foot campus.


U3 Advisors practices at the intersection between cities and the institutions and non-profits that anchor them. We bring a deep understanding of distinct but critical perspectives: an institution’s mission & campus vision, financial feasibility of a project, and impact on real estate & community outcomes. Through these perspectives, U3 Advisors delivers partnership-based services and meaningful, impactful strategies and products.

Parcel Services
Focusing on a specific building or site, U3 Advisors leverages its deep understanding of non-profit facilities development and management to support our clients through a variety of services.
Campus Services
At a campus level, U3 Advisors draws on its experience working inside and in partnership with non-profit anchors to align its institutional mission with its campus vision.
District Services
At a district scale, U3 Advisors deploys strategies and programs that aim to leverage the economic power and demand of anchor institutions to increase vitality, promote connections and create economic opportunity.

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Job Listing

The Marygrove Conservancy is seeking a Chief Operating Officer

The Marygrove Conservancy, a nonprofit organization that manages operations and stewards the 53-acre Marygrove College campus in northwest Detroit, is seeking a Chief Operating Officer (COO). The mission of the Conservancy is to stabilize and preserve the historic campus – which has served as an educational anchor in Detroit for more than 90 years – while identifying high-quality uses in the community. A major initiative of the conservancy is managing a landmark partnership to create a cradle-to-career (P-20) educational campus on the site. The P-20 campus is being designed to be an educational, economic and civic anchor in the revitalization efforts of the Livernois-McNichols community. The campus will integrate academic experiences from early childhood to college and career with community-driven services, so that students are empowered and equipped to define their own future and that of their communities.

The COO will be responsible for addressing the day-to-day activities on the campus, planning and coordinating future projects and initiatives, and monitoring income and expenditures for the non-profit organization. The COO will be employed by U3 Advisors, a strategic partner to the Conservancy, as a salaried employee with full benefits, while reporting to an executive committee representing the Conservancy’s Board of Directors.  

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Memphis Medical District: the power of anchor institutions to improve sense of place and the economy in surrounding neighborhoods

"Memphis Medical District demonstrates the power of anchor institutions to improve sense of place and the economy in surrounding neighborhoods, while avoiding displacement. U3 Advisors, a real estate and economic development consultant for anchor institutions, were the conceptual architects—along with philanthropic organizations—of MMDC" -- The work of the Memphis Medical District Collaborative, led by Tommy Pacello, with support from U3 Advisors, philanthropic and community stakeholders is featured in Public Square: A CNU Journal. Read the full article here


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U3 Advisors responds to Forbes Real Estate Council CommunityVoice, December 19, 2018 “Three Reasons Real Estate Pros Should Get Smart About Investing in Educational Institutions”

U3 Advisors responds to Forbes Real Estate Council CommunityVoice, December 19, 2018 “Three Reasons Real Estate Pros Should Get Smart About Investing in Educational Institutions,” cautioning that the interests of institutional real estate investors may not always align with the mission, resources, expertise, and time horizon of community colleges or other higher education institutions. 

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