Building Reuse in Philadelphia: Doing Well by Doing Good

Posted by Urban Land Institute Philadelphia on September 8, 2014

Building Reuse in Philadelphia: Doing Well by Doing Good

This major forum will focus on how older vacant and underused buildings can be successfully adapted to meet new market needs and spark community revitalization.

September 23, 2014
7:30-10:30 AM
Union League of Philadelphia

Environmental, economic and social benefits of retaining and recycling existing buildings are well-known, but many factors and policies encourage abandonment and demolition. The National Trust for Historic Preservation (NTHP), through its Partnership for Building Reuse, has been working with ULI (Urban Land Institute) members and stakeholders to identify key barriers, opportunities and strategies that will slow demolition, reduce vacancies and encourage reuse. This topic has also been identified as one of the top issues for the 2015 municipal elections.

KEYNOTE: James Lindberg and Mike Powe, of the NTHP’s Green Lab team, will demonstrate how existing and new data identified neighborhoods at “the tipping point,” priority recommendations, needed partners, resources and next steps. All registrants will receive a complimentary copy of the NTHP’s newest data-driven report, Retrofitting Philadelphia: The Partnership for Building Reuse.


Leo Addimando, Managing Partner, Alterra Property Group, which has completed $350 million of adaptive reuse projects in Philadelphia over the past decade.

Anuj Gupta, Executive Director of Mt. Airy USA, a community development corporation with a focus on new construction and rehabilitation, and commercial corridor revitalization.

Deborah McColloch, Director of Housing, Philadelphia’s Office of Housing and Community Development, which manages programs that result in more than 2,000 existing housing units being rehabilitated and preserved every year.

Ken Weinstein, President of Philly Office, who has bought and renovated more than 600,000 square feet of vacant and deteriorated commercial properties in the region.

MODERATOR: John Connors, President, Brickstone Realty Corp.

Continuing Education Credits On-Site: AICP: 1.75 CM credits. ARCHITECTS: 2 AIA Continuing Education Hours. ATTORNEYS: 1.5 Sub. CLE credits, $50 per attorney, payable onsite by check/credit card to the Insurance Society of Phila; no refunds/partial credit. PA/DE Landscape Architects: 2.0 CEU PA ENGINEERS: 2 PDH. REAL ESTATE BROKERS/SALES: 2.0 Real Estate CE credit hours pending through Temple University Real Estate Institute.

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