CommunityWorks and the Greenville Housing Fund sponsored the first ULI (Urban Land Institute) REDI (Real Estate Diversity Initiative) program in South Carolina. The REDI program is an intensive cohort learning experience for professionals of color working in real estate and land use industries.
The 19-participant cohort graduated Tuesday, March 28th at the CommunityWorks Learning Center at JudHub after a 12-week curriculum covering everything from site planning and market analysis to project financing and more. The case study was a planned development for a mixed-use-mixed income multifamily and commercial project in the Unity Park area of Greenville. The Greenville Housing Fund is the case study sponsor for the planned development on 1.91 acres located on the corner of Oscar and Meadow Street in Greenville.
Each of the three teams presented a pitch proposal to a panel to be the selected developer team for the case study. The winning team (listed below), MBY Development Group, proposed a mixed-use affordable residential and commercial concept called “The Bridge at Unity Park.” After the pitches, there was a graduation celebration with featured speaker, Greenville Mayor, Knox White.
“Though CommunityWorks primarily focuses on the need for affordable housing in Greenville through community loans and down payment assistance, we also recognize the need for more diversity in the real estate industry. We were proud to sponsor and offer our CommunityWorks Learning Center space at JudHub for the first REDI cohort in South Carolina. I look forward to seeing how the graduates make Greenville a better place for all,” said LaTorrie Geer, CEO of CommunityWorks.
Greenville Housing Fund
Permar Inc (resource sponsor)
Mcmillan Pazdan Smith (in-kind sponsor)
MBY Development Group (winning team):
2023 ULI REDI Cohort:
2023 REDI Mentors
Matt Alexander, The Parker Group
Graham Hardaway, Campbell Young Leaders
Ryan Johnson, Greenville Housing Fund
Lisa Lanni, McMillan Pazdan Smith (Lead Mentor)
Stephen Navarro, The Furman Company (Lead Mentor)
Kevin North, Pacolet Milliken
Don Oglesby, Homes of Hope
Aaron Peter, Project Plus SC
Robert Poppleton, The Furman Company
Luke Sims, McMillan Pazdan Smith
Casey Smithling, MHK Architecture
For more information on the ULI South Carolina REDI program, please visit https://southcarolina.uli.org/get-involved/real-estate-diversity-initiative-redi/