TOD conference on tap


TOD, or Transit Oriented Development, conference on tap.

“TOD Marketplace: Today’s Lessons, Tomorrow’s Deals,” sponsored by ULI Colorado.

TOD conference will be held in November, but early bird registration ends Aug. 22.


Development opportunities, such as around 38th and Blake, will be on a tour and discussed at a ULI TOD conference in November.

RTD’s FasTracks network grows to 88 miles this year, opening up transit-oriented development opportunities at dozens of stations in the nation’s largest public transit expansion.

Urban Land Institute Colorado is celebrating these real estate opportunities with a two-day conference this fall: “TOD Marketplace: Today’s Lessons, Tomorrow’s Deals.”

The conference is expected to draw more than 500 people.

It will feature  58 speakers, 45 exhibitors, and six tours.
It will be held from Nov. 9 and 10 at the Denver Union Station and Hyatt Regency Denver.

“In addition to a who’s who of real estate leaders as speakers, the conference will allow attendees to kick the tires on potential deals by touring opportunity sites and visiting exhibitors at the Great Sites Trading Floor,” said Amy Cara, chair of ULI Colorado, and a partner at East West Denver.

“This is a can’t-miss conference for anyone working on or interested in TOD,” Cara said.

Conference keynote Kent Larson of the MIT Media lab kicks off the conference. He will previewing the future of urban design and transit.

Program tracks at the TOD conference include:

  • Nine panels looking at TOD progress since light rail debuted in Denver in 1994.
  • Current projects and trends.
  • High-tech/low-tech futures of transit and TOD.

Yale Station, an affordable senior housing apartment building developed by Koelbel and Co. and George Thorn, is an example of a TOD development.

Ed McMahon, a senior fellow at ULI and a sustainability expert,  will drill details form an “active transportation,” study. The study details how greenways and trails are attracting new investment in infill and walkable development nationwide.

A lunch panel features leading local will include Dana Crawford, Peter Culshaw, Buz Koelbel, Rich McClintock, and Susan Powers.

The panel will be moderated by Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corp. A concluding panel features the next generation of infill developers.

On Wednesday, Nov. 9, tours will start and end at Denver Union Station in the A, C, D, G and W lines, highlighting such hot areas as 38th and Blake, Colorado Station, Old Town Arvada, and the Welton corridor.

August deadlines

On Nov. 10, the Great Sites Trading Floor will run concurrently with sessions featuring 45 exhibitors highlighting projects and land and looking for investors and partners. Application to the Great Sites Trading Floor are due Aug 19.

For more information on attending or sponsoring TOD Marketplace, go to Early bird registration ends Monday, Aug. 22.

Current sponsors include Stewart Title, Colorado Station, Hord Coplan Macht, Polsinelli, Unico, Bank of America, Beck, Black Creek Group, Bristlecone Construction, Forest City Stapleton, HDR, Inc., Holland & Hart, McWhinney, and MIG.

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