TOD Symposium: Ready to Roll
Aloha! Thank you to our speakers who presented excellent views on where we are and where we could be at our TOD Symposium on Saturday, November 22, 2014, from 8:30 am to 2:30 pm at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center.
The City & County of Honolulu has made considerable progress this past year in creating the regulatory structure to support great transit oriented (TOD) communities. But there is much more to do.
You can see the You Tube video of keynote speaker, Gil Penalosa, here:
PRESENTERS (see speaker biographies at bottom this page):
- Mayor Kirk Caldwell – a Vision for Honolulu
- Gil Penalosa, Executive Director of 8-80 Cities – An internationally known visionary of what makes a great city.
- Meea Kang, President, Domus Development – An award winning developer of complex mixed-use in-fill developments. She has extensive experience with public private partnerships.
- William Fleissig, President, Communitas Development – A mixed-use developer in San Francisco, a former public sector policy maker in Denver, and a frequent consultant to cities on market driven strategies to create economically successful communities.
- Cathy Camp, Director of Development, Kamehameha Schools – Kalihi: infrastructure, connectivity, housing, lifestyle – opportunities and challenges
- Stanford Carr, President, Stanford Carr Development – An experienced local developer of ground breaking affordable and urban in-fill development.
- Harrison Rue, Community Building and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Administrator for the City and County of Honolulu
- Mike Formby, Director of the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services
- Steve Colón, President of Hunt Companies’ Development Division in Hawai’i
Bank of Hawaii
Stanford Carr Development
Gil (Guillermo) Penalosa, Executive Director, 8-80 Cities http://www.8-80cities.org
Gil Penalosa is passionate about cities for all people. Gil advises decision makers and communities on how to create vibrant cities and healthy communities for everyone regardless of social, economic, or ethnic background. His focus is the design and use of parks and streets as great public places, as well as sustainable mobility: walking, cycling and use of public transit. Because of Gil’s unique blend of pragmatism and passion, his leadership and advice is sought out by many cities and organizations.
As Executive Director of the Canadian non-profit organization 8-80 Cities for the past 8 years, Gil has worked in over 180 different cities in all continents. As former Commissioner of Parks, Sport and Recreation for the City of Bogota, Colombia, Gil successfully led the design and development of over 200 parks of which Simon Bolivar, a 113 hectare park in the heart of the city, is the best known; here he created the Summer Festival, with over 100 events in 10 days and more than 3 million people attending, making it the main annual recreational and cultural event in the country. Gil’s team also initiated the “new Ciclovia”— a program that sees over 1 million people walk, run, skate and bike along 121 kilometers of Bogotá’s city roads every Sunday, and today it’s internationally recognized and emulated.
WILLIAM KOHN FLEISSIG President, Communitas Development Management http://www.communitas.us.com
Will has directed the planning and development of diverse projects in San Francisco, Los Angeles, San Jose, Boulder, Denver, Washington, DC, Boston and Cambridge. In addition to investing on behalf of his Communitas portfolio, Mr. Fleissig advises transit agencies and cities on how best to achieve their development goals — weaving together knowledge of infrastructure phasing and public/private finance in order to get a project off the ground and completed over time.
In 2012-2013, Will collaborated with the ULI Minnesota District Council on station development and infrastructure recommendations for 5 of 17 proposed transit station areas along the proposed SW transit corridor. This effort involved Metro Transit, Regional Council of Mayors, Hennepin County, and local communities along the corridor – prior to the start of Preliminary Engineering. The results had an immediate impact, leading Metro and the local communities to re-consider sections of the route alignment and station area plans.
In 2012, Will was the developer member of the UC Berkeley team that advised the City of Los Angeles and LA Metro on the Los Angeles Transit Corridors Strategy, which led to the creation of the Mayor’s Transit Corridors Cabinet. From 2010-2013, Will acted as the development advisor to Madison Marquette for the 27 acre, 3.2 million sq.ft. Wharf District project, which has just broken ground. The site is served by 2 Metro stations along the SW waterfront in Washington, DC.
Mr. Fleissig has developed multiple award winning TOD projects, including The Sugar Cube and 16 Market Square, in Denver’s LODO district; Belmar, a twenty-three block, downtown district in Lakewood, CO; and The Homes and Apartments at Almaden Lake in San Jose, CA . Previously, Will directed the planning of well-known TOD projects, including the North Station Development Plan in Boston MA for the BRA; Kendall Square/Cambridge Center in Cambridge MA for Boston Properties and the CRA; and the Central Platte Valley Infrastructure Plan/DUT Master Development Plan, Denver CO for the City of Denver and RTD.
Meea Kang, President & Founder, Domus Development, LLC www.domusd.com
Meea Kang is the President and Founder of Domus Development, a multi-award winning company specializing in all stages of developing socially responsible and environmentally sustainable residential and mixed use buildings. Meea Kang has distinguished herself as an indisputable leader in the complex fields of affordable housing, transit-oriented development, and smart growth. She founded Domus in 2003 and has spent the past decade creating and preserving affordable housing and innovative smart growth projects In addition to her strong commitment to responsible development practices, Kang has become a leading advocate in public policy.
She is proud to be a founding board member and past President of the California Infill Builders Federation, a not-for-profit organization working to control sprawl by promoting infill development. Highly respected as a thought leader regarding the complex components of smart growth, Meea frequently lectures throughout the nation and has been published in numerous publications on a variety of topics within this field of knowledge.
Kang earned a Masters of Architecture from UC Berkeley and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Cornell University. Earlier this year, Smart Growth America presented Kang with the 2014 LOCUS Leadership Award for her exemplary commitment to public leadership and development practice for walkable, sustainable development. Additionally, Kang’s work has been honored with a number of national accolades from prestigious agencies and organizations including the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, American Institute of Architects, and the U.S. Green Building Council.
Cathy Camp, Development Director, Kamehameha Schools (Kamehameha Schools website description of Kapalama Kalihi area)
Cathy has over 20 years of commercial real estate experience and is employed by Kamehameha Schools. As a Development Director in the Commercial Real Estate Division she is responsible for the successful execution of Kamehameha Schools’ real estate planning, development, and asset management activities in key strategic markets comprising over 2.6 million square feet.
Prior to Kamehameha Schools, Cathy was with A&B Properties for 6 years and had development oversight for many of A&B’s real estate projects and associated construction activities ensuring financial targets were met from development through stabilization.
Cathy holds Master’s degrees in Business and Health Care Administration from Stanford University and Central Michigan University and holds Bachelor degrees in Math and Economics from the University of Pittsburgh and a degree in Chemistry from Carnegie Mellon University. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, she came to Hawaii in 1985 and opted never to leave.
Stanford Carr is president of Stanford Carr Development (www.stanfordcarr.com), which has created homes for nearly 4,000 households on Oahu, Maui and the Big Island, winning dozens of Hawaii and National building awards since its founding in 1990.
A Maui native, Stanford loves Hawaii’s breathtaking landscapes and works to bring out the best of natural settings through creative site planning that includes product diversity, choreographing open space and landscaping with diverse architectural vernacular. On Oahu, he has developed The Hawaii Kai Peninsula, The Colony at the Peninsula, Iwalani, Trovare, Kekuilani, Ma‘ili Transitional Housing, Halekauwila Place, Franciscan Vistas, and Master Plan Royal Kunia Phase II.
Harrison Rue is the Community Building and Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Administrator for the City and County of Honolulu. He leads the City’s efforts to revitalize neighborhoods, increase transportation and housing choices, and create more walkable communities around the City’s rail stations. Harrison has over 30 years experience in integrated transportation, land use, housing, and environmental planning, research, policy, and implementation – at the neighborhood, community, regional, state, and national levels. His expertise is in sustainability & smart growth, livable communities, corridor & scenario planning, transit & TOD, operations & TDM, community development & affordable housing, green building & infrastructure, climate mitigation & adaptation, facilitation, and public participation & communications.
Harrison was the founding director of the Citizen Planner Institute in Hawaii and Florida. He recently led development of sustainable communities tools, training, and technical assistance for US DOT, EPA, HUD, and CDC.
Michael Formby, is the Director of the City and County of Honolulu Department of Transportation Services. His work includes implementing complete streets policies and advocating for multi-modal solutions.
An attorney by profession, Mike previously served as the Director and Deputy Director for the Harbors Division at the State of Hawaii Department of Transportation. He also served as Vice-Chair of the State of Hawaii Land Use Commission and was a board member on the Hawaii Community Development Authority and the Aloha Tower Development Corporation.
He is currently a board member on the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART).
Steve Colón serves as President of Hunt Companies’ Development Division in Hawai’i where he is responsible for the company’s Hawai’i activities. Steve is also the current Chair of the Urban Land Institute Hawaii District Council (ULI Hawaii).
Steve has experience in virtually every aspect of real estate development, investment and management. Under Steve’s leadership, Hunt’s Hawai’i Division manages the development of properties on the islands of Oahu, Big Island and Kauai, encompassing 2,000 acres of land and over 1 million square feet of retail, commercial and light industrial space. Steve was instrumental in the company’s acquisition of its Oahu portfolio from the Navy through the Ford Island Master Development Agreement, a unique Public Private Partnership transaction. Following the acquisition Hunt successfully re-developed and re-positioned over $400 million of underutilized and neglected former Navy real assets, including 1,500 homes, a former Navy Weapons Station and a 5MW utility-scale PV energy project. The Division’s current projects include a master planned redevelopment of a former Naval Air Station on Oahu, a new master planned development on the Big Island, totaling over 1,200 acres and a neighborhood retail center on Kauai. In 2012 Mr. Colón was awarded Private Sector Leader of the Year by the Association of Defense Communities, recognizing his leadership in redeveloping Ford Island. On behalf of Hunt Companies, he also received the 2012 Base Redevelopment Innovation award for the redevelopment of Ford Island.