In Memory: David T. Allen

It is with great sadness we announce the passing of David T. Allen, a founding member of Trinity Partners, long time NAIOP member and member of the NAIOP Charlotte Advisory Council.  David passed away on May 29, 2014.

David will be fondly remembered and missed.  The memorial service will be held Tuesday, June 3, 2014 at 2:00 pm at Myers Park Presbyterian Church.


Separating Cars from Bikes Brings Money to Retailers, Communities

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According to a report by PeopleForBike’s, cities across the country are rethinking their approach to bike lanes and viewing cyclists in a different way. “We have learned that adding a physical separation between cars and bikes can be game changing,” notes Martha Roskowski, Vice President of Local Innovation for PeopleforBikes.

While companies can fit more employees into less space, cities are limited in that they cannot accommodate more cars and must be open to alternative transportation sources.

The report chronicles six cities as they progressed through Phase I of the group’s Green Lane Project and cites specific ways that better bike lanes can help urban economies. Find out which cities are changing lanes by reading the full article in the spring issue of Development magazine.

Déjà vu: Disagreement on Amendments Divides Senate Again

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Last week it was the popular Energy Efficiency and Industrial Competitiveness Act. This week, the package of tax extenders legislation failed to pass a procedural vote in the Senate that would have ended debate and brought up that bill for a final floor vote.

The reason for both bills’ recent unfortunate fate: partisan political bickering over restrictions on amendments. On Wednesday, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) performed a procedural maneuver giving him control over which amendments would be addressed. Frustrated and in protest of the lack of ability to offer amendments, Republicans blocked efforts to proceed with tax extender legislation that expired December 31, 2013.

Senate Finance Committee Chairman Ron Wyden (D-Oregon), who claims he did not receive a list of Republican amendments in advance of the May 15 cloture vote, expressed an interest in working with Republicans on an amendment deal. While lamenting that his party’s “experience post cloture with the ability to offer amendments has not been good,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky), thinks Wyden is “headed in the right direction.”

Top Senate aides reiterate that the Senate’s inability to reach an agreement on tax extenders delays but doesn’t ultimately destroy the bill’s chances of being passed. Wyden was optimistic on possibly bringing up the bill again as early this week, though analysts contend that it most likely will not be fully resolved until the lame duck session after congressional mid-term elections this November.

Man vs. Machine: The Rise of Robots in E-commerce

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Think back to the last item you purchased online. At some point along its path from the warehouse to your front door, it was most likely touched by a robot.

In fact these days, one simple application is the use of robots to automate forklift operations, moving and delivering pallets and carts.

Coinciding with the increase in robotics, fulfillment centers are also enhancing their inventory management systems to process and manage high demand. All of this comes at a price, and for commercial real estate that cost is often associated with highly customized, build-to-suit development.

While we may not be anywhere close to having mini-drones drop packages from the sky, NAIOP examines this advancement in technology and the implications it will have on commercial real estate in E-commerce Evolution: Considerations for Commercial Real Estate.

The online E-commerce Evolution: Considerations for Commercial Real Estate center features regularly updated lists of — and links to — articles, studies, reports and other information sources on the five elements of e-commerce. These include:

The Internet and mobile devices;
Multichannel and omnichannel retailing;
Changing supply chains;
Distribution and fulfillment centers; and
Robotics and inventory systems.

NAIOP Development ‘14

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October 27-29, 2014 | Denver, Colorado – NAIOP’s annual fall meeting will host seven different project tours; keynotes by Fox News’ Chris Wallace, Collier’s K.C. Conway and demographer Joel Kotkin; terrific panels and sessions; and an exciting Reception in the Rockies at Denver’s beautiful Union Station.

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NAIOP Advocacy

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Our team in Washington, D.C., is busy with the biggest issues facing our industry: tax reform, TRIA and energy legislation. Real estate was excluded from a carried interest provision in proposed tax reform. Although that specific bill is unlikely to be passed, it lays the groundwork for future bills and our exclusion is an important victory. Terrorism Risk Insurance (TRIA) expires at the end of 2014 and our team is working with the Coalition to Insure Against Terrorism on strategies to extend this important program. A NAIOP-supported energy efficiency bill that will, in part, establish voluntary national model building codes is being considered by the Senate but, because of election-year politics, passage is an uphill battle.

Industry Committee on Permitting Improvements Set to Meet Next Tuesday

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A committee of industry representatives will meet next week to discuss ways to improve the efficiency and consistency of Mecklenburg County’s Plan Review, Permitting and Inspections process.

The Select Committee of the Building-Development Commission (BDC) will hold its first meeting on Tuesday, May 6th from 1 – 4 p.m. in the Charlotte Conference Rooms of the Hal Marshall Building, 700 N. Tryon St.

The Committee is made up of representatives from REBIC, the Charlotte Chamber of Commerce, NAIOP, the Charlotte HBA, the Greater Charlotte Apartment Association, the Associated General Contractors and other industry trade groups. It is expected to meet twice during the month of May, with additional meetings to be scheduled if necessary. Both meetings will be facilitated by an outside consultant, and the floor will be opened to stakeholder comments at the conclusion of the agenda.

Any builders, developers or contractors with suggestions on how to improve plan review, building permitting and inspections are welcome and encouraged to attend!

The Select Committee is one of a number of initiatives launched by the County after the Board of Commissioners received a series of letters from REBIC, the Apartment Association and the Charlotte Chamber asking for specific improvements to the permitting and inspections process. Some of these recommendations include:

  • Reducing inconsistencies between Plan Review and Inspections;
  • Aligning inspection times with project size;
  • Improving the county’s permit hold notification system;
  • Facilitating a cultural shift to improve customer service

You can read REBIC’s letter to the Board of Commissioners HERE.

REBIC will continue to work with Mecklenburg County staff and the Board of Commissioners to find ways to improve the plan review and inspections process, and will keep you appraised of our progress.