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Conversations about all thing "built environment" in the Tar Heel State. We will be discussing places and spaces and the people who make them awesome!
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Summary: Steve Hepler and I discuss how he knew he wanted to be an architect and his thoughts on organizations returning to work. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________I had the chance to visit the Raleigh Office of LS3P to interview the Raleigh Office Leader and Principle, Steve Hepler, AIA, GGP. We talk all about his path to becoming an architect, a profession he knew he wanted to be a part of from a very early age. We also discuss the surprise benefits that came from remote work, his advice for other architects, and how the key to great work is often “listening”.Connect with LS3P: Website | LinkedIn | Instagram | TwitterSteve Recommends: The Way of the ShepherdAbout Steve Hepler, AIA, GGP:  Vice President and Principal Steve Hepler serves as LS3P’s Raleigh Office Leader. Steve brings 40 years of experience to the firm as Principal-in-Charge and Architect-of-Record on a variety of project types including corporate commercial, retail, mixed-use, institutional, higher education and healthcare project types throughout the Southeast.Steve is active in professional and community organizations, serving as the 1993 President of the AIA-Charlotte chapter and a member of the AIA North Carolina Board of Directors in 1992. He is the former Vice Chairman of the Myrtle Beach Community Appearance Board in Myrtle Beach, SC and a former member of the Historic District Commission in Georgetown, SC.He is an active member in the Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and serves on its Inter-City Visit Task Force Committee. Steve is also a member of the City of Raleigh Parks, Recreation, and Greenway Advisory Board, a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI), a member of the Triangle chapter of CoreNet, and a member of the National Association of Industrial Office Parks (NAIOP). ________________________________________________________ As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com  Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Jedidiah Gant and I talk all about murals in Raleigh and the process of getting a mural on a wall. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________In this episode Jedidiah and I talk about all things mural in Raleigh. We start off talking about 90’s bands, but then get into the four key requirements of any mural project and the process of getting “Green City, USA” from a concept up onto the wall in Downtown Raleigh. We even get into how we both got our names.About Jedidiah: Jedidiah Gant is a designer living with his wife, two kids, and pup in Downtown Raleigh where he's walked the streets looking for creative opportunities and vinyl records since 2005. His work focuses on media strategy, creative urbanism, and community engagement (or some combination of all three).  He is the Brand Director at Myriad, a video agency who focuses on making video make a difference for tech and social impact brands. As well, he is the Director of the Raleigh Murals Project, a non-profit organization that has helped make Raleigh colorful since 2015 by installing murals with brands such as ACLU, Google Fiber, March for our Lives, Red Hat, Truth, and Vans among many others.  He has a bachelor degree in Architecture from UNC Charlotte and a Masters Degree in New Media from NC State’s College of Design (Art+ Design). He has taught media theory in the Art + Design graduate department since 2019.  Raleigh Murals Project InstagramRaleigh Murals Project TwitterJedidiah Gant InstagramJedidiah Gant TwitterJedidiah Gant LinkedInYard Style Christmas (Album)Natty Christmas (Album)________________________________________________________ As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com  Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Guest host Cara Byrne steps in to interview Jed Byrne in a special “get to know your host” episode. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________Cara Byrne, my wife, steps up to the plate to get the “dirt” on me, Jed Byrne.  She asks me all about my professional and educational background, we play a great game of “this or that”, she asks some questions from the audience, and things even get personal!Stay tuned to the very end for a hidden clip from an episode “indtruder”.LinkedInTwitter ________________________________________________________ As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com  Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Kathleen Henry and I go on a deep dive about Economic Development in Wake County. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________Today I had the chance to chat with Kathleen Henry who is an Economic Development Director with Wake County Economic Development (WCED).  We do a deep dive all about what the economic development process actually looks like, what is the current state of economic development in Wake County, and what do site selectors look for when they are on the hunt for locations for their clients.  About Kathleen: As a key member of WCED’s business recruitment and expansion team, Kathleen Henry manages all aspects of the business recruitment and expansion process and contributes to the overall BRE strategy. She also leads efforts around WCED’s International Business & Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) initiatives with the goal of recruiting and marketing the region to foreign-owned companies.Before arriving at WCED, Kathleen worked for World Trade Center Savannah, an international economic development organization in Savannah, Georgia where she served as the Manager of Research and Trade Development, helping regional companies with their international growth strategies as well as managing the planning, marketing and execution of inbound trade missions and outbound trade and investment development efforts for the region.Born and raised in Anderson, South Carolina, Kathleen moved to Savannah, GA to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Economics from Armstrong State University. During her four years at Armstrong, she competed as a member of the university’s national championship tennis team. Kathleen was drawn to Wake County for its great quality of life and for the opportunity to contribute to its exciting economic growth. Kathleen loves spending time outdoors, running the Greenways, experiencing the local food scene, attending sporting events and traveling.LinkedInTwitter ________________________________________________________ As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com  Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Charles Dillard and I talk all about Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and their re-emergence in Raleigh. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________Today I had the chance to chat with Charles Dillard, who is an Urban Planner with the Urban Design Center, which is part of the City of Raleigh Planning Department.  We talk all about ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units).  We talk about the specific niche in the housing landscape that he believes ADUs and only ADUs can fill.  We discuss the barriers to building ADUs and what the City is doing about them.  We also discuss housing affordability and displacement, which all growing cities struggle with, and what measures are being explored to help alleviate those issues.  About Charles: Charles is an urban designer and planner with the City of Raleigh’s Urban Design Center, where he is a member of an inter-disciplinary team working to envision a more equitable, sustainable and beautiful Raleigh. Drawing on his diverse background, Charles is a core member of Raleigh’s effort to reimagine what our neighborhoods and public realm can be. Charles manages the city’s Accessory Dwelling Unit program, a comprehensive set of regulations and incentives that will make Raleigh the southeast’s most ADU-friendly city.Prior to joining the Urban Design Center, Charles was an Urban Designer with RATIO in Raleigh and a planner with the New York City Department of City Planning.Charles holds a Master’s in City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master’s in Landscape Architecture from the University of Toronto. Additional ADU Links:City of Raleigh Resourceshttps://raleighnc.gov/business/content/PlanDev/Articles/Zoning/AccessoryDwellingUnits.htmlReport 02 - Accessory Dwelling Unit Programs and Regulatory Tools (Download)Other City WebsitesSan Mateo County CA - https://secondunitcentersmc.org/Seattle - https://aduniverse-seattlecitygis.hub.arcgis.com/Pre-Approved ADUs:Seattle - https://aduniverse-seattlecitygis.hub.arcgis.com/pages/galleryLos Angeles - https://www.ladbs.org/adu/standard-plan-program/approved-standard-plansAffordability/Anti
Summary: Ben Stevens is the author of The Birth of a Building and a Development Manager with ZOM Living in Raleigh, NC. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________Today I had the chance to chat with Ben Stevens who is a great friend and the author of one of the best books on the real estate development process, The Birth of a Building.  Ben and his family recently relocated to the Triangle and I am glad we have his expertise and insight in town! In our discussion we talk about the development process, what he learned by writing the book, and what he is thinking and writing about now.About Ben : Ben Stevens is a Development manager for ZOM Living in Raleigh working on projects across the Carolinas. Zom Living is a real estate development firm with a nation-wide platform focusing on multifamily and senior living . He received his MBA, with focus in Real Estate and Urban Land Economics, from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He's the creator of The Skyline Forum, an online interview series with developers, architects, and urban planners. Find him on his website, Twitter, or LinkedIn. You can message him here. ________________________________________________________ As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com  Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Anna Lynch is the CEO and Co-Founder of Lynch Mykins Structural Engineers in Raleigh, NC. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________Today I had the chance to chat with Anna Lynch, CEO and Co-Founder of Lynch Mykins Structural Engineers.  Anna and I got to dig into what a structural engineer does and what it takes for engineers to be a part of a great team. We talk all about how to break down the ego of an engineer, how vulnerability is key to building relationships, and the power of crazy ideas.  You can find out more about Lynch Mykins by connecting with them on social media on: Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, and Twitter.About Anna: Anna founded Lynch Mykins because she’s a pusher. A pusher of boundaries. One of those people you never forget once you meet her in person. She’s re-invented the way structural engineering happens across the country. This fearless visionary is guiding left-brained engineers to be hybrid thinkers and her clients are loving every successful project as a result. Focus, dedication, hard work and passion for change and growth are her motivators. Seeing others grow and be successful is her ultimate reward.For previous interviews with Anna, check out The Power of Design Podcast and the Curated Podcast.________________________________________________________ As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com  Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Courtney Landoll, PLA, ASLA is a landscape architect and Customer Success Manager at WithersRavenel in Raleigh, NC. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne. Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre ________________________________________________________Today I had the chance to chat with my colleague, Courtney Landoll, in our downtown Raleigh office.  She shared a bit of her backstory and taught me all about ecological design. We talked about what ecological design is, why it is important, and ways that the culture and market around ecological design has changed over the years. She even teaches me what a “ruffle” is!  If you want to connect with Courtney, you can reach her on LinkedIn and Twitter.  About Courtney: Courtney has 20 years landscape architectural experience leading and implementing complex, multidisciplinary projects throughout the US while working with clients to achieve rigorous schedule and budgetary demands. She has worked extensively on urban healthcare, office, mixed-use, parks, streetscapes and campus design projects. With a background in the creative arts and design-build projects, Courtney specializes in design that harmoniously balances materials and textures to provide an engaging site experience for the user that is also functional, cost-effective and easy to maintain. Courtney also has over ten years’ experience providing ecological and sustainable design services.Courtney is currently serving in a national leadership role with the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) as a member of the Nominating Committee and is serving as President-elect of North Carolina Chapter of ASLA. She is also an active member of the Triangle Chapter of Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW).    ________________________________________________________ As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com  Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Rhett Fussell (he/him) is the Interim Director of the Raleigh Area Land Trust (RALT).Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work.With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point.If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre________________________________________________________Today I had the chance to speak with Rhett Fussell, the Interim  Director of the Raleigh Area Land Trust (RALT), the first Community Land Trust in Raleigh North Carolina and Wake County!  We talked all about what a land trust is, how RALT is engaging "underestimated" members of the community, and how RALT acts as a stepping stone for individuals and families to buy a home. You can connect with Rhett on Twitter and LinkedIn and RALT on Twitter and Instagram.  Also, be sure to check out their website at www.RALT.orgAbout Rhett: Rhett Fussell (he/him) is a strategic activator that is passionate about bringing people together for action and success.  Rhett has worked as a transportation engineer for over 20 years on transit projects across the country.  His experience working with cities developed his understanding for how people and places lead to successful communities.Rhett also runs a local non-profit called the Raleigh Area Land Trust (RALT), focused on the development of attainable housing. The goal is to provide families with the opportunity to begin generational wealth creation through homeownership.Rhett aspires to be a retired sports junkie, but in the meantime, he plays volleyball, dodgeball and often can be found at the gym.  He graduated from NC State University with a Master’s in Civil Engineering and was a founding member of the Student Wolfpack Club.  Rhett is married to his wonderful husband of 14 years Joe and they have a spoiled chocolate lab, Tucker.________________________________________________________As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: I give an overview of the aspects of the development process for rental property including: Concept and Iteration, Gathering Resources and Contracting, Lease Up and Operations, and Risks in development. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre________________________________________________________Today as part of the Real Estate 101 Series, we will be talking all about the basics of the development Process.  We will discuss: Concept and Iteration, Gathering Resources and Contracting, Lease Up and Operations, and Risks in development.1) Concept and Iteration-Ideation-Creation of Value2) Gathering Resources and Contracting-Site Control-Capital-Design-Construction-Legal3) Lease Up and Operations-Commercial Lease Up vs Multifamily-Tenant Upfit-Value created is based on NOI4) Risks-Time-Financial-Market-Uncertainty-Opportunity-Environmental-Rezoning/Entitlement-Lease Up I would love to get your feedback, reach out and let me know what your latest multifamily experience was like!________________________________________________________As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: Asa Hecker a MBA student and I discuss career transitions and networking.Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre________________________________________________________Today I had the chance to speak with Asa Hecker.  Asa is currently a MBA student at UNC Kenan-Flagler Business School where he is studying real estate.  We originally met when he reached out to me to learn more about my development experience in Raleigh. I invited him on the show because I think he has great perspectives on networking, career transition, and finding a career in real estate. ________________________________________________________As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: I discuss the basics of the multifamily asset class: types, features, amenities, and give examples of various price points and locations in Raleigh. Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre________________________________________________________Today as part of the Real Estate 101 Series, we will be talking all about multifamily.  We will discuss: types of multifamily, sizes, styles, amenities, finishes, classification, and finally I will give current (July 2021) examples of location and pricing.  I would love to get your feedback, reach out and let me know what your latest multifamily experience was like!________________________________________________________As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com Until next time, Thank you!
Summary: I chat with David Meeker (Carpenter Development and Co-Owner of Trophy Brewing) to discuss retail development and operations in Raleigh.  We even get into road design and fare-free busses.Show Notes: Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @Oakcitycre --------------------I recently had the chance to chat with David Meeker all about retail development and operations in Raleigh, we even get into road design and transportation. I appreciate David's perspective as a retail business owner and landlord which is a pretty unique combination. A Raleigh native, David Meeker founded Carpenter Development and partnered with the Trophy Brewing team in 2008. He has made every mistake in the world, lived to tell about it, and has invaluable development experience because of that. David is on the Board of the Raleigh Chamber, Downtown Raleigh Alliance, Common Cause NC, North Carolinians for Redistricting Reform, Dix Park, the Dogwood Bank Advisory Board, and Artspace. He is also on the Capital Campaign Committee for Healing Transitions, a detox and recovery center on Dix Park. David lives in Downtown Raleigh with his wife and two boys. --------------------As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com Until next time, Thank you!
Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @OakcitycreToday I am interviewing Michael Rodgers, a project manager with DHIC INC, an affordable housing developer based in Raleigh.  We talk all about a pretty amazing project that he has been working on, the Willard Street Apartments.  Not only are The Willard Street apartments affordable, they are a part of a mixed use development that is also located in the downtown Durham core next to multiple forms of transit.Michael Rodgers joined DHIC’s real estate development team in September, 2016. Michael directs rental housing development from the initial concept stage through project feasibility, design, financing, construction, and stabilization. He is also works on the financial structuring and underwriting of the development pipeline. Prior to joining DHIC, Michael was an Acquisition Manager at a non-profit tax credit syndicator where he was responsible for originating, underwriting, and closing  tax credit developments across North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, and Georgia. He also worked as a Legislative Assistant in the legislative offices of the Virginia General Assembly. Michael is a graduate of the College of William and Mary and has a Masters of City and Regional Planning from UNC-Chapel Hill. He previously served on the Town of Carrboro Planning Commission. He is a member of Leadership Triangle class of 2019 and is Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Durham Co-op Market.Congrats again to Michael and the DHIC team on the delivery of a fantastic project, you can find more information about all of their work including the Willard Street Apartments at www.DHIC.org or connect with them on social media @DHICinc.  I have also included links to the NC Housing Coalition Infographics in the show notes. As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com Until next time, Thank you!https://nchousing.org/county-fact-sheets/https://www.linkedin.com/in/michael-rodgers-56bb6515/
Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @OakcitycreSo today as part of the real estate 101 series we are going to talk about site characteristics. This topic actually came to me as a question from a friend, so if you have a question you'd like to have answered, reach out to me on Twitter at @OakcityCRE. Question: When you look at new sites from a developers perspective what would you say are the top two or three things you look at?I would look at 1)zoning/future land use plan 2) wetlands/usable acres and finally 3) topography/rock.Then I would do basic financial analysis, what rents can I achieve and what are my development costs to be able to achieve those rents. This data and some back of the envelope analysis would help me determine if the project is financially viable.  I hope you are finding value in these shorter episodes. If you have any questions about land use that you'd like answered, just let me know!
Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk all about the places and spaces of North Carolina and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates an opportunity for me to share what I have learned with you as well as introduce you to some of my  friends, both new and old who are doing transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @OakcitycreToday I am talking with Mr. Nick Neptune:Nicholaus M. Neptune is an educator, civic entrepreneur, and community advocate most recently known for his work as general manager and director of Raleigh, North Carolina's Transfer Company Food Hall, Ballroom, and Work Hall – managing the nearly 50,000 sq. ft. property through its final stages of renovation and early efforts in public engagement; eventually opening, programming, and activating the historic former bus garage alongside the property’s ten talented and award-winning independent food and beverage vendor teams.  Now, having successfully navigated the property through the uncharted waters of the global pandemic and the ensuing local and national social unrest, Neptune has stepped down from management with Transfer Company to form a new partnership and practice devoted to sustainable design and equitable development, with particular emphasis on mixed-income housing, public-private civic space and commercial opportunities.  In 2020, Raleigh Magazine recognized his longtime civic-minded work and advocacy by including him in their "30 in their 30s" feature as one who is working “hard for positive change … to make life better for everyone in the city.” Based in Raleigh, North Carolina, he currently serves as the board chair and president of Oaks and Spokes, Raleigh’s bicycling and sustainable transportation advocacy nonprofit; as a commissioner with the City of Raleigh’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Commission; as a member of the Dorothea Dix Park Community Committee; and as a board member with Diversify Architecture and the Wake Tech Community College Foundation.I started off asking Nick to tell me who he is, what he is working on, and how he got there...  As always, I am grateful that you have chosen to share this time with me! If you have comments/questions/suggestions about Dirt NC or anything land use related you can find me on twitter at @OakCityCRE and if you want a simple and to the point update on Raleigh commercial development you can subscribe to The Top Five, my free weekly newsletter at www.oakcitycre.com Until next time, Thank you!
Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk about the places and spaces of NC and the people who make the awesome I am your host Jed ByrneThroughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates a great opportunity to not only share what I know with you, but also introduce you to some of my great friends, both new and old who are doing some truly transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @OakcitycreToday as part of the real estate 101 series we will be talking all about the basics of real estate brokerage. Definition, why you would need a broker and why you'd become one, and how they get paid.  Thank you, if you have comments/questions/suggestions find me onTwitter at @Oakcitycre or at my website www.oakcitycre.com
Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk about the places and spaces in NC and the people who make the awesome I am your host Jed ByrneThroughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates a great opportunity to not only share what I know with you, but also introduce you to some of my great friends, both new and old who are doing some truly transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @OakcitycreToday as part of the real estate 101 series we will be talking all about the basics of zoning and entitlement. We will discuss definitions, why zoning and entitlements matter, and provide some examples.  http://www.oakcitycre.com/
Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk about the places and spaces of NC and the people who make them awesome, I am your host Jed Byrne.Throughout my career in engineering, construction, finance, and development, I have covered just about all sides of the land use ecosystem. This show creates a great opportunity to not only share what I know with you, but also introduce you to some of my great friends, both new and old who are doing some truly transformative work. With each episode of Dirt NC my goal is to make sure you walk away learning something new about land use. I promise to keep it simple and straight to the point. If you ever have a question for me, please reach out on Twitter at @OakcitycreToday as part of the real estate 101 series we will be talking all about Financial Equity. We will discuss the definition, why it matters, and give an example. 
Welcome to Dirt NC where we talk about the places and spaces in NC and the people who make the awesome I am your host Jed ByrneToday as part of the real estate 101 series we will be talking all about cap rates. We will discuss:- The definition of a cap rate- How is it used- Give an exampleThank you, comments/questions/suggestions find me online at @OakCityCRE or at www.oakcitycre.com
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