CD Advisor


Commercial District Advisors

We help our clients achieve their goals by devising actionable, market-based solutions for diverse urban places.

Commercial District Advisors

We help our clients achieve their commercial revitalization Goals by devising actionable,market-based solutions for their downtowns.

 

WHO WE WORK WITH

We work with a range of clients across the country and customize solutions based on their capacity and needs.

Public


We support cities and government entities in their efforts to maintain or establish economic development efforts

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Private


We support real estate brokers, retailers and developers in their retail leasing and site selection efforts.

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Non-Profit


We support economic development organizations, community based organizations, Business Improvement Districts (BID) and other commercial district managers in their commercial revitalization efforts.

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FEATURED PROJECTS

We have worked in over 100 communities around the nation, in small towns and large cities

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  • Strengthening the Business Mix and Attracting Tourists in Mount Washington
  • Seattle Chinatown International District Retail Attraction Strategy
  • Citywide Economic Market Study: Trenton, NJ
  • Downtown Morganton Visioning and Master Plan
  • Commercial District Assessment for Livingston County
  • NYS Downtown Revitalization Initiative: Middletown, Elmira, Oneonta, Oswego, Hudson, Watkins Glen
  • Citywide Retail Strategic Plan: Cambridge, MA
  • Retail Attraction Marketing Materials: Midwood Studio City
  • Midtown Atlanta Retail Market Assessment and Implementation Strategy

SMAR2T™
Approach

Every community has a unique set of physical conditions, resources, and partners whose collective efforts can be harnessed to create healthier business environments.

The SMAR2T™ Approach ensures communities are utilizing existing assets when planning for the future.

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MARKET ANALYSIS

Assess the physical and business environment, and collect demographic and market data

STRATEGIC POSITION

Define your community’s “DNA”, the resources, assets, and characteristics that make it special

TENANT MIX

Improve the mix of businesses through business retention and attraction.

RETAIL SALES

Drive sustainability of local businesses through marketing and promotion efforts.

ACTION

A blueprint for action with actionable, market-based strategies will guide communities to achieving successful commercial revitalization

REDEVELOPMENT

Improve the public realm, build density, and enhance privately-owned properties.

DIAGNOSE

In order to more effectively allocate funding and resources towards the goals of catalyzing investment, communities must first diagnose local opportunities and challenges in the physical environment, business environment, and market conditions.

CAPACITY

Identify the organizations, people, and resources who can execute strategies. Consider the role of the existing regulatory and municipal permitting processes in supporting business growth.

CAPACITY

The best planning efforts are meaningless without the capacity to execute and a regulatory and policy framework that enables action. Qualified staff, organizational support, and adaptive regulatory frameworks are a necessary component of a successful commercial district strategy.

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    The revitalization of Class B mall properties and how cities can support mall redevelopment
    November, 2018
    Nur Asri, Associate
    As consumer purchasing journeys continue to evolve and the demand for brick-and-mortar stores contracts across the nation, failing Class-B...
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    Rent is only one factor.
    November, 2018
    Nur Asri, Associate
    Back in the 60s or 70s, opening a retail store may have been relatively simple. You would rent a...
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    Is Location Really Everything?
    November, 2018
    Larisa Ortiz, Principal
    The other day I arrived early for a meeting in Lower Manhattan and needed a quiet spot to park...
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    IDASATX18 RECAP
    October, 2018
    Nur Asri, Associate
    We are on a tremendous high after spending three days in San Antonio last week exploring that amazing City...
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    Commercial Corridor and Small Business Resiliency
    October, 2018
    Molly Balzano, Project Associate
    A few weeks ago, our team attended the conference "Designing a Carbon Neutral New York" co-hosted by the New...
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    What do mall operators know about speciality leasing that you should know too?
    September, 2018
    Larisa Ortiz, Principal
    As retail demand shifts rather quickly to on-line sales, we are seeing mall operators explore major redevelopment and adding...
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