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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  • Seattle Chinatown International District Retail Attraction Strategy
  • 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

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.

Commercial District Advisor Blog

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    Closing the fresh food gap with existing retail
    August, 2018
    Nur Asri, Associate
    Across the country neighborhoods are suffering from a lack of access to quality grocery stores and fresh produce. This...
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    Grappling with Neighborhood Change...and Winning
    August, 2018
    Larisa Ortiz, Principal
    Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation created a short summary with before/after pics of all the participating merchants. Today marked the...
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    Is Your District Website Obsolete? Three Strategies for Upping your Marketing and Social Media Game.
    August, 2018
    Larisa Ortiz, Principal
    Eighty four percent of people now access the internet from a mobile device. The implications for district managers are...
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    How to establish a 'Tenant Improvement Program'
    August, 2018
    Nur Asri, Associate
    There are a myriad of factors leading to high rates of retail vacancy in our cities. However, one issue...
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    Opportunity Zones – Big Impacts for Low-Income Neighborhoods
    July, 2018
    Molly Balzano, Project Associate
    A new provision, called the Investing in Opportunity Act, was passed as part of the 2017 tax reform. It...
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    LOA supports strategic development and leasing efforts for Bedrock Management and Midwood Investment and Development
    July, 2018
    Nur Asri, Associate
    As the world of retail continues to change, cities, downtown organizations, and private developers alike are trying to make...
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