Urban Development Summit

May 30, 2018  
New York Academy of Sciences
7 World Trade Center, 250 Greenwich Street
8:30AM - 11:45AM
Future of Land Use, Zoning and Affordable Housing in NYC
Event Description

City & State’s Urban Development Summit will bring together 200+ housing, development and infrastructure professionals from across the state, including elected officials, real estate developers, engineers, construction managers, and innovators from both the public and private sectors. This forum will address current trends, big projects, major issues in an effort to expand and grow local neighborhoods and the overall economy.


Registration & Networking Breakfast


Opening Keynote

James Patchett, President and CEO, New York City Economic Development Corporation 


The Future of Housing Development in New York

How do we build new developments, and reinvigorate neighborhoods in the outer boroughs through affordable housing options, without "gentrifying" the area and displacing the original population? How can we balance new development to address the housing crisis with the effort to preserve historically relevant landmarks and districts in New York?  How can we create opportunities for New York City’s neighborhoods to build a permanent, alternative market of affordable homes for ownership?

  • Ben Adler, Senior Editor, City & State NY (moderator)
  • Nicole Ferreira, Senior Vice President of Multifamily Finance, New York State Homes and Community Renewal
  • Molly Park, Deputy Commissioner for Development, New York City Department of Housing Preservation & Development
  • Council Member Robert E. Cornegy, Jr., Chair, Committee on Housing and Buildings
  • Paula Roy Carethers, Executive Vice President for Real Estate, New York City Housing Development Corporation
  • Edward C. Wallace, Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

Rezoning NYC

What are the most important zoning changes being made pursuant to the existing NYC zoning laws? We look to the recent rezoning of the East New York, Downtown Far Rockaway, East Midtown and new projects like East Harlem to see how contemporary zoning adjustments take place, and what kind of economic development and impact they have.

  • Jeff Coltin, Staff Reporter, City & State NY (moderator)
  • Purnima Kapur, Executive Director, New York City Department of City Planning
  • Council Member Donovan Richards, Member, Subcommittee on Zoning
  • Council Member Fernando Cabrera, Member, Committee on Housing and Buildings
  • Carlo Scissura, President and CEO, New York Building Congress
  • Richard Barth, Executive Vice President, Capalino+Company

Special Introduction by Laura J. Manno, Director, State Government Affairs, Charter Communications


    Buildings and Infrastructure Ideas that Better NY:

    We will explore bettering NY by way of creating structures that generate revenue, and projects that provide increased functionally which make daily life for all NY’s the best it can be. NY has always paved the way with ground breaking technology, esthetics, safety, green building design, etc. No great city was built in a day, and we will discuss our continuing evolution with leaders of projects and solutions that will positively effect visitors and locals alike.

    • Jonathan Bowles, Executive Director, Center for an Urban Future (moderator)
    • Holly M. Leicht, Executive Vice President, Real Estate Development & Planning, Empire State Development 
    • Council Member Paul Vallone, Chair, Committee on Economic Development
    • Louise Cohen, CEO, Primary Care Development Corporation

    Sessions Conclude

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