Urbane Development in the News

Place-Based Grants Will Investigate How to Diversify NYC Tech

By Emily Nonko, Next City, July 18, 2019

“Urbane Development…will partner with Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corp., a community development corporation in Brooklyn’s Bed-Stuy neighborhood, to research opportunities for Bed-Stuy residents living in public housing.”

Caribbean Market Set to Get New Lease on Life in Flatbush Project

By REW, Real Estate Weekly, June 6, 2019

“The city has broken ground for Caton Flats, a mixed-use affordable apartment development in Flatbush that will include a revived Flatbush Caton market…”

New Development Rises At Flatbush Caton Market Site

By Kathleen Culliton, Patch, May 15, 2019

“Lawmakers and locals gathered at the construction site to celebrate work beginning on the future home of the Flatbush Caton Market… [from] Urbane Development CEO, James Johnson-Piett, ‘Great businesses will anchor this development and we’re here to help you do that.'”

2 NYC Projects Land $181M in Financing

By Holly Dutton, Multi-Housing News, April 3, 2019

“Two affordable housing developments in New York City have received financing through Freddie Mac that totaled more than $180.6 million, according to Merchants Capital, which secured the financing on behalf of the developers behind the projects. Partnering… in the development [includes] Urbane Development and the Caribbean American Chamber of Commerce and Industry.”

NYC Nightlife Report Shows $697 Million in Tax Revenue

By Total Food Service, February 19, 2019

“The first-ever economic impact study of the sector was released late last month by the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment. The study looked at New York City restaurants, bars, arts and cultural institutions, music venues and sports and recreation facilities that are open between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m…”

Food Incubators Take Root in Baltimore

By Sarah Meehan, The Baltimore Sun, September, 20 2016

“Nationwide, the number of kitchen incubators increased by more than half – to more than 200 between 2013 and 2016, according to research by Econsult Solutions, Urbane Development, and American Communities Trust…”

Urban Innovator of the Week: James Johnson-Piett, Urbane Development

By Nicole Rupersburg, Urban Innovation Exchange, September 13, 2016

“Let’s leapfrog [existing] development constructs. We solve problems that have been intractable for years. We have big, hairy, audacious goals because have big, hairy, audacious problems…”

Humane Development: On the Transformation of Flatbush Caton Market

By Natalie Rinn, Brooklyn Magazine, March 29, 2016 

“…the asset that all underserved communities have in abundance is human capital, and that this is what can best serve those spaces he calls community anchors—the Flatbush-Caton markets of the world. ‘Those are the places that are economically resilient; they run [during] downturns and upswings…'”

Connecting Food and the Built Environment in New Orleans

By Kathleen McCormick, Urban Land Institute, March 16, 2016

“Evoking a character in the film Pulp Fiction, James Johnson-Piett, president and CEO of Urbane Development in New York City, described himself as a fixer focused on helping food-based enterprises and entrepreneurs create local wealth and address social inequity in underserved areas… Ventures in lower-income communities require creation of spaces that leverage diversity, authenticity, and scale to attract local people…”

Brooklyn 100: James Johnson-Piett, Urbane Development

By Natalie Rinn, Brooklyn Magazine, March 11, 2016

“What became crystal clear to me is quality of life and all the indices that we measure against—public safety, job creation, health, environment impact—comes back to wealth inequality. So my company Urbane was built with an integrated, multi-sectoral concept that could bring together economics, public safety and health, and environmental issues at the neighborhood scale.”

A More Resilient Neighborhood, Just Beyond The Grid

By Aaron Reiss, Urban Omnibus, December 17, 2014

“While independent communications infrastructure, renewable energy, and resilient heating and power systems may all be major priorities in contemporary urban development, the three aren’t typically incorporated into the same project. Beyond The Grid — an ambitious plan underway in the Two Bridges neighborhood of Lower Manhattan — does just that. And the fact that the proposal has been created in this neighborhood is no accident.”