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B&C News 2005

Maura Cochran Editor in Chief of Real Estate Issues
Maura Cochran has been chosen as editor in chief of Real Estate Issues, the journal of the Counselors of Real Estate (CRE). Real Estate Issues is published three times a year for the benefit of the CRE and other real estate professionals, planners, architects, developers, economists, government personnel, lawyers and accountants. It focuses on providing up-to-date information on problems and topics in the field of real estate.

Maura was also elected to a three-year term to the national Board of the Counselors and serves as the membership chair for the local chapter.

Bartram & Cochran’s 2005 project highlights…

  • Bartram & Cochran has been retained by the Hartford YMCA to assist in the adaptive reuse of the Y’s Jewell Street location and the relocation of its metro offices and downtown facility. The study included the creation of a master plan, a national RFQ and RFP process, selection and negotiation. The end product is the creation of a mixed-use project valued at $117 million that will include 200 condominiums, 100 apartments, retail and garage. The relocation will of the 40,000 square feet of downtown requirements will be in the renovated Civic Center (Hartford 21) for a twenty-year lease.

  • Bartram & Cochran has been retained by the City of Bristol to assist them in the adaptive reuse of the Bristol Center Mall. The study for the 17-acre site included assessing the community needs for a field house, conference center, performing arts center, recreation center, retail, office, housing and a Boys and Girls Club.

  • Bartram & Cochran has been retained by the City of New Haven, as part of a team lead by RKG Associates, to prepare a development strategy for the Route 34 Corridor in New Haven. B&C was the team member assigned the task of evaluating the market opportunities for the site. This task entailed evaluating demographic trends within the immediate neighborhoods surrounding the site, meeting with real estate professionals and developers within the City, and evaluating trends and opportunities that emanate from lead employers in the area.

    B&C also evaluated the locational attributes of the property and overall real estate conditions within the City and region, with a particular focus on the residential, office, retail, lodging and specialized light industrial/ R&D markets.

  • Bartram & Cochran was retained by MBIA to assist them in the due diligence for credit enhancement for TrustStreet, the largest fast food franchise REIT created by the merger of CNL and USRP’s operations.

  • Bartram & Cochran and RKG Associates were retained by the City of Memphis, TN to do an adaptive reuse study of The Pyramid, an iconic 37 story stainless pyramid located on the waterfront in Memphis. The building, built as a 22,000 stadium and civic center, was rendered functionally obsolete with the opening of the FedEx Forum. With many operational and legal constraints, the team created a solution that will bring jobs, tourists and tax revenues to the City.

  • Bartram & Cochran was retained by the Town of Sanford, Maine to do a Market Plan for Sanford Center and the Mousam Waterfront to create a vision that would lead to improvements in the aesthetics of the area, its livability and encourage private investment.