BJH completed an economic and fiscal impact analysis as a part of Angels LandingPartners’ response to a City of Los Angeles request for proposals to develop the 2.24-acre vacant Angels Landing site. Angels Landing Partners is comprised of the Peebles Corporation, Claridge Properties, and MacFarlane Partners. The proposal included the development of two mixed-use towers of 24 and 88 stories, comprised of apartment, condo, hotel, school, and retail/restaurant programs. BJH estimated the potential economic impacts (measured in direct, indirect, and induced jobs, wages, and economic output in Los Angeles County) and fiscal impacts (measured through net new taxes to the City of Los Angeles) that would be generated by the proposed development. In December 2017, the City of Los Angeles selected Angels Landing Partners to develop the site.
BJH was engaged by the City of Boston Mayor’s Office of Economic Development to develop a food truck market report that analyzed the potential for program expansion and improvements. The report was prepared in conjunction with the Boston Small Business Plan, released in 2016, which seeks to support micro businesses, including food truck owners, and to bolster an equitable economy that offers employment and entrepreneurship opportunities to a diverse group of Bostonians. BJH analyzed primary and secondary data to identify geographic areas that are underserved by food trucks, assessed the costs and benefits of the program to the City of Boston, and explored the mechanics of other cities’ food truck programs. BJH also conducted three focus groups and several individual interviews with food truck owners and other food truck sector stakeholders. BJH used these analyses to help inform a set of recommendations surrounding opportunities for new or enhanced food truck sites and programmatic and administrative improvements to Boston’s food truck program.
The Community Redevelopment Agency of the City of Clearwater, Florida engaged BJH to assist with its $1.6 million Downtown Tenant Anchor Incentive Program. The program will provide up to $250,000 to participating property owners, commercial breweries, brewpubs, and restaurant tenants locating in Downtown Clearwater. BJH’s project scope involved analyzing national, state and regional trends in the craft brewery market and assessing the market strengths for brewery expansion in Clearwater. In addition, BJH was tasked with presenting case studies of successful brewery incentive programs and developments from similar sized municipalities. BJH worked with the Community Redevelopment Agency to assemble findings and case studies into a presentation that the Director delivered to City Council.
BJH served as the financial analyst for the team selected by Empire State Development to assess the redevelopment potential of an 8-acre State-owned parcel of land in downtown Albany. The State sought guidance on a strategy that would encourage private sector interest in purchasing and developing the site despite challenging market conditions. Based on interviews with key stakeholders and a review of real estate market trends, BJH advised the team on two potential redevelopment scenarios that would leverage demand for housing in the area and introduce new commercial and open space amenities. Moreover, BJH prepared a phasing schedule for redevelopment that reflected market demand and absorption projections. This work will inform Empire State Development’s strategy to redevelop the property. The final report can be viewed here.
BJH, with a team of transit and economics consultants, contributed to a Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) report detailing the connectivity benefits created by the flow of goods and services in and out of JFK Airport in Jamaica, Queens. BJH analyzed primary and secondary data on employment, wages and business expenditures for on- and off-airport businesses and government employers, such as airport operations (FAA tower, parking operations, TSA, Customs and other public agencies, in-terminal retail and service concessions, and on-property hotels), aviation services (maintenance, fueling, and support services), and off-airport related services (catering, hotels, car services, freight forwarders, and warehousing).
BJH was on a team with an architect, engineer, and cost estimator hired by NYCEDC to study and propose redevelopment scenarios at La Marqueta to support its mission of establishing a vibrant multi-tenant food and retail marketplace in East Harlem. BJH created a pro forma to compare the financial feasibility of the team’s three redevelopment scenarios. In addition, BJH utilized projected rents and assessed operating costs at similar multi-tenant industrial properties with varying operating structures to demonstrate opportunities to reduce expenses and increase the projected net operating income following redevelopment.
The League Education and Treatment Center is a non-profit in Brooklyn that provides services to clients with psychiatric and developmental disabilities. The League Center asked BJH to review its current operations and real estate holdings to identify opportunities to maximize value and reduce costs. BJH engaged an architect to assist in the facilities review and to create program and development scenarios. BJH prepared a report that outlined to League Center leadership options that would better align its real estate holdings with its program needs and financial capacity.
BJH is providing financial and economic advisory services to Empire State Development in the redevelopment of a portion of surplus land at Belmont Park in Nassau County. The project, which is being privately funded, will create a new home for the New York Islanders, as well as new retail, hotel and entertainment facilities. ESD’s designated development partner has also agreed to invest in site and transportation improvements that will enhance accessibility and improve the public realm. BJH’s role included assisting with the draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) and analyzing the economic and fiscal impacts of the project, which will include the creation of over 3,000 permanent jobs and 10,000 construction worker-years.
MFY Legal Services and Housing Conservation Coordinators engaged BJH to conduct an analysis of the interaction between the short-term residential rental market, primarily short term units listed on Airbnb, and the traditional rental housing market in New York City. In order to carry out this analysis, BJH created a classification system using third-party listings data that isolated a category of units it referred to as Impact Listing. In conjunction with providing an analysis of the neighborhood and price effects of Impact Listings, BJH analyzed broader neighborhood and housing trends in the neighborhoods with high concentrations of these listings. The analysis demonstrated high correspondence between areas with growth in Impact Listings and increases in housing prices and constrained supply. The full report, which was issued in June 2016, is available here.
BJH worked as an advisor to Civic Builders in the early conceptual design of a new program, the Building Equity Initiative, an innovative approach to financing charter school construction. Traditionally, charter schools have had difficulty accessing standard financial products and capital due to a lack of expertise (school management focused on quality education, not financial markets and construction) or equity (funding based on per pupil allocations and donations, not capital needs). This program supports a loan pool of standardized transactions, allowing for faster execution, lower borrowing costs, and greater access to capital for both established and emerging schools.
BJH provided strategy and analysis around the structure of the program, both financially and operationally. The team reviewed current financial market conditions for short and long term products, identifying the largest gaps in the market, and participated in interviews with potential lenders and borrowers, summarizing findings for funder presentations. BJH also vetted issues related to program operations, advising on board structure, compliance and risk management tools.
BJH participated on a team of architects, engineers, and historic preservationists to reimagine the “Parsonage Parcel” at Historic Richmond Town (HRT) in Staten Island. HRT aspired to better utilize their unique real estate assets, increase foot traffic on the campus and create more retail opportunities to support their operations and programming budget. BJH created an economic implementation strategy for the new master plan design, highlighting financial feasibility, development tradeoffs, and potential funding sources. The plan allows HRT to prioritize development projects across the Parsonage Parcel to fit their organizational goals and resources and leverage additional funding sources.
BJH worked with the Long Island City Partnership and Public Works Partners on the LIC Comprehensive Plan, which was released in November 2016. BJH was responsible for the existing conditions and incentives recommendations sections of the Plan, which include a study of demographics, market trends across a variety of real estate types, and business sector changes over the past 10 years. The report highlights the recent and significant development of apartment units in LIC, as well as the challenges arts organizations, industrial companies, and commercial office users are experiencing in finding affordable space. The Plan's recommendations seek to enhance the area's revitalization, leverage the district's market potential, and retain the mixed-use fabric of the neighborhood. Find the Plan here.
BJH, working with a talented team of design and construction professionals, created the lowest-cost proposal in the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s (PANYNJ) 2016 Midtown Bus Terminal Design Competition. BJH’s main task on the team was to identify a potential receiver district to land unused air rights from the surrounding PANYNJ properties and to model potential real estate revenues streams that could help pay for the construction of the new terminal. BJH’s approach takes into account the complicated construction phasing and existing conditions in the neighborhood, careful to protect community facilities and historic properties. The team’s proposal reshapes the public realm surrounding the PANYNJ bus terminal, adding significant new open space and connecting the improvements already underway at Hudson Yards, the High Line, and the Javits Center.
As part of a larger planning team, BJH provided analysis on existing conditions and priority project feasibility in the Campau/Banglatown/Davison neighborhood of Detroit. Home to a large enclave of Bangladeshi immigrants and rich arts and agricultural communities, BJH detailed implementable strategies that integrated neighborhood goals of supporting growth of existing businesses and attracting new business and employment opportunities to the area. BJH performed high level financial feasibility analysis to determine the level of gap/value across multiple development scenarios for three priority projects in the planning area, creating ‘investment memos’ the City could include in future requests for proposals or program marketing.
Currently in pre-development, this historic building on the border of Downtown Brooklyn and Brooklyn Heights in the Downtown Brooklyn Skyscraper Historic District will be transformed into a 40-room boutique hotel with a signature restaurant concept. The 1886 historic facade will be carefully restored, including the recreation of a two-story mansard roof-scape that burned in the 1950s, along with a new-build addition to increase the building to a total of 14 stories.
BJH Advisors worked with an urban design and planning firm to analyze the financial feasibility of a new, state-of-the-art, USDA compliant food distribution hub that supports regional Michigan farmers for the Detroit Eastern Market Corporation. The proposed hub includes a multi-building campus that would house large and small distributors, provide dedicated wholesale space for local farmers, and include on-site food processing. BJH created a financial model to estimate the construction costs necessary to build such a project, assess the revenue associated with the project based on market demand, and ultimately, project the gap associated with development of this hub. The analysis also tested the impact of conditions such as changes in demand, real estate tax obligations, or access to funding resources on feasibility. BJH also prepared economic impact analysis to estimate the number of jobs and the values of wages and total economic output associated with the proposed hub. The findings of the analysis will help Eastern Market Corporation negotiate with prospective public and private partners, funding sources, and tenants.
BJH is advising Civic Hall on the creation of an 80,000 square foot community facility, including a Tech Training Center, at the site of the former P.C. Richard’s store. The location, on 14th Street in Manhattan, is in Community Board 3 and well positioned to serve a broad array of entrepreneurs, students, local residents, and businesses that are becoming more reliant on digital skills to shape an increasingly collaborative and civic minded workforce. The project will contain a digital skills learning center with conference and meeting space as well as educational and networking facilities. Training will be provided through partners such as Per Scholas, CUNY, Mouse.org and FedCap. BJH is advising Civic Hall on public-private partnership structures and business model analysis to ensure the financial sustainability of the project.
BJH is working with the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) to create a set of multi-faceted business support programs for fashion producers interested in remaining and growing in New York City. BJH's role has been to provide primary research into the needs of fashion production companies, as well as to understand how designers and manufacturers might more closely cluster in Brooklyn, both physically and through other business model synergies. BJH also worked with the Harvard School of Design to study innovative design ideas that reimagine a new, modern industrial production center in Sunset Park, Brooklyn.
BJH advised Great Performances on its successful submission to New York State’s Consolidated Funding Application. Great Performances sought to move its 25,000 square foot facility from Hudson Square to a 40,000 square foot facility in the Mott Haven neighborhood of the Bronx. The expansion of its facility will allow the company to increase its work force and further engage with local businesses. BJH’s project scope involved undertaking location and economic analyses, determining timeframes for execution, and managing the preparation and submission of the Consolidated Funding Application. The New York City Regional Economic Development Council declared Great Performances’ expansion as a priority project in September 2018 and awarded the company a $1 million grant in December 2018.
The principals of BJH have worked on various aspects of the Hudson Yards redevelopment project since 2002.
In 2019 BJH completed an evaluation of the costs and benefits of the Hudson Yards redevelopment project. The report reviewed the City's goals in undertaking the project and provided a framework to evaluate its successes and challenges since approval of the rezoning of the district in 2005. Project costs (investments in infrastructure by the City of New York) were summarized and compared to revenues from new development in the district to date and looking forward. The report can be found here.
In 2017 BJH provided analysis of current and potential future development in the district as a sub-consultant to a national real estate firm for a feasibility study in support of the successful refinance of $2.1 billion of bonds issued by Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corporation. Services included demand analysis and tax and alternative revenue source estimation.
In 2015 BJH prepared a development analysis and revenue projection report of the district for an investment bank. The study included a survey of residential, hotel, office and retail buildings completed, in construction and planned in the district, and estimation of current and future real property tax revenues, PILOT payments, and zoning bonus payments.