All posts by Mark Olshaker

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A Good School Up the Block

It is now accepted wisdom that the key social determinant to a stable and productive life for both adults and children is stable and permanent housing: It all starts with a secure place to live; that is the game-changer.

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Weathering Wintergreen

Like most resort areas where local property is bought up by wealthy patrons from all over, particularly ski resorts where usable land is severely restricted by mountains and rugged terrain and stormy weather makes long commutes impractical, Keystone, CO has a severe problem with affordable and workforce housing.

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The Land of OZ

The interest, curiosity and enthusiasm surrounding Opportunity Zones has been dramatic since the program was announced as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, and forums bringing potential players together have proliferated around the country.

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Lafayette, Louisiana: Brooke Pointe Apartments

“Lafayette, LA lies two hours west of New Orleans, but might as well be a world away,” according to the travel website, Travlinmad. The fourth largest city in the state is situated at the crossroads of U.S. Highways 10 and 49, and if you head east on US 10, in about 50 miles you’ll hit Baton Rouge, which forms the apex of a flat sort of triangle with Lafayette and New Orleans.

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The Land of OZ

We are still in the very early stages of Opportunity Zone deals, and with this new incentive for a variety of businesses in designated underserved communities, it appears as if one size isn’t going to fit all.

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RAD for PRAC

The Project Rental Assistance Contract, known as PRAC, was instituted in 1990 into HUD’s Section 202 Supportive Housing for the Elderly program to subsidize one of the most needy and vulnerable cohorts of the population: low-income seniors.

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The Land of OZ

I was born and raised in Washington, DC, and though I’ve traveled around the United States and the world, personally and professionally, the Nation’s Capital has always been my home. The city has a static and somewhat clichéd image, based on our wealth of museums, monuments and other tourist attractions, as well as the less than attractive impressions emanating out of Capitol Hill and 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.

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Minneapolis

On Friday, September 28, 2018, the city of Minneapolis released a 500-page comprehensive development plan that the mayor dubbed “a forward-thinking vision.”

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There’s a Nurse in the House

USA Properties discovered that 25 percent of the residents in its senior communities moved out due to health issues. With two-thirds of its portfolio involving seniors, President and CEO Geoff Brown wondered what else he could do in the senior space.

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