MONMOUTH UNIVERSITY ANNOUNCES PROGRAM ON THE FUTURE OF NEW JERSEY SUBURBS

Peter S. Reinhart, the Director of the Kislak Real Estate Institute at Monmouth University announced that its’ annual Stephen B. Siegel Lecture will be held on Thursday, May 4, 2017 from 1:00 – 5:00 PM in the Pozycki Auditorium in Pozycki Hall on the campus of Monmouth University. This year’s program features a series of panels focused on the topic of “The Future of New Jersey’s Suburbs.” A reception for attendees will immediately follow the program. Admission is free, but registration is required.

The Lecture Series was established by Stephen B. Siegel in 2001 and annually brings together the public and real estate community for a discussion of land use and real estate current topics.

Professor Reinhart said this year’s topic is very timely with the economic news and reports about the challenges faced by suburban towns in dealing with older office buildings, shopping malls, and aging housing in conflict with the millennial generation’s reported interests in more urban oriented places.

The program will feature a series of panels of experts dealing with various aspects of the topic. The opening panel will feature Geoffrey Anderson, the CEO of Smart Growth America, a leading national organization on land use headquartered in Washington, D.C., and Dr. Lisa Sturtevant, Senior Visiting Fellow at the Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Housing in Washington, D.C.

 

Dr. James W. Hughes, the Dean of the Bloustein School of Planning at Rutgers University and Timothy Evans, Research Director at New Jersey Future, will discuss their research on the demographic shifts in New Jersey that are impacting the housing and economic activity in the suburbs.

 

Josh Burd, the Editor of Real Estate-NJ, will moderate a panel of developers currently working on redevelopment of the suburbs including Ralph Zucker of Somerset Development who is creating the Bell Works reuse of the Bell labs facility in Holmdel, New Jersey, Carl Goldberg from Mack-Cali Roseland, developers of many large suburban campuses, Jenny Bernell from Kushner Companies, owner of the Monmouth Mall and other properties, and David Fisher, from K. Hovnanian Companies, who are redeveloping several large office campuses.

 

The final panel will include local officials who will provide their response to the earlier panels and discuss activity in their suburban municipalities. Officials include Mayor Gerald Scharfenberger of Middletown, Mayor Dennis Connelly from Eatontown, Eric Hinds from Holmdel, and former Mayor Kenneth Pringle from Belmar. The panel will be moderated by John Giunco, adjunct Professor at Monmouth University and a partner in the law firm of Giordano Halleran & Ciesla.

 

A reception for all attendees and participants as well as alumni of the Kislak Real Estate Institute will follow. For more information and to register to attend, please contact Theresa Lowy, Associate Director, at 732-571-4412 or tlowy@monmouth.edu.