Leland Consulting Group
610 SW Alder Street, Suite 1200
Portland, OR 97205
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Mobility/TOD Strategy

We combine our expertise in urban real estate, community planning, and deal making with the talents of our clients and collaborators to make great things possible. We create and carry out strategies in the following seven areas: 

Downtown and District development

Housing

Development Advisory Services

Economic Development

Mobility, Transit, and TOD

Real Estate Assets

Retail

our Work

Development Advisory Services

We help our clients conceptualize, plan, and implement visions for their real estate assets in order to create great places that enhance communities. 

  • Market Analysis and Strategies

  • Developer Recruitment

  • Master Planning and Programming

  • Public-Private Partnership Negotiation

  • Financial Analysis

 

Waterfront Master Plan and Development Strategy

Port of Vancouver, Washington

Plan a visit to the region’s most active waterfront in 2018. 

Leland Consulting Group worked with the Port of Vancouver and NBBJ Architects to complete the master plan, recruit hotel and mixed-use developers, and bring a new restaurant to Terminal 1.

 

When complete, the variety of land uses and riverfront public improvements at the Port’s site will enable the Vancouver community to capitalize on its longstanding desire to reconnect downtown to the river, and integrate the natural environment, pedestrian and bike trails, and mixed-use development.

 

Image credit: NBBJ 

Downtown and District Development

Planning for downtowns, corridors, employment districts, waterfronts, and neighborhoods is an essential part of economic development, where a community's vision is developed, tested, and refined. Creating great places is essential for cities to attract and retain the people and businesses that give them their vitality. We help communities identify the catalysts that create place and we identify the public and private actions that are necessary for successful implementation.

  • Market Analysis and Strategies

  • Opportunity Site Analysis

  • Development Programming

  • Implementation Strategies

  • Funding Strategies

 

Downtown Civic Core Vision & Action Plan

City of Renton, Washington

Renton’s downtown is situated in the heart of a growing region and is fortunate to be home to many civic and cultural amenities. To help the community leverage these assets and overcome perceptions that the downtown is not living up to its potential, Leland Consulting Group, as part of a multidisciplinary team, prepared a market analysis to evaluate residential, retail, and mixed-use development opportunities.

 

The market strategy was combined with an assessment of City-owned facilities including a parking structure, an events center, a plaza, and a vacant lot to identify strategies and actions that would ensure that these assets serve as catalysts for private investment in the future. 

 

The plan received a 2018 joint planning award from the Planning Association of Washington and Washington chapter of the American Planning Association.

 

Economic Development

The best economic development plans are direct, measurable, and collaborative. We work together with our clients to uncover opportunities to accelerate investment through in-depth research and partnerships with business leaders and economic development stakeholders. We consider economic strengths, talent, land use, quality of place, and distinct assets. Our clients come away with a clear, short-term action plan to be carried out by its public and private partners. These actions often include quick wins and laying groundwork for a sustainable economy.

  • Economic Development Strategies          

  • Industry Cluster Analyses

  • Regional Competitive Analyses

  • Implementation Plans

  • Key Performance Indicators (KPI)

 

Economic Development Strategy

Clark County, Washington

LCG worked with the Columbia River Economic Development Council (CREDC) and regional stakeholders, including Washington State University Vancouver, to prepare an economic development strategy and implementation action plan. The project presented a unique challenge in that it needed to address both rural and urban issues and opportunities. Furthermore, the organization required direction regarding appropriate industry clusters and actions to maximize staff time and resources. The final strategy included data-driven recommendations on target clusters and a detailed action plan with clear responsibilities, metrics and deliverables with formal approval of all stakeholders in the community. The adopted strategy and action plan are available on their website. 

Image Credit: CREDC

 

Housing

Changes in consumer preferences and the country’s demographics now mean that housing can come in all kinds of shapes and sizes: urban lofts, row houses, live-work units, second homes, apartments, mixed-use developments, and the traditional single-family home. With all these innovations and new dimensions of housing, it’s imperative that public and private decision makers get the information they need to meet the fast-changing demand for a range of housing types.

 

  • Market Analysis

  • Development Programming

  • Downtown Housing Strategies

  • Development Feasibility Analysis

  • Financial Analysis

 

Downtown Housing and Revitalization Initiative

City of Boise, Idaho

Leland Consulting Group has maintained a long-term relationship as a strategic development advisor to the City of Boise, through the Capital City Development Corporation, its urban renewal and redevelopment agency. These strategic services have all focused on the revitalization of the downtown core and its adjacent neighborhoods through the introduction of new housing and the creation of vibrant mixed-use districts.

 

To support increased investment in housing in downtown Boise, Leland Consulting Group led the development of a strategic action plan to guide CCDC investments and policies. Building on extensive stakeholder outreach and market data, the strategy focuses CCDC’s investments in public infrastructure where they leverage private housing development the most.

Image credit: CCDC

 

Mobility, Transit, and TOD

How we get around, where we live and work, and how the two interact are changing in ways unimaginable just a few years ago. From bikes and pedestrians to autonomous vehicles, BRT, and even the hyperloop, an exciting future that is sustainable, efficient, fast, and equitable lies before us. Leland Consulting Group is at the forefront of understanding how to prepare for this future by planning development that meets today's needs while being adaptable to an uncertain future.

  • TOD and Corridor Evaluation

  • Local Transit Funding Strategies

  • Market Analysis and Strategies

  • Developer Outreach

  • Land Use Planning

 

Colfax Corridor Connections

City of Denver, Colorado

Leland Consulting Group prepared an evaluation of development opportunities for the Colfax corridor in Denver. This work included detailed market research to support an FTA Alternatives Analysis of alignments and travel modes (modern streetcar, BRT, and enhanced bus), including analysis of employment, demographic, and real estate data and mapping key findings using GIS. As part of this effort, Leland Consulting Group developed an innovative analysis of the impact of TOD throughout Denver over the past 10 years, with a comparison of light rail station areas to non-light rail station areas in order to help quantify the potential value that a major transit investment adds to the community.

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Real Estate Asset Strategies

Large public and private organizations often own hundreds, if not thousands, of individual properties, yet often lack a strategic plan that ensures that these assets support the organization’s core mission and goals. We work with public, private, and institutional organizations to analyze options and develop real estate strategies that enable them to create value, implement their core missions, attract and retain the best employees, and enhance the built environment.

  • Portfolio Evaluation and Optimization

  • Capital Investment Planning

  • Disposition Strategies

  • Leave vs. Own Analysis

  • Strategic Planning and Visioning

 

Statewide Real Estate Evaluation and Analysis

State of Oregon

Leland Consulting Group was engaged by the State of Oregon’s Department of Administrative Services (DAS) to conduct a series of statewide and site-specific property and facilities evaluations. The overall goals were to reduce the State’s real-estate costs, revise the State’s best practices and guidelines, “optimize” its assets, and repurpose “surplus” assets.

A key outcome of the work included the evaluation of more than 550 leased properties throughout the state, a new leasing process, and more than $60 million of taxpayer savings.

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Retail

No other land use changes as frequently or quickly as retail. In just the past few decades, shopping has shifted from department stores, to malls, to discount power centers, to lifestyle centers, to the internet, and now in many cases back to downtowns and main streets. Retail will continue to be impacted by new technology at an ever-accelerating pace, leading to significant obsolescence and disruption. Leland Consulting Group analyzes national trends and local conditions to identify achievable development programs and action plans for downtowns, corridors, and mixed-use developments.

  • Market Analysis

  • Financial Analysis

  • Downtown Retail Strategies

  • Development Programming

 

Downtown Retail Strategy

City of Portland, Oregon

Leland Consulting Group served as advisor to the mayor of Portland and a diverse group of downtown stakeholders to design a retail strategy for Portland’s downtown.

 

In addition to analyzing market conditions, conducting a leakage analysis, tracking sales patterns, and gathering other background information, Leland Consulting Group examined emerging trends in tenants seeking expansion opportunities into new markets. Case study evaluation revealed the critical conditions necessary for success so that weaknesses could be mitigated. 


The firm also provided advisory services to the mayor about the need for concentrated and dedicated management of the downtown retail environment and ongoing recruitment of new retailers while helping to strengthen existing retailers. 

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