Donjek Building Update

 


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Donjek, Inc.
There’s an evolution underway in cities today. Job location, transportation, housing development, are all happening according to patterns that diverge from the recent past. Creating great projects and prosperous places in the future demands a new approach, and use of public and private strategies that align with a new marketplace. In three areas, Donjek helps private and public clients build places that work. Here’s a sample: 

  • Public and Project Finance: Project value still revolves around location, but the nature of location is changing. I’ve assisted investors in structuring and closing loans for real estate, advised developers of affordable multifamily housing, and given counsel regarding historic building reuse in this new context. This week, I’ve introduced a new service that unlocks the value of urban location in new ways.
  • Project Management: Over ten months, I have led development of a public and private funding strategy for RiverFirst, an ambitious initiative to reconnect people to the Mississippi River undertaken by the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, and the City of Minneapolis. When implemented, the RiverFirst projects will leverage the value of river-oriented parks as economic engines, transportation assets, and water quality infrastructure as well as places for physical activity and leisure.
  • Policy: For nearly fifteen years, I’ve provided advice to cities and other consultants on how to align finance tools and market dynamics for successful urban places. A current example is work with the Marcy Holmes Neighborhood Association and Cuningham Group, developing an updated master plan for one of the oldest, most dynamic parts of the Minneapolis St. Paul region. I’ve recently created a three-minute video narrative of another redevelopment policy project, that unlocked underutilized land around a light rail station area in Minneapolis:

You’re in the business of creating successful places, and Donjek is in business of making it possible with finance, project management and policy strategies. Contact me to talk about moving your project forward.

Jon Commers

Founder and Principal

One-Minute Donjek Update

 

Donjek, Inc.
Dear Colleague,

As founder and principal of Donjek, I continue to manage custom teams formed to solve land use, public finance and policy issues for private, public and philanthropic clients. In three areas, Donjek develops valued ways to help clients create prosperous places:

  • Public and Project Finance: I have continued to advise Wellington Management on financing of the City Limits apartments, and Fine Associates on Currie Park Lofts, transit-oriented developments in St. Paul and Minneapolis. This month, I have started work for the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, creating a capital roadmap to finance public and private investments along the Upper Mississippi River.
  • Project Management: Over ten months, I coordinated a redevelopment and tax impact analysis of a prospective linear Gateway Park downtown Minneapolis, for the Trust for Public Land. Based on analytics of property and sales tax data, as well as developer and stakeholder interviews, our team produced a return on investment study that is shaping next steps.
  • Policy: Earlier this summer, I completed the final report on a year-long feasibility study of commercial land trust models. Creating opportunities for experienced entrepreneurs to occupy stable-priced  commercial space is one policy strategy to leverage the rising importance of commercial corridors in U.S. cities. Next, policy work shifts to a citywide public work initiative in the first-ring St. Paul suburb of Falcon Heights.

I’ve also been engaged since early 2011 representing St. Paul on the Metropolitan Council, the metro planning organization, the state’s largest provider of affordable housing, and operator of the Minneapolis St. Paul region’s transit and wastewater systems.

You’re in the business of creating successful places, and Donjek is in business of making it possible with finance, policy and project management strategies. Contact me to talk about moving your project forward.

Jon Commers

Founder and Principal