• Building Boston 2030 Forum Series Focuses on Downtown

6/8/2012

Business and policy leaders will analyze the future of Downtown Crossing, Boston’s historic retail and business center, during the second public forum of Suffolk University’s Building Boston 2030 series.

The Sawyer Business School’s Center for Real Estate and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board will host “Downtown Crossing - Back in Business” from 7:45 to 9:15 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, at the Modern Theatre at Suffolk University, 525 Washington St., Boston.

Boston’s Downtown Crossing already is seeing pockets of growth. Developers have launched several new apartment buildings, restaurants, and shops; and Millennium Partners plans to build a 500-foot tower in the former Filene’s site.

The rebirth has been fueled in part by universities – including Suffolk University. Daytime and evening activity in the area increased with the creation of student residence halls and theaters on lower Washington Street, including the Modern Theatre. In a similar manner, Suffolk University helped spark the renaissance of Tremont Street when it built a law school and opened a residence hall on that thoroughfare in the ‘90s.

Development leaders who will exchange ideas about the area’s ongoing transformation through new retail, housing, office, entertainment, and hospitality opportunities include:

  • Roger Berkowitz, president and CEO of Legal Sea Foods
  • Howard Elkus, principal at Elkus Manfredi Architects
  • Rosemarie Sansone, president of the Downtown Boston Business Improvement District (BID)
  • Mike Tesler, founder and partner, at Retail Concepts
  • Randi Lathrop, deputy director of Community Planning at Boston Redevelopment Authority.

NECN Business Editor Peter Howe will moderate the discussion.

Those interested may join the discussion on Twitter @SuBizSchool, using the hashtag: #BuildingBoston2030.

The future of Boston and its ability to compete for innovative companies and jobs was the subject of a November 2011 Building Boston 2030 forum sponsored by the Sawyer Business School and the Greater Boston Real Estate Board.

Experts addressed not just how Greater Boston can better attract emerging companies, but also how to ensure that these firms remain committed to the area through all phases of their growth.

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