Warsaw, 2 November 2016 - John Banka, a partner at Colliers International, Head of Development Advisory Services and chairman of the Urban Land Institute in Poland was one of the experts comprising an advisory panel that advised the authorities of Georgetown, South Carolina on a new development vision for a 150 – acre brownfield waterfront property in that historic city.
After analyzing the commercial, demographic and physical context of the site and after spending a week talking Georgetown business people, politicians and citizens, the panel reported on its post-industrial vision, recommending a number of actions and measures to help to create a new development concept for this key part of the city. The ULI panel’s solutions are intended to reposition the city as a coastal innovation center and an attractive destination for tourists.
“This was an incredibly intense and challenging but rewarding experience, requiring the synthesis in a one-week period of local economic, historic, social, political and urbanistic factors in order to provide a sensible roadmap for future development of this strategic waterfront site. I am very gratified to have participated in the process and for having worked alongside such talented and enthusiastic ULI experts. Having participated on such advisory panel, I am convinced that this process would work well for many towns and cities in Poland that are also faced with complex issues of urban development.” – said John Banka, partner at Colliers International.
John Banka is an expert in the field of land management and urban development. He is the Poland Chairperson of Urban Land Institute - the nonprofit research and education organization with almost 40,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines working in private enterprise and public service.