Sydney Zimelis

Urban Planning Consultant

Chicago, Illinois, United States of America (USA)
Fields of Expertise

Urban Planning

Project Planning

Contracts Management

Urban Planning, Land Use, Zoning and Adaptive Reuse/mixed-use/Multifamily Housing consultant
Development Project Manager
2018 - Present
Evergreen Real Estate Group
Chicago, United States of America (USA)
• Sourced, assembled, and led interdisciplinary development team in composing State tax credit application for project in Evanston, IL; Negotiated and won $2M in funding from the City of Evanston for P3 development; Wrote proposal and won competition for public rental subsidy to leverage real estate development
• Conducted local real estate market research and analysis; engaged with property owners to secure land for future development
Development Project Manager
2017 - 2018
Bickerdike Redevelopment Corp
Chicago, United States of America (USA)
• Planned, coordinated, and advanced all facets of the pre-development process on two projects valued at $150M+ from inception to construction-start and one from construction to final turnover
• Collaborated with other developers, design contractors, and public entities to structure formal development partnerships; initiated pipeline strategy for the organization
Project Manager
2016 - 2017
The Community Builders
Boston, MA, United States of America (USA)
• Facilitated relationships with three private developers, the City of Boston, the Boston Housing Authority, and the State of Massachusetts Authority to structure P3
• Led day-to-day pre-development process for two sub-rehab projects and one mixed- use/income development with a $91.9M TDC; secured $15M+ in Federal and State tax credits; Initiated project fundamentals
Project/Program Consultant
2015 - 2016
Edgemere Consulting Corporation
Boston, MA, United States of America (USA)
• Consulted with and advised Public Housing Authorities to meet the challenges of planning and operating high quality housing programs and large, highly regulated real estate portfolios
• Developed training materials and trained procurement department at PHA on process; Planned and executed long-term improvement strategies and addressed short-term operational backlogs
Program Manager
2014 - 2015
NYC HPD – Inclusionary Housing Division
New York, United States of America (USA)
• Advanced 13 Inclusionary Housing Program (IHP) real estate transactions and City-Developer relationships in NYC (TDC of over $1B; 2150+ units) from conception through completion with the Program
• Conducted zoning, floor area, and land use law analysis, due diligence, internal underwriting, internal and external coordination with development team and partners to ensure compliance with the IHP and regulations to close with construction financing
• Managed due-diligence and internal underwriting to ensure feasibility and compliance with City and State standards; participated in Mandatory IH and IH Preservation policy drafting teams via P3
Asset Manager
2013 - 2014
Centerline Capital Group
New York, United States of America (USA)
• Managed relationships with developers and investors at the lower-tier partnership level via site visits, contract negotiation, and investor reporting; Managed portfolio of 85+ Tax Credit properties with a net invested equity position in excess of $400M with a $36M annualized cash flow
• Prepared and presented Investment Committee memoranda on potential partnership-altering issues including loan refinancing, GP substitutions, and compliance challenges to hedge investor and GP risk
Master of City and Regional Planning
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, United States of America (USA)
Bachelor of Arts, American Culture; Minor, Afro-American Studies, High Honors
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, United States of America (USA)
Urban Planning
Project Planning
Contracts Management
Area of focus
Urban Renewal
Regional Planning
Infrastructure Planning
Economic Development
Land Use Planning
Strategic Urban Planning
Heritage & Conservation
Environmental Planning
Google Earth
GIS Software
Area of focus
Civil Public Works
Microsoft Project
Area of focus
Dispute Resolution
Quality Assurance & Control
Contracts Administration
Quality Management
Communication Management
Project Management Plan
Lines Of Communication
Contractual Follow-up
Microsoft Office