Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate



How can a focus on food within real estate projects translate into enhancements to health, environmental sustainability, and the bottom line?

Cultivating Development: Trends and Opportunities at the Intersection of Food and Real Estate explores the mutually beneficial relationship between food-based amenities—such as working farms, community gardens, food halls, restaurants, and grocery stores—and real estate. It highlights how the growing interest in and awareness of fresh, local food is spurring innovation in development projects.

ULI’s Center for Sustainability and its Building Healthy Places Initiative undertook this project to showcase how the real estate community is using innovative approaches to food in real estate projects that can translate into enhancements in health, sustainability, economic opportunity, food system security, community economic development, and real estate returns.


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About the report

The report explores:

  • People: Food, Health, Social Equity, and Real Estate
  • Planet: The Links among Food, Real Estate, and the Environment
  • Profit: Recognizing the Economic Value of Food in Real Estate Development

Profiled Real Estate Projects


The Packing House | Anaheim, California

The ReFresh Project | New Orleans, Louisiana

Aria Denver | Denver, ColoradoAria Denver | Denver, Colorado

Chelsea Market | New York, New YorkChelsea Market | New York, New York

CityCentre | Houston, TexasCityCentre | Houston, Texas

The Constellation | Madison, WisconsinThe Constellation | Madison, Wisconsin

Serenbe | Chattahoochee Hills, GeorgiaSerenbe | Chattahoochee Hills, Georgia

Union Market | Washington, D.C.

Union Market | Washington, D.C.

Media Links

Growing Agrihoods: The Next Frontier in Urban Revitalization

10 Exciting Developments Fusing Food and Real Estate

Food and Real Estate: Cutting Edge Trends – Filmed October 26 at the 2016 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas, Texas

Connecting Food and the Built Environment in New Orleans

Food Adds Flavor (and Value) to Real Estate: “Agrihoods” and Other Food-based Concepts

Recognizing the Power of Food in Enhancing Development

ULI Forum in New Orleans Defines Food’s Role in Placemaking and Value Creation

Food and Real Estate Forums

To explore challenges, trends, and opportunities around food, ULI convened members and experts working in food, real estate development, local government, public health, and other related professions in 2016 for two inaugural food and real estate forums in New Orleans, Louisiana and Tarrytown, New York. Learn more here.

          New Orleans Food and Real Estate Forum


             New York Food and Real Estate Forum



ULI is grateful to the Colorado Health Foundation and the Leichtag Foundation for their support of this project and the Building Healthy Places Initiative. ULI is also grateful to the Shaw Family for its support of the ULI New Orleans Food Forum and to the Shops at Canal Place and O’Connor Capital Partners for their sponsorship of that forum.

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