Home > Blog > Event Recap > East Bay Branch Chapter June Workshop Recap

East Bay Branch Chapter June Workshop Recap

The June 27, 2013 Appraisal Institute East Bay Branch Chapter workshop about the “City of Walnut Creek – Development and Market Trends Update” has come and gone.  The workshop was, of course, located at the downtown Walnut Creek Pyramid Brewery.  While most sampled the tasty beer and food the real treat was the top notch panel of presenters.

After a brief overview from Laura Simpson (City of Walnut Creek) on the current and future planned projects in Walnut Creek representatives from two of the current projects shared their stories.  Scott Youdall spoke about the Brio Apartments project at 141 North Civic and Andrew Baker spoke about The Village project at 1500 Newell.  Wrapping it all up was a summary of the local retail by John Sechser, Senior Vice President-Director of Retail Operation from Transwestern, and a summary of the local office market by Andrew Schmitt, First Vice President from CBRE.

The general census from the panelists was optimistic with the common underlying theme that while things are better, we are not quite back to previous highs.

The workshop was very well received and sold out leading up to the event forcing the chapter to expand into the larger room at Pyramid.  The event was very informative and after the dust settled, I think all that attended would consider it a success.

The post workshop social mixer which included hosted food and some generously donated pitchers of beer was just one more highlight to a successful workshop.

Trentin Krauss, MAI

Smyers & Krauss Appraisal