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December 3, 2004

“Urban Warrior” Michael Lander shares expertise
with top U.S. homebuilders at Big Builders Conference

Minneapolis—The Twin Cities urban housing movement gained national recognition last month when developer Michael Lander, founder and president of The Lander Group, the Twin Cities leader in urban multi-family and mixed-use developments, was among those named “Urban Warriors” at the 2004 Big Builder Conference, held November 9 -11 in Las Vegas. The conference brings together leaders from the top 1,000 home building companies in the country.

Along with others named “Urban Warriors”, Lander participated in a panel discussion on the role of mid-rise and high-rise projects, mixed-use development and transportation-oriented development in the “back-to-the-city” movement. Joining Lander on the panel were Hank Baker, senior vice president, Forest City Stapleton and Tom Paradise, director of land acquisition, Standard Pacific/ Entitlements and Urban Development Division. Citiventures Associates President Marilee Utter was the moderator.

“In response to the urban loft trend, many developers whose experience is primarily in the suburban development arena are doing urban projects and finding them to be a very different animal. They are finding that the old axioms no longer apply when it come to financing, marketing, building types or pretty much any other aspect of development. Our session was designed to give those developers some insights we’ve gleaned after years of focusing exclusively on urban development,” said Lander.

Lander’s passion for urban development turned professional in 1984 when he incorporated The Lander Group. Since that time, he has been active in the planning, design, and development of commercial, residential and mixed-use real estate projects in California, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.

Since 1990, when Lander relocated his business from California to the Twin Cities, he has worked both independently and in partnerships with other firms to develop and sell many successful infill residential projects and complete substantial renovations of mixed-use commercial buildings. His urban development firm has earned numerous accolades for its new construction, adaptive reuse of existing properties and historic preservation and has been a leader in the Twin Cities Loft Living trend.

In addition to his work with the Lander Group, the developer served as a partner in the Twin Cities urban design firm Town Planning Collaborative, where he helped create the award-winning plan for St. Louis Park's new town center and an acclaimed design charrette for Minneapolis' Uptown district.

Lander is a member of the Urban Land Institute, the Congress of the New Urbanism, the Minnesota Multi-Housing Association, and the Minnesota chapter of the AIA, and serves on the public policy committee of the Builders' Association of the Twin Cities. He is a licensed real estate broker and general contractor in Minnesota, and holds the CCIM designation from the National Association of Realtors. He is a past president of the Minnesota/South Dakota CCIM chapter.

The Lander Group is currently developing the Midtown Lofts and recently completed West River Commons in Minneapolis. Current Saint Paul projects include Printer’s Row, West Side Flats, and Market Lofts. The company completed the award-winning 9th Street Lofts this fall – there are 9 units remaining for sale. Visit to learn more about current and past Lander Group projects.


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