We build inclusive equitable urban real estate development projects that leverage the unrealized potential of distressed properties. Our practice is highly collaborative with development strategies that have social impact and become an asset to the user and the neighborhoods. 

We are in partnership with the communities who will be most impacted by our real estate development style.  Our work is found within neighborhoods that are under the threat of gentrification and we seek to find ways to incentivize opportunities for regular people to participate in the financial transactions of our projects. We also play the role of conduit to Private Equity Institutions deploying social impact capital into the communities that we to serve with dignity and respect.

 Common Ground’s services are able to address multiple stakeholder concerns.

Project EXpertise

  • Early Site Control
  • Entitlements and Permitting
  • Creative Tax Credit Financing
  • Crowd Source Financing
  • Project Management
  • Construction Management
  • Public Private Partnership
  • Community Development Real Estate Financing
  • Construction Services

financial acumen in community development  

  • Opportunity Zones
  • New Market Tax Credits
  • Historic Tax Credits
  • Transfer of Development Rights
  • Land Trusts
  • CDBG Block Grants
  • Philanthropic Program Related Investments
  • Assessment Districts
  • Façade Improvement Grants
  • Mills Act
Leiasa and her team have found a much needed niche in the world of commercial real estate by building space for organizations normally left out of development projects. Common Ground Urban Development is truly a force for good.
— Eric Rodenbeck, CAST Board Member