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CIRC Events

Michael Hare
EVP of Development
The Buccini/Pollin Group

March 13, 2024 - A Loot at Buccini/Pollin Groups' Multifamily Projects in Wilmington's Urban and Suburban Markets

We heard from Michael Hare, Executive Vice President of Development for The Buccini/Pollin Group with an in-depth lok at their urban and suburban multifamily development projects in the Wilmington area which are at an amazing 97% average occupancy rate! 

The PHOTO ALBUM is provided by Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley,CIRC's photo sponsor. SMILE when you see Claudia Havens with her camera.


Hockessin Colored School #107C

January 10, 2024 -Historic Hockessin Colored School #107C - Reimagined & Transformed

Dr. David J. Wilk, MAI, CRE, an Assistant Professor of Finance and Director of the Real Estate Program at Temple University, Fox School of Business was the keynote speaker at CIRC's January membership luncheon. Dr. Wilk currently serves as the Interim CEO of the Hockessin Colored School #107C and was instrumental in helping to bring together a comprehensiv group of individuals that reimagined and transformed this historic one-room Hockessin school - that was at the forefront of ending segregation - into a modern Center for Diversity, Inclusion and Social Equity which is now the 250th park in the the New Castle County Parks system.
Attendees were enthralled with the presentation, and especially when they got to hear from former student Mr. James (Sonny) Knotts, who - along with Mr. Charlie Johnson - were present at the luncheon. Sonny Knotts told of attending the school starting in 1937, where one teacher taught all students in grades 1-6 in the same one-room schoolhouse.
As a result of Delaware parents Fred and Sarah Bulah petitioning Delaware Governor Carvel in 1950 to provide their daughter Shirley with transportation to school (rejected), and lawyer Louis L. Redding agreeing to take the case in 1951, in 1952 Delaware Chancellor Collins J. Seitz issued the declaration that the disparity between white and African-American students violated the U.S. Constitution. Had there not been a Bulah v. Gebhart, the U.S. Supreme Court would never have heard or ruled on Brown v. Board of Education. In 1954, Shirley Bulah took her first ride on a public school bus where she sat next to a little girl that (ironically) later became the mother of CIRC member Clay Greer. 

The PHOTO ALBUM is provided by Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley, CIRC's photo sponsor. SMILE when you see Claudia Havens with her camera.

Avenue North Development, Fairfax

September 12, 2023 - Avenue North Mixed-Use Development Update by Ernest Delle Donne

Ernest Delle Donne, Chairman of Delle Donne & Associates, and owner and developer of Avenue North - shared details and status of the 1.84 million square foot mixed-use redevelopment of the 80-acre former AstraZeneca North American Headquarters' site in Fairfax, at the intersection of U.S. 202 and Route 141/Powder Mill Road.  Retail building 9 is completed and the 12-story office tower has topped out. 
Contact for Questions & Leasing: Gary Ciaffi -
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Avenue North Presentation

Photo Album - Sep. 12 2023 

Photos are thanks to Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley as our photo sponsor.


Wilmapco Update of Roads, Rails & Trails

May 10, 2023 -Downtown Development Districts (DDD) / Delaware's Road, Rails & Trails Update

Principal Planners Dave Gula and Heather Dunigan presented on the current status and future plans for road, rail and trail projects and improvements in Delaware.

Download PDFs from the presentation: 
Wilmapco Trails Update 
Photo Album - May 2023 Event 

Thanks to Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley as our photo sponsor.

As part of our CRE HOT TOPIC series: Rick Ferrell, a private-sector Downtown Development District (DDD) Coach discussed benefits and rebate application process. There will be one more round in 2023 for projects over $325,000. The DDD Resource Team is comprised of members of the Delaware State Housing Authority, Division of Small Business, Office of State Planning Coordination, and a private-sector Development Coach, Rick Ferrell of  Retail Market Answers. They meet regularly to plan for and provide ongoing support to the 12 designated DDD's to: • Spur private investment

• Improve commercial vitality
• Build a stable community of long-term residents
The program provides investors with rebates up to 20% of the construction costs.
-- For DDD assistance, contact Rick at


Matt Felton, Founder
of Datastory

March 8, 2023 - Location Intelligence in Real Estate 

Matt Felton, Founder of Datastory, spoke about Location Intelligence and its role in real estate, ultimately helping to drive better business decisions, faster, with confidence. Combining the art of storytelling with the science of location intelligence, Matt leads a team of experienced geographic information systems (GIS) experts who develop uniquely curated solutions that elevate businesses, non-profits, and communities. Feel free to contact Matt or download a copy of his slide deck and flyer. (Phone: 443-241-0070 | Email:
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Location Intelligence - slide presentation
MapDash by Datastory
PHOTO ALBUM - March 2023 Event
Thanks to Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley as our photo sponsor.


NavyYard_The Next Chapter
Navy Yard, Philadelphia
The Next Chapter

November 9, 2022 - Annual Joint Holiday Dinner
The Navy Yard - Presented by: Brian Cohen, Ensemble Real Estate Investments
Great networking amongst the tristate area CRE organizations participating in this year's Joint Dinner. Harry's Award-Winning Dinner Buffet did not disappoint and afterwards we heard from Brian Cohen of Ensemble Real Estate Investments - along with their project partners Leslie Smallwood-Lewis and Gregory Reaves from from Mosaic Development Partners - with a presentation about the 2022 Navy Yard Plan and $6 billion of new investment being made.

PHOTO ALBUM - Nov. 2022 Joint Dinner
Photos thanks to Dee Cairo on behalf of Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley

First State Logistics-title page
First State Logistics Park, Glasgow, DE

October 12, 2022 -First State Logistics Park
Presented by: Logistics Property Company, LLC
Tim Zulick, Senior Vice President - Northeast Region and Tim Shaw, Vice President -Development Management, Northeast Region co-presented about the company who is building several industrial facilities throughout the northeast region and other parts of the country - and they are not opposed to builidng on Spec. First State Logistics Park started as Glasgow Commons prior to LP's purchase of the site. They now have over one million square feet in three industrial buildings, one for the Du Pont Company, due in 2023. 

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On the web: First State Logistics Park

Photos by Dee Cairo on behalf of photo sponsor Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley



Hotel & Lodging Experts led by moderator Jay L. White, MAI, CRE

March 9, 2022 - Overview of Delaware Lodging Market
Panel of Hotel & Lodging Industry Experts: 
Dinaker Mallya, HVS; Robert Buccini, Buccini/Pollin Group; Bill Sullivan, Lerner Business & Economics & Courtyard by Marriott-Newark; 
Drew DiFonzo, TKo Hospitality, and Bill Silva, PM Hotel Group & DHLA

A panel of hotel and lodging industry experts discussed industry trends, the number of hotels and rooms in each of Delaware's three counties, the impact of Covid-19 on revenues and operations, valuation and other facts and figures from 2018 to 2021, and new hotels in the Delaware market, including the boutique hotel market. 

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Presentation Article by Delaware Business Now

(Courtesy of Sonitrol Security of Delaware Valley, our Photo Sponsor)


Megan McGlinchey discussed Riverfront East Development opportunities

November 17, 2021 -Annual Joint Holiday Event
SIOR * CCIM * CIRC * DREW * AI * Commercial Chapter TCSR

We heard from our sponsor, Michael Hare of The Buccini/Pollin Group, followed by Mayor Michael S. Purzycki of the City of Wilmington, who introduced our keynote speaker, Megan McGlinchey, Executive Director of the Riverfront Development Corporation of Delaware. 

Riverfront East Development

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DAR_CRE in Delaware 2021
CIRC Leads DAR CRE Roundtable Discussion

2021 - DAR New Horizons Conference
Commercial and Industrial Real Estate in Delaware
Jay L. White, MAI, CRE - Phil McGinnis - Brittany Danahy

Wesley Stefanik, Executive Director of the Delaware Real Estate Commission, invited CIRC to lead a commercial and industrial real estate discussion as a roundtable meeting at the DAR New Horizons Conference. Jay L. White, president of CIRC and Apex Realty Advisors, lead the overall discussion and covered New Castle County real estate transactions, while Phil McGinnis of McGinnis Realty discussed Kent County business and Brittany Danahy, of DSM Commercial, discussed Sussex County business.  The session was recorded and is available to view on YouTube:
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Logan Herring, CEO
of The WRK Group

October 12, 2021 - The WRK Group 
The Warehouse - REACH Riverside - Kingswood Community Center
Logan S. Herring, Sr. - Chief Executive Officer, The WRK Group

Logan Herring shared a powerful and informative presentation about a community's efforts that are "Reaching Above and Beyond to revitalize the Riverside neighborhood." Learn about "Purpose Built Communities" that are helping local leaders transform struggling neighborhoods with a proven model to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty in urban America. These slides and a four-minute video are definitely worth taking a look at.  Mr. Herring welcomes local collaboration on this expansive and inspiring project. 
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Lab Roundtable at 
ChristianaCare's new Gene Editing Institute
UD S Campus

September 17, 2021 -Lab Roundtable Meeting

Participants learned about the $10M Delaware Lab Grant program, fit-out of the new Gene Editing Institute, and new developments at the Delaware Innovation Space at the Experimental Station. 
Introductions: Jennifer Kmiec – The Committee of 100
Welcome: Dr. Eric Kmiec – ChristianaCare’s Gene Editing Institute
Update on Delaware Graduated Lab Space Grant Program: Noah Olson – Delaware Prosperity Partnership
Overview of Gene Editing Institute Office to Lab Conversion: Anne Skibicki – ChristianaCare, Anna Marie Hanna – ChristianaCare, John Raftery – Michell Associates, and Mark Minner – furlow associates
Preview of Delaware Life Sciences Industry Report: Michael Fleming – Delaware BioScience Association 
Update from Delaware Innovation Space: Bill Provine – Delaware Innovation Space

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Marnie Conley
Tony Ingram 

September 14, 2021 - Longwood Reimagined
Marnie Conley, Longwood Gardens
Tony Ingram, Bancroft Construction Company

We learned about the $250 million project Longwood Reimagined: A New Garden Experience from Longwood Gardens' Marnie Conley, Chief Marketing and Development Officer, and about  the risks and complexities of the construction management of this historic project from Bancroft Construction Company's Sr. Project Manager Tony Ingram. For more than 115 years, Longwood Gardens has harmoniously blended art and science to create a horticulture experience of unparalleled splendor. With the realization of the project —a sweeping reimagination of 17 acres of the Conservatory and grounds, opening in fall 2024—Longwood Gardens is honored to enhance, steward, and preserve one of the world’s most important, most beautiful collections of gardens and glasshouses that was created by the visionary, Pierre S. du Pont.
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September Event Photo Album

Stephen Perricone
Senior Vice President
Bellwether Enterprise

April 14, 2021 -Real Estate Capital Markets

Stephen Perricone, Bellwether Enterprise

The COVID-19 pandemic took its toll on commercial real estate investors, developers, lenders and transaction activity in 2020.  However, now as 2021 comes more into focus, many investors and lenders are ready, even revving, to spring back to action as the national economy starts to emerge from the deadly pandemic amid historically low interest rates, and lenders and investors are leaving no stone unturned in their quest to put their money to work. With the passing of the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, the population getting jabs in the arm, and an anticipated economic recovery...where are we in the real estate cycle? Our discussion with Steve Perricone will include the current status of the capital market activities, how deals are getting structured, and what investment sales are occurring. BIO: Stephen Perricone
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Zoom Video Recording

Lab Roundtable Update:
Increasing Lab Space

ZoomProspector Demo
DPP Update/Trends & Zoom Prospector

 Presen-Archive_DE Relief
DE Relief Grants
March 10, 2021 - Increasing Lab Space in Delaware 
Pilot Grant Program for Graduated Lab Space (Ariel Gruswitz, Delaware Prosperity Partnership)
Pipeline of Lab Space Projects in Delaware (Becky Harrington, Delaware Prosperity Partnership)
Available Lab Spaces Coming to Market
Chestnut Run Project Plans (Mike Wojewodka, MRA Group)
Stine Research Center Building S115 (Patti Adcock, FMC Corporation)
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February 10, 2021 -Delaware Prosperity Partnership - Project Updates/Trends and Zoom Prospector Refresher

Kurt Foreman, Director of the DPP, provided an overview of  the DPP's initiatives. John Taylor gave a refresher course on how to add your real estate buildings and sites to Zoom Prospector and how to manage those free listings. He also demonstrated a large breadth of demographics, economics, etc. for any given area in the state. Becky Harrington review the status of these projects and trends they are seeing in the industry.
DPP Presentation Slides

January 13, 2021 - COVID-19 Delaware Relief Grants

Joseph Zilcosky, regional business manager at the Division of Small Business, moderated a panel discussion with the following business leaders regarding the various COVID-19-related relief grants to assist Delaware businesses and independent agents, including the new PPP 2 and COVID-19 EIDL grants. URLs of interest that our speakers shared are embedded in the Presentation that you can view and members can download.

Panelist Biographies for Damian DeStefano, Director, Small Business; Matthew Meyer, County Executive, New Castle County; Katherine Silicato, CPA, Partner at Gunnip & Company; and John Fleming, Director of the U.S. SBA Delaware District office.
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Abbey Omodunbi
Economic Outlook 
PNC Financial

Lodging to Logistics
During COVID-19

October 14, 2020 - Economic Outlook - PNC Financial Group

Abbey Omodunbi, Ph.D., Economist with PNC Financial Group,  presented an economic outlook for CIRC members. 
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September 9, 2020 - Lodging to Logistics - Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc.

Thomas J. Hanna, president of Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc., gave a very informative presentation regarding he and his company's experience and expertise with lodging and logistic. The areas of business impacted by the current COVID-19 pandemic were fascinating. There was a robust Q&A session. 
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I-95 Wilmington Rehabilitation

April 8, 2020 - I-95 Wilmington Rehabilitation Starting in 2021 - DelDOT 

Learn more from Delaware Department of Transportation representative about the 3-mile section of I-95 that will undergo extensive reconstruction and rehabilitation beginning early in 2021. Also discussed were related infrastructure improvements needed to support the project.
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Port of Wilmington

March 11, 2020 - Port of Wilmington - GT USA Wilmington

Dave Harriss, V.P. of Commercial Operations for GT USA Wilmington, gave the Gulftainer/Port of Wilmington to CIRC  members. Dave suggested that if you have business that concerns his area of expertise at the Port of Wilmington, he can be reached by phone (302-472-7858) or by email (
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Hyatt Place Newark
Mixed-Use Redev.

February 12, 2020 - Hyatt Place Newark - Lang Development

Jeff Lang and Chris Locke presented Lang Development's new Hyatt Place hotel redevelopment of the historic "Green Mansion" on the City of Newark's East Main Street, west of Catherine Rooney's. They discussed other mixed-use projects in their portfolio.
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Region's Bioscience & Laboratory Needs

January 8, 2020 - Regional Laboratory Space Needs - DPP & Delaware Bio 

Helen Stimson, of Delaware Bio, and Ariel Gruswitz, of Delaware Prosperity Partnership tied together the story and life cycle of a bioscience/life science company. Panelists included Pat Larrabee of Facility Logix, Bill Provine of Delaware Innovation Space, and Mike Bowman with UD Entrepeneur Program, Delaware Small Business and Delaware Technology Park. Panelists discussed  the companies need and how the Delaware real estate community can help was key to this successful presentation.
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David B. Hanson
Fulton Financial 

February , 2019 - Economic Outlook - David B. Hanson

David B. Hanson of Fulton Financial Advisors provided a comprehensive economic forecast from the national perspective to the local. 
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Kurt Foreman
President & CEO, DPP

September 12, 2018 - Delaware Prosperity Partnership - Kurt Foreman

Kurt Foreman, the President and CEO of the new Delaware Prosperity Partnership addresses CIRC.
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