New Uses for Four Fire Stations

(Fort Point Consulting, Architect and Project Manager)

New Uses for Four Fire Stations is a comprehensive study done for the City of Springfield, Massachusetts in the spring of 2014. The study is part of the City's effort to find qualified buyers for these beautiful historic buildings. It uses Fort Point's well-regarded holistic methodology which incorporates code, zoning, historic, construction, proforma, market, and financing inputs. The result is a "words/numbers/pictures" analysis of numerous potential development options.

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Richard GrafRichard Graf is the Principal and Founder of Fort Point Consulting, Inc. and oversees its development, advisory and project management activity. Richard has specialized in the redevelopment of existing property, from urban districts to individual buildings. He uses this expertise to advise individuals, corporations and governments, typically working at the juncture of physical planning and real estate economics. He is a registered architect and licensed real estate salesperson in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.

Prior to establishing Fort Point Consulting in 1992, Mr. Graf was Vice President of Congress Group Properties, and Project Manager at The Congress Group, where he was the primary partner in the development of major historic renovations in Boston and Lowell with completed valuations of over three hundred million dollars. He has conceived and developed multi-family residential properties in Massachusetts and Kansas City, Missouri, utilizing both state and federal historic tax credits. He is currently also a partner in RE: Investments, Inc. a firm which repositions industrial sites in Massachusetts and Rhode Island, including the successful transformation of two major mill complexes within the Blackstone Valley National Heritage Corridor. As a specialist in art-space development, Fort Point Consulting has served since 2005 as the real estate advisor to Massachusetts ArtistLink, a state-wide initiative of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.

Mr. Graf is a graduate of The Cooper Union where he majored in architecture, and of the Harvard Graduate School of Design where he received highest departmental honors in urban design. He was a visiting faculty member at Harvard throughout the 1990’s, responsible for a graduate level studio course in real estate development. Mr. Graf has been speaker on issues of design and economics at numerous historic preservation conferences and panels. He was an appointed member of the National Park Service Advisory Board Subcommittee, whose year-long deliberations were compiled in the Report on the Federal Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit Program, issued in 2006, which guides current historic review policy at the federal level. Mr. Graf is an active member of Somerville’s Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee, and serves as the Vice President of the Somerville Mathematics Fund.

Richard K. Graf, Principal

11 Franklin Ave.
Chelsea, MA 02150
Phone: (617) 884 1080
(617) 543 2110
fax: (617) 884 1183

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