About Urban Commons Global, LLC
Urban Commons Global, LLC, became a USCIS-designated regional center in November 2013. The regional center has a geographic scope which includes the counties of Los Angeles and Orange in the state of California. Urban Commons Global has been approved to operate in the industries of construction of buildings, retail trade, real estate property managers, legal services, office administrative services, business support services, hotels (except casinos) and motels, food services and drinking places, accounting, tax preparation, bookkeeping, payroll services, architectural, engineering and related services, computer systems design services, management, scientific and technical consulting services, scientific research and development services, advertising, and public relations and related services.
The Urban Commons Global, LLC, regional center is managed by Urban Commons, a privately-held real estate investment and development firm founded in 2008 and headquartered in Los Angeles, Calif. Urban Commons is focused on developing emerging and innovative properties to promote maximum social, economic, and environmental returns on under-utilized assets. They value sustainability of properties which can revitalize the local region, high-quality practices and standards, and projects which deliver both short-term and long-term value for the investors, stakeholders, and the community.
Taylor Woods, a principal and founder of Urban Commons, is experienced in investor relations, operational management which results in transparent and accurate delivery, and expertise in generating lending capital for various borrowers and project types. Before founding Urban Commons, Woods founded a leading provider service of end-to-end outsourced mortgage services, which he later successfully sold. This provider offered a secondary marketing solution and comprehensive mortgage origination to over 50 U.S. banks, and resulted in the origination and sale of billions of dollars of real estate assets. Woods earned his bachelor’s degree in English and Business from Brigham Young University.
Howard Wu is a principal and owner of Urban Commons, and has developed a number of hospitality, retail, multi-family, and office properties. He has also developed thousands of entitlements for condominiums, custom homes, and individual lots, with an emphasis on the California market. Wu is adept at predicting market opportunities, along with identifying and negotiating properties which will result in the optimal amount of returns, and he is skilled in managing relationships with high-profile clients such as civic leaders, lenders, and bankers. Wu specializes in budgeting and cost management, which has led to project completions which are well under the planned amount of expenses, and which have high returns on the investment.
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