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Brad Binkowski

Real Estate and Development | Real Estate
Co-founder and owner
Urban Land Interests | Madison

Brad Binkowski co-founded real estate development firm Urban Land Interests in 1974 with Thomas Neujahr. Its focus since has been on attracting employers, developing housing, preserving historic properties and creating new architecture in urban areas. The firm, which has 135 employees, manages over 1.3 million rentable square feet of office and retail space in downtown Madison. Its recent development projects include downtown apartments Quarter Row, The Pressman, 25 West Main Street and SEVEN27 at The Yards. ULI is currently working on the redevelopment of the American Exchange block on the Capitol square, with plans to create 850 underground parking stalls and a nine-story, 350,000-square-foot commercial building. It is also working on a $35 million redevelopment of St. John’s Lutheran Church, also in the city’s downtown.

Education: Bachelor’s and master’s, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Favorite destinations: “Where my children and grandchildren live.”

Favorite Wisconsin restaurant and order: “L’Etoile, and anything they have on the menu.”

Toughest business challenge You’ve ever faced: “Helping our retail and office tenants survive and overcome the daunting challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic and violent political protests.”

Top of your bucket list: “To undertake and complete the development of the last great site remaining on Madison’s Capitol Square. It took 27 years to assemble this property. Once this project is complete, Urban Land Interests will have done everything possible to bring life and activity to downtown Madison.”

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