Donald Monti

Panelist: Don Monti, CEO, Renaissance Downtowns Donald Monti

has over 35 years of diverse experience covering all aspects of the real estate spectrum having played a major role in the development, construction and management of 80+ development projects. Renaissance has become the branded leader in the holistic and comprehensive development of suburban downtowns with a focus on mixed-use and transit oriented development. The Company is Master Developer in numerous projects throughout the Northeast, with a total development value in excess of $10 Billion along with along with a pipeline of 10,000 plus residential units. Four of these projects are slated for construction in 2013. The Company was recently designated as Master Developer for the Nassau Coliseum Hub redevelopment site, which represents Nassau County’s largest tract of redevelopable land.

Two of Mr. Monti’s Long Island based projects have been designated as a “Project of Regional Significance” by the Long Island Regional Planning Council, representing the transformative nature of Renaissance’s downtown redevelopment efforts. One of those projects is the $2 Billion+ dollar mixed-use TOD in Hempstead, NY which was recently awarded a $5 Million grant by the New York State Economic Development Council initiative, one of the largest awards provided to a single development effort. Hempstead represents a true game changer for Long Island and other mature suburbs by ushering in the ideals of large scale, mixed use, smart growth redevelopment that abide by Renaissance’s “Triple Bottom Line” approach to real estate development – social, environmental and economic responsibility. The Hempstead redevelopment effort received its final approvals in July, 2012, setting the stage for construction to begin in early 2013. The Hempstead revitalization effort, as an example of innovative and forward thinking development methodologies, was featured with Don speaking on the topic as a case study at the United Nations World Energy and Water Forum in Dubai, in October 2012.

Under Mr. Monti’s leadership, the Company has instituted the nation’s first grass roots, social media campaign for public outreach (“Crowdsourced Placemaking”) which allows community members to provide input to the planning process through web based and in-person initiatives. Utilizing the patent pending Crowdsourced Placemaking process in Renaissance’s Bristol, CT downtown redevelopment project, the Company has engaged nearly 2,500 people on their social media website,, which has become a national example for broad based community outreach. Mr. Monti’s proactive approach to community engagement provides for a streamlined approval process by garnering public input and generating public support for the Company’s redevelopment efforts from the outset of the planning process. The Bristol Rising community provided support for Renaissance’s efforts in Bristol, leading to a unanimous 7-0 approval of the Company’s development plan, slated to break ground in the upcoming months.

Mr. Monti has been quoted in numerous nationally respected media sources as an expert in downtown revitalization and been a keynote speaker / panelist at numerous national conferences, including the CNU annual congress, Railvolution, American Planning Association, California Downtown Association, Wharton Real Estate Summit at the NYSE, Private Equity Real Estate Annual Forum, and Vision Long Island amongst others.

Mr. Monti is a member of the ULI, the APA and the CNU, along with several other leading organizations in the real estate industry. He has also been heavily involved in community affairs, including serving on the Board of Directors for the Don Monti Memorial Foundation and being honored as Man of the Year by the American Red Cross.

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