UDC provides technical expertise and strategic thought leadership to non-profit organizations, government agencies and community developers working to change the landscape of their urban environment and bring enhanced opportunities to the constituents they serve.
UDC provides 1) insight to help communities utilize the full strength of their collective energy and ability to catalyze their envisioned concepts, 2) technical assistance to develop organizational capacities to independently implement and manage complex projects and 3) strategic leadership to effectively interpret and express the purpose of projects in order to move them through funding, planning and inter/intra government agency approval processes.
UDC specializes in affordable housing, special use facility, economic development and infrastructure project deal structuring, land-use planning, financing and management implementation. UDC also provides acute technical advisory and constituent engagement leadership for the formation and implementation of community planning initiatives and business improvement districts. UDC takes pride in providing hands-on results-oriented consulting services with a unique capability to help its clients build internal capacity. In addition to its project services, UDC has managed the technical writing, proposal submittal and contract compliance for $140 million in subsidized, foundation and private funding for various projects.
UDC is a d.b.a. of S. L. Franklin Enterprises, Inc. The company was initially founded in 1990 by Sherri L. Franklin as S. L. Franklin & Associates and then incorporated in the State of California under its current name in January 2004. The UDC offices are located at 1100 S. Hope Street, Suite 103, Los Angeles, CA 90015.
UDC has a 5-member staff and maintains partnerships with several community and economic development consultants who are able to participate on project assignments as needed. UDC maintains a 6 day per week work schedule with operating hours ranging between 8:00 am to 10:00 pm depending on required assignments.
UDC is a pre-approved consultant for the following City of Los Angeles agencies: City of Los Angeles City Clerk’s Office for Business Improvement District formation services and the City Administrative Office and the City of Los Angeles Planning Development for community engagement services.