Polley Revives Commercial Development Course

NEWTOWN SQUARE PA – There’s an old proverb in education that goes: “Those who can’t do, teach.” But the phrase got tossed into the dustbin this week. Its replacement? “Those who can and do, teach at Polley.”

20090911-RetailShoppers216px-ClipartComPolley Associates on Thursday (Sept. 10, 2009) announced the revised schedule of a broker-level course that is returning to our Newtown Square PA classrooms after an absence of several years. We’re pleased to report that “Commercial Real Estate Development,” which was last taught by the late Mark Klein in 2002, has been revived, refreshed, and will be offered beginning Nov. 6 (2009) with Charles Swope Jr., CCIM, as instructor.

Swope will be accompanied by those who, like himself, “can and do” commercial real estate.

As did his predecessor, Swope has invited experts in a variety of fields to be guest lecturers during the four-day (Nov. 6, 13, 20, and Dec. 4), 30-hour course. Learners will hear first-hand from, and be able to draw on the expertise of, Swope’s special speakers. There’s plenty of ground they can cover.

The course delves into site selection and criteria, engineering considerations, topography, and environmental issues. It looks at types of commercial development and development plans, compares preparation for small and large projects, and discusses obtaining utility access and gaining approvals from municipal zoning and planning boards.

For those who follow the money, the course covers financing in pre-construction and construction stages, pre-arranging permanent financing, and joint venture financing. It reviews how to select a general contractor, developer actions during construction and post-construction phases, and development maintenance, including warranties and covenants.

Swope has handled all types of commercial transactions during his career. He’s a member of the board of directors of the PA-NJ-DE chapter of the Commercial Investment Real Estate (CCIM) Institute, and is chairman of and broker-of-record for Swope Lees Commercial Real Estate LLC in West Chester PA. He also serves on the West Chester borough Planning Commission.

As with all 30-hour broker-level courses offered by Polley, “Commercial Real Estate Development” performs double-duty for learners. It is a Pennsylvania State Real Estate Commission-developed course that provides 2 credits applicable toward broker licensing upon successful completion, and also fulfills all 14 hours of continuing education needed for real estate sales license renewal before May 31, 2010.

Ready to enroll? You can and do, here.

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