Mega developments, that islarge developments with multiple asset classes, are facing onemajor challenge: outfitting working, reliable technology.Multifamily Ancillary Group—which is expanding itsplatform in response to growing tech needs from its customers—saysthat there is a range of tech and ancillary needs to consider for aproperty of that size, and the group is seeing more and more ofthese properties breaking ground.

“Developers are investing in these multi-mixed use projects. Iam starting to see a lot more city centers and master plannedcommunities that are including multifamily. Those projects areincluding a Main Street with shops community centers,” TitoEstrada, regional VP at Multifamily Ancillary Group, “They are building a small city within a city, and itis interesting to think about what it is going to take for thatcommunity to be connected. The infrastructure alone blows mymind.”

Internet is obviously the first tech need that comes to mind ina property like this. Estrada says that reliability is key, andforging partnerships with service providers is essential toobtaining it. “People think Wi-Fi is magic because it is soubiquitous. Who is going to be responsible to cover a project likethat,” he says. “I would find a vendor that would come in andincentivize that particular client for the possibility of 10,000subscribers.”

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Kelsi Maree Borland

Kelsi Maree Borland is a freelance journalist and magazine writer based in Los Angeles, California. For more than 5 years, she has extensively reported on the commercial real estate industry, covering major deals across all commercial asset classes, investment strategy and capital markets trends, market commentary, economic trends and new technologies disrupting and revolutionizing the industry. Her work appears daily on and regularly in Real Estate Forum Magazine. As a magazine writer, she covers lifestyle and travel trends. Her work has appeared in Angeleno, Los Angeles Magazine, Travel and Leisure and more.