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[IMGCAP(1)]LOS ANGELES-J. David Martin and Lee H. Wagman will join CityView as vice chairmen and co-owners of the expanded investment management company, according to Henry G. Cisneros, former US Secretary of HUD and current executive chairman of the urban institutional investment firm. Cisneros says that the new execs will strengthen CityView’s investment platform and expand its leadership team.

Martin was the founder and chairman of the Martin Group, a 25-year-old real estate company that developed a property portfolio exceeding $3 billion. Over his career, Martin has had hands-on experience with most real estate types, including R&D, industrial, retail, hotel, apartments, for-sale housing, land and mixed-use properties.

[IMGCAP(2)]Martin’s many previous projects include the redevelopment of Hamilton Army Airbase in Novato, CA; the mixed-use redevelopment of the Emeryville, CA waterfront; the mixed-use development of Downtown Pleasant Hill, CA; and the adaptive reuse of the 1100 Wilshire Blvd. building in downtown Los Angeles. From 1995 to 2000, he was director and CEO of Burnham Pacific Properties Inc., a publicly traded REIT based in San Diego that grew to one of the largest owners of retail centers nationwide through a national exclusive investment relationship with CalPERS for community retail properties.

Wagman has been the CEO of the Martin Group since 2005. Before that, he served for eight years as president and CEO of the Hahn Co. and its successor, TrizecHahn Centers. Both were a part of Trizec Properties, a $5B publicly traded REIT with 43 regional malls, 1,700 employees and a portfolio that included some of the best-known retail centers in the country.

[IMGCAP(3)]Wagman, who was responsible for setting the strategic direction of the company, reorganized it and ultimately executed a strategy to sell Trizec’s retail portfolio. During this period, he developed projects including Park Meadows in Denver; Paseo Colorado in Pasadena,; expansions of Horton Plaza in San Diego and Prudential Center in Boston; West End City Center in Budapest; and the Kodak Theatre and Hollywood & Highland in Los Angeles. Before joining Hahn, he served for 16 years as chairman and CEO of Hycel Properties Co. in St. Louis, a privately held shopping center development and management company he formed in 1981. In that capacity, he developed and owned several large regional malls, including the St. Louis Galleria.

CityView, which was founded in 2000 to create urban work force and smart growth developments in US cities, has generated more than $2 billion in urban investment in 45 communities across the country. Among the projects the firm has invested in is the recently opened TLofts on Tennessee Avenue, an 84-unit project just west of Sawtelle Boulevard and east of Olympic Boulevard in West Los Angeles that was developed by Los Angeles-based Lee Homes.

The addition of Martin and Wagman brings “complementary expertise and long-term relationships” to CityView, according to Sean Burton, the company’s president and chief operating officer, who will remain in that position. Cisneros will remain as the company’s executive chairman. Martin and Wagman will serve as vice chairmen along with longtime investment manager and co-founder Victor Miramontes.

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