Anthony Flanagan is former Vice President, Chief Development Officer of the Western Region for Federal Realty Investment Trust. Mr. Flanagan was also the Director of the nationally acclaimed, award winning, Santana Row. In this capacity he created and established the west coast regional office with primary duties of leading an international team to create and complete one of the greatest mixed-use streets in America . His strong leadership and determination to fully realize the vision of Santana Row and his effective management of a large, highly skilled staff was paramount to its success. Alan Hess, a reporter from the San Jose Mercury News stated that, “we really had no right to expect Santana Row would turn out this well. The vision was so far reaching, the commercial program so unconventional, the design so complex, the execution so painstaking…”
Mr. Flanagan has extensive background in all phases of predevelopment, development and corporate management. As chief of development operations and acquisitions, he has successfully completed over 27 developments. He has for fourteen years lead two companies into their most productive years. In the 1980's, Mr. Flanagan held senior positions for companies in master planning and urban design.
His central role was in the participation of urban downtown renewal projects, retail centers, and high-rise master planning. He was also involved in the nationally recognized Gas Lamp District in San Diego , California .
Mr. Flanagan has extensive experience in large high density urban retail and residential development. He is one of the foremost experts in the development of main street mixed-use projects, combining urban living, shopping, hotels and entertainment. He was a key participant in pioneering the new main street mixed-use concept, resulting in his signature achievement of Santana Row. His strong emphasis on the creation of an authentic street experience and a sense of place, responds to the needs and desires of urban dwellers of the 21 st century. The result of his efforts has been the creation of significant assets for the company and a new nationwide model for urban mixed-use development. Today his focus continues to be the enhancement of investment returns through the creation of a new generation of unique urban mixed-use living, shopping, hotel and entertainment environments.
As a corporate executive for many years, his focus on risk mitigation, maximizing returns, product outcomes and the value of people, has transformed companies' performance. He has successfully acquired, masterly entitled, strategically planned and completed twenty-seven developments. Additionally, he has participated in scores of other projects which are currently in development as a result of his efforts. At the forefront of national trends, Mr. Flanagan's developments have won numerous awards. A writer and lecturer, Mr. Flanagan has been a frequent speaker on the topic of urban housing trends and mixed-use development for Stanford University, University of California at Berkeley, the California Redevelopment Association and the Urban Land Institute. Mr. Flanagan is a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and holds Masters degrees in both Real Estate Development and Architecture.