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Erik HaydenMay 17, 2023 3:06:43 PM6 min read

We pulled out all the stops for our third annual investor party!

We at Urban Catalyst are unlike other local developers because we frequently host events celebrating our investors, San Jose, and the city’s downtown. The latest, our third annual investor party, was our most ambitious event yet. We partnered with our Paseo project’s retail tenants, Unofficial Logging, Urban Putt, and Eos & Nyx, to give attendees a sneak peek of what they can expect from them once they’re done constructing their spaces.

We called this year’s party “The Greatest Show” to symbolize the event’s carnival theme, exemplified by booze-fired churros, a performance by a torch juggler, and an onsite popcorn machine. I gave a short speech in front of nearly 200 event attendees, thanking the 70 or so Urban Catalyst investors in attendance, hailing our eight opportunity zone projects in Downtown San Jose, and reiterating our bullishness in the city and its core.

I then passed the mic to San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan, who thanked us for believing in San Jose and proclaimed that the city would become Silicon Valley’s urban center, garnering cheers from the crowd and us. Mahan said in his short speech that if San Jose “gets the basics right, you all are going to do the rest to build an incredible downtown.”

San Jose mayor speaking at Urban Catalyst event
San Jose Mayor Matt Mahan (center) spoke at our third annual investor party on May 11, 2023. "We're getting back to the basics," he said. 

Although he kept his speech short, Mahan left a positive impression on us. “San Jose State University produces more technical degrees every year than any other university in California, public or private,” he said. We love insightful nuggets of information like that because San Jose State, like the city it’s named after, sometimes gets overlooked by those more familiar with Stanford, Berkeley, or San Francisco. Yet with us forging ahead on a mix of projects and Mayor Mahan at the helm, we’re collectively raising San Jose’s profile and doing away with any preconceived notions people have about our city.

We thank the mayor, who spoke at our Keystone groundbreaking ceremony in January, for supporting us and working tirelessly to improve our downtown. Moreover, this year’s investor party would have been incomplete without Unofficial Logging, Eos & Nyx, and Urban Putt. Eos & Nyx helmed our cocktail bar, and Urban Putt and Unofficial Logging set up miniature versions of the mini-golf and axe-throwing venues they’re bringing to Paseo. We’re confident that our Paseo tenants will be a hit with San Jose State students and the downtown community once they open their doors over the next 12 months.

We hope everyone who RSVP’d and attended our party had a blast. We’re already thinking about what next year’s theme will be. So contact us today to become one of our investors and experience all the events we have planned to recognize them and San Jose.


Important Disclosures

The contents of this communication: (i) do not constitute an offer of securities or a solicitation of an offer to buy securities, (ii) offers can be made only by the confidential Private Placement Memorandum (the “PPM”) which is available upon request, (iii) do not and cannot replace the PPM and is qualified in its entirety by the PPM, and (iv) may not be relied upon in making an investment decision related to any investment offering by an issuer, or any affiliate, or partner thereof ("Issuer").

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These investment opportunities have not been registered under the Securities Act of 1933 and are being offered pursuant to an exemption therefrom and from applicable state securities laws. All offerings are intended only for accredited investors unless otherwise specified.

Past performance are no guarantee of future results. All information is subject to change. You should always consult a tax professional prior to investing. Investment offerings and investment decisions may only be made on the basis of a confidential private placement memorandum issued by Issuer, or one of its partner/issuers. Issuer does not warrant the accuracy or completeness of the information contained herein. Thank you for your cooperation.

Real Estate Risk Disclosure:

- There is no guarantee that any strategy will be successful or achieve investment objectives including, among other things, profits, distributions, tax benefits, exit strategy, etc.;
- Potential for property value loss – All real estate investments have the potential to lose value during the life of the investments;
>- Change of tax status – The income stream and depreciation schedule for any investment property may affect the property owner’s income bracket and/or tax status. An unfavorable tax ruling may cancel deferral of capital gains and result in immediate tax liabilities;
- Potential for foreclosure – All financed real estate investments have potential for foreclosure;
- Illiquidity – These assets are commonly offered through private placement offerings and are illiquid securities. There is no secondary market for these investments.
- Reduction or Elimination of Monthly Cash Flow Distributions – Like any investment in real estate, if a property unexpectedly loses tenants or sustains substantial damage, there is potential for suspension of cash flow distributions;
- Impact of fees/expenses – Costs associated with the transaction may impact investors’ returns and may outweigh the tax benefits
- Stated tax benefits – Any stated tax benefits are not guaranteed and are subject to changes in the tax code. Speak to your tax professional prior to investing.

Opportunity Zone Disclosures

- Investing in opportunity zones is speculative. Opportunity zones are newly formed entities with no operating history. There is no assurance of investment return, property appreciation, or profits. The ability to resell the fund’s underlying investment properties or businesses is not guaranteed. Investing in opportunity zone funds may involve a higher level of risk than investing in other established real estate offerings.
- Long-term investment. Opportunity zone funds have illiquid underlying investments that may not be easy to sell and the return of capital and realization of gains, if any, from an investment will generally occur only upon the partial or complete disposition or refinancing of such investments.
- Limited secondary market for redemption. Although secondary markets may provide a liquidity option in limited circumstances, the amount you will receive typically is discounted to current valuations.
- Difficult valuation assessment. The portfolio holdings in opportunity zone funds may be difficult to value because financial markets or exchanges do not usually quote or trade the holdings. As such, market prices for most of a fund’s holdings will not be readily available.
- Capital call default consequences. Meeting capital calls to provide managers with the pledged capital is a contractual obligation of each investor. Failure to meet this requirement in a timely manner could elicit significant adverse consequences, including, without limitation, the forfeiture of your interest in the fund.
- Opportunity zone funds may use leverage in connection with certain investments or participate in investments with highly leveraged capital structures. Leverage involves a high degree of financial risk and may increase the exposure of such investments to factors such as rising interest rates, downturns in the economy or deterioration in the condition of the assets underlying such investments.
- Unregistered investment. As with other unregistered investments, the regulatory protections of the Investment Company Act of 1940 are not available with unregistered securities.
- It is possible, due to tax, regulatory, or investment decisions, that a fund, or its investors, are unable realize any tax benefits. You should evaluate the merits of the underlying investment and not solely invest in an opportunity zone fund for any potential tax advantage.

The above material cannot be altered, revised, and/or modified without the express written consent of Urban Catalyst.


Erik Hayden

Responsible for developing more than $3.5 billion in real estate projects, including over 2,300 residential units in the California Bay Area, Mr. Hayden has experience in acquisition, contract negotiation, due diligence, risk assessment, financing, construction, and disposition of multifamily, single family and large mixed-use and master planned developments. He maintains relationships with a broad network of property owners, enabling him to identify and acquire prime investments. Mr. Hayden also has expertise in navigating projects through the entitlement process by working with elected officials, community groups, and political organizations to gain support and get projects approved.