Ferd Belz is President in charge of all real estate for L.C. Fulenwider, Inc., the corporate entity for the Fulenwider family holdings. These holdings include 7,500 acres of land near Denver International Airport (DIA) as well as multiple other real estate assets in the Denver region. Mr. Belz is currently leading the development effort for Pena Station NEXT, a 400-acre transit-oriented development (TOD) surrounding the first rail stop on the commuter line from DIA to downtown Denver. This TOD is a public-private partnership between L.C. Fulenwider, Inc. and DIA and is the divisional headquarters for Panasonic Enterprise Solutions.
Prior to joining Fulenwider, Mr. Belz was the President of Cherokee Denver, LLC, the entity that owned the 50-acre redevelopment of the former Gates Tire & Rubber Factory in Denver. As President, he managed all aspects of the development, entitlements, public financing and environmental remediation for this transit-oriented, mixed-use project. The project is entitled for more than 7 million square feet of mixed commercial and residential uses and is approved for more than $126 million of public financing.
During his long real estate career, Mr. Belz has developed more than $1 billion of hotel and resort real estate nationally and internationally as well as numerous commercial, residential, retail, and senior housing projects. The projects include several Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, the Pepsi Center in Denver and Tabor Center in Denver. He is currently a partner in the redevelopment of the historic Denver Union Station into a mixed-use, retail, hotel and transit center project.
Mr. Belz holds cum laude degrees in both architecture and engineering from the University of Kansas and he began his career as a licensed architect. He is past Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership, past Chair of the Board of the Auraria Foundation, current treasurer and on the Board of the Civic Center Conservancy and on the Board of the Metro State University Foundation.