Michio is a Senior Associate at Houseal Lavigne Associates with over 15 years of experience in community planning and economic development. Recognizing the significance of economic viability, he feels strongly that professional planning practices must be firmly rooted in financial and market realities. To this end, Michio brings special expertise to the firm in the areas of development strategy, deal negotiation, financial feasibility, and market analysis.
Michio’s consulting experience has concentrated principally on structuring complex real estate financial transactions for numerous public- and private-sector clients. He has worked with both municipalities and developers on taking development projects from the visioning stage through to project implementation. Michio is adept at speaking to diverse audiences, presenting findings and recommendations in an accessible and straightforward manner. He believes that community engagement should be driven primarily through the use of impactful visual tools, as well as clear and concise written communication. Representative work includes the negotiation of a public-private financing structure for the $110 million Wheeling Town Center mixed-use development project, providing development advisory services to the ownership group of the iconic Cermak Plaza shopping center, securing public funding in support of a LEED-certified renovation of the historic Inland Steel Building, and serving as lead TIF analyst on the Olympic Village financing plan included in the Chicago 2016 bid book submitted to the International Olympic Committee.
Prior to joining Houseal Lavigne Associates, Michio worked at the Bureau of Economic Development at the City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development. Previous to that, he spent several years operating his own consulting practice, worked in the national Capital Markets group at Jones Lang LaSalle, and held a senior position at a major Chicago-based development advisory firm. Michio received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology from Michigan State University and attended the University of Cincinnati, where he earned a Master of Community Planning degree and full academic scholarship.