Danny Fuchs, Director
Daniel Hochman Fuchs manages complex projects at the intersection of economics, public policy, and planning.
Danny has supported strategic planning and project implementation efforts for clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors since joining HR&A in 2007. His detailed financial analyses, knowledge of best practices in projects around the world, and clear communications skills ensure clients are equipped with objective analyses that help them solve complex problems of urban development.
Since 2007, Danny has supported strategic planning, business development, and project implementation efforts for clients in the public, private and nonprofit sectors. He specializes in large-scale urban development and revitalization projects, with a particular focus on helping developers, government agencies, and nonprofits structure public-private partnerships, business planning for a new generation of public park investment, and designing and implementing innovative economic development initiatives.
Danny has served as a trusted advisor to developers and managed the composition of winning proposals for the redevelopment of Pier 57 in the Hudson River Park, the transformation of a vacant armory in the Bronx into the Kingsbridge National Ice Center, and reinvention of historic Rye Playland into a financially sustainable pleasure garden for the 21st century. Significant developer clients have included Brookfield Properties, Douglaston Development, Vornado Realty Trust, and YoungWoo & Associates.
Managing strategic business planning and park programming efforts for signature public spaces, Danny’s clients have included the Friends of the High Line, the London Olympic Park Legacy Company, the Minneapolis Board of Parks and Recreation, the St. Paul Department of Parks and Recreation, and developers of signature public spaces on the Hong Kong waterfront. More broadly, Danny’s nonprofit clients have included the City Parks Alliance, the Trust for Public Land, the Prospect Park Alliance, the LowLine, Pier 40 Partnership, Shelby Farms Park Conservancy, the City-Arch-River Foundation in St. Louis, the Minneapolis Parks Foundation, and the Minnesota Orchestra, among others.
Danny is the Program Administrator of the Take the H.E.L.M. – Hire + Expand in Lower Manhattan competition, an innovative economic development program of the New York City Economic Development Corporation and Lower Manhattan Development Corporation, for which Danny managed the design and implementation. The program has received more than 600 applications from tech and creative firms, and is lauded for introducing dozens of tenants to the neighborhood and contributing to its rebranding. Danny’s other competition-design projects have included the design of the Staten Island Storefronts competition that is attracting retailers to downtown Staten Island, and the competitive selection of design teams for major development projects.
In 2012, Danny managed a team to author “Economic Development in Los Angeles: A New Approach for a World Class City,” a 95-page report that proposed a framework for a newly consolidated Economic Development Department and a Citywide Economic Development Nonprofit that won the unanimous support of the City Council.
Over the last 6 years, Danny has supported master planning efforts for the revitalization of Lower Manhattan, the Brooklyn Waterfront, Downtown Austin, Minneapolis, Atlantic City, Newark, and Richmond, Virginia. Helping to maximize the economic development benefits of transit investments, Danny has advised the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey on accelerating the Moynihan Station project with the “Farley First” strategy that is currently under construction, managed the strategic planning and developer selection process for the Union Depot revitalization in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota, and managed the Request for Proposals process for Lower Manhattan’s Fulton Center on behalf of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He has also analyzed the economic and fiscal benefits of more than $20 billion in mixed-use development in New York City, including the real estate and visitor spending impacts of the High Line.
Danny previously worked for Alex Garvin & Associates, public realm strategists. Danny holds a Bachelor of Arts from Yale University with distinction in architecture and urban studies.