Judith A. Lewis

City Lands Development Company, LLC
Principal - Real Estate Project Development
P.O. Box 14127
Cincinnati, Ohio 45250
T. (513) 221 7447
F. (513) 421 7447

Principal - Small Building Energy Retrofits

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Skills & Expertise

  • Design-Build
  • Building Alterations
  • Property Management
  • Marketing
  • Expediting
  • Logistics
  • Tax Incentives


City Lands demonstrates value-added RE project delivery A-Z, acquisition through end sale for multi-unit building reconstructions, new homes, in-fill subdivisions and condo remodels. Projects in the vanguard of major urban trends garner high resale multipliers, caliber publicity, and resourceful design acclaim.

MeterWiser.com launches utility cost reduction metrics for existing building clients. These tailored service programs engage affiliated energy professionals and emphasize Energy Star guidelines.

Management Experience

Development: 1) Land negotiation/acquisition 2) Pro Forma, financing, insurances, legal, reports 3) Community presentations, zoning approvals 4) Phase 1’s, engineering-civil, survey, geo-tech, structural 5) Site layout, building design, specs 6) Infrastructure 7) Public funding packaging

1) Construction financing docs, budget, insurances 2) Construction plans, specs, permits 3) Subcontracts, scheduling, supervision 4) Materials, equipment, services, supply 5) Commencement Notices, affidavits, materialmens, draws 6) Troubleshooting, E&O’s, inspections, safety 7) C.O., punchout, move-in

Marketing: 1) Market analyses-demographics, comps, trends 2) End mortgage programs, property tax abatements 3) Owner cost analyses, pricing caps 4) Focus groups online, real time-design results 5) Project signage, brochures, media 6) Web site resources, copy, photos, graphics 7) LEED analyses

Asset Management: 1) Advertising, showings, screenings, leases 2) Turnovers, occupancy prep 3) Unit maintenance response 4) Preventive maintenance 5) Upgrades, capital improvements-revenue and cost analyses 6) Lessee issues, problem resolutions 7) In-house marketing-purchase contracts thru closings

Energy Retrofits: 1) Utility billing and rate review 2) Building assessment, reduction goals 3) Priorities, financial analyses, reports 4) Implementation programs, scheduling 5) Recommended field personnel 6) Measure and verify results 7) Assess available incentives, rebates, tax credits for cost-benefits

Projects are Exclusive to Greater Cincinnati

"The Arbors” - Pleasant Ridge, in-fill subdivision package, all 14 lots pre-sold. 1st LEED Neighborhood Development Pilot Project in Cincinnati, 1 of 238 USGBC registrations. Applied and approved for public right-of-way infrastructure funds; all due diligences, stormwater issues. LEED ND Certified Stage 1 Plan.

“The Betts” - Betts-Longworth, West End, CiTiRAMA 4, only female builder; 1st use of pre-fabricated concrete foundation system in City, fast track construction, a new home with below market rate mortgage, modeled for CiTiRAMA home show, singular energy efficiencies and daylightling; foreign labor issues.

“Gemini I & II” - City’s 1st urban home show, two in-fill lots for detached single family, 90 day fast track construction from the “hole” and up, modeled and marketed in Betts Longworth Historic District, 1st new construction single families for sale Downtown, only female builder, garages on turned-down slabs.

“The Mews on Walworth” - Ten single family hillside homes in Columbia Tusculum, innovative zoning, pioneered property tax abated home ownership. Project heralded HBA in-fill attraction - lots turnkeyed to suburban builder. Costly hillside reinforcement, inflation, and OSHA issues. Introduced hydronic heating.

“Lumenera” - Three fee simple lots out of a 60 foot by 110 foot land area; 1st use of fiberglass-coated sheathing in City; 1st Special Housing Overlay site in City (“SHO”), zero lot line, unrestricted lot area. Water Works funded public water main. 1st new SF homes in Uptown; pier and grade beam foundations.

“The Vine Yard” - Twenty-six townhouse rental units in Uptown, 500-1200 sq.ft. units in 4 story existing brick buildings requiring serious structural alterations; 1st metal framing use in residential units in City; recognized as alternative to FHA efforts; encountered “red lining,” appraisal issues in emerging areas.

“The Promontory of Columbia Tusculum” - Five zero lot line hillside lots, involving a large 2-story house demolition with asbestos removal, video taping of sewer main, soils stabilization issues.

“The Ridings of Hyde Park” - Four zero lot line fill lots, with adjacency to utility substation; design challenge of 1st floor master suite on a 20’ wide lot with front load garage, constrained footprint.

Condo Makeovers

  • Calvin Cliff Condominium Unit 2029 – Walnut Hills; 1250 sq.ft. total remodel to sell; very tight budget, very tight access; ignited unit overhauls by many owners for new sale price thresholds.
  • Eden Avenue Condominium Units 4 & 6 – Uptown; total kitchen remodel, HVAC, refurbish finish surfaces each unit to sell in very marginal market. Achieved sale prices.

Special Projects

Office Relocation Study – Downtown; 18 months for professional services firm; reviewed ‘for sale’ and ‘for lease’ offers with written analyses of multiple public records, owner/tenant interviews, & site visits. Examined 5 locations, provided a short list, & negotiated high value/$ lease terms with all principals.

Maylee Place – Western Hills; complete refurbish, stage, and exhibit of mid-century ranch for family trust. Implemented energy retrofits to advance market position ina sale price-deflated economy.

High-Rise “Icon” HOA – Covington KY; 1 of 8 companies selected from 40+ applicants to its LEED RFP; Proposals suspended but door left open for re-visit to City Lands' LEED ND as a re-development strategy.

550 East Fourth Street Unit 2S corporate rental – Downtown; total refurbishment of one rental unit in high profile building experiencing “undervalues,” launching corporate upgrades of the entire building.

Marathon Gas Station - Columbia Tusculum; achieved approval of a major addition and resolved critical sewer and electrical location issues. Supervised all site work including difficult infrastructure, inspections

Volunteer Experience

U.S. Green Building Council


  • Development principal, representing “The Arbors” LEED ND (Neighborhood Development) Pilot Project, as one of 60 in the Focus Group invited to meet in Washington, DC, October 2007. Introduced ND as “value-added real estate” and the importance of LEED project brand identity.
  • Subject Matter Expert as a LEED ND Exam Writer in Washington, DC, 2009.
  • LEED ND Exam Reviews via 4 GBCI audio conferences December 2009.
  • LEED ND pilot program experience interview with Kevin Dwarka, Baruch College, CUNY, 2011

Cincinnati Regional

  • Member since 2008, volunteer service to 6 administrations in various capacities; extensive participation in Midwest green building conference and “LEED ND Member Circle”
  • Greening the Heartland 2011
    • Host Committee, 2010 – 2011: Chair, Event Planner; Principal Member, Venue Selection,Finance & Budget, Marketing – sold 6 booths oriented to passive solar concepts and arranged live floor exhibition of solar orientation design principles.
    • Negotiated event planning contract with the University of Cincinnati Conferencing and Events Center, instrumental to positive operations and budget outcomes
    • Event setup and hosting at Duke Energy Convention Center
  • LEED Neighborhood Development Member Circle, founding member June 2011; Co-Chair 2012-13, succeeding to Chair. Enabled ND membership, meetings at University of Cincinnati Niehoff Studio, digital slideshow of LEED ND concepts as co-author, co-presenter of “LEED ND – Connecting the Dots” for chapter event affiliated with the USGBC UC Students Chapter
  • Green Homes Summit 2012 co-presenter “LEED ND – Connecting the Dots”. Volunteer for Green Homes Summit 2010, 2011 & 2012.
  • Author of LEED ND Vision, Mission, Goals for www.usgbc-cincinnati.org

Citizens For Civic Renewal – Task Force addressing city and county government efficiency and shared services, since 2008; organized a presentation on Joint Economic Development Districts.

Cincinnati Form Follows Function (cf3) – Member since 2008; a 501c3 dedicated to recognition and preservation of mid-20th century architecture in the region, promoting tours of landmark buildings.


University of Cincinnati
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), major in philosophy, minor in political science; academic honors

LEED AP, BD+C (Accredited Professional, Building Design and Construction)

Independent Coursework

  • Turner School of Construction Management for M/WBE’s
  • Allied Construction Industry – Construction Management
  • IFMA and WECC Workshops – Energy Efficiency, Smart Saver Incentives
  • DOE and EPA on-line Portfolio Manager – Related Studies

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