J. Patrick Howe

Patrick Howe has been heavily involved with the revitalization of Detroit and its inner suburbs. He has helped launch more than 50 new restaurant and hospitality businesses in the city as well as the outlying suburbs, primarily by working with entrepreneurs to resolve licensing and zoning issues associated with opening new restaurants, most often in buildings undergoing adaptive use.

Upon graduating from law school, Howe began doing development work and became a member of ULI Michigan. He got involved with the Young Leaders Group and returned to school at night to earn his master of urban planning degree in 2009.

Howe participated in the inaugural class of ULI Michigan’s Larson Center for Leadership, a curriculum-based program designed to train and mentor the next generation of real estate and land use leaders in Michigan, and continues to be an active member of the Institute at the local level. He currently serves on the ULI Michigan Advisory Board, cochairs the Larson Center for Leadership initiative, and formerly chaired the district council’s Young Leaders Group.

“The most rewarding thing for me is seeing a client take a dilapidated old building and turn it into a vibrant facility,” he says. “I’ve developed a niche client base of hospitality clients who have opened many of the iconic bars, restaurants, hotels, and breweries in the city of Detroit—most of which were opened in abandoned commercial buildings.”