Timothy C. Kelly

Tim Kelly is one of the founders of the firm and serves as President from the San Francisco office.  For more than 40 years, Tim has provided his clients with real estate and financial expertise on urban development.

Key Role

Tim has been an advisor on a wide range of commercial and residential development. Many have been pioneering, ranging from Horton Plaza in San Diego to the Fairmont Hotel in San Jose to Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville.  The depth of his experiences provides him with exceptional skills to work with both private developers and the public sector.  He is frequently asked to play a role in developer selections, disposition negotiations, and presentations to public officials.

Areas of Specialization

Public Financing in Public/Private Partnerships 

Tim has played a major role in structuring creative public private financing, including P3 agreements between the private sector and governmental, educational and non-profit entities.  He has advised on agreements with Catellus, Forest City, CIM Group, Related Companies, Madison Marquette, and MacFarlane Partners.  Projects have included: Transbay Terminal Blocks, Bay Street Shopping Center in Emeryville, Alameda Theater, On Broadway in Redwood City, San Jose Fairmont and Santa Clara County Civic Center. 

Development Agreements and Entitlement Strategies

Tim advises his clients on development agreements and entitlement strategies for surplus properties, underutilized industrial and commercial sites, and base closures.  He specializes in developing strategies that balance development interests with requirements for public benefits, affordable housing and mixed-use development.  Assignments have included Millennium Tower at 706 Mission, Broadway Pointe in Walnut Creek, Chiron Campus (now Novartis) in Emeryville, the former Santa Rita jail property in Dublin, and the Naval Fleet Industrial Supply Center in Alameda.

Professional Credentials

A member of the prestigious American Society of Real State Counselors (CRE), Tim is the past Chairman of the Northern California Chapter.  Mr. Kelly has served as advisor to the boards of several non-profit entities related to matters of real estate finance and development.  Additionally, Mr. Kelly is a member of the ULI SF District Council / Residential Local Product Council. He has been a speaker at conferences for: ICSC, CRA, ULI and UC. An alumnus of UCLA, Mr. Kelly earned his undergraduate degree in economics and continued at the Graduate School of Management where he earned his MBA.

Contact Tim 

email: tkelly@keysermarston.com | phone 415.398.3050