Hal Bastian, President of Hal Bastian Inc., is a 33 year commercial real estate veteran who has spent the last 22 years helping to create the Downtown Los Angeles (DTLA) Renaissance.
On October 1, 2014, he founded his own consulting practice dedicated to building an even better DTLA and helping other downtowns to use the best practices he has developed for DTLA in their city centers.
As a consultant, Hal provides many services including: introductions, referrals to vendors and professionals; networking opportunities and strategic partnerships; underwriting and development advice; VIP, large group, market overview and underwriting tours; venue recommendations for special events, to name just a few areas of his expertise.
From December of 2001 to September of 2014, Hal served as the Director of Economic Development for the Downtown Center Business Improvement District (DCBID) and rose to become its Executive Vice President.
In his role at the DCBID, Hal directly recruited and/or facilitated the recruitment of office users, retailers, restaurants, bars, nightclubs, amenities, developers, investors, equity, debt and residents to DTLA by building confidence in the marketplace and is referred to by many as “Mr. Downtown” and/or the “Mayor of Downtown.” He knows over 12,000 people in DTLA.
His accomplishments at the DCBID were many, including: helping to facilitate the building of over 22,000 housing units, including both traditional and loft-style apartments and condominiums; creating and leading tours and producing special events that helped recruit over 35,000 new residents; recruiting over 300 new businesses, including Ralphs Fresh Fare, Bottega Louie, Whole Foods and Urban Outfitters; producing three special events in New York City targeting the investment bank community to encourage investment in DTLA developments, including both residential and commercial projects; serving on the Downtown Neighborhood Council; and advocating for the community.
Hal began his career as an office space and retail broker at Julien J. Studley, Inc., entered the DTLA marketplace as a retail broker for Cushman & Wakefield and just prior to being recruited to the DCBID, Hal served as the leasing director of The Old Bank District, the first adaptive reuse project in DTLA that converted historic office buildings into loft-style apartments.
In his role at the Old Bank District, Hal created a “dog friendly” community with the help of his Golden Retriever, “Buddy,” ultimately resulting in the thousands of four-legged friends who can now be seen with their humans walking the vital and alive streets of DTLA’s many neighborhoods.
In 2015, Hal created a new web based show about all the great things going on in DTLA, including residential and commercial developments, new restaurants, bars and nightclubs, old favorites and most importantly, the people. The program can be seen at halbastian.com