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Central City Development Group LLC

601 S. Figueroa St., Suite 2601

Los Angeles, California 90017

United States

Company Description

CCDG is the developer of several mixed-used, transit-oriented, green building projects in Southern California. Since its inception, CCDG has placed a keen emphasis on sustainability and green building design and development. CCDG is in the process of deve ... more

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Background Information


Board Member
San Gabriel's city hall


Bachelor's Degree

Structural Engineering

Arya-Mehr University of Technology

Masters Degree


South Dakota State University

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CCDG Press and Blog Posts [cached]

The Gould School of Law is pleased to announce Hamid Behdad, Zev Yaroslavsky, Wayne Ratkovich and an impressive list of speakers for the 2014 Real Estate and Business Forum on March 5th.

Behdad, along with other speakers, will be covering sessions in this workshop including one on the challenges and opportunities of urban resurgence in downtown Los Angeles.
When bustling Bottega Louie announced plans to expand in Downtown Los Angeles; they knew there was no better development consultant to advise them with their expansion in downtown than Hamid Behdad and CCDG. With expertise in city codes, permitting process and with a myriad of professional relationships developed over a lustrous career, Mr. Behdad is a magic man when it comes to renovation and development.
With CCDG and found Hamid Behdad's proven track record of transforming old industrial buildings into residential and multi-use space, the Sears Roebuck & Co renovation is bound to be a success. The following is an article from the Los Angeles Times ... Click to read full article →
Hamid Behdad
Hamid Behdad is the director of reuse projects in the downtown Los Angeles area. He also founded the Central City Development Group (CCDG) using his skills and creativity to renovate numerous complexes. Behdad is a master at turning old or abandoned commercial real estate into residential and multi-use complexes. His work with the Medici loft district located in City West won the Downtowners of Distinction award. The Medici, comprised of 600 units, was one of the earliest luxury housing developments in the Downtown area. The Pegasus is the newest development led by Behdad, located off Flower Street in the Historic ... Click to read full article →
Downtown's Adaptive Reuse Boss Reigns Over Revitalization by Jason Mandell A year ago, Mayor James Hahn assigned Hamid Behdad the grandiose task of bringing the city's oldest buildings back online.
Since that time, Behdad, project manager for adaptive reuse in the mayor's business team, has worked steadily to transform Downtown's turn-of-the-20th-century structures into modern, livable and safe residences, all while maintaining the buildings' historic character. Known among local developers as the "adaptive reuse czar," Behdad has presided over a dramatic rise in building renovation that will bring thousands of new residents Downtown over the next several years.
For the first time in the History of Los Angeles, a business is able to place their sign atop a residential high rise thanks to the expertise of Hamid Behdad and CCDG.
Under Hamid Behdad's watch as director of the city of L.A's adaptive reuse program, the city of L.A. built or planned over 11,000 units in renovated, recovered building in the urban core. Behdad is leaving after six years to go into development, but his fervor for adaptive reuse is unabated.
The Planning Report: Hamid Behdad, LA.'s Champion of Adaptive Reuse, Depart City Hall. Legislative bodies can pass laws with noble intent, but even the best laws are often useless if they are not implemented properly and vigorously. In 1999 the city of Los Angeles passed its landmark Adaptive Reuse Ordinance ( ARO ), designed to promote the restoration and reuse of vintage buildings. But lofts do not build themselves, and for the past six years Hamid Behdad has overseen the city's effort to encourage developers to revive the city's vintage buildings.

Hamid Behdad, President of CCDG [cached]

Hamid Behdad, P.E. PRESIDENT

Hamid Behdad, President VIEW HAMID'S RESUME
In partnership with The Amidi Group of Companies, Hamid Behdad founded Central City Development Group (CCDG), an urban-infill real estate development company in 2007. Under Hamid's leadership and in just two years, CCDG managed, entitled, and provided advisory services for several mixed-use development projects in Southern California, totaling over 775 residential units. Most notably, CCDG is the developer of "Icon on Wilshire", a 376-unit, luxury mixed-use development in downtown Los Angeles, California.
Prior to forming CCDG, Hamid served three Mayoral Administrations for the City of Los Angeles, where he earned the title "Czar" of Adaptive Reuse Projects for the city. In 1999, the City of Los Angeles adopted transformative local legislation that enabled the city to exercise flexibility in certain areas of land use, fire life safety and building standards to the historic office buildings primarily in the downtown city center. Hamid championed the city's efforts by establishing a citywide Adaptive Reuse Program that facilitated the conversion of dilapidated commercial and industrial buildings into mixed-use developments. The highly publicized program has been responsible for the development of over 14,000 housing units in a city facing a housing crisis. The estimated economic value of the program represented private investments to the city in excess of $6 billion.
In the United States, Hamid started his 37 year career by working as a Civil Engineer with the County of Los Angeles Department of Public Works before transferring to the City of Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety where he was later selected to serve in the Mayor's Office of Economic Development. Prior to his work experience in the U.S., Hamid worked in Tehran, Iran as a project engineer in four prominent construction and consulting companies. Hamid is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California and holds undergraduate and Master's degrees in Civil and Structural Engineering.
Hamid has lectured before a wide variety of academic and professional institutions including the California Building Officials, the California Health Policy Forum, the Center for Creative Land Recycling, the Central City Association, the City of Long Beach, the City of Los Angeles, the City of Oakland, the Downtown (Los Angeles) Center Business Improvement District, the Los Angeles Conservancy, the Los Angeles County Bar Association, The American Planning Association, The Urban Land Institute, the Los Angeles Neighborhood Housing Services, the Pacific Coast Builders Conference, the Society for Marketing Professional Services, the Southern California Development Forum (SCDF), the University of Southern California, and the Urban Land Institute, as well as many other individual and collective investors, lenders, international developers and urban planners.

Broadway @ 4th Article [cached]

For this reason, head architect Doug Hanson selected Hamid Behdad of CCDG to serve as lead property consultant.

With more than 35 years of experience as building consultant for Los Angeles, Hamid Behdad was able to use his expertise to make a project of this magnitude become a reality.

USC Gould School of Law 2014 Real Estate and Business Forum [cached]

The Gould School of Law is pleased to announce Hamid Behdad, Zev Yaroslavsky, Wayne Ratkovich and an impressive list of speakers for the 2014 Real Estate and Business Forum on March 5th.

Behdad, along with other speakers, will be covering sessions in this workshop including one on the challenges and opportunities of urban resurgence in downtown Los Angeles. This conference is one that you will not want to miss, especially if you are a graduate student pursuing a masters' in Real Estate Development or a Juris Doctorate's degree. Others attending this conference will be professionals whose businesses involve marketing and selling real estate or urban development. The speakers coming to this forum are professionals who have made their imprint in one of the largest real estate markets in the United States, and they will be showing you where the direction of real estate and development is heading.
About Hamid Behdad
What has made Hamid Behdad such a key figure in the development of Los Angeles? Behdad founded the Central City Development Group, an organization that's been responsible for revitalizing areas of Historic Los Angeles that were unused and had the potential to be condemned through the Adaptive Reuse Program. One such district of building units that were restored and converted from old business properties to residential properties, was the Medici loft district, a new section of housing that's allowed for greater expansion while creating affordable housing for workers in downtown Los Angeles. He conducted a similar project with the Pegasus, a former American Standard Oil building which is now a housing development comprised of 322 units.

When bustling Bottega Louie announced plans ... [cached]

When bustling Bottega Louie announced plans to expand in Downtown Los Angeles; they knew there was no better development group to advise expansions downtown than Hamid Behdad and CCDG.

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