Ferd Belz is President, in charge of all real estate for L.C. Fulenwider, Inc., the corporate entity for the Fulenwider family holdings. These holdings include 7,500 acres of land near Denver International Airport (DIA) as well as multiple other
real estate assets in the Denver region. Ferd is currently leading the development effort for Pena Station NEXT, a 382-acre transit-oriented development (TOD) surrounding the first rail stop on the commuter line from DIA to downtown Denver. This
TOD is a public-private partnership between L.C. Fulenwider, Inc., DEN Real Estate, and is the North American headquarters for Panasonic CityNOW.
Prior to joining Fulenwider, Ferd was the President of Cherokee Denver, LLC, the entity that owned the 50-acre redevelopment of the former Gates Tire & Rubber Factory in Denver. As President, he managed all aspects of the development, entitlements,
public financing and environmental remediation for this transit-oriented, mixed-use project. The project was entitled for more than 7 million square feet of mixed commercial and residential uses and approved for more than $126 million of public
During his long real estate career, Ferd has developed more than $1 billion of hotel and resort real estate nationally and internationally, as well as numerous commercial, residential, retail, and senior housing projects. The projects include several
Marriott and Ritz-Carlton hotels, the Pepsi Center in Denver and Tabor Center in Denver. He is currently a partner in the redevelopment of the historic Denver Union Station into a mixed-use, retail, hotel and transit center project.
Ferd holds cum laude degrees in both architecture and engineering from the University of Kansas, and he began his career as a licensed architect. He is past Chair of the Downtown Denver Partnership, past Chair of the Board of the Auraria Foundation.
Currently, he is treasurer and on the Board of the Civic Center Conservancy, on the Board and Secretary of the Metro State University Foundation, and on the Board of ULI Colorado.