Kathleen Norris

Managing Principal, Urban Fast Forward

Kathleen Norris (Principal/Urban Fast Forward) is a specialist in urban real estate and revitalization. She made her entry into this practice area as Leasing Consultant for the Gateway Quarter, in Cincinnati’s historic Over the Rhine, where she developed the concept for a new destination retail center. In 2 years, she recruited more than 20 retailers and restaurant operators to Over the Rhine, creating one of the most popular new shopping and dining destinations in Greater Cincinnati. She has since become one of the most sought after consultants and practitioners on the real estate issues pertinent to urban revitalization, known for a creative approach paired with understanding of and sensitivity to community issues. At present Ms. Norris is a consultant on urban revitalization, comprehensive planning and form based code zoning revisions and works regularly with a range of local governments, economic development organizations, developers and community revitalization corporations on issues pertinent to urban real estate.

Ms. Norris is also a licensed realtor, and Managing Principal of her own firm, Urban Fast Forward. In that capacity she is currently recruiting tenants several high profile clients as well as a number of neighborhood business districts.

She also represents some of Greater Cincinnati’s best independent restaurateurs and retailers as well as a select list of regional and national clients. Prior to becoming a realtor and consultant, Ms. Norris was an arts industry executive for more than 30 years, serving as CEO of performing arts companies in Cincinnati, New York and Sydney, Australia. She’s a fourth generation real estate professional, mother of two spectacular daughters and a native Cincinnatian.

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