Urban Development Partners, LLC was created by merging a shared vision and mission of two independent teams.

Equitable Development Consultants, L.L.P was created in 2002 with a focus on economic development to facilitate neighborhood revitalization. The company’s mission was to assist community-based organizations to expand economic opportunities and simultaneously embrace community-based economic development principles and outcomes. This mission was seeded on a firm commitment to build strong communities and create opportunities for all stakeholders.

In addition, the principal and managing partner of Equitable Development Consultants, LLC leveraged its strategic partnerships to provide real estate brokerage services, focusing on site acquisition and land assemblage for its New Jersey based clientele.

Three years later, HDS Home & Design, LLC was formed by Trevor Vaughan, as a general contracting business licensed in both New York and New Jersey to acquire, renovate, and construct affordable and market-rate residential and commercial properties. The company’s mission was to stabilize depressed neighborhoods by rehabilitating dilapidated homes and creating affordable housing units, in addition to, transforming vacant lots and wasted spaces into viable real estate ventures. Over time, the company expanded its portfolio of services to include both project and property management services.

Throughout its 12 years in business, HDS Home & Design has grown to include a full-time staff of experienced tradesmen and subcontractors who specialize in the development and construction of residential and commercial real estate. The company’s client list ranges from proud homeowners, the who’s who in the entertainment industry, and a variety of business, non-profits, and community organizations.

In 2015, the principals of Equitable Development Consultants, LLP and HDS Home & Design, LLC merged to create Urban Development Partners, LLC, with two distinct lines of business: Developing, constructing and rehabbing residential, commercial and mixed-use properties; and Providing Owner’s Representative and development services for clients’ real estate portfolio.

With faith and hard work, their client base and geographical reach continue to grow via the company’s steadfast commitment to a simple philosophy --- sustaining long-term relationships with our clients, employees, vendors, investors and partners through outstanding service, mutual interest and shared success.

Trevor Vaughan

Trevor is the President and Chief Executive Officer at Urban Development Partners LLC, and President of HDS Home & Design, L.LC.

Trevor is responsible for the overall project development and execution of the overall strategic vision and direction of the company. In addition, he is involved in the oversight of the daily operations of the company, including quality control compliance, and ensures projects are delivered on time and within budget. Trevor’s expertise is found in his ability to manage and complete projects for maximum value.

Trevor, is a licensed, insured and bonded general contractor in New York and New Jersey. He has acquired, renovated and constructed affordable and market-rate residential and commercial properties totaling over $45 million.

Trevor Vaughan’s personal mission is to stabilize depressed neighborhoods by rehabilitating blighted properties and creating affordable and market-rate housing units. Trevor also has a vision and passion for bring communities and businesses to life through transforming vacant lots and underutilized spaces into inviting residential and commercial assets. In addition, Trevor mentors and encourages entrepreneurship in at-risk youth, and participates in activities at Christ Church in Montclair, NJ.

Craig Sawyer

Craig serves as the Chief Operating Officer at Urban Development Partners LLC, and Managing Partner at Equitable Development Consultants, LLP.

Craig’s oversees land and property acquisition, due diligence, entitlements and project finance. He specializes in project conceptualization to create equitable redevelopment. Craig’s expertise is realized in his ability to transform a concept into a financially viable project and his ability to shepherd the project through the planning and development process. His efforts have helped to secure over $130 million in funding for various real estate development projects and initiatives.

Through his various professional roles, Craig has more than 20 years of project management experience in economic and real estate development. Craig holds several professional licenses and certifications and serves as the lead agent for the Urban Development Partners’ Real Estate Sales Team at Private Client Advisors. He also attended Rider College for his Bachelor of Science degree and Rutgers University’s Graduate School of Management for his MBA degree.

Craig serves as a youth entrepreneurship instructor, and serves as the Lead Trainer for the New Jersey Redevelopment Authority’s Redevelopment Training Institute. He is a member of several civic, community, and professional organizations, and he serves on the board of HANDS, Inc. and the Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey.

Advisory Board

Jeffrey L. Abrams, Principal, Pike Construction Co. L.L.C.
Ankit Duggal, MBA, MA, Chief Incubation Officer, Capodagli Property Company
Rev. Cynthia Jackson, Esq., Pastor, Allen AME Church
George Vallone, President, Hoboken Brownstone Co.