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We’re Catalyst City Development

About Us

Catalyst City Development, LLC. is a private, Philadelphia based real estate development and operating firm founded in 2016. The firm exclusively pursues opportunistic development opportunities in single-family, multi-family, and mixed-use properties in Philadelphia and surrounding neighborhoods. The firm relies on an extensive network of relationships, unparalleled sub-market knowledge, and meticulous underwriting to identify undervalued opportunities.

Making a positive impact in the local community is a cornerstone of the firm’s mission and a consideration in each project that we pursue. We believe in responsible urbanization, creating home experiences through superior design, and fostering a sense of community within our buildings and the surrounding neighborhood. We are very passionate about the future of Philadelphia and are committed to being a Catalyst for its ongoing development.

Catalyst City Development is a fully integrated real estate firm specializing in ground-up development and adaptive reuse in Philadelphia.

Catalyst City Development is a fully integrated real estate firm specializing in development and adaptive reuse in Philadelphia.

Our Team

Tyler C. McNeil

Managing Partner 

Tyler C. McNeil – Managing Partner – Tyler McNeil is the Managing Partner and founder of Catalyst City Development. Mr. McNeil is responsible for acquisitions, the strategic direction of the firm, and adherence to the firm’s core investment philosophy. Mr. McNeil has broad real estate experience including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing, and strategic consulting. Prior to forming Catalyst City, Mr. McNeil was a Managing Director with Black Bear Asset Management “BBAM” in New York City. Prior to BBAM, Mr. McNeil was a Senior Director at Cushman & Wakefield. Tyler is a member of the BIA of Philadelphia, board member of the MdDS Foundation, and member of the Claneil Foundation. Tyler graduated with honors from Boston College. He is an avid tennis player, runner, skier and golfer. He resides in Philadelphia with his wife and 2 children.

Austin S. Coleman


Austin S. Coleman – Partner – Austin Coleman is a Partner at Catalyst City Development. Austin works across the platform on acquisitions, development, and portfolio management. Before joining Catalyst, Austin worked for Goldman Sachs in Tokyo underwriting and managing real estate investments across the Asia Pacific region. Austin graduated from Texas A&M University and received an MBA from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School.

Claire Boylan


Claire Boylan is an Analyst at Catalyst City Development. Claire supports the platform on development, operations, and portfolio management. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Pennsylvania State University, where she majored in Economics and double minored in Information Sciences & Technology and Sports Studies. In her personal time, Claire enjoys watching and attending Philadelphia sports games and spending summer weekends down at the Jersey Shore.