The development of real property is at the very core of any zoning practice and encompasses a multitude of disciplines. We advocate development needs for regional and national developers, home builders, retailers and manufacturers. Some of our projects include residential and commercial subdivisions and condominiums, multi-family affordable housing, workforce housing, planned unit/area developments, mixed-use, shopping centers, office developments, industrial parks, hotels and recreational and entertainment venues. We take your project from due diligence and investigation to initial acquisition, through project financing, sales and leasing, disposition and construction.
Transit-oriented development (TOD) is a residential or commercial area designed to maximize access to public transport. Mixed-use/compact neighborhoods tend to use transit all the time. As a result, many cities are striving to implement better TOD strategies and secure funding to create new public transportation infrastructure and improve existing services.
Our lawyers and professionals have substantial experience in the transit industry. Our attorneys and planners have directly assisted with the creation of a number of TODs, including assisting to secure infrastructure support from state and federal sources, representing private developers in public-private joint venture station redevelopments, and providing guidance to public agencies for joint development projects at transit stations along and throughout an entire system.
Today, an increasing number of new and existing buildings and projects incorporate “green building” or environmentally sustainable practices and materials to promote energy efficiency, decrease carbon footprints and reduce operating costs.
The U.S. Green Building Council has developed the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, a voluntary, consensus-based national rating system for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. The Livability Law practice boasts some of the first attorneys and planners to earn certification in this area.
We are well versed in the Federal, State and local tax credits and other incentives and private grants available for green projects. We have the experience to negotiate design and construction contracts to achieve the “green” goals of the owner/developer and provide for adequate remedies if such goals are not achieved. We have the expertise to represent both landlords and tenants in preparing and negotiating leases or amendments to leases that address the landlord’s and tenant’s respective liabilities for the construction and cost of green improvements as well as other issues that relate to the green status of a building, including adherence to operations and maintenance standards in order to maintain that status.