Development & Land Use



We assist clients through every step of the development process, including:

  • land acquisition;
  • financing;
  • subdivision matters;
  • ground leases and air rights transfers;
  • zoning, planning, environmental reviews, and other regulatory issues;
  • governmental incentives, including tax abatements, tax increment financing, state and federal tax credits, environmental and redevelopment grants and loans, and business retention and relocation grants and loans;
  • ownership participation, public/private partnerships, and governmental development agreements;
  • construction and rehabilitation; and
  • leasing.

Our projects range from residential and commercial developments to complex mixed-use developments.

Representative Matters:

Among our many notable engagements, we have represented:

  • the National Urban League, Inc. ("NUL"), in the acquisition of a 99-year ground lease of the existing 125th Street Garage site premises from the New York City Economic Development Corporation and the New York State Empire State Development Corp. and the development of the "Urban League Empowerment Center," a 300,000 square foot corporate headquarters complex, comprised of NUL executive and program offices and commercial office space, conference center, retail space and a museum of the American Civil Rights Movement;
  • a developer in the ongoing $300 million revitalization of Harlem's New Victoria Theater Project as a mixed-use property, including a prominent hotel, market and affordable-rate housing, retail and cultural space;
  • a joint venture of three major regional developers in residential redevelopment of two city blocks in New Brunswick, including land use approvals, redevelopment agreements, PILOT agreements and public-private financing of parking garage component;
  • a teaching hospital in connection with land use approvals for numerous development projects, including a major solar panel installation, a new emergency room and ambulance drop-off area, parking expansion and electrical utility upgrades;
  • a Fortune 500 company in connection with land use approvals for a major expansion (132,000 square feet) of an existing research and technology facility in Piscataway, New Jersey;
  • a Fortune 500 company in connection with numerous development and leasing transactions, including a corporate headquarters (300,000 square feet), an office complex (1,200,000 square feet), a research laboratory (655,000 square feet), an employee training center (300,000 square feet), a customer training center (450,000 square feet), a chemical storage facility (17,000 square feet), and construction and development of an office tower in midtown Manhattan (800,000 square feet);
  • a non-profit development agency in connection with land acquisition, relocation, financing and construction for several redevelopment projects in New Jersey, including a renovated courthouse/apartment tower complex, a city and county office facility, a hotel/conference center/condominium project, a mixed-use complex with rental apartments, residential condominiums, university bookstore, offices for public and private entities, restaurants, retail space, supermarket, wellness center and parking garages, and a downtown university student dormitory. Projects included the use of certificates of participation (COPS), tax increment financing, tax abatements, New Markets Tax Credits, Low-Income Housing Tax Credits, Urban Transit Hub Tax Credits, and tax-exempt bond financing;
  • an international telecommunications company in the subdivision and rezoning of surplus property at its New Jersey research campus for the purpose of resale for development;
  • an international investment bank in connection with site plan approvals and negotiation of a developer's agreement for a new data center in New Jersey;
  • a large religious organization in connection with the disposition of transferable development rights appurtenant to a number of New York City parcels;
  • a Fortune 500 transportation company in connection with the development of a large distribution facility;
  • a fund in connection with the negotiation (from borrower's perspective) and tranched closings of $335 million in senior (leasehold mortgage) and junior (leasehold mortgage and mezzanine) loans for construction of a green residential condominium in Battery Park City. We also handled subsequent project changes, loan and ground lease modifications, approval of procedures for unit sales and other aspects;
  • a major cultural institution sponsoring mixed-use redevelopment on an adjacent property to create a 24-hour environment that leverages the presence of the cultural facility. The project included negotiations with developers and major corporate tenants, and with multiple governmental entities in connection with property interests and redevelopment financing and incentives;
  • an institution in obtaining approvals for a major academic building and parking garage that required more than 15 use and bulk variances and that met with significant public opposition. We successfully defended the project in challenges at the appellate level;
  • the developer of a multi-block, stadium-oriented, mixed-use riverfront redevelopment project in obtaining redeveloper designation, tax abatements, state infrastructure financing, use approvals and in defending multiple legal challenges to the project, and site plan approval;
  • the owner of a large development site, adjacent to the High Line park (New York, NY), in a sale to the developer/owner of the Standard Hotel;
  • a health care institution following its acquisition of a building in obtaining relief from unrecorded restrictions that prohibited its use for medical purposes;
  • a prominent commercial property joint venture owner in a multi-phased construction management agreement at 3 Columbus Circle (New York, NY), a class "A" property; and
  • a Somerset County municipality (New Jersey) in the acquisition from the State of a mental hospital, various buildings and nearly 300 acres of adjacent land, including counseling the municipality on the technical, environmental, insurance and financial aspects of brownfield remediation and outlining a plan to sell the property to the State's development authority for parks and open space.




DEVELOPMENT & LAND USE LAWYERS


Partners

ANTHONY R. COSCIA 
DAVID L. GLANZ 
CHARLES B. LIEBLING 
EDWARD P. NOLAN 
JAMES J. THOMAS 

Senior Counsel

CHARLES J. HAMILTON, JR. 

Special Counsel

DEBORAH H. BINDLER 
DANIEL POCCHIARI 

Associates

MICHAEL A. BRENNA 
SANDY L. GALACIO, JR. 
CRAIG D. GOTTILLA