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9th Edition Massachusetts State Building Code Approved With Concurrency Period

by Goulston & Storrs PC on

The long-awaited 9th Edition of the Massachusetts State Building Code has been approved by the Massachusetts State Board of Building Regulations and Standards and filed with the Secretary of State, to become effective on...more

City Passes New Affordable Housing Requirements in Three Pilot Zones

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

On October 11th, the Chicago City Council passed two ordinances creating three new Affordable Requirements Ordinance zones. The new requirements eliminate the option to pay an in-lieu fee in the pilot zones, and require...more

Sustainable Development Update - October 2017

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - Green building rapidly becoming established part of home construction Proud Green Building - Sep 28 - Green construction is rapidly gaining traction among both single family and...more

Who says you can’t choose between liquidated damages or actual damages?

by Snell & Wilmer on

In Colorado, courts enforce liquidated damages provisions if three elements are satisfied: (1) the parties intended to liquidate damages; (2) the amount of liquidated damages was a reasonable estimate of the presumed actual...more

Court Upholds San Francisco's CEQA Exemption for Telegraph Hill Project

by Holland & Knight LLP on

In Protect Telegraph Hill v. City and County of San Francisco (Sept. 14, 2017 Slip Opinion A148544, unpublished), the First District Court of Appeal upheld the City of San Francisco's determination that rehabilitation of a...more

Appellate Court Holds That The New Mexico Unfair Practices Act Applies To A “Services” Contract For The Construction Of A Home,...

by Pepper Hamilton LLP on

Fogelson v. Bozzone, 2017 N.M. App. LEXIS 58 (July 26, 2017) - In May of 2008, Wallen Development, LLC (“Wallen”) entered into a written agreement to construct and sell a new home to David and Corinne Fogelson...more

Podcast Episode 9 - Special Use Properties and the Uniform Relocation Assistance and Real Property Acquisition Policies Act of...

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 9, I share a recent presentation regarding valuation of special use properties. During that presentation, I also touched upon the little...more

Expanded ARO pilot program poised for Chicago City Council approval

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

Earlier this week, after a four-hour hearing, the Chicago City Council’s Committee on Housing and Real Estate recommended approval of a three-year pilot initiative to expand and modify the City of Chicago’s Affordable...more

Business Succession for Real Estate Companies

Planning for a business succession – sale or transition of a business to new owners – is as important as planning for business formation or business operations. In our experience, however, planning for business succession is...more

California Governor Signs into Law Major Reforms to Housing Accountability Act - New Law Increases Developers' Ability to Secure...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• California Gov. Jerry Brown has signed into law two bills that significantly reform California's Housing Accountability Act (HAA). • Effective Jan. 1, 2018, these laws will significantly increase the ability of housing...more

Washington Mechanic’s Liens: How Recent Changes Impact Contractors

Construction contracting is a complex business. Whether you are the owner, contractor, or general contractor on a project, your attention must shift between numerous moving parts, regulatory requirements, and deadlines as the...more

California Legislature Responds to the State’s Housing Crisis With Increased Funding, Streamlining, and Enforcement

On the final day of the legislative session, California’s legislature approved 15 separate housing bills, taking a big step toward addressing California’s ongoing housing crisis. The collection of bills comes after months of...more

Land Use Update: Los Angeles Approves Density Increases for Transit Oriented Communities

by Ervin Cohen & Jessup LLP on

The Los Angeles’ Department of City Planning has just released the final guidelines for the Transit Oriented Communities Affordable Housing Incentive Program (“TOC Guidelines”). These guidelines were required under the...more

Is There a Silver Lining with Hurricane Irma?

by Wilson Elser on

On September 10-11, 2017, Florida was pounded by Hurricane Irma. It appears that only northwest Florida was spared the wrath of this storm. Landfall occurred near Cudjoe Key in south Florida and for the next 24 hours the...more

Limiting water depletion in water stressed South Africa through sustainable construction activities

by Dentons on

The South African construction industry is known to be a major consumer of non-renewable resources. Naturally, this contributes to waste generation, air pollution, water deletion and landfill. One such example is the...more

Florida Development Permits Eligible for Extension Due to Hurricane Irma

by Holland & Knight LLP on

A permit and development order extension opportunity is available as a result of the threat posed to Florida by the recent Hurricane Irma. Holders of certain development orders can request at least an additional six months to...more

Alarming Trend Continues with Weymouth Condo Fire

by Zelle LLP on

Yet another under-construction residential complex nearing completion has been ravaged by fire, this time in the South Shore community of Weymouth, Massachusetts. In the early morning hours of Sept. 14, a four-alarm fire at...more

Hurricane Recovery Contractors Beware

by Bass, Berry & Sims PLC on

The level of devastation caused by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in Texas and Florida, respectively, is estimated to have caused $150-200 billion in damages. With this devastation comes a multibillion-dollar recovery effort that...more

The Texas Tree Mitigation Fee Credit Bill is Resurrected from the Dead

by Jackson Walker on

Many developers must remove existing trees in order to build new homes or buildings. Some cities have required developers to pay fees, known as tree mitigation fees, as a condition for permitting the removal of the trees....more

Avoiding the Storm After the Storm - 10 Things the Construction Industry Should Do Right Now to Move Projects Forward After Harvey...

by Dorsey & Whitney LLP on

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma once again have forced the construction industry to focus on best practices for responding to force majeure events. Now is the time to put into action an effective recovery plan with the aim of...more

Builder's Risk Insurance: Resurrecting the Project After the Storm - Best Practices for Securing Coverage for Project and Claim...

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• Catastrophic storms such as Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma invariably cause property damage, schedule delays and other "soft costs" when they hit during a project's construction. • Owners and contractors engaged in...more

Rebuilding After Hurricanes Harvey and Irma: Recovery Through Tax Deductions

by Bowditch & Dewey on

It is estimated that less than 20% of those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and a week later Hurricane Irma, had flood insurance. Home owner’s and renter’s insurance policies exclude damage caused by floods. Those affected...more

Are Contractor Joint Ventures the Next Development in Development?

by Reed Smith on

The construction industry is witness to some fascinating developments, particularly around trophy properties in prime US coastal cities. Within the US –and California particularly- we’re seeing a large number of reputable,...more

Richmond’s Master Plan Update: A Rare Opportunity for the Real Estate Development Industry

by Williams Mullen on

On July 18, 2017, the City of Richmond formally initiated an update to the City-wide Master Plan, which it named “Richmond 300: A Guide for Growth”. Intended as a roadmap for the City’s development over the next 25 years, the...more

Handling Assignment of Benefit ("AOB") Claims in the Wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey

Hurricanes Irma and Harvey have damaged large areas of Florida, Texas, and Louisiana, as well as brought heavy rain and wind to Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina. As insurers handle thousands of property damage...more

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