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Urban Renewal Bill Introduced

Rep. Brian DelGrosso (R-Loveland) and Sen. Lois Tochtrop (D-Thornton) introduced HB 14-1375, dubbed in early drafts the “Urban Redevelopment Fairness Act,” on Friday, April 11, 2014, with only four weeks left in the...more

Redevelopment 2.0 -- Infrastructure Financing Districts Approved for Redevelopment Project Areas

Despite being destroyed and dismantled, redevelopment in California has been born once again, this time reincarnated under the name of "Infrastructure Financing Districts." Last week, Governor Brown signed into law AB 471,...more

California Successor Agencies Rejoice: IFD Law Now Includes Redevelopment Project Areas

In a move that should make successor agencies to redevelopment agencies happy, a new law was passed and approved by the Governor on February 18, 2014 (AB 471) that, among other things, amends Section 53395.4 of the California...more

All About “Commitment”: CEQA Review is Not Triggered By Orange County’s AB 900 Application For State Funding To Expand Existing...

In a decision recently ordered published, the Fourth District Court of Appeal added to the growing progeny of Save Tara, and affirmed the trial court’s judgment denying the City of Irvine’s writ petition seeking to compel...more

Major Roadblock in High-Speed Rail Project's Track

A ruling by the Sacramento County Superior Court has presented a major roadblock to the California High-Speed Rail Authority’s (“Authority”) high-speed rail project (“Project”). On November 25, 2013, Judge Michael Kenny...more

New Jersey Offers Financing Incentives for Real Estate Investments

On September 18, 2013, Governor Christie signed the New Jersey Economic Opportunity Act (the “Act”) into law. The Act is intended to spur job creation, promote redevelopment of underutilized urban and suburban areas, and...more

Changes of Note to Lenders From the 2013 Legislative Long Session

During the 2013 legislative session, several new laws were passed which directly affect the banking and financial services industries. While most of these changes are relatively minor, they are certainly worth noting. Below...more

Firm Client Tucker Development is Awarded More Than $38m in Tax Breaks for Newark Project

Firm client Tucker Development was awarded more than $38M in subsidies in the form of bond financing and tax breaks by the Economic Development Authority to fund its mixed use development project on Springfield Avenue in...more

Lenders Versus Mechanics’ Liens in West Virginia: A Question of Priorities

Finally! After days, weeks, sometimes even months of waiting, you as the lending officer received approval from corporate that underwriting has just approved your borrower and you can proceed with the term sheet. Time to put...more

California High-Speed Rail Authority Violated Proposition 1A

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (“Authority”) had a major setback on Friday when Sacramento County Superior Court Judge Michael Kenny ruled that the Authority had “abused its discretion by approving a funding plan...more

Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: N.C.'s New Online Clearinghouse

A version of this article was originally published in April 2013 and has now been updated. Effective April 1, 2013, project owners in North Carolina are now required to designate a Mechanic’s Lien Agent (MLA) for the...more

Simplifying the Mechanic's Lien Agent Process: N.C.'s New Online Clearinghouse

As I have discussed in the past, North Carolina’s General Assembly recently introduced the concept of Mechanic’s Lien Agent (MLA) into our state’s lien laws to address so-called “hidden liens” that have long been a thorn in...more

Breathing New Life into Brownfields – The BUILD Act of 2013

On March 7, 2013, Senators Lautenberg, Inhofe, Crapo and Udall introduced the Brownfields Utilization, Investment, and Local Development Act of 2013, which would amend the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation...more

Editorial: Work For Smart Development

The Florida Department of Economic Opportunity is a relatively new state agency designed to ensure the continued growth and development of the region without hurting the preservation of our state's precious natural resources....more

South Florida Commercial Real Estate: How Will Miami Commercial Property Fare in 2013?

Entering into the New Year, Florida real estate analysts and professionals involved in land development and real estate investment are looking at the South Florida commercial real estate market and wondering how it will fare...more

School Concurrency Impacts Residential Development in Miami-Dade County

With increased international investment, Miami-Dade County has seen a rebound in the real estate market, particularly with regard to residential projects in high-density areas in Miami's urban core and bayfront and beachfront...more

Developing Affordable Housing on Brownfields – A Natural Connection by Jason Lichtstein

Originally published in The Florida Housing Coalition - Volume 28, No. 2. Affordable housing developers naturally understand the value of urban infill sites to their projects, given their central location and proximity...more

AB 1903 Would Prohibit Districts from Levying Level III Developer Fees

AB 1903 (Buchanan and Hagman), as proposed, would suspend the ability of school districts to levy Level III developer fees. The bill is scheduled to be heard on Wednesday, June 20 in the Senate Education...more

Tax Increment Finance (TIF) Heats Up

Tax Increment Finance continues to be a hot topic at the capitol. The House has its bill, HF2460, on the calendar for debate in the House. Many groups interested in economic development are following this legislation and are...more

HB503 and SB1986: More New 2012 Florida Legislation That Impacts Florida Real Estate Developers and Investors

The Florida Legislature was very busy this month, getting legislation passed and over to Governor Rick Scott's desk before the end of the 2012 Legislative Session this month. Lots of people are still combing through all the...more

Treasury Clarifies 5 Percent Safe Harbor Ownership Guidelines for Section 1603 Grants for Renewable Energy Projects

The Treasury Department has issued guidance in the form of two new “Frequently Asked Questions” addressing when transferees or purchasers of renewable energy property will qualify for the 5 percent safe harbor for beginning...more

Treasury Department Issues Further Guidance on Section 1603 Grant Program

Yesterday, the Department of Treasury released guidance in the form of frequently asked questions (FAQs) on the cash-grant program enacted in Section 1603 of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, P.L. 111-5. The...more

Stormwater, What? Lenders Must Obtain Permits For Construction Properties in Foreclosure

Last week, the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (“TDEC”) issued its new Construction General Stormwater Permit, which will impact a sector that is generally not subject to environmental regulations. Under...more

Florida Land Investment Benefits as Osceola County Waives Impact Fees for Real Estate Developers

Osceola County, Florida, is an urban community which many may recognize as being in the Orlando/Kissimmee area. In 2006, it was the 17th fastest growing county in the United States according to the U.S. Census Bureau....more

Florida Land Development On the Rise? Real Estate News Suggests a Brighter Future for Florida Investment in 2011

Times are tough in Florida and many things are being done in both the public and private sectors to fight and win against the "Great Recession." This week, news has started trickling in that suggests some light at the end of...more

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