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Maximizing Profits: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Can Benefit the Construction Industry

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (the “Act”), signed by President Trump on December 22, 2017, changed the manner in which taxpayers can approach the overall structure of their businesses. The Act includes multiple provisions that...more

Important planning law changes – are you ready?

by Dentons on

Changes to Environmental Planning and Assessment Act - An amended and completely reorganised version of the Act commenced operation on 1 March 2018. Amongst the myriad innocuous changes were some very significant changes...more

Compliance with Contractual Provisions to Procure Insurance: The Illusion of Coverage Provided by Certificates of Insurance

by Jaburg Wilk on

Commercial contracts often require the party with less bargaining power to procure insurance for the party with more bargaining power as a way to shift risk and potential liability. General Contractors often require a...more

Transportation Public-Private Partnerships in Arkansas: The Road to P3s in the Natural State

Over the last several years, the federal government has promoted public-private partnerships (“P3s”) as one way to address the dire need for American infrastructure investment. States agree. For example, last year in...more

Podcast Episode 17 - Let's Get It Right - Estimating Construction Costs with Bennett Ratliff

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 17, Bennett Ratliff joins us to talk about estimating construction costs and how a civil engineer can assist with eminent domain valuation...more

Cities and Developers Must Prepare for Climate Change Now

On February 12, 2018, President Donald Trump released his fiscal year 2019 budget proposal entitled “An American Budget.” Though Congress will not implement the proposal in its entirety, it still demonstrates what the Trump...more

Could graffiti art prevent your redevelopment project?

by Thompson Coburn LLP on

To a real estate developer, spray paint on a building can be a nuisance. To an artist, the painted image may be cherished art. And to one real estate developer’s rude awakening, a little-known aspect of copyright law can...more

Why Greater Boston Needs Transit-Oriented Development: Insights from Nutter's Mike Scott

Mike Scott, a partner and chair of Nutter's Real Estate Department, analyzed why Greater Boston needs to focus on transit-orient development in Nutter Insights. Mike discussed the current housing situation in Greater Boston;...more

Dewatering During Construction and Post-Construction—Regulatory Paradigms and Options

Major construction projects, especially new office, residential and mixed-use buildings, often require dewatering to remove intercepted groundwater from subterranean areas. Intercepted water flows may continue even after...more

No “Fake News” Here – Just the Facts on HVCRE

by Dechert LLP on

In case you’ve been too busy sifting through fake news to follow efforts to reform the High Volatility Commercial Real Estate (HVCRE) regulations that affect acquisition, development or construction (ADC) loans, here’s where...more

Maryland Lawmakers Consider Changes to Development Rights and Responsibility Agreements

by Miles & Stockbridge P.C. on

The Maryland General Assembly is currently considering House Bill 1390 (“HB1390”). As introduced, HB 1390 will materially impact the utility of the Development Rights and Responsibility Agreement (“DRRA”) for land owners,...more

IMN 2018 New Hotel Development and Construction Conference

by Dechert LLP on

Last week IMN hosted an inaugural New Hotel and Development Conference in New York City. The gathering of developers, hotel operators, brands and other hospitality service providers was very upbeat. Many panelists indicated...more

Podcast Episode 16 - Tales from the Border Wall with T. Christian Miller

by Locke Lord LLP on

Locke Lord LLP’s Eminent Domain team hosts an original podcast series. In Episode 16, T. Christian Miller of ProPublica joins us to talk about ProPublica's series of articles on the Border Wall. The excellent series can be...more

Key Investment Themes in UAE Real Estate & Real Estate Finance Markets

by White & Case LLP on

The end of 2017 proved to be very busy in UAE real estate and real estate finance markets. Here we put the spotlight on 3 key investment themes that characterised those markets in 2017. We also look forward to some of the...more

When Calculating Lien Periods, it’s Convenient to be Prevenient

by Field Law on

Are you out of time to register your lien? It depends! Under section 41 of the Builders’ Lien Act (the “BLA”) a lien must be registered within 45 days (or 90 days for an oil or gas well or well site) after the last day...more

Action Required: Deadline Approaches for Installation of Water-Conserving Plumbing Fixtures in Commercial and Multifamily...

by Allen Matkins on

Owners and operators of commercial and multifamily properties in California built and available for use or occupancy on or prior to January 1, 1994, should be aware that the deadline for compliance with California Civil Code...more

Florida State of Emergency for Zika Virus Has Terminated - Deadline for Extension of Development Permits Nears

by Holland & Knight LLP on

After the issuance of various extensions, the Zika virus state of emergency declared by Florida Gov. Rick Scott has terminated after the governor did not renew the Executive Order. However, holders of certain development...more

Real Estate and Construction Newsletter - February 2018

by Barley Snyder on

Pennsylvania Construction Contractors Under The Gun For Misclassifying Employees As Independent Contractors - Pennsylvania has been sending a strong message to contractors that it is enforcing a law penalizing contractors...more

Sustainable Development Update - February 2018 #2

by Allen Matkins on

Sustainable Development Focus - More companies prefer green bonds, carbon taxes - GreenBiz - Feb 7 Companies that are serious about reaching aggressive emission-reduction targets are increasingly turning to green bonds,...more

Grandfathering and Continuing Nonconformities in North Carolina

by Womble Bond Dickinson on

Last time, we introduced you to the concept of nonconformity laws in North Carolina. This time, we’ll spend some energy discussing the most common (and legally charged) aspect of nonconformity laws: how local laws restrict...more

New Funding Source for Mass Transit under the SMART Plan

by Bilzin Sumberg on

We have previously written about the need for new funding solutions for public transportation, including mechanisms that capture the added value of mass transit on adjacent properties. ...more

Autonomous Vehicles and Ride Sharing Will Reshape Our Buildings, Our Cities, and Our Lives

by Foley & Lardner LLP on

When the first automobile hit roadways in the early 1900s, developers, planners, and city officials had to completely re-think the design and planning of cityscapes, both new and old. The era of narrow streets, communities...more

City's General Plan Land Use Policy Survives CEQA Challenge Based on Potential Urban Decay

by Holland & Knight LLP on

• In Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, the California Court of Appeal has rejected a challenge brought under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) to a land use policy in the City of Visalia's General Plan...more

Tax Reform Establishes Municipal Opportunity Zones for Investment

by Pullman & Comley, LLC on

Included in the recently enacted federal tax reform legislation is the Investing in Opportunity Act (the “Act”) which establishes the Opportunity Zones Program (the “Program”). The Program aims to spur private investment in...more

Fifth Appellate District Upholds City of Visalia’s General Plan Update Against Challenge to Square Footage Restrictions in...

by Downey Brand LLP on

On January 30, 2018, the Fifth Appellate District certified for publication its earlier opinion in Visalia Retail, LP v. City of Visalia, upholding the City of Visalia’s (“City”) 2014 General Plan Update. Plaintiff and...more

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