December 2019

Navigating Zoning Hurdles for Alternative Uses

Every month, it seems that another Planning and Zoning Commission (PZC) has approved a new alternative use business in a location that previously housed typical retail or industrial establishments: an axe-throwing business in a former warehouse, an interac…

November 2019

When Are Cannabis Cafés Coming to Massachusetts?

This month marks one year since legal adult-use marijuana sales began in Massachusetts and made the Bay State the first state on the East Coast to implement legal, recreational sales of cannabis. Since then, the Cannabis Control Commission has approved doz…

July 2019

The Expanding Definition of Retail: Incorporating Alternative Uses in Retail Shopping Centers

As retail real estate continues to evolve, landlords are increasingly looking for tenants with alternative uses to fill vacant spaces in shopping centers. What once may have been a toy store, might now be outfitted as a fitness center. A storefront that on…

March 2019

Qualified Opportunity Zones: An Update

Hinckley Allen's A Practical Guide to the Qualified Opportunity Zone Program and Qualified Opportunity Zones: Insights from the Government's New Guidance detail a promising new program contained in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, that provides significant …

Connecticut Supreme Court Clarifies Distinction between Subdivision and Lot Line Revision

Recently, the Connecticut Supreme Court issued a land use decision in Cady v. Zoning Board of Appeals of the Town of Burlington. In this case, the Supreme Court restated the definition of a subdivision as distinct from a lot line adjustment. The last time …

November 2018

A Developer’s Guide to Mixed-use Developments

If one leafs through any real estate trade journal or visits local retailers, it becomes apparent that traditional retail is changing. Developers and retailers share the desire to create projects that attract people on many levels – to relax in interesti…