December 2019

Six Operational Concerns When Splitting Up a Shopping Center

There are a wide array of reasons why shopping center owners may want to split up their shopping centers, from reducing ownership exposure in local markets, to adding value by creating new parcels for development, to increasing marketability by accessing d…

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…

Co-Tenancy: Drafting Considerations for Developers and Landlords in the Changing Retail Landscape

A co-tenancy provision in a retail lease is a powerful tool for tenants that can have long lasting effects and unexpected consequences for landlords and developers.  This provision conditions a tenant’s obligation to remain open and operating based on o…

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 Unintended Consequences of Accommodating the Commercial Holdover Tenant

It is almost never a good idea for a landlord to treat a commercial holdover tenancy with anything less than the urgency it deserves. While there may be certain nuances that might exist from jurisdiction to jurisdiction, this need for exigency is uniform i…

Qualified Opportunity Zones: What We Know From New Regulations

Interest continues to increase in a promising new program contained in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which provides significant tax incentives for investors in Qualified Opportunity Zones (QOZ).After releasing the first set of QOZ proposed regulations on…