April 2020

Proposed Massachusetts Bill Could Ease Permitting Process for Municipalities and Schools

On April 3, 2020, Governor Baker signed a bill with the Massachusetts Senate and House of Representatives titled “An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts Resulting from COVID-19.”  The bill, among other things…

March 2020

Executive Orders in Connecticut Suspend and Modify Public Hearing Procedures

Governor Lamont has issued two Executive Orders relating to public agency meetings, Executive Order 7B, which allows public agency meetings to be held by video conference or conference call, and Executive Order 71, which suspends and modifies notice proced…

Converting Retail For Industrial Use? What To Look For

In recent years, many former retail spaces have been converted for other uses, such as industrial or e-commerce (i.e. fulfillment, “pick-and-pack” centers).Building Size: The landlord should consider the building’s size and condition. The landlord w…

December 2019

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…

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…