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…

Proposed Massachusetts Bill Could Ease Permitting Process for Municipalities and Schools

On March 24, 2020, Governor Baker filed a proposed 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 proposed bill, …

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

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…

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…

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…