Joshua Burd
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Joshua Burd, an award-winning reporter and editor, has been covering New Jersey commercial real estate for eight years. Many industry leaders view him as the go-to real estate reporter in the state, a role he is eager to continue as the editor of Real Estate NJ. He is a lifelong New Jersey resident who has spent a decade covering the great Garden State.

High-powered industry coalition seeks to provide a roadmap for new governor, Legislature

A coalition of commercial real estate industry leaders has unveiled a new set of proposals for Gov.-elect Phil Murphy and state lawmakers, seeking to refine policies that have spurred economic development in recent years and address some of New Jersey’s most glaring needs.

Local land use: Creating predictability, uniformity

Rather than try to replace the Municipal Land Use Law or strip local governments of the ability to control zoning in their town, the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has outlined what it says are reasonable, practical changes to help streamline development, create more certainty and encourage new business growth in the state. Those changes include steps such as standardizing non-residential site improvement requirements, creating more consistency across the entitlement process and softening the approval process for projects that will help create affordable housing.

Transit-oriented development: Prioritizing, streamlining public-private partnerships

The Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has crafted a set of recommendations to prioritize transit-oriented development projects they say would benefit both private-sector developers and the cash-strapped NJ Transit.

Regulations: Continue the progress of DEP reform

A nearly 10-year-old law that placed environmental cleanups in the hands of private-sector experts has been hailed as a triumph and a sea change for the state’s development community. But the Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition says there is still much room for improvement.

Making land: Addressing the supply problem

The Smart Growth Economic Development Coalition has developed a plan for what it describes as “making land” in the heart of northern New Jersey. That means everything from repurposing government-owned facilities in prime locations to having the state take a lead role in acquiring, assembling and cleaning up individual parcels in order to create large development sites near the port.

Developer breaks ground on new 64-unit affordable housing project

Residential developer Walters Group has started construction on a new 64-unit, income-restricted apartment complex at the site of a former pipe factory in Burlington County.

Environmental consulting firm touts four new hires

Atlantic Environmental Solutions Inc. has bolstered its team with the addition of four new hires.

Jersey Shore office building sold for $8.6 million

Investors have paid $8.6 million to acquire a nearly 50,000-square-foot office building in Monmouth County, according to executives with CBRE and Weiss Realty Inc.

Leadership lessons in a rapidly changing world

NAIOP’s premier industry event this fall was CRE.Converge 2017 in Chicago, which attracted nearly 1,500 attendees from across North America. Held Oct. 10 to 12, the conference provided valuable insights into cutting-edge trends in the commercial real estate industry and projections for the future.

Trend Watch Dec. 4: New office buildings boast 12% vacancy rate

The year of construction for buildings has significant impact on reported vacancy rate. Buildings completed since 2010 maintained the lowest vacancy rates, as office occupiers prefer new product. Demand for new construction will drive the demolition/rehabilitation of older, vacant office buildings, especially in strategically located markets lacking sites for new construction.