Government & Public Policy

From zoning disputes to the federal tax code, public policy affects the commercial real estate sector far more than you may realize. For industry leaders, government and politics demand constant attention.

EDA opens application period for Opportunity Zone grant program

The state Economic Development Authority has begun accepting applications for a new grant program seeking to help municipalities and counties draw investors to federally designated Opportunity Zones.

Buyer wanted for two-tower, 594-unit Newark development site, Meridian says

Brokers with Meridian Capital Group are seeking a buyer for a development site in downtown Newark, one that is fully approved for nearly 600 high-end apartments across two towers.

Making a market: Developers, city officials look ahead as renters arrive in downtown Newark

A new stock of luxury, market-rate apartments is beginning to take shape in downtown Newark, where stakeholders hope to attract the type of rental population that can create a 24-hour, seven-day neighborhood that has long eluded the central business district.

Developers say they’re encouraged by the early returns, but are preparing for the market to be tested by larger-scale projects and an influx of additional units. City officials are also preparing for what could be a dramatic uptick in interest from builders — which they will have to balance with public policy goals such as expanding affordable housing for Newark residents.

EDA launches grant program to help towns, counties land Opportunity Zone investments

The state Economic Development Authority is offering $500,000 in grant funding to help municipalities and counties draw investors to federally designated Opportunity Zones.

Pharma firms, delivery startup among latest targets in EDA tax credit review

The state Economic Development Authority is seeking information from another three companies that were awarded tax credits under its embattled incentive programs, amid ongoing scrutiny of the volume of awards and job pledged by the recipients.

NAIOP panelists tout lessons learned amid updates to environmental cleanup program

Technical changes to the 10-year-old Site Remediation Reform Act incorporate many lessons learned since the law was originally enacted, industry insiders said last week, as a bill that would update the program now awaits a decision by Gov. Phil Murphy.

Hitting home: Professionalism, advocacy are long-held values for NJAA president

With six months to go as president of the New Jersey Apartment Association, industry veteran Steve Waters says he will continue his focus on both education and government affairs — supporting a membership that comprises more than 210,000 units statewide.

Murphy signs ‘land bank’ bill allowing cities to assemble, reposition blighted property

A newly enacted law allows New Jersey municipalities to assemble blighted properties within their borders, creating land banks that they can use to spur much-needed redevelopment.

Developers, city officials unveil new park near Hoboken rental project

Local officials have debuted the first piece of a new park on Hoboken’s western edge, which will complement a 14-story residential complex slated to open later this year.

Analytical instruments company moves to North Brunswick with EDA-backed financing

Alliance Calibrations Group, which manages instruments in chemical laboratories, has acquired an 11,000-square-foot facility in North Brunswick that will serve as its permanent headquarters.