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.

Tech founder plans ‘lifestyle’ business center at Fort Monmouth site

A group with ties to a local technology firm has acquired 12 acres at Fort Monmouth, with plans to create a mixed-use business center with office, retail and hospitality space.

New Jersey real estate projects, people take center stage at annual ULI gala (PHOTOS)

Commercial real estate industry leaders gathered recently to celebrate a host of projects and individuals as part of the Urban Land Institute of Northern New Jersey’s annual awards gala.

Mandelbaum Barrett attorney lands site plan approval for projects in Essex, Passaic counties

A plan to build a new YMCA campus in Livingston is moving ahead after recently landing a key local approval, according to an attorney with Mandelbaum Barrett PC.

EDA extends deadline for RFI on fund for minority, women-owned developers

The state Economic Development Authority has extended the deadline for responses to its recent call for input from minority- and women-owned development firms, in what it sees as a first step toward funding a program to help improve diversity in the real estate industry.

Developers, officials unveil plan for $125 million Lionsgate studio complex in Newark

A sprawling studio complex is coming to the former site of a Newark public housing complex, under a $125 million project unveiled Tuesday by its development team and public officials.

City leaders hail completion of new affordable housing in Elizabeth

Local officials have unveiled a new 60-unit, two-building development in Elizabeth that will provide housing for dozens of lower-income or formerly homeless residents.

Decarbonization, electrification journey driving investment and business decisions

As we celebrate Earth Day, it’s impressive to see how many more investment, siting, purchase and business decisions are being driven by growing public demand to reduce our carbon footprint. Government agencies, investors, consumers and businesses are quickly becoming aware of the need and benefits of embracing this paradigm shift. Owners and developers of commercial and industrial real estate property are increasingly accommodating their tenants’ demands for charging stations, solar panels and other brokered services. The popularity of electric vehicles (EV) continues to gain momentum across the globe as green investing is influencing automakers’ plans and the economics of owning an EV are becoming more favorable. Sustainability has become mainstream as society realizes its benefits, including lower costs, cleaner air, less traffic congestion, higher rate of return on investments, less dependence on foreign oil, better quality of life and less extreme weather.

Approvals for cannabis grow, processing sites unleash new demand for already-scarce industrial space

With licensing for recreational marijuana now underway in New Jersey, commercial real estate owners are seeing a real-time rush for spaces that will help launch the industry beyond the medicinal use market created more than a decade ago.

Day Pitney adds Terhune as partner, vice chair of environmental team

Day Pitney LLP has added a well-known attorney as a partner in its New Jersey office and vice chair of its environmental group.

EDA issues call for information to help launch fund for minority, women-owned developers

The state’s Economic Development Authority is seeking input from minority- and women-owned development firms, as it lays the groundwork for a $20 million funding program to help improve diversity in the real estate industry.