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.

Thinking green: The role of indoor farming in older industrial space

In a state where available industrial space is already in short supply due to our exploding e-commerce sector, asking prices and rents for older and smaller industrial buildings may soon be rising dramatically. Also on the rise will be demand for the power needed to fuel plant growth and maintain proper growing conditions.

The case for the Gateway project: What if we couldn’t get into New York City?

Four hundred and fifty trains carry 200,000 riders through the twin tubes of a tunnel that connects Newark to New York every work day. Built by our great grandparents’ generation, that tunnel has carried trains since the Titanic was being assembled in an Irish boatyard over a century ago.

Brooklyn startup offered $32 million tax credit to move to former Roche campus

The state has offered a $32.3 million tax credit to a Brooklyn-based biotech firm that is considering a move to the former Hoffmann-LaRoche campus in northern New Jersey.

Architecture firm completes Union County family courthouse project

Union County officials have cut the ribbon on a new 78,000-square-foot courthouse and family justice center in Elizabeth, marking the completion of a project designed by Netta Architects.

Colliers set to market aviation research park in Atlantic County

Atlantic County officials have hired Colliers International Group to market the first piece of the new Stockton Aviation Research and Technology Park, the firm announced.

NRDC looks to forge ahead with Wegmans-anchored lifestyle center in Middletown

A developer is hoping to build support for a plan that would bring a new high-end retail center to Middletown, one that it says will be a modern alternative to the aging, cookie-cutter strip malls and big-box stores that line the Route 35 shopping corridor.

NJAA earns national awards for leadership, advocacy

The New Jersey Apartment Association has earned national recognition for its work in the Garden State, including a prestigious top honor for its executive director.

Special liquor permit bill would aid development in downtown Hackensack, advocates say

Amid the sweeping push to reform the state’s outdated liquor license laws, stakeholders in Hackensack are seeking a more targeted solution for their city. Business leaders and local officials have thrown their support behind a bill that would allow builders in transit-oriented, downtown redevelopment zones to apply for yearly liquor permits based on the new residents that their projects would bring to the area.

Eye on Trenton: Developers wary of proposed changes to tax abatement law

In a state that is increasingly dependent on redevelopment in densely populated, infrastructure-rich towns and cities, lawmakers are mulling changes to a tax abatement statute that is often seen as critical to bringing those projects to life.

Developer aims to create new Jersey Shore destination at Fort Monmouth

A developer’s plan to create a new mixed-use gateway at the landmark Fort Monmouth property is taking shape, with the potential to break ground as soon as early next year.