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.

Developers, city officials unveil new supermarket in former Elizabeth food desert (SLIDESHOW)

A new 25,000-square-foot supermarket has opened its doors in what had been a food desert in a dense section of Elizabeth, anchoring a $17 million redevelopment project that relied on a medley of private and public funding sources.

Christie: Raised Bayonne Bridge will open to larger ships by June 30 (VIDEO)

Supersized cargo ships will be able to pass under a newly raised Bayonne Bridge in order to reach Port Newark-Elizabeth as soon as June 30, marking a milestone in a $1.6 billion infrastructure project seen as critical to the state’s industrial real estate market.

Planting the seed: Developer pitching concept plan for redeveloping 653-acre former research complex

There was a time when the sprawling former American Cyanamid complex in West Windsor bustled with more than 1,000 employees and agricultural researchers. A developer hopes to see the property bustling once again — but in a much different way.

BRC: Brooklyn firm relocating after buying Carteret industrial building

A manufacturer that is moving operations from Brooklyn has purchased a 55,560-square-foot industrial building in Carteret, in a $5.1 million sale brokered by Bussel Realty Corp.

Long overdue liquor license reform would drive economic development

Restaurants have proven to be desirable anchors for redevelopment projects and magnets for other businesses. However, with few liquor licenses available, smaller local establishments are having their chances of success diminished or are being shut out, thereby stifling competition, development and consumer choice.

Roundtable: What are the biggest challenges to construction and redevelopment in New Jersey?

We assembled a panel of industry experts to tackle this month’s question. What are the biggest challenges to construction and redevelopment in New Jersey?

Here’s what they had to say.

Officials, developers break ground on $24M affordable housing project in Woodbridge

Construction is underway at what will be a new low- and moderate-income residential community in Woodbridge, replacing a former 1950s-era public housing complex.

Getting on track: Successful rental project, flood control measures spur new interest in Bound Brook

A successful rental project is one of two driving forces that now have Bound Brook ready to move ahead with a long-overdue revitalization of its downtown. The borough, whose Main Street has a history of being pummeled by surges from major storms, marked the completion last year of a $143 million flood control project — meaning downtown business and property owners no longer need to spend thousands of dollars on flood insurance.

Town alleges conflict of interest in affordable housing case, citing judge’s ties to developer

Attorneys for the township of South Brunswick are accusing a former Superior Court judge of having a conflict of interest, citing his ties to a developer that he went to work for only months after ruling that the municipality must zone for at least 1,500 affordable housing units.

Rebuilding affordable housing: After decades of policy purgatory, is N.J. finally ready to move forward?

Two years after the state Supreme Court shook up New Jersey’s affordable housing landscape, dozens of towns in the state may finally be ready to turn the page, even as many others dig in for what looks to be an even longer fight.