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.

Inside the courtroom: NJBA attorneys weigh in on high-profile Mercer trial

For nearly three months, attorneys representing the New Jersey Builders Association, the Fair Share Housing Center, several municipalities and others have been convening in a Trenton courtroom before Superior Court Judge Mary Jacobson. The case centers on the disputed affordable housing obligations for five towns in Mercer County — West Windsor, Robbinsville, East Windsor, Hopewell and Princeton — but its impact could turn out to be even greater.

EDA looks to ride a rising tide in selling valuable Camden site to developers

The Economic Development Authority is marketing an 8.75-acre waterfront redevelopment site in the city, as a host of high-profile development projects and investments continue nearby.

As towns push fair share plans, developers face an interesting twist

Along with a new opportunity, a potential statewide push for affordable housing comes with a touch of irony for developers like Pennrose.

E-commerce boom, a disruptor in N.J. industrial market, is a golden opportunity for developers and public officials

E-commerce, today’s retail model, is growing rapidly, as products and technology evolve and consumers come to rely on the ease and convenience of online shopping. In addition to its much-talked-about impact on the overall retail picture, e-commerce has been a key driver for industrial real estate, especially in those well-situated locations that facilitate a speedy and low-cost way of delivering goods to consumers.

Hoboken council to weigh new waterfront hotel plan

A second hotel could be coming to the Hoboken waterfront under a redevelopment plan that is slated to be formally introduced to city officials later this week.

Roundtable: What can government do to help the commercial real estate industry in the near term?

We assembled a panel of industry experts to tackle this month’s question. Here’s what they had to say. David Brogan, executive director, New Jersey Apartment Association (Monroe) Create jobs. When government incentivizes job creation, that has a ripple effect on…

Report: Brewing company moving to Atlantic City

A brewing company will relocate to Atlantic City from southeastern Pennsylvania with the help of nearly $1.1 million in tax credits from the state Economic Development Authority.

All business: A decade later, Woodbridge mayor still has economic development at the top of his agenda

Since taking office in late 2006, Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac has emerged as one of the most development-friendly and pro-business mayors in all of New Jersey. He and his economic development team can boast a record that includes two new power plants, millions of square feet of warehouse space and dozens of new retailers, banks and eateries that have opened during that time.

McCormac: Sharing the benefits of redevelopment with school district is ‘common sense’

Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac is proud of the fact that, for all of the administration’s payment in lieu of taxes agreements with developers over the past decade, not one project has impacted the school system.

But Town Hall is still making sure that the school system is benefiting.

New EDA programs seek to promote street-level leasing, upgrades

The state Economic Development Authority last month unveiled two new funding tools aimed at helping street-level retail and downtown businesses in Passaic, Trenton, Paterson, Camden and Atlantic City.