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.

Threats to 1031, carried interest in focus at private equity panel

With Election Day looming, real estate investors can’t help but think about Uncle Sam. A panel of experts in that industry explained why last week, pointing to the prospect of changes to federal regulations that they have come to rely on to do business and improve their returns.

At NAIOP forum, mayors offer a how-to guide for development

As Woodbridge Mayor John McCormac will tell you, a neighborhood can have a 30-year-old, polluted industrial site that has been abandoned for more than a decade — yet local residents still oppose the mere concept of redevelopment.

Trentonian site slated to become Dunkin’ Donuts bakery hub

The latest thing that Trenton makes? Try Munchkins.

That may soon be the case under a proposal by a team of Dunkin’ Donuts franchisees. A nearly $17 million project calls for redeveloping two buildings in the city into a new 69,000-square-foot central bakery plant, serving more than 130 stores in the region and producing hundreds of thousands of doughnuts and other products every week.

Are low rates here to stay? An insider makes the case (SLIDESHOW)

Certainty and predictability can be hard to come by these days, so real estate and finance professionals will settle for a little conviction when it comes to the Federal Reserve. They got exactly that last week at an event hosted by the Rutgers Center for Real Estate.

Subaru’s Camden plans in jeopardy amid Pa. tax agreement flap

Subaru of America may scale back its plans to expand in Camden in the wake of Gov. Chris Christie’s recent decision to end tax reciprocity between New Jersey and Pennsylvania.

McGuinness: TTF breakthrough was ‘No. 1 issue’ for NAIOP N.J.

A long-awaited but contentious solution to the state’s transportation funding crisis is heading to the desk of Gov. Chris Christie, who has agreed to sign the $16 billion infrastructure plan.

Hackensack seeks developer for mixed-use site

As new construction activity heats up in downtown Hackensack, the city is now seeking a developer to transform a parking lot into a mixed-use “gateway” to its central business district.

Riverfront park revival continues in Newark

Public officials and business leaders broke ground Wednesday on the next phase of a project to expand Newark’s Riverfront Park, a plan that calls for a boardwalk, walkway system and other amenities to connect the Passaic River to the city’s downtown.

Emerson council considers vote to allow new mixed-use buildings downtown

A vote by local officials in Emerson could bring a developer one step closer to building a mixed-use project that would transform part of the town’s central business district.

Christie, lawmakers reach deal to fund road projects

A bipartisan deal, unveiled Friday at the Statehouse, calls for raising the state’s gas tax for the first time since 1988 to replenish the Transportation Trust Fund. The 23-cent-per-gallon increase will fund a $2 billion TTF plan over the next eight years, with 100 percent of gas tax revenues constitutionally dedicated to repair and replace the state’s roads and bridges.