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Gibbons Clients Unveil Final Phase of Major Jersey City Real Estate Project

Gibbons Clients Unveil Final Phase of Major Jersey City Real Estate Project

Longtime Gibbons clients Ironstate Development Co. and Panepinto Properties have unveiled the final phase of a major joint real estate project with residential, retail, and hospitality components in the heart of Jersey City and with direct access to the Grove Street PATH station. A team of Gibbons attorneys has represented the Ironstate and Panepinto joint venture on the Columbus project since its inception, advising our clients over the course of a decade and three significant project phases, which industry publication Real Estate NJ recently summarized.

Ivette P. Alvarado Named to the NJSBA’s Real Property, Trust, and Estate Section’s Board of Consultors

Ivette P. Alvarado Named to the NJSBA’s Real Property, Trust, and Estate Section’s Board of Consultors

Gibbons Real Property Department is proud to announce that Department Director Ivette P. Alvarado has recently been appointed to the Board of Consultors for the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Section of the New Jersey State Bar Association. The Board of Consultors is the governing advisory body for the Real Property, Trust, and Estate Section, advising the Bar Association on real property issues throughout the year, including pending legislation and regulations, the effects of case law, and practical issues related to commercial transactions, wills, trusts, and estates. Congratulations, Ivette!

Howard Geneslaw Argues Before NJ Supreme Court in Dunbar Homes on Behalf of NJ State Bar Association

Howard Geneslaw Argues Before NJ Supreme Court in Dunbar Homes on Behalf of NJ State Bar Association

On Monday, April 9, 2018, Howard D. Geneslaw, a Director in the Gibbons Real Property Department, argued before the Supreme Court of New Jersey on behalf of the New Jersey State Bar Association (“NJSBA”) as an amicus curiae in the matter of Dunbar Homes, Inc. v. Zoning Board of Adjustment of the Township of Franklin. The NJSBA was one of several amici involved in this case of first impression on the key question of when a submission to a municipal planning board is considered an “application for development” for purposes of being afforded protection under the “time of application” rule. The “time of application” rule provides that the zoning regulations which govern the review of an application for development are those in effect at the time it is submitted. The issue to be decided by the New Jersey Supreme Court centers on what constitutes submission of an application for development which allows the applicant to invoke the protection of the “time of application” rule. The Appellate Division, in a reported decision, ruled that protection is not available until an applicant submits all documents specified in the municipality’s application checklist adopted by ordinance, although the application need not have been deemed...

Howard Geneslaw to Speak at NJSBA Webinar

Howard Geneslaw to Speak at NJSBA Webinar

Howard D. Geneslaw, a Director in the Gibbons Real Property Department, will participate in an upcoming webinar entitled “Advanced Topics in Land Use IV: Zoning and Planning Boards.” The webinar is presented by the New Jersey State Bar Association (NJSBA) and co-sponsored by the NJSBA Land Use Law Section and will be held on April 25 from 12:00 – 1:40 p.m. This is the fourth webinar in the NJSBA’s ongoing series featuring discussions about a variety of current zoning trends. Mr. Geneslaw’s topic is “Case Law Developments in Bad Faith Objections to Land Use Applications – Has the Judicial Tide Turned on Objections Asserted by Business Competitors?” In addition to Mr. Geneslaw, panelists will include Richard S. Schkolnick, Esq. (moderator), Brown Moskowitz & Kallen, PC; Gary S. Forshner, Esq., Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLP; Donna M. Jennings, Esq., Wilentz Goldman & Spitzer, PA; Kenneth A. Porro, Esq., Chasan Lamparello Mallon & Cappuzzo, PC; and William C. Sullivan Jr., Esq., Scarinci & Hollenbeck. For a detailed agenda or to register, click here.

David Freeman to Speak at New York University Brownfields Program

David Freeman to Speak at New York University Brownfields Program

David J. Freeman, a Director in the Gibbons Environmental Department, will participate in an upcoming program entitled “New Opportunities in Brownfield Urban Redevelopment.” The event will be hosted by the NYU School of Professional Studies (NYUSPS) Schack Institute of Real Estate on February 22 from 9:00 to 11:00 a.m. This event is free to attend, but registration is required. Mr. Freeman will discuss recent developments in the federal, New York State, and New York City brownfield programs, including the controversial proposal in Governor Cuomo’s budget bill to defer payment of certain tax credits earned under the New York State program. In addition to Mr. Freeman, panelists will include Barry Hersh, Clinical Associate Professor, NYUSPS Schack Institute of Real Estate; Jean Hamerman, Deputy Director, Center for Creative Land Recycling; Michael Taylor, President, Vita Nouva LLC; and Daniel Walsh, Director, New York City Mayor’s Office of Environmental Remediation. For a detailed agenda or to register, click here.

Getting to Closing: Bulk Sales and Realty Transfer Taxes for Real Estate, Corporate, and Tax Lawyers, ICLE Program Take-Away

Getting to Closing: Bulk Sales and Realty Transfer Taxes for Real Estate, Corporate, and Tax Lawyers, ICLE Program Take-Away

The expired RTF regulations, the landmark realty transfer fee case of Mack-Cali Realty, LP, et al. v. Clerk of Bergen County, and the application of the Controlling Interest Transfer Tax, were just some of the topics covered at New Jersey Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s live panel discussion, Getting to Closing: Bulk Sales and Realty Transfer Taxes for Real Estate, Corporate and Tax Lawyers, in September. Gibbons attorneys, Ivette P. Alvarado, a Director in the Real Property & Environmental Department, and Peter J. Ulrich, a Director in the Corporate Department, were joined on the panel by representatives from the New Jersey Division of Taxation, Bulk Sales Section, County Tax Board Compliance/Realty Transfer Fee Section (“RTF Section”), and Regulatory Services Section, as well as attorney F. Bradford Batcha, Esq. More than 100 participants were provided with the statutory and regulatory history of the Bulk Sales Act (N.J.S.A. 54:50-38), Realty Transfer Fee Law (N.J.S.A. 46:15-5 et seq.), and Controlling Interest Transfer Tax (“CITT”; N.J.S.A. 54:15C-1), along with practical tips for navigating these laws, together with invaluable insight from the State representatives. Highlights of the panel discussion include: NJ Realty Transfer Taxes The previously published realty transfer fee regulations (N.J.A.C. 18:16-1.1 et seq.),...

Gibbons Ranked Best Law Firm and Best Lobbying Firm in Inaugural NJBIZ Reader Rankings

Gibbons Ranked Best Law Firm and Best Lobbying Firm in Inaugural NJBIZ Reader Rankings

Gibbons P.C. has been selected as the best law firm and the best lobbying firm in New Jersey in the inaugural NJBIZ Reader Ranking Awards. The Reader Rankings were compiled through an online survey seeking the best of the best in a wide range of categories and subcategories. According to NJBIZ, “The publication of the 2017 Reader Rankings by NJBIZ is our way of recognizing the regard our readers have for the businesses in their communities. What makes the companies listed here distinct is the devotion they inspire among our region’s business leaders.” Gibbons has been recognized by numerous organizations and publications for the firm’s work on behalf of clients, including being named among the New Jersey Law Journal’s Litigation Departments of the Year, earning the top overall honors in 2014, as well as recognition for the practice areas of class actions (2017), products liability (2016), and commercial litigation (2013). The Gibbons Government Affairs Department has ranked as the #1 lawyer-lobbying firm in New Jersey for nine consecutive years, according to the New Jersey Election Law Enforcement Commission In addition, the firm and Gibbons attorneys are also consistently recognized in annual client-review publications such as the Chambers USA Guide to...

Mere Fact That Application Would Bring Development Closer Into Compliance With Zoning Code Insufficient to Warrant Grant of Site Plan Approval and Variance, N.J. Appellate Division Affirms

Mere Fact That Application Would Bring Development Closer Into Compliance With Zoning Code Insufficient to Warrant Grant of Site Plan Approval and Variance, N.J. Appellate Division Affirms

The New Jersey Appellate Division recently affirmed denial of an application for site plan approval and variance relief despite an applicant’s contention that the application’s issues identified by the Planning Board were too minor to justify denial of the application that would bring the subject property into conformity with the zoning code. Although unpublished and nonbinding, the decision confirms New Jersey courts’ broad deference to local boards in this state, making clear that if a land use board’s legitimate concerns are not addressed by an application, the mere fact that the application would bring a property into conformity with the local zoning code is insufficient to secure a variance under New Jersey’s Municipal Land Use Law. In World Wheat Foundation, Inc. v. Planning Board of the Township of Saddle River, et al., a church-based, not-for-profit organization, sought site plan approval and variance relief to convert a property that previously served as a residential facility for the elderly into a vocational school to assist Korean families with language and the arts. The previous facility ceased operations more than two years prior to the application. The property was situated in the Township’s Secondary Business Zone, in which the former residential facility was...

Do You Like What You’re Reading? Rate Our Blog: The ABA Journal’s “Web 100” Award

Do You Like What You’re Reading? Rate Our Blog: The ABA Journal’s “Web 100” Award

Thank you for visiting the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Law Alert blog! Content on our site, authored by members of the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Department, integrates topics in transactional real estate, development, and environmental law that are critical to the success of property acquisitions and dispositions, real estate financings, lease transactions, major development projects, and remediation and redevelopment of brownfield sites. How are we doing? To review our blog and nominate the Gibbons Real Property & Environmental Law Alert for this year’s ABA Journal’s “Web 100” award, please visit abajournal.com/blawgs/web100 and share why you are a “fan” of our site (Please note: the voting process closes on Sunday, July 30). Thank you in advance for your support.

Gibbons Part of Team Nominated by NAIOP for Mixed-Use Deal of the Year

Gibbons Part of Team Nominated by NAIOP for Mixed-Use Deal of the Year

NAIOP New Jersey, the commercial real estate development association, has announced the finalists for its Deal of the Year Awards. Gibbons P.C. was part of the team nominated for Mixed-Use Deal of the Year for the project involving the disposition of the Hoffmann-La Roche US headquarters in Nutley and Clifton, New Jersey. Winners in the categories of Industrial Deal of the Year, Office Deal of the Year, and Mixed-Use Deal of the Year will be announced at the 30th Annual Commercial Real Estate Awards Gala on May 11, 2017. Gibbons was part of the team that led the successful sale of the former 116-acre headquarters and research and development campus of Hoffmann-La Roche, which spans the municipalities of Nutley and Clifton, to Prism Capital Partners and a Boston-based investment manager. As part of the transaction, a joint venture between Hackensack University Medical Center and Seton Hall University will lease two of the campus buildings and 16 acres of the property for the new Seton Hall–Hackensack Meridian School of Medicine, the first new private medical school in New Jersey in over 40 years. The new site will also house Seton Hall’s College of Nursing and its School of Health and Medical...