Real estate development and public law and policy are the focus of Peter Kochansky's practice. Peter is a Director and represents a variety of public and private clients. His work focuses on real estate development and land use matters, especially for complex, mixed-use projects in the city of Boston, including waterfront sites. Peter's expertise involves all aspects of zoning compliance and other public approvals, environmental impact reviews and regulatory compliance.
Peter specializes in structuring and effectuating public-private partnerships to fund and deliver real estate development and transportation projects. He has advised public and private clients on novel projects that leverage multiple funding sources to finance public-private project, including the management and operation of public open space and the delivery of effective social services. Peter’s work with public entities has involved advising them on Public Records Law and Open Meeting Law compliance, and he advises public and private clients on compliance with the State Ethics Law, the Massachusetts Lobbying Law, and state procurement laws.
Prior to law school, Peter worked for Clinton-Gore ’96 and the Democratic National Committee as the Deputy Finance Director for New York and New Jersey.
- Represents developers in securing zoning, permitting, and other public approvals for residential and commercial projects in Boston, including Seaport Square, a 23-acre site site in the South Boston Seaport area, mixed-use projects in downtown Boston, and the Fort Point neighborhood of South Boston.
- Represents the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) in connection with the acquisition by MassDOT of the South Coast Rail lines from CSX Transportation and other freight railroad assets, and in recent trackage rights and operating agreements with the Rhode Island Department of Transportation, Pan Am Railways and other freight railroads.
- Advised the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) in the procurement for a developer of hotels in proximity to the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
- Represented Roca, Inc., a non-profit provider of services to high-risk young men, in securing funding through the Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative, the largest social innovation financing project in the nation.
- Counsel to the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy, Inc. in its public-private partnership to operate and maintain the capacity as the steward of the Greenway in downtown Boston.
- Assisted in successfully defending the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority's (MTA) automated toll collection program against a Commerce Clause challenge.
Professional and Community Involvement
- Fayerweather Street School, Board Member
- American Bar Association
- Massachusetts Bar Association
- National Association of Industrial and Office Properties
- Urban Land Institute