Darren Baird Commercial Real Estate Land Use Permitting Lawyer

Representative Matters

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Rezoning

Counsel to MIT in connection with its rezoning of approximately 14 acres in Cambridge, Massachusetts, that is currently the location of the United States Department of Transportation’s Volpe Center.

High-Profile Institution of Higher Education Zoning and Development

Zoning and development counsel to a high-profile institution of higher education, with experience in rezoning of a 26-acre expanse of urban land adjacent to the institution’s main campus, obtaining special permits for the development of 6 buildings in within the above 26-acre parcel, and numerous other land use and permitting matters.

AvalonBay Communities Development, Acquisition and Permitting Transactions

Counsel to AvalonBay Communities in connection with all aspects of their large-scale development transactions in multiple jurisdictions, including acquisitions and permitting.  Also serve as national counsel to this client on investment transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions, on over $1B of assets all over the country.

Major Teaching Hospital Counsel

Counsel to major teaching hospital in acquisition, leasing, permitting, development, construction, financing and master planning of numerous projects in the Greater Boston Metropolitan Area, ranging from hospital/clinical facilities to endowment real estate investments to life-science facilities and research laboratories.

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Development and Construction

Counsel to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute in the development and construction of a 250,000 square foot clinical cancer facility in Boston and other permitting and land use matters.

Medical and Higher Educational Institution Master Campus Planning

Advise medical and higher educational institutions in numerous master planning in and around their campuses as well as with regard to non-facility related acquisition, development, financing, ownership and operational matters.

International Nonprofit Organization Development and Financing of Affordable Elderly Housing and Mixed-Income Developments

Representation of international non-profit organization in the development and financing of affordable elderly housing and mixed-income developments, including a housing development under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 202 Program and the refinancing of HUD direct loans for projects developed under the Section 202 Program.

International Religious Nonprofit Acquisition and Development of Community Center

Counsel to international religious non-profit in the acquisition and development of a 90,000 square-foot community center in the Upham’s Corner area of Boston.

Lender and Insurance Company Mortgage Loans

Representation of institutional lenders and a national insurance company in numerous mortgage loans.

American Campus Communities: Collaborating to Benefit Students and Communities

Goulston & Storrs Case Study: American Campus Communities: Collaborating to Benefit Students and Communities

The City of Boston launched an update to its comprehensive housing plan – “Housing A Changing City: Boston 2030” – designed to address housing needs at a time when Boston’s population was growing faster than expected. The update set new goals for housing production, including the goal of improving the quality and quantity of student housing for college students to free up conventional housing units for the local community.

The City asked local colleges and universities to join the initiative and provide additional on-campus student housing. Our client, a major research university, didn't hesitate to answer the City's call.