Real Estate

Development, Land Use & Zoning

Representative Matters

New York City Economic Development Corporation Essex Crossing Mixed-Use Development Project in Manhattan

Representation of the New York City Economic Development Corporation in connection with the redevelopment of the Seward Park Urban Renewal Area, encompassing nine sites on the lower east side of Manhattan. The project was structured to accomplish a number of public goals, including the development of 1,000 new residences (half market rate and half affordable) and the relocation of the Essex Street Market, an iconic public market.  The project also includes 450,000 square feet of retail, 400,000 square feet of office space, community attractions, and green spaces.  Our work required a public RFP process and negotiation with multiple bidders, purchase and sale agreements, condominium documents, and innovative restrictive covenants.

Multifamily Developer In Connection With the Redevelopment of a Transit Station

Representation of a multifamily developer in connection with the redevelopment of a transit station that will include multifamily residential and retail components, and a new structured parking facility.

Government Center Garage Redevelopment Project

Representation of a privately-held real estate developer in connection with the redevelopment of Bulfinch Crossing, also known as the Government Center Garage Redevelopment project, in Boston, MA, with particular focus on agreements with the MBTA relating to the transit station at the project site.

Permitting and Financing Multi-Use Real Estate

Permitting and financing of a 70-unit apartment, row-house, and townhouse complex with ground-floor retail space in Roxbury. 

YMCA of Greater New York Mixed-Use Development Projects

Representation of the YMCA of Greater New York in a number of mixed-use developments, including the negotiation of contracts of sale, development agreements and condominium arrangements for new branches in Chinatown, Chelsea and downtown Brooklyn, as well as in two bond issuances by the New York City Industrial Development Authority, the proceeds of which were used to finance, or refinance, improvements made to a number of YMCA branches.

WS Development Seaport Square Boston, MA

Representation of WS Development in its acquisition, development, financing, and leasing of more than 1.5 million square feet of retail in Boston’s Seaport District, which lies at the heart of Boston's waterfront redevelopment and is the largest urban redevelopment project in New England. The project includes the 23-acre Seaport Square, which will ultimately grow to 6.3 million square feet of retail, dining, residential, office, hotel and cultural uses. Seaport Square is a transit-oriented development involving substantial construction and connecting to existing MBTA stations and tunnel structures, and significant coordination with transit agencies.

Time Warner Inc. Development of Time Warner Center in New York City

Representation of Time Warner Inc. in connection with various aspects of the development of Time Warner Center.

New England Development and The Green Company Development of The Pinehills in Plymouth, MA

Representation of Pinehills LLC, a joint venture between New England Development and The Green Company, in the development of The Pinehills, a 3,000 acre mixed-use development in Plymouth, MA including over 3,000 homes, hotel and conference center, community and retail uses, and four golf courses.

New England Development (NED) Master Planning, Development and Financing of University Station in Westwood, MA

Representation of New England Development (NED) in its master planning and development of University Station, a transit-oriented, 120-acre, 2 million-square-foot, mixed-use development in Westwood, Massachusetts, that lies adjacent to a regional Amtrak station and is composed of 750,000 square feet of retail, 650 units of multifamily residential, 325,000 square feet of office, 100 units of assisted living and 160 hotel rooms. The firm represented NED in the financing, development, leasing and disposition of the property, as well as in structuring joint venture agreements with co-developers.

National Public Radio (NPR) Headquarters Relocation in Washington, D.C.

Representation of National Public Radio (NPR) in connection with the relocation of its headquarters and broadcast center to a historic landmark. Goulston & Storrs led NPR through the historic review process, appearing before the D.C. Historic Preservation Review Board and the Mayor’s Agent for Historic Preservation to secure the necessary approvals for demolition and partial addition to the historic building. Also assisted NPR in connection with securing zoning entitlements from the Board of Zoning Adjustment, including allowing multiple antennas on the roofs of its expanded headquarters building.

Development of a New Science and Engineering Building

Counseling a large, urban university in connection with the development of a new science and engineering building. Assisted the client with all aspects of the master planning and land use matters related to this development project.

MassDOT Financing and Management Structure of Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy

Representation of the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority (now MassDOT) in its creation of the public-private financing and management structure of the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway Conservancy. The firm’s work included a comprehensive analysis of the application to the Conservancy of the State Conflict of Interest Law, Public Records Law, Open Meeting Law and State and Federal Lobbying Laws. The firm currently represents the Greenway Conservancy in regards to a host of matters, including compliance with the Commonwealth’s Public Records Law and Open Meeting Law.

Kraft Group Permitting and Development of Patriot Place in Foxborough, MA

Representation of The Kraft Group (TKG) in the permitting and development of Patriot Place, a 1.4M SF office, retail, entertainment and hotel complex at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, MA.  The firm previously assisted TKG with securing federal, state and local approvals to build the $325 million professional football and soccer stadium.

Harvard University Master Plan Development for North Allston Campus

Representation of Harvard University in the master plan development of land in the North Allston neighborhood on the Boston side of the Charles River, including acquisitions, dispositions, ground leasing, land use, title and public approval matters.

Georgetown University Campus Plan

Representation of Georgetown University in connection with zoning and entitlement approvals for its Campus Plan, which has included coordinating related approvals for its clinical partner, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital. Georgetown is a longstanding client of the firm and has been key to our industry group’s platform in the District. Several years ago, we advised the university in its development of Georgetown Community Partnership, a project focused on fostering collaboration for future planning within the university, the community and the city. Large institutions generally undergo the master planning process every 10 years, but through this unprecedented collaboration, Georgetown has secured approval for a plan that will oversee campus development over the next 20 years. We have also been working with Georgetown University and MedStar Georgetown to secure approval for a 500,000-square-foot medical and surgical pavilion that would see the existing hospital complex expanded and modernized. Serving as the university’s chief land use counsel, we guided Georgetown in connection with all aspects of the planning process, including coordination with the community and—and its hospital partner—to develop this inclusive plan.

Forest City Realty Trust Cornell Tech Campus New York City

Representation of Forest City Realty Trust in connection with the development, condominium formation and leasing (including ground leasing) of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island in New York City, which will include two million square feet of state-of-the-art buildings and two acres of open space, and will be home to more than 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff when completed.

Federal Realty Investment Trust Assembly Row Somerville, MA

Representation of Federal Realty Investment Trust (FRIT) in connection with the development of Assembly Row in Somerville, Massachusetts. This partially completed mixed-use project is composed of multiple parcels and entitled for up to 2,100 residential units, 1.75 million square feet of commercial space, 512,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and cinema space and a 200-room hotel. In addition, the project includes construction of a bus and light rail mass transit station. Goulston & Storrs provided counsel in connection with structuring a series of transactions with AvalonBay for the latter to develop the first two parcels. Both will include ground floor retail space and multifamily residential rental units above. This project also included Brownfields redevelopment, condominium ownership structuring, improvements to state owned parks, REIT tax and other compliance issues and retail leasing.

DivcoWest Cambridge Crossing Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, Massachusetts

Representation of DivcoWest with respect to Cambridge Crossing, its 42-acre, 5-million-square-foot, mixed-use redevelopment of a former railyard on a site that overlays Boston, Cambridge, and Somerville, MA. The planned development includes a centralized retail square, multifamily residential components, 20 acres of green space, a 370,000-square-foot office building, a 390,000-square-foot office building and significantly improved road infrastructure. The parcel also encompasses a light rail commuter station that will be redeveloped by the MBTA in collaboration with the Cambridge Crossing project.

Brause Realty, Inc. Mixed-Use Development Project in Long Island City, NY

Representation of Brause Realty, Inc. in connection with the purchase and assemblage of land—through a foreclosure process—to develop a 272-unit, mixed-use, multifamily residential apartment building in the Court Square neighborhood of Long Island City, the westernmost residential and commercial neighborhood of the New York City borough of Queens. Our team assisted Brause in entering into a joint venture made up of three substantial real estate investment firms, which then closed on $105 million construction financing through M&T Bank and the Bank of New York Mellon Corporation.

Cafritz Foundation Development Approval

Representation of the Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation on development approval for the second phase of Art Place at Fort Totten, a vibrant, mixed-use complex strategically located on South Dakota Avenue in Northeast Washington, DC.

The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation is the largest private, independent, local foundation focused exclusively on the Washington, D.C. metropolitan area.

Permitting and Development of Parcel 12 Air Rights Project over the Massachusetts Turnpike

Representation of Samuels & Associates in the zoning approval, local, state, and federal permitting, development, and closing on an air rights lease with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation in connection with the construction of the Parcel 12 Air Rights mixed-use project over the Massachusetts Turnpike in the Back Bay neighborhood of Boston.

Commercial Life sciences Center Development

Represented a non-profit economic development corporation in the development, by a private party, of a commercial life sciences center on a hospital campus.

Mixed-Use Development for Arts, Medical and Other Institutional Uses

Representation of multiple private and non-profit organizations in the development and implementation of coordinated mixed-use developments for arts, medical, and other institutional uses.

Non-Profit Community Center Redevelopment

Representation of a non-profit organization in connection with the redevelopment of a defunct community center building into a newly renovated, mixed-use, collaborative working space for local artists and entrepreneurs, including permitting and negotiation of the long-term lease and construction and consulting contracts related to the redevelopment.

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.

Assistance with Land Use and Zoning Concepts during Site Due Diligence

Representation of a purchasers and development partners during their due diligence relating to potential site acquisition or joint venture pursuit, including the assessment of “highest and best use” and potential redevelopment options, along with review of potential redevelopment plans for zoning and land use compliance. 

Land Use and Zoning Entitlement Assistance for Foreign Mission

Representation of a foreign government in connection with the renovation of an embassy and the expansion of a consulate at 3401 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, including the assistance with review by the U.S. Department of State Office of Foreign Missions and the relevant application process to the Foreign Mission Board of Zoning Adjustment (FMBZA).  The firm also assisted with the public space permitting review of the public space surrounding the property.

Won Summary Judgment For Developer of the former Edward Sullivan Courthouse

Obtained summary judgment and defended the judgment on appeal clearing the way for our client to proceed with a mixed-use redevelopment of the former Edward Sullivan Courthouse in East Cambridge.

Boston Properties Development of Marriott World Headquarters and Marriott Flagship Demonstration Hotel in Bethesda, MD

Representation of Boston Properties in connection with the development of the Marriott World Headquarters and the Marriott Flagship Demonstration Hotel in Bethesda, MD.

Seaport District Projects

Regulatory approvals for real estate developments throughout Boston’s Seaport District, including apartments, condominiums, hotels, and tech, office and retail space.