Matthew Matt Kiefer Real Estate Development/Land Use Green Business Public Law & Policy Medical, Educational and Cultural Institutions Climate Change Resilience attorney lawyer

Representative Matters

Developer Designations of Publicly Owned Sites

Developer designations from the Boston Planning and Development Agency for projects in urban renewal areas; from the Boston Housing Authority for housing redevelopments in Mission Hill, Orient Heights and Charlestown; and from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation for land and air rights parcels including Columbus Center in the Back Bay, the Merano in the Bulfinch Triangle and Parcel 9 in Dudley Square.

Life Science Conversions

Conversion of office buildings to life science use, including 601 Congress and 51 Melcher in the Seaport and 321 Harrison/1000 Washington in the New York Streets neighborhood.

Seaport District Projects

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

Phased Mixed-Use Developments

Phased mixed-use developments approved under the Planned Development Area provisions of the Boston Zoning Code, including the 6.3-million-square-foot Seaport Square on 23 acres in the Seaport and the Harrison-Albany project, a 700,000-square-foot residential and commercial development in the South End.

Market-Rate and Affordable Residential Projects

Market-rate, mixed-income and affordable residential projects in the Boston neighborhoods of Allston-Brighton, Charlestown, Dorchester, East Boston, Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Roxbury and the South End. These include on-site and off-site compliance with Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy, partnerships between for-profit and non-profit housing developers, and redevelopments of public housing communities.

Waterfront Projects

State waterfront licensing under Chapter 91 for projects with path-breaking climate resilience strategies, including Clippership Wharf in East Boston, the Innovation and Design Building in the Ray Flynn Marine Park, and Building 114 and the Spaulding Rehabilitation Center in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Institutional Master Plans

Institutional master plan approvals for major Boston hospitals and universities, including Massachusetts General Hospital, Northeastern University, the Benjamin Franklin Cummings Institute of Technology and Berklee College of Music. These include collaborations with for-profit developers for student housing and other revenue-generating campus facilities.

Harvard University's Allston Campus

Representation of Harvard University in the development of its Allston campus, including business school facilities, a science and engineering building, a district energy plant and the revitalization of Barry’s Corner with green spaces, a flood storage swale, pedestrian improvements and other community benefits.

Cultural Institutions and Non-Profits

Facilities for cultural institutions and other non-profits, including additions to the Boston Museum of Fine Arts and the Gardner Museum and new homes for The Possible Project, United South End Settlements, the Boston Society for Architecture, Historic Boston Incorporated and the Emerald Necklace Conservancy.

Historic Adaptations and Restorations

Adaptive re-use of historic buildings, including FP3 and 319 A Street in the Fort Point Channel historic district; and historic restorations in the Back Bay, South End and Beacon Hill historic districts, including, Zero Marlborough, 25 Beacon and Marais.

Public-Private Partnerships for Public Open Space

Formation, regulatory approvals, and funding options for public-private partnerships to create public open space, including representing The Trustees of Reservations in pursuing a destination park along Boston’s historic waterfront, and the Martin Richard Foundation in completing Martin's Park in the Seaport.