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In opposing Crossroad Ventures, LLC’s (“Crossroad Ventures“) endeavor to construct a vacation resort partially within the Town of Shandaken, (“Town“), grassroots preservation organization Catskill Heritage Alliance, Inc. (“Alliance“) commenced two consecutive Article 78 proceedings challenging certain approvals.  The Court addressed multiple appeals from both proceedings in Catskill Heritage Alliance, Inc. v. Crossroads Ventures, LLC, et al., 161 A.D.3d 1413 (3d Dep’t 2018).  In its opinion, the Court reinforced the principle that a board of appeals is the sole…
Developing real estate can be a lot like building an orchestra from scratch. In order to build an orchestra, management will of course hire musicians. By custom, not all musicians bring their own instruments. Management will also need to know which instruments (e.g., percussion and keyboard instruments) need to be purchased. Along with purchasing instrument, management needs to get concert space, advertising, music rental and other equipment necessary for a performance. Acquiring commercial real estate…
On August 13 the President signed the John S. McCain National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2019. The $716 billion H.R. 5515, authorizes appropriations for the Department of Defense for procurement of everything from aircraft, missiles, ammunition, shipbuilding and space defense to military installation construction; and is arguably the most significant environmental legislation enacted anywhere this year. On page 627 of the 1,360 page bill, for the first time there is a section entitled,…
On August 16, 2018, the Mississippi Supreme Court laid to rest any confusion regarding how public authorities are to address the situation where the apparent low bidder’s bid exceeds the “allocated funds” by more than ten percent (10%). [Click here to see Decision]. The procurement in question involved bids for a construction project in the City of Clarksdale (“the City”). The bids received exceeded the “allocated funds” by more than ten percent (10%).…
With great power comes great responsibility. When talking about mechanics liens (construction’s most powerful tool for payment), this responsibility manifests itself in strict deadlines. Once a lien is filed, the clock starts ticking. If the clock strikes zero and no enforcement action is brought, the lien “expires”. This means that the lien claimant may no longer bring an enforcement action (read: lawsuit) to enforce their lien claim. But what happens when a lien does expire? The answer to…
  As indicated earlier this week, HUD is seeking comments to inform revisions to its Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing rule. We have been waiting for official publication of the advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR) in the Federal Register to determine when these comments will be due. HUD today published the ANPR.  We now know comments are due October 15, 2018.…
Last month, a federal district court in Tennessee denied a motion for preliminary injunction filed by a man who wished to picket a Planned Parenthood location in a business park in Memphis.  The court determined that the private street on which the plaintiff, John Brindley, intended to picket was not a public roadway and therefore was not a traditional public forum requiring content neutral speech regulations. Planned Parenthood’s offices are located on Virginia Run Cove,…
Florida has implemented a rather simple statutory scheme to address claims that a real property owner believes she may have against a contractor, subcontractor, supplier or design professional for construction defects on her property—whether those defects involve construction, repairs, remodeling or alterations to the property.  The law, Florida Statutes Sections 558.001-005, attempts to strike a balance between protecting the rights of property owners and reducing the litigation associated with such claims. In a nutshell,…
Hansen v. Sandridge Partners, L.P. (2018) 22 Cal.App.5th 1020 A.  An Equitable Easement Is Often Sought Where A Prescriptive Easement And Adverse Possession Are Not Available. An oft-repeated scenario in boundary disputes goes like this:  A property owner encroaches upon a neighbor’s land and then uses that land in a manner that is akin to owning the land. It could be fencing off the neighbor’s land and then possessing that land as if it actually…

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