Tuesday, May 14, 2013

The NY Times Interviews Land Use Lawyer

In the paper's Real Estate section, Vivian Marino sits down for an interview with land use lawyer Melanie Meyers, a partner at Fried Frank who represents several large developers. A sample:

QLet’s talk about some of your projects, starting with Hudson Yards on the Far West Side.

A. We represent the Related Companies on the western rail yards, and our firm as a whole represented Related from the beginning to the end.

We represented them on the original designation. What they are acquiring or will be acquiring at that time were two very large properties, some of which hadn’t been zoned yet. They were planning on doing about eight million square feet, primarily residential development, on a site that was zoned for a quarter of that and only for manufacturing and commercial uses. We created an entire section of the zoning resolution that would allow for the property to be rezoned and to be developed.

Steve Clowney


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