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What is eminent domain?

Whether new construction or part of an expansion, at times; public infrastructure projects like those related to highways, bridges and airports may infringe on the rights of private landowners. Via a process known as eminent domain, the government is allowed to legally take a private home or land parcel for public use. For a property owner who is directly impacted by eminent domain, it's important to understand the specific rules that apply as well as your legal rights.

The legal basics of a construction defect claim: part I

From building materials to the actual construction of a structure, to ensure projects are completed on-time and on-budget, residential and commercial developers must rely upon numerous suppliers, contractors and builders. Unfortunately, despite a developer's best intentions, there are times when one or more of the parties that are involved in the building and construction process fails to fulfill their contractual obligations.

Ownership, cleanup and development of Crow Hill property still uncertain: Part II

In a recent blog post, we began discussing the long-standing legal dispute between the city of Worcester and Green Landscapes, LLC over a 15-acre Crow Hill parcel of land. While the two sides have been litigating in court for years over the cleanup, development and ownership of a 4.3-acre portion of the undeveloped property; this past summer, in a behind-closed-doors deal, city council members voted to claim the land under eminent domain laws.

Ownership, cleanup and development of Crow Hill property still uncertain

Worcester residents are likely familiar with the legal battle that has been waged for years between the city and the owners of 15 acres of undeveloped property at Crow Hill. While the area is zoned for the development of single-family residential units, such development is unlikely anytime soon as it's still unclear who actually owns the property.

Advice on how to make the divorce process easier

Even in cases where an individual wants and files first for a divorce, the actual process is never quick or easy. There are, however, behaviors in which divorcing spouses may engage that make an already difficult situation that much more unpleasant. While many individuals enter the process pledging to rise above the divorce acrimony they've likely heard so much about, emotions can get the best of even the most level-headed and mild-mannered individual.

Funding an important part of commercial real estate development

When most people start a new commercial business, they try to get it up and running a quickly as possible.  Unfortunately, this is often easier said than done. The owners of a coffee shop slated to open in Worcester, Massachusetts, know this all too well. Though under the right circumstances one of the co-owners believes that the work necessary  to get the business opened could have been done in three weeks, in reality, it has taken a year and a half to get to the point they are now--still unfinished.

Commercial developments may be slowed by zoning ordinances

When it comes to commercial development there are many matters that might need to be addressed. Exactly what developers of the project will need to deal with depends on the specific project. Currently, a non-profit, faith-based group, seeking to convert a rectory into a transitional housing facility for alcohol addiction in Worcester, is dealing with a zoning ordinance pertaining to parking.

Some states take issue with EPA's new definition of 'navigable U.S. waters'

Land use regulations in Massachusetts are ever-evolving, and different municipalities have significantly different requirements and restrictions. To avoid time-consuming pitfalls and oversights that could affect the success of your development project, it is important to work with an attorney who is familiar with each jurisdiction's codes and practices.

You can't build there! A look at zoning laws in Massachusetts

Whether you're a business owner or an individual simply looking to build your first home, there is something that you probably both have in common. At some point, you have probably both said, "This looks like a great place to build a property!" As you will soon find out though, thinking this and acting on it are two completely different things.

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