Michele L. Maresca

Counsel

  • Overview

    Biography

    Michele Maresca handles the full range of commercial real estate transactions, including representation of borrowers and lenders in financings, dispositions,  acquisitions, and development agreements. She routinely represents developers, businesses, non-profit organizations, municipalities, and housing authorities. Throughout her varied practice, she leverages her background and experience as a former land use planner to assist clients in structuring agreements to address their unique development, title, and land use issues. She is a member of the firm’s Real Estate + Development Group.

    Real Estate – Financing and Transactions

    Ms. Maresca has a decade of experience helping clients with their real estate transactions. She negotiates, documents, and closes complex real estate transactions, including acquisitions, dispositions, and financings. She counsels clients in the structuring, negotiation, and documentation of mortgage loans and real estate transactions; conducts due diligence; and handles all matters related to title.

    Her recent transactions include representing a large real estate development firm in the refinancing of its construction loans for a high profile downtown Hartford commercial development project. She recently assisted a real estate investment management company in its purchase of a hotel and office building through auction. She currently is handling the sale of a former industrial site for a chemical company, including conducting all related due diligence.

    Development and Reciprocal Easement Agreements

    Ms. Maresca structures and negotiates complex development agreements and ground leases, including those involving public private partnerships. Ms. Maresca has handled high profile projects. She represented the master developer in the negotiation and drafting of a development and disposition agreement for the former New Haven coliseum site. She also represented the Town of West Hartford by negotiating and drafting the ground lease and development agreement for the construction and disposition of a hotel in Blue Back Square. Ms. Maresca negotiates all parties’ roles in various reciprocal easement agreements, addressing shared rights and responsibilities. She represented a national retailer in a complex reciprocal agreement among multiple landowners for rights of access, utilities and drainage.

    Ms. Maresca has an extensive background in the land use field. Prior to law school, Ms. Maresca worked for more than four years as a land use planner with a regional agency in northwest Vermont, where she was responsible for delivering technically sophisticated planning projects, including a regional build-out analysis and a regional landscape suitability analysis. During law school, she served as a research assistant for the Vermont Law School Land Use Institute, providing support to a statewide land use planning initiative.

    Ms. Maresca has been selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list since 2013. She is active in the community, and serves on West Hartford’s local planning and inland wetlands boards. She also serves on the education symposium committee for the Aurora Foundation for Women and Girls, which works to improve the lives of women and girls in the Greater Hartford area.

  • Experience
    • Experience

      Experience

        Real Estate + Development

      • While representing national retailer, obtained local zoning approvals to expand an existing retail facility and to construct a gas station as part of the expansion. In connection with the facility expansion and new gas station, the developer also made circulation and ingress and egress improvements requiring the widening of the fronting state roadway. This representation involved clearing title issues related to a paper street that were implicated by this ancillary roadway expansion.

      • Represented client in negotiating the option and sale of a 1,000±-acre development site to non-profit organizations, the Town of Old Saybrook and the State of Connecticut for perpetual conservation purposes. The conveyance involved negotiating documents with multiple parties and navigating the various State and local processes associated with the acquisition of conservation lands for public use and the use of State money.

      • Analyzed title and site development issues for a wireless telecommunications company.

      • Analyzing special acts and title history of beach properties to determine beach access rights and littoral rights.
      • Represented national retailer in support of development of new retail store as part of a master planned development with multiple landowners. Drafted and negotiated a complex reciprocal easement agreement for access, drainage, and utilities in connection with an internal drive that crosses multiple properties with multiple owners. Drafted and negotiated construction agreement and related temporary easements and development restrictions in connection with internal driveway and separate commercial developments within the master plan area.

      • Represented the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut in connection with the sale and financing of property in Watertown, Connecticut, to The Taft School.

      • Represented the developer of a 1.5 million square foot distribution facility in Windsor, Connecticut, for the world's largest online retailer in all aspects of permitting, the closing of the land conveyance, and negotiation of easements and service agreements with electric, water, and sewer utilities.

      • As part of a complex multimillion-dollar factory transformation project, drafted innovative agreement to memorialize both the operational savings achieved through energy efficiency improvements at an industrial facility, and the related purchase price increase.

      • Commercial Real Estate Lending

      • Representation of borrower in commercial mortgage-backed securities (CMBS) loan secured by commercial office building.

      • Handled the real estate due diligence and mortgage documentation for administrative agent and syndicate of national lenders in connection with a multimillion-dollar term loan and line of credit secured by more than twenty properties.

      • Negotiated and documented the refinance of a construction to permanent financing for the commercial and retail phase of the redevelopment of a downtown district in Hartford, Connecticut.

      • Public-Private Partnerships

      • Represented national retailer in support of development of new retail store as part of a public-private agreement to acquire and develop a portion of a publicly owned golf course. Drafted and negotiated with the Connecticut Department of Transportation various easements in support of retail store roadway improvements and drafted and negotiated various easements between the city and retailer for drainage, slope creation, and maintenance and construction work related to the retail store and the relocation of certain golf holes on the city-owned golf course.

      • Representation of developer in public-private development agreement for the redevelopment of a city-owned property in the central business district. Drafted and negotiated a complex development agreement between the city and our client for the multiphased redevelopment of downtown property, as well as the related infrastructure improvements.

      • Represented the Town of West Hartford in a public-private agreement for the development of a luxury boutique hotel in Blue Back Square. Drafted and negotiated ground lease and development agreement. 

      • Represented the master developer in the negotiation and drafting of a development and disposition agreement for the redevelopment of the former New Haven coliseum site. 

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    • Professional Associations

      Professional Associations

      American Bar Association

      Connecticut Bar Association

      International Council of Shopping Centers
      Private Sector Chair of P3 Committee in Connecticut
    • Honors + Awards

      Honors + Awards

      Selected as a Rising Star to the Connecticut Super Lawyers list from 2013 to 2017.

      UConn School of Business Center for Real Estate, Organizational Partner Special Service Award 2011/2012

       

    • Community Involvement

      Community Involvement

      Town of West Hartford
      Member, Past Vice Chair of Planning and Zoning Commission
      Member, Past Vice Chair of Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency

      Aurora Women and Girls Foundation
      Board of Directors (2018)
  • NEWS + PRESS
    • Publications

      Publications

      Library of Connecticut Civil Complaints for Business Litigation, Volume I, co-authored with Brian R. Smith and Timothy D. Bates and Joel Norwood, a Connecticut Law Tribune publication (2010)
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      "Greening Connecticut's Buildings," published in Construction Law Group Newsletter, co-authored with Thomas P. Cody (November 2009)

    • Presentations

      Presentations

      "Dollars and $ense: Practical Insights to Solving Recurring & Emerging Shopping Center Issues and Improving Your Bottom Line," at the New England Conference & Deal Making event, sponsored by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) (7/19/2017)
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      "Real Estate and Land Use Issues in the Representation of Medical Marijuana Facilities," co-presented with Brian R. Smith, American Bar Association's Annual Meeting (2015)

      "Creating/Modifying Historic Preservation Ordinances," at International Municipal Lawyers Association webinar series, co-presented with Thomas P. Cody (June 2014)

      "Legal and Ethical Issues in the Representation of Medical Marijuana Facilities," co-presented with Diane W. Whitney, at Connecticut Bar Association's Real Property Section Meeting (2014)

      "Current Real Estate Issues and Trends," co-presented with Lauren M. Sigg and George W. Watson III, co-moderator of monthly webinar series sponsored by the Connecticut Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate and the University of Connecticut Center for Real Estate and Urban Economic Studies (2010-2012)

      "Primer: Zoning and the Fair Housing Act Amendments and Americans with Disabilities Act," at Connecticut Bar Association's Planning and Zoning Section Advanced Program "A Potpourri of Hot Topics: A Spicy Mix of Land Use Issues" in New Britain, Connecticut (10/22/2010)

      "Robinson & Cole Annual Review of Land Use Case Law," co-presented with John P. Casey, at Connecticut Bar Association's June Meeting of the Planning and Zoning Section (6/21/2010)

      "Accommodating Zoning: Uses and Limits of the Fair Housing Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act," at American Bar Association's State and Local Government Section Spring Meeting (4/30/2010)

      "Clean Water Act Update: Storm Water Permitting, Enforcement, and TMDLs," co-presented with Lauren M. Sigg and George W. Watson III, Environmental and Utilities Practice Group Roundtable (2009)

    • News

      R+C in the News

      • August 23, 2017

        Michele Maresca Appointed to ICSC Leadership Position

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      • August 9, 2017

        Michele Maresca Presents at New England Conference & Deal Making Event

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      • January 17, 2013

        Michele Maresca Appointed Alternate to West Hartford’s Town Plan and Zoning Commission and Inland Wetlands and Watercourses Agency

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      • December 2, 2010

        National Association of Realtors® honors LandLaw Partner and Firm

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      • November 3, 2010

        Attorneys Cochair Connecticut Bar Association Planning and Zoning Section Event

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      • July 9, 2010

        John Casey and Michele Maresca Present a Review of Land Use Case Law to the Connecticut Bar Association

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      • May 11, 2010

        Robinson & Cole Attorney Speaks at Land Use Hot Topics Program in Miami

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      R+C News Releases

      • October 17, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • May 18, 2017

        Robinson+Cole Team Involved in “Office Deal of the Year”

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      • October 18, 2016

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • December 28, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Elects New Partners and Counsel

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      • October 19, 2015

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers®

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      • October 17, 2014

        Robinson+Cole Lawyers Recognized by Super Lawyers

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