Large Project Development

For the past two decades, Robinson+Cole lawyers have successfully worked with clients to plan, permit, and build some of the largest and most complicated development projects in the region. With deep teams of land use, real estate, environmental, and construction lawyers and other professionals, the firm is ideally positioned to assist clients with all facets of large-scale development projects across the regional landscape. Robinson+Cole combines these critical practice areas to bring the appropriate scale and scope of resources, including a highly sophisticated and experienced government relations and lobbying practice, to major development initiatives in the region.

    • Experience
      • Storrs Center – For over 10 years we have represented the master developer of Storrs Center, a $250 million mixed-use project located in Mansfield, Connecticut, near the UConn campus. Legal services have included preparation of a state level municipal development plan in coordination with a multi-disciplinary professional team; drafting and negotiation of development agreements and water and sewer service agreements; creation of a new special design zoning district; local, state and federal wetland permitting; state traffic permitting; and zoning approvals.

      • Blue Back Square – Represented the municipality in all real estate, land use, environmental, public finance, and construction aspects of Blue Back Square, a public/private mixed-use development. The project, now complete, consists of 230,000 square feet of retail space, 175,000 square feet of office space, 100 luxury condominium units, two municipal garages, and related public improvements.

      • Yale University, All Major Construction – Represented Yale University regarding its interests in drafting and negotiating hundreds of millions of dollars in design, construction, and consulting contracts on the university's most prominent projects. Served as special counsel in developing and maintaining a new family of construction and design contract documents, reflecting an integrated project delivery system. Document forms include various standard forms of construction and design agreements, such as general contractor agreements, construction management agreements, design and consulting
        contracts, bond forms, purchase orders, bid documents, RFP forms, bundling agreements, and design-build contracts. Representation also includes advice on policies governing owner-controlled insurance program, safety, project labor agreements, procurement deliverables, claims readiness, and dispute resolution.


      • Amazon Distribution Facility – Represented the developer of a 1.5 million square foot distribution facility in Windsor, Connecticut, for the world's largest online retailer. The project timeline was extremely aggressive, and progressed from initial planning, to full project permitting and entitlements, through the closing of the land conveyance in just several months. Legal services have included project permits and entitlements, real estate conveyancing, and negotiation of easements and service agreements with electric, water, and sewer utilities.

      • Pfizer– Counseled client in all aspects of due diligence, risk management, development permitting, site acquisition and remediation, and construction of a $250 million global development facility on a coastal peninsula for one of the world's largest pharmaceutical companies. Provided legal project management and legal services, including Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA) evaluations, master agreement with state and municipality, strategic zoning revision, site remediation and the negotiation of "clean standard" and Environmental Land Use Restrictions, wetland and water resource permitting, and local permits and approvals.

      • Metal Management Aerospace, Corporate & Operational Headquarters – Represented the prospective owner/developer (a publicly traded company) relative to its development, purchase and occupancy of a corporate and operational headquarters facility with roughly 10 acres under roof. Services included securing state incentives and permits, drafting and negotiating construction contracts and service agreements, and serving as legal project manager throughout the project.

      • PepsiCo – Represented PepsiCo in drafting and negotiating the design, construction, design-build, project management and consulting agreements for the company's build-outs and construction projects throughout the United States and Canada, including New York City and Westchester County. Projects include soft drink food processing facilities, offices, training facilities, and warehouses.

      • Unilever – Represented Unilever, a global company of foods, beverages, cleaning agents, and personal care products, in drafting and negotiating a construction management contract for a complex multimillion-dollar factory transformation project.

      • New Haven Coliseum Site – Represented the master developer for the redevelopment of the former New Haven coliseum site. The mixed-use project will include a wide range of retail, restaurant, commercial, and residential uses, all carefully integrated with extensive public space. Legal services to date have included the drafting and negotiation of a development agreement for the disposition and redevelopment of the project property. Key elements of the development agreement addressed project timing, roadway improvement schedules, and infrastructure cost sharing.

      • Norwalk Redevelopment - Represented the City of Norwalk in conjunction with a mixed-use redevelopment project involving a public-private partnership among the City, the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency, and Seligson Properties. The project was to be a major economic and social link in the City's plan to connect and unify Central and South Norwalk along the West Avenue Corridor containing approximately 535,750 square feet of retail space, 350 residential units (approximately 15% affordable) and 75,000 square feet of office space. Our services included all real estate, land use, environmental and public finance aspects of the project, including drafting and negotiating the developer agreement between the master developer, the Norwalk Redevelopment Agency and the City. We also drafted the documentation to create a special services district that would contract for the operation and maintenance of public improvements within the boundaries of the SSD and administration of the SSD.

      • Adriaen's Landing – We continue to represent HB Nitkin Group in its development of a portion of the Adriaen's Landing Project in Hartford. The developer is constructing a mixed-use development with restaurant and entertainment venues, retail establishments, and residences. The project is being developed with the Capital Region Development Authority (formerly known as the Capital City Economic Development Authority) in conjunction with the State of Connecticut Office of Policy and Management. The financing of the project was undertaken with state bond funds, a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 108 loan, a Brownfields Economic Development Initiative Grant, an Urban Action Grant, and a City of Hartford property tax pilot agreement.

      • Bridgeport Stadium & Entertainment Complex – Represented the City of Bridgeport in overall project legal management for its Regional Sports and Entertainment Complex, known as HarborYard. Our project legal management embraced every aspect of legal support and service necessary to deliver the first project, the development of a minor league baseball stadium, in 10 months. All legal resources of our firm were made available to the City on a needs-driven, result-oriented basis. Our services included drafting a redevelopment plan with City and neighborhood officials, negotiating and drafting stadium lease and financing agreements for the new stadium, structuring tax-driven transactions to provide the City with funding for construction, and directing remediation and demolition activities

      • Bridgeport Phase 2A – In addition to our work on HarborYard, Robinson+Cole land use attorneys and analysts also managed the land use permitting for Phase 2A of Bridgeport's Sports and Entertainment Complex referred to as the Arena and Transit Garage at HarborYard. Phase 2A involved the permitting and construction of a 10,000 seat multi-purpose arena and a 1,000 space parking garage facility. In addition to facilitating land use approvals for the arena, Robinson+Cole also assisted the City of Bridgeport in complying with the requirements of the Connecticut Environmental Policy Act (CEPA).

      • Babson College, Wellesley, Massachusetts – Represented Babson College in the preparation of design and construction agreements for the college's new $23 million residence hall. We have also developed the construction agreements for a $1 million renovation of Woodland Hills Residence Hall and for the $1 million renovation of MacDowell Athletic Field. We also provide dispute avoidance advice and project counseling for specific issues on a variety of construction projects, such as lien waivers, warranties, storage of materials, and risk of loss.

      • Providence College, Providence, Rhode Island – Represented Providence College in drafting and negotiating the design and construction agreements for a new humanities building and renovations and upgrades to an athletics arena.

      • Norwalk Maritime Center – Robinson+Cole was instrumental in the establishment of a recreation authority for the City of Norwalk - the Norwalk Maritime Center Authority - to construct and operate the Maritime Center, a unique maritime museum and aquarium on Long Island Sound, a key project in the rehabilitation of the waterfront area of South Norwalk and a highly successful tourist attraction in the City. Robinson+Cole served as bond counsel for the Authority's issuance of $19 million Maritime Center Project Revenue Bonds, and for the $11.6 million Maritime Center Authority Refunding Bonds.

      • Stamford Harbor Point – Robinson+Cole served as special counsel to the City of Stamford in connection with the Harbor Point development project in the South End. The $198 million project seeks to develop over 80 acres of blighted and brownfields property into six million square feet of mixed use development, including 4,000 units of housing, a full service marina, 10 acres of open space and two acres for a school site. The project is estimated to create approximately 41,000 temporary jobs and 2,400 permanent jobs. The public improvements portion of the project was financed using tax increment financing of a newly formed district. Robinson+Cole advised the City regarding the Act and has represented the City regarding an interlocal agreement and other key contracts with the District and the developer.

      • Danbury Hospital – Represented Danbury Hospital in design and construction of a new hospital tower and expanded parking structure, totaling 260,000 sq. ft. of new space and 13,000 sq. ft. of renovations. The $150 million project featured an expanded Emergency Department, new critical care unit, a state-of-the-art Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), improved parking and a heliport.

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