Matters

RAL Development – Civic Hall @ Union Square Redevelopment

Represented RAL Development on the redevelopment of 124 East 14th Street into a 21-story, 240,000 square-foot tech-focused office space. The building, which Mayor de Blasio called “the front door for tech in New York City,” is a joint venture between the city's Economic Development Corp. and our client RAL Development Services. Located on city-owned land, the $250 million project will offer affordable technology training for New Yorkers seeking to join the digital economy. Anchoring the project is the non-profit Civic Hall @ Union Square, which will include a collaborative community space, a conference center, a civic startup incubator and accelerator, and a 21st century learning center. The Hub will also feature flexible office space for technology companies and startups, Class A office space, and ground floor retail and food market space.

BFC Partners – City Council Approval – Bedford Armory Redevelopment

Successfully helped BFC Partners obtain New York City Council approval to redevelop the Bedford Union Armory in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, into a 500,000-square-foot, mixed-use property with a recreational facility, community venue and office and commercial space. BFC is also bringing 400 units of housing to the Bedford Courts project, 60% of which will be set aside as affordable.

Mitsui Fudosan – 200 Amsterdam

Represented Mitsui Fudosan in the zoning for their development of 200 Amsterdam, including successfully defeating a challenge to the project’s approval brought by local community groups.  Once completed, the building will rise to 668 feet making it the tallest building on New York’s Upper West Side.

Staten Island Retail Development – New York City Council ULURP Approval

Successfully secured New York City Council approval for Josif A LLC’s 226,000 square-foot retail development in the Mariner’s Harbor section of Staten Island.  Herrick's Land Use and Zoning Group navigated a multi-year public and environmental review process which included interacting with local council member Deborah Rose, as well as the chairs of the City Council’s Zoning Subcommittee, Donovan Richards, and its Land Use Committee, David Greenfield; and culminated in the City Council’s approval of the project’s Uniform Land Use Review Procedures (ULURP) application. The large retail development will be anchored by a 90,000 square-foot BJ’s Wholesale Club, and will include other retail buildings, including a supermarket and gas station. The project will result in the creation of 800 to 1,000 construction jobs, and approximately 440 permanent jobs in the community.

L+M Development Partners – 25 Park Row Construction Financing

Represented L+M Development Partners in a $350+ million financing transaction for the construction and development of a 45-story mixed-use condominium building at 25 Park Row in lower Manhattan. The site is the former headquarters of J&R Music World.

Property Markets Group – Gowanus Redevelopment, Brooklyn

Representing Property Markets Group regarding New York City’s rezoning study for the Gowanus Canal area.

Madison Realty Capital – Bushwick Zoning Due Diligence

Represented Madison Realty Capital in zoning due diligence and 421-a vesting due diligence for a new two-building rental complex in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Madison Realty Capital – $88 Million Construction Loan – Zoning Due Diligence

Advised Madison Realty Capital on zoning due diligence for a $88 million construction loan to a seven building multi-phase development in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn.

Madison Realty Capital – $78 Million Acquisition Zoning Due Diligence

Advised Madison Realty Capital on zoning due diligence for their $78 million acquisition of two industrial buildings in Jamaica, Queens.

Deutsche Bank & Vanke – Zoning Due Diligence for The Vanderwater

Represented Deutsche Bank and Vanke in zoning due diligence for The Vanderwater, a new 32-story condominium building at 543 West 122nd Street located within the Jewish Theological Seminary’s Morningside Heights Campus in Upper Manhattan.

Deutsche Bank – Manhattan Zoning Due Diligence

Represented Deutsche Bank in zoning due diligence for the redevelopment of 150 Rivington Street, the former site of Streit's Matzo Factory.

Deutsche Bank – West End Avenue

Assisted Deutsche Bank in the closing of a $150+ million loan for 1-15 West End Avenue, a residential tower in the Riverside South complex on Manhattan's Upper West Side. 

Real Estate Investment Bank – Land Use and Zoning Advice

Represented a real estate investment bank in connection with land use and zoning advice for a major redevelopment project in Brooklyn, New York.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Developers – Zoning Litigation

Representing the developers of Brooklyn Bridge Park's Pierhouse hotel and condominium project, in a suit filed by activists, alleging that the project violates the Special Scenic View District regulations established under the Zoning Resolution.

National Communications Service Provider – Land Use & Zoning Counsel

Advised a national communications service provider with respect to zoning and land use matters for their portfolio of New York City real estate, including potential acquisitions, re-use and redevelopment opportunities.

Domino Sugar Factory Redevelopment

Represented an affiliate of the Community Preservation Corporation in the development of the 11.5-acre waterfront complex in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, that was formerly home to Domino Sugar. We advised CPCR on the site's rezoning, which will result in one of the largest residential redevelopment projects in the city.

We laid the groundwork for the formal land use and environmental review process, collaborating with Mayor Bloomberg's office, community leaders, and city and state departments and agencies on the design and development. This work included obtaining approval from the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission, special permits pursuant to a zoning resolution by the New York City Planning Commission, approvals from the New York State Department of Parks, Recreation, and Historic Preservation, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Lightstone Group – Public Plaza Floor Area Bonus for 130 William Street

Successfully secured a public plaza floor area bonus from the City Planning Commission Chairperson for Lightstone Group's development of 130 William Street, a 60-story residential condominium in the Financial District.  The 5,137 square-foot public plaza will permit an additional 31,902 square-feet of zoning floor area within the building.

$259 Million Hudson Yards Office Tower Investment

Represented Mitsui Fudosan America in land use diligence in advance of a $259 million investment in 55 Hudson Yards, Related Companies' 1.3 million square-foot, Hudson Yards office tower.

Land Use Counsel on World Trade Center Complex

Land use counsel to the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in connection with the development of the new World Trade Center complex.

Otera Capital Investments – Special Zoning Counsel

Herrick worked as special counsel to Otera Capital Investments IX Inc. for all zoning and title related matters involved multiple loans totaling $147.7 million to Ziel Feldman’s HFZ Capital Group for an assemblage of several parcels in the NoMad neighborhood where HFZ Capital is planning a 60-story office tower with approximately 600,000 square feet.

Bushwick Rheingold Brewery Rezoning

Represented Read Property Group on their applications to various New York City agencies for the rezoning of the Rheingold Brewery site in Bushwick, Brooklyn.

Acquisition of 58th Street Assemblage

Represented an affiliate of the Bauhouse Group on the acquisition of an assemblage of land, development rights and inclusionary certificates. The site is proposed for residential development, with Bauhouse having hired Norman Foster to design an approximately 292,000 square foot building that will have 95 residential condominiums.

BSA Approval for Landmark Building Conversion

Represented Lightstone Group in obtaining New York City Board of Standards and Appeals approval for a proposed alteration of a landmark, Garment District office building into a hotel.

Approval to Tear Down Retail Building

Represented William Friedland Properties in obtaining approval to tear down a two story retail building in a Upper East Side historic district.

CPC Approval for NoHo Historic District Development

Represented Madison Realty Capital in obtaining City Planning Commission approval for a proposed development in the NoHo Historic District.

600-Unit Rental Project in East Harlem

Represented a client on the approval of a redevelopment project for a 600-unit rental building to be built in East Harlem; the project features a 80/20 affordable housing arrangement.

G4 Capital Partners – $11 Million Mortgage Loan

Represented G4 Capital Partners in an $11 million mortgage loan secured by properties in Manhattan and Queens, as well as zoning matters pertaining to tax lot subdivisions.

Joint Venture Development of Brooklyn Bridge Park

Advised Toll Brothers City Living, the urban development division of Toll Brothers, Inc. (NYSE: TOL), in its joint venture with Starwood Capital Group to develop a 550,000-square-foot luxury hotel and residential complex at Brooklyn Bridge Park.

Toll Brothers – Development Rights Acquisition

Represented an affiliate of Toll Brothers City Living in the acquisition of development rights from a site on First Avenue between East 52nd Street and East 53rd Street in Manhattan.

Toll Brothers – Zoning Analysis

Representing Toll Brothers in connection with the zoning analysis of various New York City properties and development sites.

$167 Million Hudson Yards Development Site Sale

Represented Sherwood Equities in the $167.3 million sale of a Hudson Yards Development Site to the McCourt Group, headed by former Los Angeles Dodgers owner Frank McCourt.

Samsung New York Real Estate Development

Represented Samsung Corporation in connection with a mixed-use real estate development in the New York region. We worked closely with Samsung’s executive and due diligence team in negotiating the purchase and key documents, completing the due diligence and locating a local developer partner in the U.S.

Manhattan “Sky Garage” Condo Development

Represented Youngwoo & Associates LLC in developing a unique residential condominium building in New York's West Chelsea neighborhood, which features full-floor units with a parking facility for a car at each level. We advised on the land acquisition, construction financing and zoning issues.

Industrial-to-Residential Conversion

Representation of a developer in its application to the New York City Board of Standards & Appeals for a variance to convert an industrial building to a 100-unit residential building.

Major Healthcare Institution – Zoning & Land Use Matters

Representing a major healthcare institution in zoning and land use matters related to their real estate portfolio, and potential acquisitions.

High Line Acquisitions and Developments

Represented Sherwood Equities in connection with the acquisition of development sites at 508 West 20th Street and 360 Tenth Avenue, near the High Line Park. We also assisted Sherwood with the acquisition and sale of a significant amount of development rights; and the financing and development of the sites.

Zoning and Land Use Counsel to Steiner NYC

Represented Steiner NYC in connection with the zoning and land use analysis of various New York City development sites, including the site of a 52-story residential rental tower in Downtown Brooklyn.

Zoning Approvals for SoHo Site

Representation of a developer in obtaining special permit zoning approvals from The City Planning Commission for a Soho residential development.