Successful Rezoning of a Tract of Land

Recently the commercial real estate group at HRMM&L was engaged by a local real estate developer to help with the rezoning of a tract of ground to allow an upscale shopping center after the developer had been unable to make headway with the township. Our attorneys went directly to PennDOT and received approval for a left turn into the shopping center from a busy road without a traffic signal. This strategic move caused the township to worry that our client would have a “by-right” land development plan, and the township then worked with our client to develop a shopping center plan. Along the way, our attorneys resolved issues with commercial neighbors who were concerned about the impact of our shopping center on their businesses, as well as neighbors who were concerned about the impact of a shopping center on their residential properties. In the end, the attorneys at HRMM&L took a project that was stalled and helped the client obtain the necessary approvals for a shopping center that will both be profitable and an asset to the community.

Questions Every Business Must Ask

Q. Has your business recently reviewed its legal structure to determine whether it is set up in the most advantageous manner for legal and tax purposes, considering recent developments and changes in the law?

Q. Do the owners of your business have a current, updated buy-sell agreement which controls how ownership interests in the business are to be transferred in the event of an owner’s death, disability or termination of employment?

Q. Have the owners of your business developed a succession plan to define how ownership and authority will transition upon the death or retirement of the present owners?

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By Jonathan Samel, Esq. On September 27, 2017, the Trump Administration and select members of Congress released a “unified framework” for tax reform. This document provides more detail than a number of other tax reform documents that have come from the Administration over the past few months, but it still leaves many specifics to be… Read more »

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by Ethan R. O’Shea, Esq. On June 20, 2017, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court settled the issue once and for all as to whether former employees are entitled to review their personnel files after their discharge. They are not. Pennsylvania’s Personnel Files Act (“Act”) controls access to employee personnel files. In the case of Thomas Jefferson… Read more »