Converting Commercial Properties: Repurposing Vacant Real Estate to Create Value and Meet Market Demands
Recording of a 90-minute premium CLE video webinar with Q&A
This CLE course will provide real estate counsel with guidance on the legal issues facing repurposing commercial real estate that has become vacant due to the severe economic downturn. The panel will address issues related to petitioning zoning changes, removing holdover tenants, and increasing flexibility of use for commercial spaces.
- Petitioning zoning changes
- Removing holdover/leftover tenants
- Repurposing issues
- Office space
The panel will review these and other relevant topics:
- What are best practices for dealing with a struggling or vacant property?
- How can counsel work with zoning boards to amend the use of existing properties?
- What are best practices for handling community push back on changed use of properties?
- How can counsel address holdover tenants in near-vacant properties to maximize future use?
Gary S. Forshner
Law Offices of Gary S. Forshner
Mr. Forshner represents real estate developers, property owners and other business clients in matters related to land... | Read More
Mr. Forshner represents real estate developers, property owners and other business clients in matters related to land use and zoning, traditional real estate development, and redevelopment projects and commercial real estate transactions throughout New Jersey and in Pennsylvania. He counsels clients engaged in a wide variety of projects, including mixed use, residential, industrial, office, retail, and affordable housing development. Mr. Forshner has notable expertise in issues related to solar energy initiatives and the telecommunications industry.Close
Deborah A. Lawlor, FAICP, PP
Discipline Leader, Planning Services
Ms. Lawlor has over 40 years of experience specializing in land use and environmental planning. She is Discipline... | Read More
Ms. Lawlor has over 40 years of experience specializing in land use and environmental planning. She is Discipline Leader for Planning Services for Maser Consulting, Inc, a multi-discipline consulting firm serving public and private sector clients nationwide (to be known as Colliers Engineering & Design, Inc. in starting in 2021). Ms. Lawlor manages a team of 10 planners specializing in master planning, redevelopment, zoning, affordable housing, resiliency planning, and community engagement. She previously worked for the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission.Close
Vice President, Retail Repositioning
Mr. Scheffler brings over 35 years experience in all areas of real estate to Colliers International but his expertise... | Read More
Mr. Scheffler brings over 35 years experience in all areas of real estate to Colliers International but his expertise is commercial retail property. He began his career as a project architect and designer working for several notable architectural firms in Chicago specializing in shopping centers. As an architect, Mr. Scheffler helped design, plan, and build numerous shopping centers, retail buildings, stores, and other commercial projects throughout the country. Through this experience, he became interested in the science and psychology of retail business and consumer behavior. This led to his practicing real estate with the desire to understand how buildings function not just structurally, but economically and financially as well. Mr. Scheffler worked with several notable real estate firms acquiring, analyzing, developing, redeveloping, leasing, and managing real estate assets totaling over $1bn.Close