Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing

Since redevelopment agencies dissolved in 2012, public agencies have sought alternative ways to facilitate and fund economic development, affordable housing development and other community improvements.

Best Best & Krieger LLP’s Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing team helps cities, counties, economic development agencies, housing authorities, redevelopment agency and housing successor agencies, as well as private commercial and residential developers throughout the lifecycle of their development/redevelopment projects.

Unrivaled Experience
We represent hundreds of public agencies and serve as general or special counsel to more redevelopment successor agencies and economic development-related agencies than any other law firm in California. We actively guided clients through the Department of Finance lead dissolution process and, now, we are moving clients forward with their post-redevelopment dissolution property dispositions and economic development efforts. Our lawyers are adept at helping public and private clients navigate the post-redevelopment regime, and qualifying for and utilizing community enhancement programs and other new economic development tools to fund projects and accomplish their development goals.
 
Working collaboratively with our Public-Private Partnership, Eminent Domain, Real Estate, Environmental Law, Tax, Labor & Employment and litigation lawyers, we advise on:


Real Estate
Experienced in all aspects of real estate asset acquisition and dispositions, we have structured all types of deals across asset classes, including purchase and sale agreements, lease-leaseback arrangements, commercial and residential leases, ground leases and other conveyances. We also structure and assist with project finance and entitlements.
 
Affordable Housing
BB&K attorneys represent numerous housing authorities and housing successor agencies throughout California, and negotiate and draft affordable housing agreements, loan agreements and associated regulatory and resale restriction agreements, and rental and for-sale affordable housing project-related contracts. Additionally, we advise on:

  • Compliance with federal housing, housing successor agency, and Housing Authority Law requirements
  • Density bonus issues
  • Inclusionary housing
  • Funding programs including low-income tax-credit financing, and state and federal grant and loan programs, including Community Development Block Grants, HOME Investment Partnerships Program, the Building Equity and Growth in Neighborhoods Program, California Housing Finance Agency programs and CalHome


Our Washington, D.C. attorneys actively engage in legislative and regulatory processes, advocating for clients regarding laws affecting federal housing laws and funding.
 
Financing
Working closely with members of our Public Finance team, we assist in structuring the financial aspects of economic and housing deals, including bond and tax-credit financing. Additionally, we help clients create financing districts, including infrastructure and community services facility districts, special tax vehicles, assessment districts, and school facility improvement districts.

Sigrid K. Asmundson

Sigrid K. Asmundson

Of Counsel

(916) 551-2853

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts
Jeffrey S. Ballinger

Jeffrey S. Ballinger

Partner

(619) 525-1343

Areas of Focus: Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Safety | Special Districts
Bruce Beach

Bruce Beach

Partner

(619) 525-1335

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Sonia Rubio Carvalho

Partner

(949) 263-2603

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal | Public Contracts & Construction
Steven C. DeBaun

Steven C. DeBaun

Partner

(951) 826-8201

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Transportation
Stephen P. Deitsch

Stephen P. Deitsch

Partner

(909) 483-6642

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law
Jeffrey V. Dunn

Jeffrey V. Dunn

Partner

(949) 263-2616

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts | Water
James B. Gilpin

James B. Gilpin

Partner

(619) 525-1341

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
T. Brent Hawkins

T. Brent Hawkins

Partner

(916) 551-2086

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Litigation | Government Relations | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation
Elizabeth W. Hull

Elizabeth W. Hull

Partner

(949) 263-2608

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Eminent Domain | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Todd R. Leishman

Todd R. Leishman

Of Counsel

(949) 263-6576

Areas of Focus: Business | Business Litigation | Environmental Litigation | Public Agency Litigation
Marco A. Martinez

Marco A. Martinez

Partner

(949) 263-6582

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction | Public-Private Partnerships
Michael J. Maurer

Michael J. Maurer

Associate

(213) 787-2557

Areas of Focus: General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public Contracts & Construction
Seth Merewitz

Seth Merewitz

Partner

(916) 551-2843

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Nancy A. Park

Nancy A. Park

Partner

(916) 551-2849

Areas of Focus: Agri-Business | Business | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Finance & Banking | Municipal | Real Estate
David Pierucci

David Pierucci

Associate

(949) 263-6577

Areas of Focus: California Coastal Act | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law
Edward J. Quinn, Jr.

Edward J. Quinn, Jr.

Partner

(916) 551-2091

Areas of Focus: Business | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Land Use, Planning & Zoning | Municipal Law | Public-Private Partnerships
Danielle G. Sakai

Danielle G. Sakai

Partner

(951) 826-8328

Areas of Focus: Environmental Law & Natural Resources | Environmental Litigation | Hazardous Waste | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Special Districts
Lynn M. Sleeper

Lynn M. Sleeper

Paralegal*

(916) 551-2820

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Real Estate
Scott C. Smith

Scott C. Smith

Partner

(949) 263-6561

Areas of Focus: California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) | Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Municipal Law
Malathy Subramanian

Malathy Subramanian

Partner

(925) 977-3303

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) | Transportation
Jill Tremblay

Jill Tremblay

Associate

(760) 200-3060

Areas of Focus: Business | Comprehensive Code Enforcement | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Special Districts | Trusts & Estates
Ethan J. Walsh

Ethan J. Walsh

Partner

(916) 551-2825

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | General & Special Counsel | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Contracts & Construction
Iris P. Yang

Iris P. Yang

Partner

(916) 551-2826

Areas of Focus: Economic Development, Real Estate & Affordable Housing | Elections | Government Policy & Public Integrity | Municipal Law | Public Agency Litigation | Public-Private Partnerships
The Governor’s Housing Package
Legal Alerts Oct 16, 2017

The Governor’s Housing Package

Affordable Housing Production in California Gets a Boost from Sacramento

Event Oct 14-18, 2017

IMLA's 82nd Annual Conference

International Municipal Lawyers Association

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations
Legal Alerts May 9, 2017

U.S. Supreme Court Sides with Cities, Allowing Lawsuits Against Banks for Fair Housing Act Violations

Bank of America v. City of Miami (Consolidated with Wells Fargo & Co. v. City of Miami)

BB&K Event Apr 27, 2017

Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Free Webinar

[WEBINAR] Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities
Videos Apr 27, 2017

[WEBINAR] Short-Term Rentals: Burdens and Opportunities

BB&K Webinar on Short-Term Vacation Rentals Like Airbnb, VRBO, and Flipkey

Aliso Viejo Kicks Off Public Meetings on Town Center's Future
BB&K In the News Apr 6, 2017

Aliso Viejo Kicks Off Public Meetings on Town Center's Future

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Discusses Development with the Orange County Register

Event Mar 22, 2017

Implementing Public Works Projects through EIFDs & CRIAs

LCC Public Works Officers Institute

Event Feb 27 - Mar 1, 2017

Public Agency P3 Preparedness

2017 Public-Private Partnership Conference and Expo

Event Feb 16, 2017

Webinar: Emerging Topics in Local Economic and Infrastructure Development in California

Lorman Education Services

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Remedies
Videos Feb 2, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Injunctions, Receiverships and Other Remedies

Third in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Criminal Prosecution
Videos Jan 26, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Criminal Prosecution

Second in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Administrative Remedies
Videos Jan 19, 2017

[WEBINAR] From Code Compliance to Fighting Fire Traps: Administrative Remedies

First in a Three-Part BB&K Webinar Series

The Trump Infrastructure Plan
Legal Alerts Jan 18, 2017

The Trump Infrastructure Plan

How BB&K Can Help Your Agency Position and Respond

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 22, 2016

Looking Forward: New California Laws for Public Agencies

Laws Passed in 2016 That Will Impact Public Agency Work

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio
Videos Nov 30, 2016

Elizabeth Hull Video Bio

Partner

Jeff Ballinger Video Bio
Videos Nov 22, 2016

Jeff Ballinger Video Bio

Partner

Event Oct 22-25, 2016

2016 APA California Conference

American Planning Association

California Coastal Act Takes Priority Over Housing Density Laws
Legal Alerts Oct 11, 2016

California Coastal Act Takes Priority Over Housing Density Laws

Court Decision Provides Guidance for Affordable Housing Units within the Coastal Zone

Client Successes Sep 28, 2016

BB&K Successful in Post-Redevelopment Case for City Client

Partners Victor L. Wolf, Iris P. Yang and Danielle G. Sakai Represent City of Fontana

Client Successes Sep 19, 2016

BB&K Represents City in Successful Recovery of Redevelopment Loans

Partner Iris Yang Litigated Against Department of Finance

Event Sep 16, 2016

MOUs, LPAs, NDAs, and Other Prenups: Can't We All Just Get Along?

Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing Conference

Event Sep 14, 2016

New and Improved Funding Tools for Projects

New Opportunities in Public/Private Finance and Development

Event Sep 12, 2016

Local Economic Development in California - What Developers and Their Attorneys Need to Know

Sacramento County Bar Association

BB&K Attorney Joseph E. Coomes, Jr. Contributes to ULI’s Public-Private Partnerships Report
Press Releases Sep 9, 2016

BB&K Attorney Joseph E. Coomes, Jr. Contributes to ULI’s Public-Private Partnerships Report

Pioneer of Redevelopment Coomes Lends His Insights as Contributing Author and Editor

Event Sep 1, 2016

Post-CRA Legal Tools to Bring Retail Centers into the Modern Age

ULI Public Realm Initiative Council

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning
Legal Alerts Jun 27, 2016

HUD Proposes Two New Rules on Broadband Infrastructure and Consolidated Planning

Failure to Comply Could Impact HUD Funding

FCC’s Lifeline Order
Legal Alerts Jun 22, 2016

FCC’s Lifeline Order

Opportunities for Public Housing Residents and Local Government Agencies

Event Jun 15, 2016

Public-Private Partnerships and Innovations in Placemaking

StimULI Breakfast

Statute Authorizing Transfer of Local Taxes as Penalty is Unconstitutional
Legal Alerts Mar 7, 2016

Statute Authorizing Transfer of Local Taxes as Penalty is Unconstitutional

California Appellate Court Ruling on Proposition 22

Client Successes Feb 26, 2016

BB&K Successful in Appellate Court in Post-Redevelopment Case for City Client

Partners Victor L. Wolf and Danielle G. Sakai represent City of Fontana

Lafayette Rejects Attempt to Block Deer Hill Housing Development
BB&K In the News Dec 30, 2015

Lafayette Rejects Attempt to Block Deer Hill Housing Development

BB&K Partner Malathy Subramanian Advised City on Controversial Development Issue

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies
Legal Alerts Dec 18, 2015

New California Laws Impacting Public Agencies

This comprehensive round-up includes new legislation that will impact cities, counties, special districts and schools.

California Appellate Court Addresses Lease-Back Financing Plan to Fund Public Infrastructure Improvements
Legal Alerts Dec 9, 2015

California Appellate Court Addresses Lease-Back Financing Plan to Fund Public Infrastructure Improvements

Court Finds Plan Does Not Violate Requirement that Municipal Indebtedness be Approved by a Two-Thirds Vote of the Electorate

SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law
Legal Alerts Oct 8, 2015

SB 107 Brings Significant Changes to Redevelopment Dissolution Law

New Law Includes Dec. 31 Deadline for Agencies with Outstanding Payments Due under a Due Diligence Review

Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!
Legal Alerts Sep 25, 2015

Redevelopment 2.0... This Time for Real!

AB 2 Appears to be the Long-Awaited Redevelopment Replacement Law

Anti-Discrimination Housing Laws Tackled by U.S. Supreme Court
Legal Alerts Jul 10, 2015

Anti-Discrimination Housing Laws Tackled by U.S. Supreme Court

Public Agencies May Face Litigation, but Court-Imposed Safeguards to Limit Liability

Closer Look at Scrutiny Needed in Affordable Housing Laws
Authored Articles & Publications Jul 9, 2015

Closer Look at Scrutiny Needed in Affordable Housing Laws

BB&K Attorney Christopher Diaz writes about the recently decided California Building Industry Association v. City of San Jose case for the Daily Journal

California’s Highest Court Upholds San Jose’s Affordable Housing Ordinance
Legal Alerts Jun 17, 2015

California’s Highest Court Upholds San Jose’s Affordable Housing Ordinance

Requirement to Construct or Provide Affordable Housing Is Permissible Under California Constitution Police Powers

Understanding the 4 “Ps” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)
Authored Articles & Publications Jun 12, 2015

Understanding the 4 “Ps” Before the P3 (Public-Private Partnership)

BB&K Partner Seth Merewitz Writes for California Special Districts Magazine About Identifying P3 Issues Early to Ensure Success

2014 Legislative Highlights
Authored Articles & Publications Apr 29, 2015

2014 Legislative Highlights

BB&K Attorney Michael Maurer Co-Authored a California Real Property Journal In-Depth Round-Up of the 2014 California Legislative Session

Event Apr 27, 2015

Compliance Monitoring for Multi-Funded Affordable Housing Projects

Housing California Annual Conference

Event Feb 23, 2015

Reflections on the Keys to a Successful P3

The P3C Conference & Expo

Santa Rosa Wins Court Round in Redevelopment Fight with State
BB&K In the News Jan 1, 2015

Santa Rosa Wins Court Round in Redevelopment Fight with State

BB&K Partner Iris Yang Discusses a Key Ruling in One City's Effort to Recoup $7.2 Million in Redevelopment Loans in the Santa Rosa Press-Democrat

Legislation Broadening Infrastructure Financing Districts Signed by Gov. Brown
Legal Alerts Oct 6, 2014

Legislation Broadening Infrastructure Financing Districts Signed by Gov. Brown

Four bills broaden the appeal of IFDs as a funding mechanism for local infrastructure, environmental mitigation, private industrial facilities, affordable housing and broadband

Best Best & Krieger Launches BBKnowledge
Press Releases Jan 22, 2014

Best Best & Krieger Launches BBKnowledge

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