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Environmental Check-Up

Posted in Environmental Issues, Leasing Issues
When it comes to taking care of our own health, all too often we rely upon reactive maintenance. For example, you ignore your doctor’s warnings and continue to eat fast food and fail to exercise on a semi-regular basis. You had the chance to help control the situation with some basic preventive maintenance, but you… Continue Reading

The Lake Erie Shoreline, Landowner Rights, and the Public Trust – Round 2

Posted in Environmental Issues, Legislative Update, Litigation Issues
In December 2007, a Lake County Common Pleas Court judge issued a landmark decision holding, among other things, that an owner of real estate that touches Lake Erie owns title extending as far as the water’s edge. State ex rel. Merrill v. Ohio Dept. of Natural Resources (2007), Lake County Common Pleas Case No. 04CV001080. Lake County… Continue Reading

Another ASTM Standard Satisfies All Appropriate Inquiries under CERCLA

Posted in Construction Related Issues, Environmental Issues, Legislative Update
US EPA has amended the Standards and Practices for All Appropriate Inquiries (“AAI”) to acknowledge another ASTM standard can be used to satisfy the AAI requirement for the landowner defenses to liability under Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act (“CERCLA”) – innocent landowners, bona fide prospective purchasers, and continuous property owners. In addition to ASTM… Continue Reading

HUD Green Retrofit

Posted in Environmental Issues, Green Energy Issues, Legislative Update
In the past, we have spoken about grants and loans available through the Ohio Department of Development for advanced energy residential projects, such as solar and wind energy installation.  Federal funding is also available for residential energy-reduction projects through The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).  A total of $250 Million from ARRA… Continue Reading

Potential Effect of Climate Change Regulation on Real Estate Development

Posted in Air Quality Issues, Environmental Issues, Tax Credit Issues
Recent activity in Washington, D.C. suggests that the federal government is moving one step closer to regulating greenhouse gas emissions.  US EPA has determined that greenhouse gas emissions are pollutants that endanger the public’s health and welfare.  US EPA’s endangerment finding could lead to regulation of greenhouse gas emissions under the Clean Air Act.  Alternatively,… Continue Reading

The CRO Program: Landowner and Lender Responsibility when a Regulated Facility Closes

Posted in Environmental Issues, Finance Issues, Legislative Update, Litigation Issues
On January 27, 2009, the front page of the Columbus Dispatch read, “44,000 Jobs Gone.”Other articles report of companies shuttering their facilities or filing bankruptcy. As one affected employee interviewed for the Dispatch article succinctly stated, “It’s scary.” And it’s no less scary for landowners and lenders dealing with properties that have been abandoned.  Landowners whose tenants… Continue Reading

Who Knew Being Green Could Be So Easy !

Posted in Development Issues, Environmental Issues, Leasing Issues, Tax Credit Issues
Recently at the January monthly Real Estate Roundtable breakfast sponsored by the University of Cincinnati, I was introduced to a fascinating new concept – the Roof Lease. Featured speaker Mike Phillips, President of Cincinnati based national real estate developer Phillips Edison Company, mentioned that Roof Leases are starting to spring up across the country. The basic concept is… Continue Reading

Financing for LEED-Certified Buildings

Posted in Air Quality Issues, Environmental Issues, Finance Issues
If you are building new or renovating an existing building, you may have considered trying to obtain LEED certification for your project but decided after analyzing the cost that it was not within your budget. Well now, thanks to the Ohio Bipartisan Job Stimulus Plan (HB 554), LEED-certified projects may be eligible to receive funding. A little-known… Continue Reading