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Karla Chaffee focuses her practice on land use permitting and real estate due diligence. She helps her clients maximize efficiency by charting a coordinated permitting strategy through a deal’s lifecycle.
I provide guidance to clients seeking zoning approvals and other development entitlements. I lay the groundwork for successful projects by working with clients, planning staff, and elected and appointed officials to navigate local, state, and federal permitting. My experience facilitates real estate objectives for clients and helps to build public benefits for all involved in the development process. I also serve on my local zoning board of appeals.
I perform due diligence work for nation-wide real estate transactions prior to acquisition and financing. I also assess environmental risk of properties and determine what mitigation measures are needed to help clients make the best business decisions and avoid potential liability. Finding appropriate mitigation measures has given me the opportunity to negotiate the terms of purchase and sale agreements, liability transfer documents, and insurance policies. I work with sellers, buyers, and lenders to ensure a successful transaction.
The prevalence of online retail has changed our day-to-day lives in many ways. It influences land use patterns and transforms the market for warehouse and industrial space across the country. The opportunities for development in these sectors vary significantly by region and clients will need to understand how the prevalence of e-commerce has impacted local market and regulatory conditions.
Locally, the lack of adequate housing supply in Massachusetts is at crisis levels. Recent changes to the Massachusetts Zoning Enabling Act have lowered the voting thresholds for projects and zoning amendments that encourage market-rate and affordable housing development. These changes have given developers and housing advocates a new opportunity to work with community leaders to produce sorely needed housing stock.
This article highlights NP’s work advising Hebrew SeniorLife in the site acquisition and construction of a new affordable housing complex for seniors in Brookline, MA. The article quotes Boston Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Julie Hancock Stande, who led the NP deal team, which also includes senior counsel Jeff Sacks, counsel Karla Chaffee, associates Talia Burghard and Jason Kim, and paralegal Vienna Kim, all of the Boston office and Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice.
This roundup of Greater Boston real estate deals mentions NP for advising Hebrew SeniorLife in the site acquisition and construction of a new affordable housing complex for seniors in Brookline, MA. Boston Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner Julie Hancock Stande led the NP deal team, which also included senior counsel Jeff Sacks, counsel Karla Chaffee, associates Talia Burghard and Jason Kim, and paralegal Vienna Kim, all of the Boston office and Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice.
This article, which covers the groundbreaking ceremony for a new seniors- and arts-focused affordable housing development north of Boston, mentions NP for advising Beacon Communities in the complex financing for the project. The NP deal team was led by Washington, DC Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner and General Real Estate & Transactional team leader Dara Histed and included New York City Project Finance & Public Finance counsel Barry Rothchild; and Boston counsel Karla Chaffee, Washington, DC associate Jamie Flesch, and Boston paralegal Vienna Kim, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice.
This article mentions NP for advising Beacon Communities in a complex financing deal that will transform a former school just north of Boston into senior and arts-focused affordable housing. The article notes this is the first time an affordable housing deal in Massachusetts utilized American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding. Washington, DC Affordable Housing & Real Estate partner and General Real Estate & Transactional team leader Dara Histed led the NP team, which also included New York City Project Finance & Public Finance counsel Barry Rothchild; and Boston counsel Karla Chaffee, Washington, DC associate Jamie Flesch, and Boston paralegal Vienna Kim, all of the Affordable Housing & Real Estate practice.
U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts
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