Author: Christopher R. Agostino

Client Alert: Communities Seek Certification of Housing Production Plans As Development Activity Increases

The Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) has recently seen a surge in the number of communities that seek to certify compliance with their Housing Production Plans.  A Housing Production Plan describes a town’s strategy to develop affordable housing at a measured pace in order to make progress towards their affordable housing goals under…

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RIW Attorney Chris Agostino Quoted in MA Lawyers Weekly

RIW Attorney Chris Agostino was quoted in MA Lawyers Weekly article “Developer bound by predecessor’s promise in permitting process.” Check out the full article.

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New Massachusetts DOR Enforcement Effort

Enhanced Scrutiny for Underreporting of Cash Receipts  The Massachusetts Department of Revenue (DOR) has recently begun cross-checking 1099-K credit card receipt information against total reported revenue in order to investigate and uncover potential underreporting of cash receipts and thus potential underpayment of sales and/or income tax.  After estimating potential cash income based on credit card…

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Chris Agostino Commentary: CREDITORS PIERCE LLC LIMITED LIABILITY

CREDITORS PIERCE LLC LIMITED LIABILITY –  Click here to view case The Bankruptcy Court recently ruled that the assets of a Massachusetts limited liability company were available to satisfy the debts of a related business where the common owner of both companies failed to observe more than “minimum” formalities between the two entities. Judge Feeney’s decision…

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RIW Corporate and Real Estate Attorney Christopher Agostino’s article on suburban restaurant development featured in the NEREJ

RIW Corporate and Real Estate Attorney Christopher Agostino’s recent article on suburban restaurant development was featured in the New England Real Estate Journal. Check out the full article.  

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Suburban Restaurant Development Requires Careful Local Zoning Consideration – Pre-existing/non-conforming uses, a particular concern

As Metro Boston expands into suburbia the demand for dining and entertainment outside of the city has skyrocketed.  So too has the demand for suitable retail space in towns where residential-only zoning is generally the rule.  While larger mixed use developments along 128 enjoy the benefit of comprehensive planning and zoning approvals under special permits,…

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RIW Represents Purchaser in Acquisition of Life is Good Newbury Street Property

RIW represents purchaser in $11,500,000 acquisition of Life is Good property at 283-285 Newbury Street, Boston.

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RIW’s Christopher Agostino to speak at Real Estate Bar Association Meeting

RIW’s Christopher Agostino to speak at REBA meeting on Wednesday, April 2, 2014 at noon. The meeting is for REBA members and will take place at Rackemann, Sawyer & Brewster, P.C. located at 160 Federal Street, 15th Floor, Boston.

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RIW Represents Lessee in Quincy 17,500sf Office Space Lease

RIW Represents Lessee in Quincy 17,500sf Office Space Lease.  Click here to read full article.

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Massachusetts Division of Banks Expands Reach of Mortgage Regulations

Massachusetts Division of Banks Expands Reach of Mortgage Regulations The Massachusetts Division of Banks has recently focused its attention on the activities of private lenders who participate in the Massachusetts consumer loan marketplace. Armed with relatively new regulations regarding the licensure of mortgage loan originators, the Division has sought to penalize private lenders who have…

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