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  • Low income housing decision discussed in Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly - Dennis McKenna, a Senior Partner in Riemer & Braunstein LLP's litigation department, is interviewed about a decision of the Business Litigation Session and the Stay granted to his clients during the pendency of an appeal to the Massachusetts Appeals Court.
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, November 14, 2016
  • Kristen Fallon joins Riemer & Braunstein as partner in the firm's finance practice - Riemer & Braunstein has hired Kristen Fallon to its finance practice. Fallon is returning to Boston from Connecticut after taking some time off from practice to raise her four children. She has over 12 years of experience in the commercial lending field.
    New England Real Estate Journal, August 12, 2016
  • Local communities see benefit of mixed-use developments - Robert Buckley, a land-use attorney and senior partner at Riemer & Braunstein LLP, said he's seeing suburban towns increasingly embrace the idea of compact, walkable, mixed-used developments that evoke more of a communal atmosphere.
    Banker & Tradesman, July 25, 2016
  • Big development parcel stirs interest - Robert Buckley, a senior partner in Riemer & Braunstein's real estate practice, comments on trends in area commercial real estate.
    Banker & Tradesman, January 18, 2016
  • Regional transit authorities taking the wheel - Employers are slowly realizing that highly-skilled workers value transportation options. Riemer & Braunstein's Bob Buckley comments on the importance of transportation as a benefit to employees.
    CommonWealth, January 12, 2016
  • It's time to take action to address traffic congestion - A sign of the rise of economic well-being in the Commonwealth comes at us daily with the upswing in congestion on many of the major arteries in eastern Massachusetts. However, unless the state aggressively works with the business community as well as municipalities to lessen congestion, frustration is likely to grow with long-term implications adversely impacting economic prospects for the Commonwealth. Bob Buckley discusses how the state can help with this important issue.
    MASSter List, July 16, 2015
  • Inside University Station - Women's Network gets up-close look at new suburban real estate development - The Suburban Professional Women's Network (SPW Network) recently got an inside look at University Station, a new, 2 million square foot mixed-use development including retail, restaurants, luxury apartments and a memory care facility in Westwood. The event was sponsored by Riemer & Braunstein LLP, a Boston- and Burlington-based law firm that has served the Route 128 real estate and business community for over 40 years.
    Westwood Patch, June 15, 2015
  • Employees, not bosses, dictate location decisions - Creative zoning key to suburban success - There's a change taking place in suburban commercial real estate and those towns that see it will reap the benefits. Mark Vaughan discusses the evolution of today's suburban office parks and how companies choosing a suburban location are more focused on where they can successfully attract and retain employees.
    Banker & Tradesman, May 25, 2015
  • Chinese insurers invest in Boston Seaport site - Two Chinese life insurance companies are investing in a Boston Seaport District redevelopment project as Chinese insurers continue shopping for American real estate. According to Robert Buckley, an attorney who focuses on land use and development at Riemer Braunstein in Boston, the area has experienced a rebirth.
    China Daily USA, April 9, 2015
  • Tall order: Race up the Hancock to help MS group - Doug Clarke, who serves on the board of the New England Chapter of the National MS Society, recently completed the annual Climb to the Top multiple sclerosis fund-raiser, which involves racing up all 61 flights of the Hancock Tower.
    The Boston Globe, March 10, 2015
  • Boston lawyer develops legal apps for iPad - Barry Braunstein, a partner with a Boston law firm, started developing iPad apps about four years ago. Apps are easy research tools for lawyers and a green alternative to law books that are updated frequently.
    Boston Business Journal - January 28, 2015
  • Luxury Condo Tower Proposed At 171 Tremont Street, Boston - A joint venture between a Swiss investor and Boston-based Center Court Boston LLC is proposing a 31-unit luxury condo tower at 171 Tremont St. in Boston. The project would replace a five-story, 17,742-square-foot commercial building that is currently vacant with a 355-foot-tall tower overlooking Boston Common, according to Dennis McKenna, an attorney for Boston-based Riemer & Braunstein, which represents the developers.
    Banker & Tradesman - December 30, 2014
  • Economic development initiatives boost networking at suburban women's event - Riemer & Braunstein sponsored a networking luncheon for the Suburban Professional Women's Network (SPW Network). The event featured an array of local business women power players who gathered to discuss economic development in Boston's suburbs. Featured speakers included Stephanie Cronin, Executive Director of Middlesex 3, and Cindy Frené, President of TransAction Associates, Inc.
    December 2, 2014
  • Greater Boston's next billion-dollar-plus redevelopment opportunity - Bob Buckley discusses how a good real estate development strategy can turn Suffolk Downs into an ideal site for redevelopment success.
    New England Cable News, September 18, 2014
  • Riemer & Braunstein Sponsors Suburban Professional Women Networking Event - "The SPWNetwork is all about offering new and exciting networking opportunities to women working in the suburbs," said Susan Davis, a partner at Riemer & Braunstein who formed SPWNetwork with Joan Parsons Ziady, also a partner at Riemer & Braunstein.
    Lexington Minuteman, September 11, 2014
  • Plan for assisted living facility moves ahead in Woburn - Mark Vaughan, the attorney for Benchmark Senior Living for the rezoning and special permit process in Woburn, notes the parcel is situated where a commercial area meets a residential one and that assisted living is a good transitional use of the property. The City Council recently approved Benchmark Senior Living of Wellesley's plan to build an 87-unit assisted living and memory care facility in Woburn.
    The Boston Globe, August 17, 2014
  • Praise for Middlesex 3 Coalition - The Middlesex Route 3 corridor has become the strongest marketplace off Route 128 in the last decade, the state's secretary of Housing and Economic Development said. Robert Buckley, senior partner at Riemer & Braunstein and vice president of the Middlesex 3 Coalition, touted the recent Community Innovation Challenge state grant that the five municipalities received for transportation.
    The Lowell Sun, March 28, 2014
  • Kelley's Corner (Acton) in focus - Andrew Sutton serves on the Boston Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Panel, which sees promise for Kelley’s Corner. At a recent Acton Board of Selectmen meeting, Sutton suggested creating a zoning overlay area for an expedited permitting process, which would give developers an alternative to the current zoning.
    Wicked Local – Acton, February 19, 2014
  • Development innovation gets boost along Route 3 corridor with help from R&B Partner Bob Buckley - Putting the power of its public-private partnership to good use, members of the Middlesex 3 Coalition have been working to bring jobs, transportation projects and economy-boosting programs to the Route 3 North corridor and to the city and towns of Burlington, Bedford, Billerica, Chelmsford and Lowell. The effort was recognized when the Massachusetts Municipal Association (MMA) presented the Middlesex 3 Coalition with the Kenneth E. Pickard Municipal Innovation Award.
    Robert Buckley heads up the private sector involvement for Middlesex 3.
    The Lowell Sun, January 29, 2014
  • Toll plaza land: from traffic-clogger to economy-booster - The Massachusetts Turnpike's toll plazas are set to be removed by mid-2017, unlocking potentially millions of dollars of real-estate development in some of the hottest markets of the state. Riemer & Braunstein's Bob Buckley talks with New England Cable News about how automating toll collection may result in enhanced real estate development opportunities around existing toll plazas.
    New England Cable News, August 16, 2013
  • Burlington feasting upon its own success - Burlington's restaurant market continues to be red-hot, evidencing the importance of restaurants to mixed use zoning initiatives and as amenities to evolving office parks. "There seems to be just an insatiable demand for restaurants here right now," said Mark Vaughan, an attorney with Riemer & Braunstein who has been instrumental in helping several restaurants locate in Burlington.
    Banker & Tradesman, July 29, 2013
  • Economist backs regional effort to promote Route 3 corridor - A collaborative effort among five communities to promote their shared Route 3 corridor is getting praise from well-known economist Barry Bluestone, founding director of the Dukakis Center for Urban and Regional Policy at Northeastern University. Bob Buckley, a senior partner in the Burlington office of Riemer & Braunstein, is vice president of the coalition’s board.
    The Boston Globe, July 18, 2013
  • Banker & Tradesman profiles Bob Buckley: Making change one approval at a time - Riemer & Braunstein's Bob Buckley focuses on strategies that help clients create mixed-use projects in Massachusetts. And the media has noticed.
    Banker & Tradesman, June 10, 2013
  • Suburban transportation: Let the discussion begin - Recently, the city of Marlborough has begun consideration of an innovative zoning bylaw to address some of the vacant properties that exist along the Interstate 495 corridor. In particular, the city adopted an ordinance written by Riemer & Braunstein to reposition the former Hewlett-Packard campus into a thriving and vibrant mixed-use project to consist of office, retail, multifamily housing and hospitality uses. Bob Buckley discusses how the city council has also used this proposal as an opportunity to bring to the forefront one of the more pressing issues facing suburban commercial properties: interconnective transportation.
    Boston Business Journal, January 4, 2013
  • Collaboration can bring innovation, life back to cities - The city of Marlborough, like many municipalities, has experienced good times and bad since the economic downturn began in 2008; however, it refuses to sit on the sidelines and is forging its own path to economic recovery and prosperity, writes Arthur Vigeant, Mayor of Marlborough and Robert Buckley, senior partner at Riemer & Braunstein LLP.
    Atlantic Management purchased and began marketing the 109-acre former Hewlett-Packard campus, soon to be Forest Park, in 2010. Riemer & Braunstein represented Atlantic in helping to craft the Forest Park overlay district, which brings a 360-degree living experience back to Marlborough.
    Banker & Tradesman, December 31, 2012
  • Riemer & Braunstein gives donation to nonprofits to honor the memory of Jonathan Samen - The firm recently announced that it has made an initial donation of $25,000 to fund a “campership” program to jointly benefit Newton's Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters Association of Greater Boston and the Jewish Community Centers of Greater Boston. The donation was made in honor of the memory of the firm’s recently deceased partner, Jonathan Samen, of Lexington.
    Boston.com, December 14, 2012
  • Route 3 communities join to promote area to businesses - A newly formed partnership among five area communities to promote and enhance their shared Route 3 corridor has made its formal debut. The Boston Globe reports on the effort. Robert Buckley, a senior partner in the Burlington office of the law firm Riemer & Braunstein, one of the business members on the board, said Middlesex 3 is being well-received in the business community.
    The Boston Globe, September 30, 2012
  • Middlesex 3 Coalition seeks to boost business along Route 3 corridor - According to Robert Buckley, a senior partner at Riemer & Braunstein, his law firm and several other businesses came together with municipal officials from the towns along Route 3 to launch the Middlesex 3 Coalition early this year. The goal is to bring all five towns along the Route 3 corridor together to focus on employers' needs along the widened Route 3 — namely workforce training, transportation and housing.
    Boston Business Journal, September 24, 2012
  • Middlesex 3 — A creative public/private experiment - The Massachusetts towns of Burlington, Bedford, Chelmsford, Billerica and the city of Lowell have formed a new entity called "Middlesex 3," a unique experiment of municipal collaboration to achieve economic development. Gregory Bialecki (Secretary of the Massachusetts Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development), Richard T. Reed (Town Manager of the Town of Bedford, and Chairman of Middlesex 3), and Robert C. Buckley (Senior Partner at Riemer & Braunstein LLP and Board Member of Middlesex 3) discuss how Middlesex 3 aims to channel each community's common goals of economic development and sustainability, while preserving and respecting the individual characteristics of each.
    Banker & Tradesman, August 20, 2012
  • Partnership aims to bring together world-class cities, use best practices in economic development - The World Class Cities Partnership program at Northeastern University aims to strengthen trade ties at a state and local level between cities across the globe. Michael Lake, executive director of the Partnership, and Robert Buckley, a Senior Partner at Riemer & Braunstein, recently joined New England Cable News Business to discuss the efforts being made to connect Greater Boston to other cities worldwide and what kind of impact that could have on the Greater Boston economy by using some best practices examples of economic development.
    New England Cable News, March 9, 2012
  • Restaurants revitalizing retail centers: three restaurants could open, one in former Borders, in Burlington - A Seasons 52 upscale restaurant is expected to occupy about 10,500 square feet of vacant space in a former Borders bookstore at Wayside in Burlington. Riemer & Braunstein’s Mark Vaughan discusses how restaurants are now considered a revitalizing factor of retail centers.
    Banker & Tradesman, March 6, 2012
  • Barcelona success yields model for Boston Innovation District - Recently, 11 business, civic, and academic leaders from Greater Boston traveled to Barcelona and Madrid as part of the World Class Cities Partnerships' Inaugural Policy Exchange Mission. The delegates explored Barcelona's unique strengths, which have developed and fostered innovation in that city, with a focus on talent attraction and retention. What they found was a well-branded innovation district with government support for entrepreneurs. How might the Boston area leverage current growth in Kendall Square, Longwood, and South Boston to boost our region’s innovation economy? Riemer & Braunstein's Robert Buckley and Michael Lake of Northeastern University, both delegates to Barcelona, explore this question.
    Banker & Tradesman, February 12, 2012
  • Joan Parsons featured in Banker & Tradesman - In an interview by Banker & Tradesman's Jim Cronin, Parsons talks about her practice and her involvement with New England Women in Real Estate, now known as CREW Boston, including the mentoring program.
    Banker & Tradesman, January 23, 2012
  • Faigen of Riemer & Braunstein LLP: Changes in real estate practice - looking back - As a practicing woman attorney in commercial real estate finance for more than thirty years, Martha Faigen has witnessed first-hand the many positive changes that have taken place in the real estate industry, as greater numbers of women have entered the real estate arena and moved up the professional ladder.
    New England Real Estate Journal, November 25, 2011
  • Bob Buckley discusses Wegmans expansion - New York-based supermarket Wegmans is pushing ahead with plans for its second big store in Massachusetts, this one in the middle of an office park along Interstate 95/Route 128 in Burlington. Wegmans may be looking to expand even further along the transportation corridor, according to Robert Buckley, who helped secure Wegmans the local permits it needs to build its new store.
    The Boston Globe, October 30, 2011
  • Restaurants are the "new anchors" of retail real estate development - Restaurants may be leading the economy out of the downturn. Mark Vaughan discusses how restaurants have become the anchor stores for a number of retail real estate development projects in the area. Also in this segment: how some area communities are starting to see more tax revenue as a result.
    New England Cable News, April 6, 2011
  • I-495 struggles to see light at end of tunnel - despite poor fundamentals, deals are being made - Mark Vaughan discusses the relationship between the Route 128 and I-495 office rental markets.
    Banker & Tradesman, November 22, 2010
  • Joan Parsons named one of Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly's Top Women of Law for 2010 - Lawyers Weekly named Joan Parsons as one of 2010's Top Women of Law and interviewed her about her career.
    Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly, November 15, 2010
  • Failure to repeal Massachusetts' affordable housing law may boost multifamily, mixed-use development - With voters deciding to keep 40B, the affordable housing statute, it may encourage developers to create more mixed-income housing, according to Mark Vaughan.
    Banker & Tradesman, November 8, 2010
  • A towering monopoly: how Boston Properties is poised to rule Boston's Back Bay – and beyond - Mark Vaughan discusses how the acquisition of Boston's John Hancock Tower by Boston Properties provides a benchmark sale against which to judge future large transactions.
    Banker & Tradesman, October 11, 2010
  • Infrastructure essential in attracting new development projects - Bob Buckley discusses how towns that are able to work with developers to address zoning issues find projects moving forward even in the current economy.
    Boston Business Journal, July 16, 2010
  • Joan Parsons became President of New England Women in Real Estate (NEWiRE), now known as CREW Boston - On June 15, 2010, Joan took office as President of CREW Boston, the region's leading professional organization for women in the commercial real estate industry.
    The Boston Globe, June 16, 2010
    Boston Business Journal, June 15, 2010
    Banker & Tradesman, June 15, 2010
    Real Estate Bisnow, June 16, 2010
  • Women aim to grow in commercial real estate - Joan Parsons was quoted in the Boston Business Journal discussing the increasing presence and profile of women in commercial real estate.
    Boston Business Journal, May 7, 2010
  • Lexington, Mass. attracts biotech development - Lexington has been successful in attracting biotech because it understands the nature of this industry and what zoning regulations need to be in place to welcome biotech. Bob Buckley and Susan Yanofsky, the Lexington Director of Economic Development, discuss Lexington's biotech developments and the benefits to residents with NECN's Chet Curtis.
    New England Cable News, December 23, 2009
  • Kevin Murtagh speaks at Real Estate Finance Association event - Kevin Murtagh spoke at REFA's October seminar, "Understanding Mezzanine Loans in Troubled Times."
    Real Estate Finance Association, October 29, 2009
  • Betting on Burlington: Equity Office moves to revamp New England Executive Park - Mark Vaughan, who handled the legal strategy for the rezoning of New England Executive Park in Burlington on behalf of Equity Office Properties, discusses how the new zoning allows Equity to reinvest in this Class-A location.
    Banker & Tradesman, October 19, 2009
  • Judge rules in favor of bank in mechanic's lien case - Dennis McKenna discusses his work that resulted in a recent Superior Court decision providing certainty to the lending community. The court's decision makes clear for the first time that the mechanic's lien statute will protect a lender's mortgage position on a construction project after a mechanic's lien has been filed.
    Banker & Tradesman, July 22, 2009
  • Debtor doesn't have right to jury trial in action seeking turnover of property - The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit recently held that debtors do not have a right to jury trials in actions by trustees seeking the turnover of property during bankruptcy proceedings. Mark Corner and Peter Sutton, who represented the trustee in this case, said the holding makes it easier in turnover cases for bankruptcy trustees to pursue assets of debtors and to cut down on delays and expenses in bankruptcy proceedings.
    The United States Law Week, July 14, 2009
  • Opportunities for new development after car dealerships close - As local GM and Chrysler dealerships close, communities are feeling the impact; however, this can also lead to new opportunities. Bob Buckley, who is working on a mixed-use redevelopment for the former Burlington Dodge dealership, discusses how cities and towns can develop zoning that facilitates new developments on these sites.
    New England Cable News, May 28, 2009
  • How zoning flexibility could help local economy - One component of municipal revenue that is not subject to the cap imposed by Proposition 2 1/2 is tax revenue raised from new real estate development. In a recent Boston Globe Op-Ed, Senior Partner Mark Vaughan writes that while many community officials will be focusing on cutbacks over the coming months and how to make ends meet, an opportunity exists for municipalities to think creatively about future economic growth.
    The Boston Globe, February 14, 2009
  • Senior Partner Kevin Lyons speaks at NAIOP event - Kevin Lyons spoke at NAIOP's January seminar, "Lending in the Commonwealth - What to Expect in 2009." Kevin was quoted in Banker & Tradesman on what lenders are currently looking for in interest rates. He also discussed why lenders are cautious about syndicated loans now.
    Banker & Tradesman Daily, January 15, 2009
    Mission Recognition (Solomon McCown blog), January 16, 2009
  • Permitting moves at the "speed of business" - Mark Vaughan, a senior partner at Riemer & Braunstein, which represented Nordblom Company and Palomar Medical Technologies, Inc. in connection with the Northwest Park redevelopment, was recently part of a story in The Boston Globe discussing the project and the significance of the recent designation of the Northwest Park site as a "growth district" by the Governor Patrick administration.
    The Boston Globe, November 27, 2008
  • Real estate development in Massachusetts - Mark Vaughan was recently featured on New England Cable News discussing how the economy, including the credit crisis, has affected commercial real estate across the Commonwealth.
    New England Cable News, October 22, 2008
  • California company opens $1B lab in Mass. - A $1 billion lab complex is planned for Cambridge, MA. Bob Buckley talks with New England Cable News about this project.
    New England Cable News, May 23, 2008
  • High gas prices benefit some real estate? - Real estate near public transportation has benefited from rising gas costs. Bob Buckley discusses this trend with NECN's Chet Curtis.
    New England Cable News, April 21, 2008
  • Mass. initiative aims to lure businesses - Bob Buckley discusses attracting building and development in the Commonwealth.
    New England Cable News, March 31, 2008
  • High costs force labs to leave Cambridge, Mass. - Many biotech companies are leaving Cambridge for the suburbs. Bob Buckley talks with New England Cable News' R.D. Stahl about how communities can attract biotech development.
    New England Cable News, March 5, 2008
  • How towns can attract biotech development - Bob Buckley discusses ways communities can attract biotech development through zoning initiatives.
    New England Cable News, January 30, 2008
  • Mark Vaughan on IBM's new software campus - Mark Vaughan discusses IBM's new software campus in Littleton and Westford, MA.
    New England Cable News, August 14, 2007
  • SJC blocks judges from using forced-deal remedy - Dennis McKenna is quoted on the SJC's decision in Brodie v. Jordan, a case considered to be a victory for small business.
    Boston Business Journal, December 22, 2006