Real Property and Development

Overview

Attorneys

Representative Matters

 

Real Property and Development Law

Real Property and Development includes:

  • Site Acquisition and Assessment
  • Obtaining Approvals and Permits for Development
  • Planned Development Districts
  • Defense of Article 78 and Legal Actions Challenging Development Projects
  • Preparation and Approval of Offering Plans and Homeowner Association Documents
  • Construction Litigation and Claims Resolution
  • Negotiation and Preparation of Leases and Sales Related Documents
  • Residential and Commercial Closings
 Overview

Young/Sommer LLC has represented hundreds of clients in real property transactions ranging from multi-million dollar commercial transactions to residential house closings. The firm has extensive experience negotiating and preparing agreements for a broad variety of commercial and residential real estate transactions involving improved and unimproved properties, including purchases, sales, leases, options, rights of first refusal, easements, conservation easements, declarations of restrictive covenants, and construction contracts. We have represented borrowers in a variety of financing transactions, including loans, construction loans, land development loans and refinancings. We have represented landlords and tenants in the drafting and negotiation of commercial and residential real estate leases.

Young/Sommer’s commercial real estate practice includes all phases of real estate development, from site acquisition to construction. The firm’s partners have decades of experience representing developers. Recent projects include:

  • Development of the Whiteface Lodge in Lake Placid, New York, which is the largest hotel/condominium project built within the Adirondack Park in decades
  • Development of mixed use shopping center/office complex in Lake Placid, New York
  • Redevelopment of industrial properties and “brown fields” in Schenectady, New York
  • Development of a time-share hotel complex in Hunter, New York
  • Development of wind energy projects throughout upstate New York
  • Approvals for planned development district in Saratoga County, New York

The firm’s Real Property and Development group includes J. Michael Naughton, Dean Sommer, Kevin Young, David Brennan and Robert Panasci.

 

The following Young/Sommer attorneys represent clients in this practice area.

David C. BrennanDavid C. Brennan

David C. Brennan graduated cum laude from Albany Law School with a concentration in environmental law and holds a bachelor of science in environmental engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

 

Robert A. PanasciRobert A. Panasci

Robert A. Panasci is a partner with Young/Sommer LLC and has been practicing real property law, municipal law, environmental law and special education law since 2002. His legal practice includes representation of corporate and individual clients in all aspects of real estate matters.

 

Joseph F. CastiglioneJoseph F. Castiglione

Joseph F. Castiglione primarily practices in the areas of commercial, contract, municipal, land-use, administrative and environmental law, with his practice primarily dedicated to litigation in State and Federal courts.

 

J. Michael NaughtonJ. Michael Naughton

J. Michael Naughton is a partner in the firm, and has practiced as a litigator for over 25 years. He began his career in New York City and moved to Albany in 1987. Mr. Naughton was a partner at the law firm of Shanley, Sweeney Reilly & Allen, P.C. before joining Young/Sommer LLC in 2005.

 

Dean S. SommerDean S. Sommer

Dean S. Sommer (Partner) concentrates on the litigation and/or negotiation of environmental and toxic tort matters addressing the release of hazardous substances, hazardous waste, petroleum and solid waste into the environment. Chambers USA, in its 2004 Guide, stated that Mr. Sommer is “a noted litigator” whose “expertise is on show in Superfund, RCRA and CWA issues.”

 

Kevin M. YoungKevin M. Young

Kevin M. Young has been practicing environmental law for over 28 years. Mr. Young assists clients in achieving their business and municipal objectives while complying with environmental and land use regulations. He also serves as counsel to over 20 municipalities, numerous manufacturing facilities and developers.

 

Allyson M. PhillipsAllyson M. Phillips

Allyson M. Phillips received a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Fordham University and is a 2006 graduate of Albany Law School. While at Albany Law, Allyson served as Associate Editor for the Albany Law Journal of Science and Technology and was a research assistant for the Dean of the Albany Law School Government Law Center, Patricia E. Salkin.

 

Laura K. BomyeaLaura K. Bomyea

Laura Bomyea received her J.D. from Albany Law School, and her Bachelor’s degree in Philosophy, with a concentration in Literature, from Bard College.  She spent… Read More

 

E. Hyde ClarkeE. Hyde Clarke

E. Hyde Clarke joined Young/Sommer after receiving his J.D. from Albany Law School in May 2014. He received a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from… Read More

 

Kristin Laviolette PrattKristin Laviolette Pratt

Kristin Laviolette Pratt (Associate) has been practicing environmental law, commercial litigation, and real property law at Young/Sommer LLC since 2005. Kristin has represented both corporate and individual clients before the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation in negotiating regulatory proceedings as well as before local government boards.

 

Scott P. OlsonScott P. Olson

Mr. Olson has been a strong advocate for the wireless communications industry since the mid-1990’s. He has successfully represented international tower companies and FCC licensed… Read More

 

Alexander v. Oakley, 943 NYS2d 291 (3d Dept May 3, 2012)

The firm represented Plaintiffs in a property dispute involving the use of a private right of way on the Alexanders’ land. The Plaintiffs brought the… Read More

Cring v. Bonnie Belle Association, Sup Ct, Warren County, 2004, Index No. 44157

In a case regarding the Plaintiffs’ ability to rent out vacant rooms in their home, the firm successfully represented the Defendant, Bonnie Belle Association, in… Read More

Harvest Ridge Associates Inc. v. Nesheiwat Estates, Sup Ct, Dutchess County, 2005, Index No. 5964/04

The firm represented the Defendant in a contract dispute involving the intent of an agreement made by Harvest Ridge Associates, Inc. and Nesheiwat Estates, Inc… Read More

In the Matter of the Application of Ticonderoga Property Development LLC, APA Order Granting Variance, 2005-261V, October 18, 2006

The firm represented Ticonderoga Property Development LLC in its application in the Adirondack Park for a variance from Appendix Q3 standards regarding sign regulations. TPD… Read More

In the Matter of the Arbitration between Fishkill Property LLC, et al., AAA Index No. 15 183 Y 0017611, Award Dated November 7, 2011

Macris v. Matta, 2012 NY Slip Op. 08701 (2d Dept. 2012)

The firm successfully defended an appeal made by landowners who sought $400,000 in property damages allegedly stemming from the acts of wild beavers on the… Read More

Macris v. Matta, Sup Ct, Putnam County, Index No. 1354-2011

The firm represented Defendant homeowners, in an action commenced by their downstream neighbors for property damages stemming from the alleged flooding of their property, blaming… Read More

Nesheiwat v. ElJamal, Sup Ct, Westchester County, 2012, Index No. 615/2011

The firm represented the plaintiff in a successful share holder derivative action and contract dispute involving the sale of commercial property in Westchester County, which… Read More

The Fort Ticonderoga Association v. The Assessor of the Town of Ticonderoga, et al., Sup Ct, Essex County, 2013, Index No. 410-2013

The firm successfully restored tax exemptions and obtained tax refunds for The Fort Ticonderoga Association, a not-for-profit corporation. This groundbreaking decision has important implications for… Read More