Shaevel, Krems, O'Connor & Jackowitz, LLP
Attorneys at Law

Real Estate Development Law

Real Estate Development Law

Our Practice

We know that developing real estate requires vision, perseverance and courage. We see ourselves as a legal partner in that process, and bring to bear strategic political planning skills along with technical expertise. We proactively develop grassroots and abutter support for our clients' projects, and are constantly mindful of the financial pressures on development budgets. Our Real Estate Development legal team has built senior and family housing, healthcare facilities, non-profit community centers, and religious and commercial structures in urban, suburban and rural sites throughout Massachusetts.


• Zoning and permitting
• Purchase, sale and licensing of real estate
• Subdivision approvals
• Negotiation of construction and architect contracts
• Construction and permanent financing of residential and commercial projects
• Neighborhood grassroots outreach
• Litigation
• Condominium conversions
• Refinancing subsidized and market-rate housing
• Acquisition due diligence
• Title, easements and related matters


• Permitted a 106,000 square foot suburban office building in Needham
• Permitted and assisted in the development of 121 units of affordable elderly housing in Newton
• Permitted a 40,000 square foot community center in Oak Square, Brighton and a 67,000 square foot community center in the Back Bay of Boston
• Permitted 48 townhouse condominiums in Newton
• Assisted in the acquisition of commercial property valued at 50 million dollars in Newton and Waltham
• Secured approvals from Massachusetts Environmental Protection Agency, the Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Boston Redevelopment Authority
• Assisted in licensing and permitting a hotel alcohol and entertainment operation for an international hotel chain in Boston
• Negotiated construction mitigation for a project in Brookline
• Facilitated government relations to secure a client's selection as developer for Parcel 6 over the downtown Boston Rose Kennedy Greenway
• Negotiated construction contracts for projects ranging from $5 million to $35 million.