Honigman’s Urban Redevelopment Practice Group has broad capabilities and experience addressing a multitude of urban development and redevelopment challenges and issues around the country. In Detroit, we are one of the leading law firms working closely with major developers to revitalize the city. Our history includes involvement in signature projects that began the revitalization process including the original Renaissance Center development and its more recent redevelopment into the world headquarters of General Motors; the Millender Center; the Riverfront Apartments; One Detroit Center; Campus Martius; Compuware’s world headquarters; and Comerica Park.
Our most recent work includes the projects that are redefining Detroit as a major center of commerce and global trade, a residential and entertainment hotbed, and a case study of repurposing historic buildings into technology hubs and business incubators.
Honigman's client experience extends throughout the State of Michigan, and our attorneys are leaders in the Urban Land Institute in the State. The mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and creating and sustaining thriving communities.
We facilitate the development of commercial, office, industrial, retail, residential, multi-use, gambling and hospitality properties through each stage, from project planning to funding and incentives, through final completion. We are able to provide a deeply experienced multi-disciplinary team to help guide our clients with respect to regulatory, financial and business challenges.
Honigman's economic incentives professionals have extensive experience and success in using incentive programs to minimize costs and increase available capital to development projects. We are able to assist with zoning compliance, historic preservation issues and real estate tax issues. Our Urban Development team also consists of experienced attorneys in the areas of zoning and land use, construction, leasing, lending and finance.
News & Resources
- Denise J. Lewis is featured in Savoy magazine as one of 2015’s most influential black lawyers(March 1, 2015)
- Detroit Neighborhood Development Symposium, Detroit Future City, Detroit, MI2016
- Detroit Development Symposium, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MI2015
- Detroit: Revitalized and Sustainable, University of Michigan Law School, Ann Arbor, MISeptember 2013
- Significant Differences Between Michigan and Florida Real Estate Transactions, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section Winter Conference, Orlando, FLMarch 2012
- Real Estate Property Tax Appeals, The Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors and Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo, Kalamazoo, MIFebruary 2012
- Compensation Protection Under the Commercial Broker Lien Act, Reconciling Commission Payment and Collection Policies and Legal Issues Related to Commercial Real Estate, Greater Kalamazoo Association of Realtors, Kalamazoo, MISeptember 15, 2011
- Relocating Major Tenants in a Shopping Center, International Council of Shopping Centers National Convention, Las Vegas, NVMay 23, 2011
- The New Detroit: Laying the Groundwork for a Revitalized and Sustainable City, Co-sponsored by the Real Property Law Section, State Bar of Michigan, Detroit, MIMarch 15, 2011
- New Commercial Brokers Lien Law, Property Tax Appeals and Government Incentives Update, Re/Max of Michigan Regional Annual Meeting, Grand Rapids, MIFebruary 18, 2011
- Questions You Were Afraid To Ask About Your Property Taxes, The Greater Kalamazoo Association of REALTORS® and the Home Builders Association of Greater Kalamazoo Property Tax Symposium, Kalamazoo, MIFebruary 10, 2011
- Florida Real Estate Issues Facing the Out-of-State Investor-Significant Differences Between Florida and Michigan Law, State Bar of Michigan Real Property Section Winter Conference, Orlando, FLMarch 10, 2007
- Negotiating and Structuring Complex Commercial Property Sales Agreements, West Michigan Commercial Realtor Association, Kalamazoo, MIJanuary 17, 2007
- The Impact of Homeland Security Threats on the Operation of Commercial Real Estate Facilities, Synergy 2004, Lansing, MIApril 22, 2004
- Bring It Back from the Dead: Issues in Resurrecting the Distressed Center(November/December 2014)Probate & Property
- Leasing – The Lifeblood of the Deal(2012)Principles of Urban Retail Planning and Development (John Wiley & Sons, Inc.)
- Vacant Property Legal Manual(2009)Community Legal Resources
- Michigan’s New Lead Based Paint Laws Raise the Stakes for Landlords and Property Managers(March 2005)Enterprise Magazine
- Federal and Michigan Law Changes Affecting Private Purpose Tax Exempt Financing, Tax Increment Financing and Special Assessments(Winter 1987)Michigan Real Property Review
- Case Comment, Corporal Punishment in the Public Schools(1971)6 Harvard Civil Rights - Civil Liberties Law Review 583