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Thoughts From the American Planning Association’s National Conference in Chicago

I’m currently wrapping up a great weekend at the American Planning Association’s (APA) National Planning Conference in Chicago, Illinois. For the MCL Blog readers unfamiliar with this event, the APA hosts an annual development conference for planning professionals and representatives from communities all over the United States. The five-day conference offers seminars on a broad range of topics, from common planning problems like the use of economic development incentives, to some unique regional issues, such as whether roosters and goats should be allowed under a city’s urban agriculture ordinance. (Think Portland!)

Commercial Tenant Fails to Pay Contractor for Tenant Improvements: Now What?

I am frequently asked this question by both contractors and commercial property owners. Generally, owners of commercial property (at least in Missouri and Kansas) will not be liable for contracts entered into by their tenants unless the tenant is acting as an agent of the owner, or the lease requires the tenant to make certain improvements that enhance the value of the property.

Acquiring Real Estate Before the Construction Project: Should Buyers Order a Phase I Inspection?

One of the key issues a buyer should consider before purchasing property is whether or not to order a Phase I Environmental Site Assessment. The purpose of the Phase I is to evaluate a property’s environmental conditions and assess the likelihood of any contamination being present onsite. From a buyer’s perspective, the Phase I is used to identify possible contamination on the property and to provide some protection from liability should environmental hazards later be discovered.

What was the Most Important Kansas Construction Case in 2012? (Hint: Can you say “Economic Loss Doctrine?”)

It is not often that the Kansas Supreme Court reverses Kansas judicial precedent and offers new avenues for plaintiffs to pursue claims. What does this mean for contractors? In short, it means a residential home owner can now make claims against a contractor for breach of contract and/or negligence.

Selling real estate during the middle of a construction project? Three points on closing the deal

There are times when an owner may want to sell their real property during a construction project. As an owner, what are the key issues you should consider? As the general contractor, what is likely to be requested by the owner and by the buyer’s lender? This blog post addresses some of the larger issues that will need to be resolved in the transaction and should provide a general roadmap of how to structure the process.

Missouri Revises its Model Environmental Covenant for Activity and Use Limitations on Contaminated Sites

Businesses that own contaminated property in Missouri, such as brownfield sites and former industrial locations, can avail themselves of Missouri’s Environmental Covenant Act (MoECA), RSMo Section 260.1000 et seq., 10 CSR 25-18.010(18) to expedite cleanup and, if site conditions allow, beneficial reuse of those properties. In particular, property owners can record an environmental covenant on their property that restricts certain land uses and site activities to minimize exposure to impacted soils and groundwater.

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