Business Services

Real Estate Development

Our team of Real Estate Development attorneys at Roetzel assist clients with respect to the entire property development lifecycle, including acquisition, title insurance, financing, zoning, construction, leasing, and sale. Our clients include developers, builders, investors, and lenders. Within those groups, we represent entrepreneurial individuals to institutional investors and lenders.

We advise clients of alternative strategies for expanding, renovating, or disposing of existing real estate holdings.

We advise clients of alternative strategies for expanding, renovating, or disposing of existing real estate holdings. We also advise them on matters of property development, land use law, zoning law, purchase agreements, development agreements, retail development, strip center development, real estate subdivisions, commercial real estate, construction contracts and management, land conveyance and acquisition, real estate syndication, and title law.

Developer Representation

Our attorneys counsel developers in all facets of the development cycle. We represent developers in the creation of condominium and homeowner communities, master planned subdivisions, recreational facilities, high rise beachfront condominiums, town homes and detached single family communities. Additionally, we routinely counsel on projects involving mixed-use residential, commercial and retail centers, country clubs, marina condominiums and hotel condominiums. At the start of a project, we work closely with the development team to prepare the governing documents, buyer disclosures and filings with the Division of Florida Condominium. Our attorneys are well versed in compliance and regulatory matters regarding the Florida Condominium Act, Florida Homeowners Association Act, Ohio Condominium Law (Ohio Revised Code, Title 53, Chapter 5311 Condominium Property), Federal statues and administrative regulations as they related to the development of real property, both residential and commercial.

Our Experience

  • Acted as special zoning and development counsel for a prominent national improvement store chain in connection with a new retail location
  • Counseled a major hospital in the joint venture and self-development of a health and wellness center
  • Acted as counsel for the purchaser in the acquisition of a railroad line with major environmental issues and negotiated property and joint facility operation agreements
  • Acted as counsel for a developer in connection with zoning for a shopping center involving a 312,000 square feet of retail, plus five out-parcels for future development
  • Acted as developer's counsel for multistate development of retail out-parcel sites for use by a national office products retailer
  • Counseled major hospitals in multiple medical office building developments and / or dispositions
  • Represented a developer in the development, purchase, financing, lease, and zoning of a lifestyle center
  • Acted as the zoning and land use counsel for a developer of a multimillion-dollar Planned Unit Development
  • Acted as counsel for a developer in obtaining approvals for the largest new development in the Naples, Florida area - a 2,500 plus acre mixed use Development of Regional Impact with 3,450 homes, golf courses, and 200,000 square feet of commercial use
  • Acted as purchaser's counsel in the real estate syndication, acquisition, and financing of a $65 million, 485,000 square foot, 27-story office building
  • Acted as counsel in the acquisition, development, leasing, construction, zoning, and permanent loan work of several grocery-anchored retailer shopping centers, each ranging from $5 to $10 million
  • Represented a national auto parts store in its expansion from 70 to 260 stores across the country
  • Obtained approval from the Division of Florida Land Sales for numerous hotel condominium and multi-family projects throughout the state
  • Represented numerous country clubs in all facets of turnover from developer to member control
  • Represented a developer in the development and lease of a national retail bookstore
  • Represented a lender in financing of a series of nursing home acquisitions and renovations by affiliated borrowers
  • Represented a public school system in connection with real estate matters for the development of its new high school and athletic fields
  • Represented a two-year state community college on its move from one location to another; this included all aspects of property acquisition, approvals, design, and construction
  • Represented a major Northeast Ohio airport in the creation of a 60-acre industrial park and ground lease to lead developer
  • Represented a major Northeast Ohio airport in connection with the sale of lands and property restrictions for third-party development of a hotel project
  • Coordinated the sale and land use and title insurance work for two 20-screen multiplex theater sites in Florida
  • Represented the purchaser in the bulk purchase of 15 motel properties from a lender, and the subsequent sale of those properties to individual third-party purchasers
  • Represented the purchaser of casino hotels in Reno and Las Vegas, Nevada, with the acquisition financed through publicly issued debt
  • Acted as counsel in the remediation for re-use and development of a contaminated auto manufacturing facility in Michigan on behalf of a major national manufacturing and polymer research firm

What We Do

  • Brokerage agreements
  • Condominium and homeowners' associations
  • Easements and rights of way
  • Entity selection - limited liability companies, limited partnerships, real estate trusts
  • Joint venture relationships
  • Real estate investment trusts (REITs)


  • Governmental Relations
  • Governing Documents and Amendments
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Transactions
  • Review of Subdivision Plats
  • Title Related Services
  • Turnover of Control
  • Zoning and Land Use

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