Land Development

Butzel Long's capabilities in real estate development cover virtually every form of commercial and industrial property: office buildings, shopping centers, commercial and industrial parks, waterfront developments, high-rise residential complexes, and assembly of land parcels. Our experience includes major urban redevelopment projects, the development of medical facilities and residential subdivision and condominium development. Our attorneys are experienced in structuring and documenting financing and other aspects of development, including construction and permanent financing, ground leases, sale-leaseback agreements and construction and architect/engineering contracts. In the area of public finance Butzel Long attorneys have structured mortgage and bond financing for numerous municipal projects including infrastructure improvements, economic development corporations and industrial development organizations. Our cross-disciplinary team approach allows us to handle the most complex real estate related matters with leading lawyers in various practice specialties.


  • Represented a bank in connection with the acquisition for re-use and adaptation of the site of a failed multi-use development project in a Northern Michigan resort community
  • Negotiated construction and development contracts for commercial office building
  • Represented LG Chem in the acquisition of land, obtaining various government grants and tax incentives and the drafting and negotiating of the construction contract for a $303 million advanced lithium ion battery manufacturing facility.
  • Represented the construction manager of a $300 Million sports stadium in the City of Detroit
  • Acted as lead counsel for the conversion of a former housing project in the City of Detroit into multi-use residential property under the HOPE IV Implementation Grant Mixed Finance federal program
  • Represented developer of waterfront residential condominium development
  • Lead lawyers for conversion of a City of Detroit housing project into multi-use, residential property under federal program
  • Negotiated long term mortgageable ground lease on behalf of developer for construction of physicians office building adjoining surgical center
  • Acted as outside special counsel to a municipality on three proposed multi-use, urban redevelopment projects with an aggregate development cost in excess of $300 million
  • Represented developer of numerous hotel development projects including acquisitions, financing, operations, licensing and sales
  • Represented developer in negotiation and financing of land acquisition from Downtown Development Authority and acquisition of the hotel from prior owners
  • Negotiations for numerous mobile home park developments including; Acquisitions, financing, operations, licensing and sales
  • Served as counsel for the acquisition of multiple parcels of land for major mixed use residential/commercial development
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