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The Infrastructure Gold Rush – Opportunities for Minority Businesses

7/30/2018 | Articles & Alerts, General, Land Use, Zoning & Development

   Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers’ “Report Card for America’s Infrastructure” depicts the condition of our nation’s infrastructure in the familiar form of a school report card. Letter grades are assigned based on the physical condition and needed investments for improvement. Sadly, for 2017, the grade is a D+. A similar report by Pennsylvania civil engineers has found that Pennsylvania faces immense challenges in maintaining and modernizing its infrastructure. Repairs are desperately needed to roads, bridges, […]


Related Practices: Land Use, Zoning, and Development

PENNSYLVANIA ENACTS AMENDMENTS TO ITS CONTRACTOR AND SUBCONTRACTOR PAYMENT ACT

7/26/2018 | General

Pennsylvania’s Contractor and Subcontractor Payment Act (“CASPA”) was enacted in 1994 to address construction industry payment abuses between owners, contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. The underlying purpose of CASPA is to protect the payment rights of contractors and subcontractors and to encourage fair dealing among parties to a construction contract. The statute provides rules and deadlines to ensure prompt payment, to discourage unreasonable withholding of payment, and to address the timing of progress payments and retainages. Under circumstances prescribed in the […]

“The Reports of My Death are Greatly Exaggerated…”

5/30/2018 | Articles & Alerts, Real Estate Transactional

                 Several quotes come to mind when summing up the current state of the retail business – “bend but don’t break”, “down but not out” and “The Reports of My Death are Greatly Exaggerated”.   Despite the widely held panic that Amazon and its online comrades have sounded the death knell for the traditional shopping center, the current reality is that retail is very much alive, albeit different and evolving.                I have spoken to dozens of brokers and developers, and […]


Related Practices: Real Estate Transactional

DELAWARE COUNTY TO ENGAGE IN REASSESSMENT OF ALL COUNTY PROPERTY

3/14/2018 | Articles & Alerts

DELAWARE COUNTY TO ENGAGE IN REASSESSMENT OF ALL COUNTY PROPERTY

Pursuant to a recent order of the Delaware County Court of Common Pleas, the County will now undertake the first reassessment of all property valuations since 2000. The reassessment is required to address the apparent lack of uniformity in property assessments, which constitutes a violation of the Pennsylvania Constitution.  The tax burden for some taxpayers may rise substantially. Historically, values have increased, though recently some types of property in certain areas have remained unchanged or even decreased in value. No […]