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There is no denying that online shopping and changes in consumer spending habits have had a profound impact on brick-and-mortar shopping centers. Rapid advances in technology have changed how and where consumers shop, how they spend their money, and how they spend their time. The impact is evident to anyone who has visited a shopping mall in the last couple of years. For the past half-century, retail giants have been steadfast anchor tenants, driving foot traffic and sales at shopping centers. Amid the current so-called retail apocalypse, an unprecedented number of classic anchor tenants are now gating their big-box entrances and going dark. More than 20 retail chains have filed for bankruptcy in recent times, and others are liquidating, falling like dominoes.
By Michael R. Leighton
Numerous shopping center developers use a “layer-cake” of financing, including state and federal tax incentives to reduce the costs of debt and equity financing. The industry correctly saw that the market value of the credits would drop once the Jobs Act become effective. Such tax cut could undoubtedly impact the ability of developers to raise equity, certainly for new projects not yet placed in service.
By Erika Morphy
One of the many provisions of last year’s tax overhaul was the creation of a little-noticed program called Opportunity Zones, which was designed to give investors tax breaks for investments in designated areas. Now, attention is starting to pick up as the program takes shape.
By Michael B. Gerrard and Edward McTiernan
The courts issued 41 decisions in 2017 under the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act, and changes were made to regulations themselves this year. This article summarizes the most important of these cases and regulation changes, and the patterns they represent.
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