Mary Jo Andrews practices in the areas of real estate, land use and municipal law, representing clients not only in a wide range of conveyancing and leasing transactions, but also in public/private urban redevelopment projects. On zoning matters, she represents private schools, hospitals and similar institutions with development projects on their campuses. Mary Jo also has experience with the real estate aspects of the Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Environmental Land Use Restrictions (ELUR).
Mary Jo has developed a special knowledge of local, state and federal historic preservation law. She regularly advises clients on matters relating to the ownership of historic property. Mary Jo is particularly interested in housing issues and represents nonprofit developers of supportive housing in the real estate, zoning, financing and leasing aspects of these transactions, and she has worked on the real estate aspects of affordable housing developments.
Mary Jo served as a law clerk to the Honorable Ernest C. Torres, U.S. District Court, District of Rhode Island. Prior to law school, she was a speechwriter and manager of corporate communications services at Textron Inc. She was also a program specialist for the National Endowment for the Humanities and a staff associate for the U.S. Conference of Mayors.
Represented the State of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management (OPM) and the Capital Region Development Authority (CRDA) in the $500 million-plus public/private redevelopment project in the City of Hartford, known as Adriaen's Landing. The project includes a convention center, hotel, science center, retail and entertainment development, and several parking garages. The firm represented OPM and CRDA in the acquisition and assembly of the site; drafted and negotiated the long-term ground lease for the Convention Center hotel; drafted and negotiated a development agreement with the private developer of the retail and entertainment residential components of the Project; drafted and negotiated a 99-year lease with the largest art museum in the State for space in the project; drafted and negotiated a 99-year lease with a not-for-profit entity created to operate a museum of science and exploration on the site; drafted and negotiated a declaration of easements and restrictions for the entire site; and drafted and negotiated parking rights agreements with private entities that desired ongoing use of portions of the garages.
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