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Counsel - Mary Jo Blain Andrews

Mary Jo Blain Andrews

Counsel

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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.

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 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.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Connecticut Bar Association
  • Hartford County Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Immaculate Conception Shelter & Housing Corporation: Pro Bono Counsel (1991-present)
  • After You Adopt, Inc.: Member, Planning Committee for Camp Mabuhay North (2004-present)
  • Philippine American Association of Connecticut: Member
  • The Antiquarian and Landmarks Society, Inc.: Former Trustee
  • Trinity College Alumnae Association: Former President, Hartford Chapter
  • Rhode Island Strategic Development Commission: Former Volunteer

$500 Million Adriaen's Landing Redevelopment Project

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.

Rentschler Field Acquisition, Development of 40,000 Person Football Stadium

Represented the State of Connecticut's Office of Policy and Management (OPM) in the acquisition of the project site from United Technologies Corporation and the subsequent development of the 40,000 person Stadium for the University of Connecticut's (UConn) Division 1-A football program and other events. The firm also represented OPM in the negotiation of the architect and construction management agreements for the construction of the Rentschler Field sports stadium in East Hartford, Connecticut.  The firm also negotiated a Parking Lease Agreement with United Technologies Corporation (UTC) to use approximately 6,500 parking spaces on the UTC campus, which is adjacent to the stadium site, and subsequently the acquisition of additional land for access and parking.

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Education

  • Harvard Law School, J.D., 1989
  • Trinity College, Washington, D.C., A.B., 1977, magna cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Connecticut
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