Retail Development


Carlton Fields works closely with clients to structure, negotiate, and document commercial retail developments and shopping centers. At every step, from a project’s concept phase to its financing, construction, leasing and management phases, we work closely with developers, foreign and domestic sources of capital, architects, contractors, brokers, and governmental authorities to see a project to completion.
We advise and consult on the following:

  • Structure retail projects and their various components 
  • Analyze legal title to underlying lands and determine rights to be granted 
  • Determine necessary easements, use rights, and public dedications as required for development (includes platting and subdivision issue representation) 
  • Represent clients before federal, state, and local governmental agencies on issues regarding drafting documents needed to meet applicable governmental and regulatory requirements 
  • Consult with clients and client experts on legal entity structuring, tax planning and avoidance, surveying, platting, and association 
  • Represent clients regarding budgeting and leasing issues
  • Prepare restrictive covenants governing the use of commercial retail developments
  • Negotiate with potential tenants and prepare leases for in-line leases and ground leases
  • Represent clients in financing transactions to permit development and any receivables financing related to purchase money financing
  • Negotiate with contractors and prepare appropriate construction contracts 


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