Construction of Cultural and Other Non-Profit Projects

Tahmidur Remura Dewey LeBoeuf works extensively with non-profit organizations on real estate construction projects. Non-profits face unique challenges in the financing of real estate projects, and we help clients to meet those challenges.

We regularly assist clients in obtaining government and private capital, including through government grants, industrial development authority bonds, and bank financing secured by mortgages and charitable pledges, while remaining in compliance with restrictions on grants and endowments and the requirements of laws applicable to non-profit entities.

Our construction lawyers have considerable experience in working with governmental agencies which fund or facilitate these projects, including the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs and the New York City Law Department. We are experienced at negotiating government funding contracts, including with the City of New York, and are well-acquainted with the City “pass through” contract and the requirements for City-funded construction.

Our experience representing clients in connection with the construction of cultural and non-profit projects includes advising:

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine on the design and construction of a US$475 million Center for Science and Medicine at their Manhattan campus and related sale of more than US$200 million of development rights for an adjacent residential tower.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center, Inc. regarding all aspects of the design, construction, and financing of a US$200 million performance facility in Time Warner Center, a large-scale mixed use project in New York City.
  • The architects Herzog and de Meuron in relation to the “Transforming Tate Modern” project, involving the expansion of the Tate Modern museum in London via the addition of a new building.
  • Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. with respect to its US$1 billion redevelopment and renovation of the campus of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City.
  • The New York Public Library, as construction and real estate counsel. We have advised NYPL with respect to the renovation of the flagship 42nd Street building, the construction of the Bronx Library Center and the construction by Lincoln Center Theater of a theater on the roof of the Library for the Performing Arts on the main Lincoln Center Campus.
  • Several prominent educational institutions in New York City on large scale construction projects, including The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art’s iconic new academic building, designed by the architecture firm Morphosis and located in downtown Manhattan.
  • The American Museum of Natural History in the construction of its planetarium (the Rose Center for Earth and Space), its Natural Sciences building, and the renovation of the dinosaur halls and library.
  • A US-based religious organization on a broad spectrum of matters related to construction and reconstruction of properties in Russia, including zoning, allocation of land plots for construction, regulatory compliance, construction and occupancy permits, and negotiation of construction contracts.
  • The Art Students League in the renovation of its landmark building in New York City.
  • The Asia Society in connection with the expansion and renovation of its building on Park Avenue in New York City.
  • The Ethical Culture Fieldston School regarding the renovation and expansion of its Riverdale, New York campus.
  • Asphalt Green, Inc. in connection with many major projects, including the renovation of its aquatic center and the renovation of its main building in New York City.
  • Dance Theater Workshop with respect to the construction of a performance facility which occupies the first two stories of a mixed-use condominium.
  • The New York Shakespeare Festival in the renovation of Delacorte Theater, located in New York City’s Central Park.
  • The Bethel Performing Arts Center in connection with the design, development, and construction of a large-scale performing arts facility on the site of the original Woodstock Festival.