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Return of the Food Trucks – New Offerings vs. Old Favorites

Posted in Permitting, Real Estate, Restaurants, Retail

It’s that time of year again: flowers are blooming on the Common, the Red Sox had their opening day, and the best parts about Boston summer have started to reappear. This year, however, many of Boston’s beloved food trucks almost did not. Food trucks began to really take off in Boston in 2011, jumping on… Continue Reading

The Pop-Up Regulatory Maze

Posted in Licensing, Permitting, Pop-up Retail, Regulatory, Retail, Retail Sales, Zoning

Pop-up retail establishments, or “pop-ups,” generally refer to stores, restaurants, or events with a short duration. Pop-ups are typical for seasonal retail products, like Christmas or fireworks, but they have become common for designers (clothes, furniture, toys, etc.), restaurateurs (i.e., dinner clubs, food trucks), or other performers (concerts, parties) to conduct a one-time event, to… Continue Reading

What The Height Act Amendment Means for DC Rooftop Development

Posted in Development, Landlords, Permitting, Real Estate, Retail, Tenant, Zoning

Last week, President Obama signed an amendment into federal law allowing human occupancy in rooftop penthouses on top of DC buildings. This is an exciting update for DC real estate owners and developers because it presents a budding opportunity to build penthouses for more value and usability beyond what is currently permitted. Currently, DC law… Continue Reading

Massachusetts Food Waste Regulations Finalized: Waste-to-Energy Operations Make Headway under New Permitting Program

Posted in Environmental, Municipalities, Permitting

January was a milestone month for Massachusetts’ goal to divert food waste and other organic waste from landfills and to convert that waste to a productive fuel source. Massachusetts announced final regulations requiring the separation of food waste from other garbage just a few weeks after issuing a permit for the Commonwealth’s first operation to… Continue Reading

Food Trucks Flourish while Fashion Trucks Idle

Posted in Permitting, Retail

It has been nearly a year since our last update on the mobile retail phenomenon in Boston, and it’s clear that the food truck trend has taken off. Hungry Bostonians planning their next lunch break can now take a quick look online at the daily food truck schedule maintained by the City of Boston to… Continue Reading

Continued Growth of the Mobile Retail Truck Phenomenon: From Food Trucks to Fashion Trucks

Posted in Permitting

The proliferation of gourmet food trucks on city streets has become a national phenomenon. An observer must look no further than the City of Boston which, as of the date of this entry, legally permits food trucks to operate in 20 locations, including high pedestrian traffic areas such as Dewey Square and Copley Square. The… Continue Reading