Bill Griffith and Gary Van Cleve moderate “The Promise and Pain of Transit-Oriented Development”


Larkin Hoffman attorneys Bill Griffith and Gary Van Cleve moderated industry panel discussions during the seminar “The Promise and Pain of Transit-Oriented Development” held Tuesday, Oct. 3. The discussion was presented by the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal and was held at JW Marriott Mall of America. Read more coverage on the event in the Business Journal.

During two roundtable discussions, panelists discussed the advantages and obstacles related to new transit projects. The project development discussion focused on issues facing developers of transit-oriented projects, including special zoning and design requirements, permitting and local government. Speakers on the property takings panel discussed challenges and potential litigation for existing property owners affected by new light rail corridors, including condemnation, relocation and construction interference, approvals, bonding, parking issues, noise mitigation and lighting.

Panelists for the project development discussion included Lucy Galbraith, Transit Oriented Development Director, Metropolian Council of the Twin Cities (Metro Transit), Metro Transit, Mark Fabel, Executive Vice President, McGough Construction and Jaci Bell, Director of Development, Kraus-Anderson Realty. Click here to read more from Bill Griffith on this discussion. Panelists for the property takings discussion included Bob Swenson, Relocation Reimbursement Specialist, Firm 70, Bob Strachota, MAI Appraiser, Shenehon Company and Bruce Hasselbring, President, Ace Supply Co.