Ian’s practice focuses on real estate law, with a particular concentration on land use and development. His experience extends to sales and acquisitions, permitting, litigation, leasing, financing, and affordable housing matters. He brings nearly 10 years of experience in permitting large and complex real estate projects at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, now known as the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA).
Ian served as the lead attorney on much of the new development around Fenway Park and New Balance’s new world headquarters in Brighton, as well as various other projects around the city. His familiarity with Article 80 of the Boston Zoning Code, and with permitting in Boston in general, allows Ian to provide a unique and invaluable perspective in guiding clients through the entitlement process.
While serving as senior counsel at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Ian worked closely with the Affordable Housing Department and played an integral role in shaping the city of Boston’s new Inclusionary Development Policy, which was adopted in December 2015. He provided support and guidance to the Affordable Housing Department on matters relating to compliance and program management. He was also responsible for negotiating contracts associated with affordable housing projects and for preparing closing documents for the sale of affordable units. Ian became an authority on projects receiving approval under Chapter 121A of the Massachusetts General Laws, which works to improve upon urban blight largely by providing tax incentives for the production of affordable housing. Chapter 121A projects feature a wide range of funding sources, including the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), MassHousing, and Low Income Housing Tax Credits. As housing costs continue to rise, maintaining the affordability of these projects is increasingly important. Ian’s experience makes him a valuable resource for those seeking to build, preserve, or expand affordable housing.
During the course of nearly 10 years as in-house counsel at the Boston Redevelopment Authority, Ian helped shape and implement policies in the city of Boston in areas such as housing, zoning, development, and urban planning. He also provided advice on matters such as public records and open meeting law, conflicts of interest, litigation, procurement, and other regulatory and compliance issues. His prior in-house experience enables Ian to provide sound guidance to clients working with public agencies, as well as to public agencies themselves.
Ian is also committed to serving the community of Boston in his personal life. He sits on the Local Advisory Board for the Charlestown Boys and Girls Club and the Board of Directors for the Alray Scholars Program, which provides financial assistance and mentoring support to Boston students looking to return to college after a setback.
- New England School of Law, J.D., 2007
- Skidmore College, B.A., 2001
- Boston Bar Association
- Real Estate Bar Association
- NAIOP, The Commercial Real Estate Development Association
- Urban Land Institute
- Alray Scholars Program, Board of Directors
- Charlestown Boys and Girls Club, Chair Local Advisory Board
Ian M. Urquhart
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