Steve Tombalakian has joined the Land Use and Development practice group at Sills Cummis. Tombalakian comes to Sills Cummis from Podvey Meanor Catenacci Hildner Cocoziello & Chattman in Newark. A licensed Professional Engineer and licensed Professional Planner in New Jersey, Tombalakian received his B.E. in Civil Engineering from Stevens Institute of Technology, his M.E. in Environmental Engineering also from Stevens and his J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law. He is admitted to practice in New York and New Jersey, and before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
The Tomu case has been causing a lot of discussion as Superior Court Judge Jonathan Harris stripped Carlstadt and East Rutherford of their zoning powers for failing to meet their obligations under the Mt. Laurel Doctrine. Tomu Developers of Mahwah, NJ is looking to build 840 condominiums, including 140 affordable-housing units, in two 18 story towers. Carlstadt and East Rutherford opposed this development arguing that it would create traffic nightmares and threaten adjoining site-protected wetlands. In this NJBIZ article written by Shankar P, (5/29/06), Tom Hall, the Sills Cummis attorney representing Tomu stated: “Harris’ruling could set a powerful precedent on behalf of builders…” For more, please click here to read the entire article.
A May 22, 2006 njbiz article by Shankar P. discusses Newark's proposed office and residential projects, including economic incentives, and how Mayor-elect Cory Booker may handle these proposals. Ted Zangari, Co-Chair of the Redevelopment Practice Group at Sills Cummis Epstein & Gross, predicted in the article that "He's [Booker] going to have the city's skyline teeming with construction cranes." Zangari suggests that Booker "should emulate the success of Bret Schundler when he was mayor of Jersey City and dip into the financial-service industries in New York City," and that "[l]ow-hanging fruit within the city may itself be enticing enough and not require incentives to jump-start development." The article also discusses the revival of the Newark Real Estate Board (NREB) and reports that Zangari is writing a real estate position paper to Booker on behalf of the NREB. To read this entire article, please click here.