From individuals and start-ups to corporations – whether doing business in Canada, the U.S. or internationally – examples of work include:
- obtaining shoreline and other development approvals from local governments and agencies (large and small projects, ranging from single family residences to multi-family and master planned projects)
- assisting an internationally known real estate developer with local permitting and land use issues, including appeals under the State Environmental Policy Act and the Land Use Petition Act, to create a “signature” waterfront development. This work included helping the local government refine its own public hearing process and adapting the project plans to ensure a community friendly project
Jack Grant has helped Canadian businesses expand into the U.S. – U.S. businesses expand into Canada:
- Gap, Banana Republic and Old Navy represented during their launch of retail stores into British Columbia, Canada
- a well-known Canadian restaurant chain launched its franchises into Washington State (involved commercial leasing, financing and construction)
Domestic U.S. and Canadian corporations – business transactions throughout the United States and Canada.
Residential, industrial and commercial real estate development – acquisition, permitting and construction, including such diverse projects as:
- relocating transmission power lines
- obtaining approvals for plats/subdivisions
- resolution of survey and title problems
- creation of a fishing lodge in the Queen Charlotte Islands
- preparing businesses for sale
- joint venturing with Indian tribes
- preparation of conservation easements
- connecting independent power producers to the North American power grid
Negotiated the development management, partnership, construction and lease documents for the Shaw Tower, a 40-story (500,000 sq. ft.) luxury condominium and office tower built on the waterfront in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
Represented British Columbia’s electric power generation and distribution utility in the $800,000,000 privatization of four of its divisions – B.C. Lower Mainland Natural Gas Distribution, Vancouver Island Propane Distribution, Short-haul Railway and R&D Divisions. Identified and organized the real estate and right of way interests needed to complete the sale of each division as stand-alone entities. Assisted in drafting the legislation needed for the privatization to proceed and negotiated the purchase and sale agreements for the Railway and Natural Gas Distribution transactions. Drafted complex post-closing operating agreements needed for the newly formed divisions to carry on business using assets that were shared with the power authority.
Negotiated significant concessions relating to a government taking. B.C. Transit originally designed its elevated rapid transit facility that would block a premier television broadcaster’s satellite dish array – affecting 400 feet of southern exposure that could not be duplicated within 20 miles. Grant persuaded B.C. Transit to redesign and actually lower its elevated facility to enable this broadcaster to continue using its existing satellite array – saving millions of dollars in relocation costs and annual “back haul” charges (the costs to transmit the satellite signals from comparable remote dish locations).
Permitting and construction of a multi-modal transportation facility located on a contaminated railway site on the waterfront in downtown Vancouver, B.C.
- Brownfields Projects
- Commercial, Residential and Industrial Real Estate Development
- Gravel and Concrete Operations
- Software Development
- Television, Film and Radio