This blog, maintained by Christopher H. DeGrezia, a partner in the Real Estate Department of Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP, provides a cutting edge overview of the topics that are influencing development and growth in New Jersey. It focuses upon legislative changes and the key issues facing New Jersey as the Garden State attempts to strike a balance between stimulating economic growth and protecting its limited resources.
The primary focus of Christopher’s practice is on complex commercial transactions and land development projects. He has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate development and has guided clients through land use procedures and approvals in connection with all types of development projects, including data centers, waterfront developments, cell towers, single family and multi-family residential projects, commercial development, office buildings, retail developments, regional malls, agricultural uses, industrial projects, warehouses, production and distribution centers, hotels and extended stay facilities, athletic facilities, restaurants, movie theaters, solar projects, green buildings, museums, schools, art centers, sewage treatment plants, houses of worship, gas stations, community centers, bridges, group homes, redevelopment projects, storage facilities and continuing care retirement communities. Christopher has represented many national and local real estate developers and leaders in the areas of acquisition, development, construction, leasing and finance and has provided guidance to a variety of governmental entities including municipal township committees, municipal borough councils, planning boards, zoning boards of adjustment, public utilities and numerous governmental subcommittees and commissions.
Christopher is the Past President of the Princeton Bar Association, and is a member of the Mercer County and Monmouth County Bar Associations, the New Jersey League of Municipalities, and the New Jersey Institute of Municipal Attorneys. Dedicated to community service, Christopher serves on committees and boards, and represents numerous civic, charitable and educational institutions including Cancer Care of NJ, Habitat for Humanity of Trenton, Montgomery Friends of Open Space and the D&R Greenway Land Trust. He received a J.D. cum laude from Seton Hall University School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Virginia. Christopher lives in Montgomery Township with his wife and two children where he can frequently be found on weekends coaching a variety of sports and activities.