Projects

NEWBURYPORT MEDICAL CENTER

NMC Photo

Mark Griffin represented the landowner in obtaining permits for the construction of a 50,000 square foot medical building in the City of Newburyport. This complex process required approvals from the Planning Board, Zoning Board and the City Council. Despite some opposition and initial litigation the project was approved quickly and is now fully constructed. The Newburyport Medical Center is adjacent to the Anna Jaques Hospital campus and provides, among other things, outpatient cancer treatment.

PANERA BREAD

Panera Bread

Mark Griffin helped obtain the permits for construction of a new Panera Bread franchise on Storey Avenue in Newburyport. The representation included approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals and the Planning Board. The location had been a derelict site where a vacant restaurant building sat for over 10 years. Successful permitting required working with abutting landowners and compliance with a previous court order which placed restrictions on the site.

Newburyport News: Panera Bread Wins Approval

NORTH SHORE INTERNAL MEDICINE

North Shore Internal Medicine
North Shore Internal Medicine
North Shore Internal Medicine

Mark Griffin obtained permits for the rehabilitation and construction of a new medical office complex on Green Street in Newburyport. The conversion changed the former Carlson Real Estate Offices into premium commercial space and greatly expanded the building’s capacity for tenants. The project required approvals from the Zoning Board of Appeals, Planning Board and the Historical Commission. Mark Griffin also handled the leasing arrangements for the building’s tenants.

9 ORANGE STREET CONDOMINIUM

9 Orange
9 Orange
9 Orange

Mark Griffin represented the developer in obtaining permits from the Historical Commission, Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals. The existing property was a distressed Federalist home with a carriage barn/garage which was in need of serious renovation and repair. The developer renovated the buildings while converting the carriage barn into a residence. The developer restored and preserved numerous period details in the exterior and even the interior of the residences and granted the Newburyport Historical Commission a historic preservation restriction on much of the property. Mark Griffin conducted the purchase, the condominium conversion and the sale of the three units. The project received a preservation award for its attention to period detail

BROWN STREET SUBDIVISION

Brown St

Mark Griffin helped represent the developers of the Wheelwright House property to create a four (4) lot subdivision. This Open Space Residential Development required multiple hearings in front of the Newburyport Planning Board. The end result struck a balance between dedication of open space with public access and the concentration of spacious residential lots in a private setting. Mark Griffin handled all aspects of the legal work associated with project, including: closing the purchase of the property; obtaining the land use permits; negotiating with Essex County Greenbelt for monitoring of the open space; creation of the Homeowner’s Association; and handling the lot sales while maintaining a builder tie-in.

24-28 ROLFE’S LANE, NEWBURY, SUBDIVISION

Rolfe's Lane

Mark Griffin obtained the permits and closed the purchase for this eight (8) lot Open Space Residential Subdivision. The property is the site of the former Harbor Schools education facility. The site had been vacant for several years. The development plan concentrates high-end single family homes near the entrance to Rolfe’s Lane while providing a significant amount of open space dedicated to habitat preservation. The open space parcel abuts the historic Spencer Peirce Little Farm. Attorney Griffin will handle the closing of the lot sales, together with builder tie-ins.

HIGH STREET ANR LOTS

High St. ANR Lots
High St. ANR Lots

Mark Griffin handled the purchase of the former Church of Christ Scientist property in Newburyport and obtained the permits necessary for the buyer to divide the land into three (3) separate lots. Working closely with Everett Chandler of Design Consultants, Inc., the lots were configured so as to comply with current zoning requirements. This required appearance in front of a joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning Board to defeat a proposed lot width ordinance which would have rendered the additional lots unbuildable. A variance from the Zoning Board of Appeals was also necessary, along with parcel swapping, reciprocal easements and a declaration of covenants and restrictions. Attorney Griffin handled all aspects of this project, up to and including, closing the lot sales.

THE PLUMTUCKET CONDOMINIUM

Plumtucket
Plumtucket
Plumtucket
Plumtucket

Mark Griffin represented the developer in successfully obtaining permits for the construction of this six- unit cottage-style condominium community on Plum Island. In addition, Attorney Griffin handled the drafting of the condominium documents and the sales of the individual units.