Anne S. Babineau is a shareholder at Wilentz, Goldman & Spitzer, P.A. and co-chair of the firm’s Real Estate group. Ms. Babineau represents developers, investors, owners, tenants, and governmental entities in a wide range of real estate projects, including structuring, financing, government approvals, property acquisitions and sales, often in the context of public-private redevelopment partnerships.
For over 30 years, clients have relied on Ms. Babineau to handle some of the most iconic and challenging projects in New Jersey, including revitalization of the industrial port area of Newark with multiple large warehouse logistics centers; transformative mixed use project on former 60 acre golf course in Roselle; deployment of NJEIT/RAB financing to create three landfills in Carteret and development of one of the largest industrial warehouses in the State; creation of an 850 unit transit oriented community in Ewing on the site of a former GM plant; leveraging the opportunity presented by Post-Superstorm Sandy Funding to finance a mixed use project with affordable housing in Pleasantville; creating a master planned community in Verona on the site of the former Essex County Hospital Center; and structuring a redevelopment that allowed one of the nation’s largest wholesale food distributors to remain in Elizabeth in a state-of-the-art facility. Leveraging the strengths of Wilentz’s land use, environmental, public finance, real property law, and municipal law resources and her substantial experience working with public entities, Ms. Babineau achieved a strong record of successful outcomes on behalf of her clients in the private industry.
Widely recognized as a leader in real estate, Ms. Babineau has been described by Chambers USA sources as an attorney who “knows the field of redevelopment financing very well” and a “very high quality attorney…the best in the state for this work,” and as a “go-to person in redevelopment law.” She has received numerous honors and awards, including the Land Use Legacy Award from Urban Land Institute in 2013, the Smart Growth Leadership Award from New Jersey Future in 2015, and has been recognized among the Best Fifty Women in Business by NJBIZ in 2017. She is also listed in Super Lawyers, and Best Lawyers in America.
A Fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers, Ms. Babineau served as a Member of the Board of Trustees of New Jersey Institute of Technology, and as an Officer and Executive Board Member of New Jersey Future. In addition, Ms. Babineau is an active member of the Smart Growth Coalition for NAIOP, Urban Land Institute and New Jersey Builders Association, and served on the boards of civic and not-for-profit organizations, including an affordable housing nonprofit. In 1996 and 1997, she served as Vice President, General Counsel, and corporate secretary of Bell Atlantic-New Jersey. In 2017, Ms. Babineau was appointed to the Executive Committee of the Advisory Board at The Center for Real Estate at Rutgers Business School for her broad influence and wealth of experience in the field of real estate development law, with the goal of inspiring the next generation of real estate leaders.
Ms. Babineau is a regular lecturer on redevelopment topics for NJ ICLE’s Redevelopment Institute. She is also a regular speaker at professional forums on real estate redevelopment and finance, and for over 20 years Ms. Babineau has taught Rutgers/DCA’s Principles of Redevelopment for Redevelopment Agency Executive Directors. She has also been called upon to testify on redevelopment issues before the N.J. State Legislature.
- Representation of a large regional brownfields developer in the redevelopment of three industrial warehouse/logistics center projects, comprising approximately 1.9 million square feet, in the Industrial River Redevelopment Plan Area of Newark, including redevelopment area designation hearings and related litigation, property acquisition, redevelopment agreement implementation, and financing using the NJ Environmental Infrastructure Trust (NJEIT).
- Provided advice in connection with a 1.2 million square foot warehouse/logistics center at Exit 12 in Carteret in the structuring, negotiating and drafting of agreements. Built on 150+-acres of former landfill using a $38 million NJEIT low interest loan, the project was described by a NJEIT representative as a “banner project.”
- Representation of the nation’s largest retailer-owned food cooperative in securing a PILOT Agreement for a new state of the art facility, which was fundamental for the cooperative to remain in the City of Elizabeth.
- Representation of the City of Asbury Park in designating and approving its initial redevelopment plan in the 1980s; most recently, Ms. Babineau has served as counsel to multiple redevelopers, including one of the largest homebuilding companies in the U.S. and a national real estate investment management and operating company.
- Representation of one of the leading developers of affordable housing in New Jersey in the structuring, negotiating and drafting of agreements to enable them to assume responsibility for the urban infill public/private partnerships in the City of Pleasantville that include mixed income and mixed use, with 270 apartments and 18,000 sq. feet of commercial space; Ms. Babineau and the Wilentz team’s quick response allowed the developer to deploy post-Hurricane Sandy federal funds on a very tight schedule.
- Representation of one of the largest homebuilding companies in the U.S, selected to redevelop parts of a 618 acre former Essex County sanitarium to be converted to a residential area and related open space, in drafting the redevelopment agreement and negotiating the PILOT Agreement, as well as handling crucial land development issues.
- Representation of the developer selected to implement the Borough of Roselle’s plan for a 932 unit transit-oriented community to revamp a former golf course to open space for public benefit.
- Representation of the Metuchen Parking Authority with regard to the Woodmont Metro at Metuchen Station Project. The development received the New Jersey Future, “2017 Smart Growth Award.”
- The City of Hoboken as counsel in negotiations of a Developer Agreement and Lease with the Port Authority, and subsequently with individual developers, for a 2.3 million square foot project including office, residential, retail and a hotel, all developed on municipally owned land along the Hoboken waterfront. Ms. Babineau also represented the City in litigation challenging the project.
- Representation of the Atlantic City Housing Authority and Urban Redevelopment Agency in negotiating and drafting major amendments to a redevelopment agreement pursuant to which the Trump Taj Mahal Hotel and Casino was constructed; represented the Authority in a successful effort to regain title to that redevelopment site after Resorts filed for bankruptcy; and structured and drafted agreements for the showcase Northeast Inlet Project.
- Representation of the Township of Weehawken with respect to over 1,600 units of mixed use planned redevelopment along the Hudson River waterfront, including structuring and negotiating agreements for a public-private partnership to develop an 850 space parking garage, which was to serve as the base for two hotels, in a transaction that included a revenue and equity-sharing arrangement between the Township and the redeveloper.
- Representation of the Jersey City Redevelopment Agency (JCRA), playing a key role in the redevelopment of the gold coast of Jersey City, including negotiating and drafting the agreements for $75 million in federal funding for the Newport Project, defending the City’s tax abatement agreements in the Tax Court, and other redevelopment related litigation.
- Representation of the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark during the years of planning, construction and redevelopment, with regard to property acquisition, amendment of the redevelopment plan, implementation of the redeveloper agreement, while handling a variety of issues related to the nonprofit corporation.
Earlier in her career, in addition to her redevelopment work, Ms. Babineau has represented:
- Public Utility Service Electric & Gas Co. and Verizon New Jersey, Inc. in litigation related to rate regulation N.J. Board of Public Utilities.
- Verizon New Jersey, N.J. American & Elizabethtown Water Company, Thames Water Holdings Incorporated and RWE in merger approvals, including filing and prosecuting applications before the Board of Public Utilities.
Also of Interest
- February 8, 2019 Wilentz Lawyers to Present at NJICLE 2019 Redevelopment Law Institute
- August 15, 2018 Best Lawyers Recognizes 34 Wilentz Lawyers
- May 4, 2018 Wilentz Lawyers and Practices Earn Top Rankings from Chambers USA 2018
- March 29, 2018 44 Wilentz Attorneys Named to New Jersey Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Rising Stars Lists