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July 18, 2022 / 2022 Power 25 Real Estate

2022 Power 25 Real Estate: Andrea Gomes

Andrea Gomes

Andrea Gomes is an attorney with law firm Hinckley Allen, practicing land-use, environmental and municipal law.

She holds a leadership position within the state’s commercial real estate industry by serving as president of CREW CT, a local chapter of an international organization dedicated to advancing women in commercial real estate.

A “dirt lawyer” at heart, Gomes works regularly with developers, property owners, and investors in obtaining municipal land-use approvals, ranging from special permits and site plans, to wetlands permits and variances, among other things. She also handles a variety of land use-related litigation, including prosecuting/defending land-use approvals, easement disputes, nuisance actions and eminent domain.

Her land-use team — led by Gomes’ colleague and mentor Tim Hollister — has a particular niche in affordable housing.

And multifamily development is where the action is, Gomes said, particularly with an affordability component.

“With rents rising everywhere, demand for diverse housing options is up, and the demand is outpacing the supply,” she recently told the Hartford Business Journal. “Where possible, developers are repurposing and building upon existing, often vacant or underutilized buildings. If these communities can be built near public transportation hubs, even better, as municipalities are emphasizing the need and desire for transit-oriented development.”

One of the most important deals Gomes said she has worked on recently is securing land-use approvals for the redevelopment of an outdated municipal housing authority property into a state-of-the-art, affordable residential community.

The applicants started working on the development in 2015 and it took several years of navigating the local land-use process, two successful appeals to the Superior Court, and then a lengthy post-approval process to get to the closing stage for the low-income housing tax credit financing.

“Land use literally takes a village,” said Gomes, who began practicing law in 2014.

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