Katherine Garrahan and Bob Cox write “Broader state authorization, municipal flexibility needed to help businesses survive” for Worcester Telegram

The Worcester Telegram has published “Broader state authorization, municipal flexibility needed to help businesses survive” by Katherine Garrahan and Bob Cox. Local businesses have been closing their doors due to the impacts of COVID-19. Restaurants and retail businesses have been hit the hardest since they are unable to adapt in the same ways that white-collar businesses can. Below is an excerpt from their article discussing some of the latest reopening news from Governor Baker.

We were heartened by this week’s issuance by Governor Baker of COVID-19 Order No. 35, including relief for seated food services, which allows cities and towns to administratively approve zoning related requests and amendments to existing decisions, and the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commission’s advisory to licensing authorities of cities and towns permitting streamlined review of layout plans for outdoor table service.

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Bob Cox
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Box Cox is an environmental lawyer with over 30 years of experience helping clients facing complex, technically challenging environmental compliance and enforcement actions throughout Massachusetts. Bob counsels primarily businesses, public utilities and municipal authorities in water, air, hazardous waste and solid waste matters before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and municipal regulatory boards. “I represent the regulated community,” Bob explains, “including owners, builders, developers, manufacturers, and schools and colleges, looking at potential high-cost compliance with government regulations. My clients turn to me because I’m practical and hands-on and because I’ve worked directly with the regulators, some often for many years.”

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Katherine Garrahan

Katherine Garrahan is a seasoned real estate lawyer focused on helping commercial, non-profit and institutional clients, primarily in MetroWest and Central Massachusetts, facing difficult land-use, zoning and permitting challenges. Kathy regularly provides creative, problem-solving counsel and representation to developers, owners of shopping centers and office buildings, banks, nonprofits and other clients, from mid-range to big corporate, in key areas of the real estate process, including:

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  • Land-use planning, zoning and permitting
  • Conveyancing, and
  • Leasing
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Bob Cox
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Robert D. Cox, Jr.

Box Cox is an environmental lawyer with over 30 years of experience helping clients facing complex, technically challenging environmental compliance and enforcement actions throughout Massachusetts. Bob counsels primarily businesses, public utilities and municipal authorities in water, air, hazardous waste and solid waste matters before the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Massachusetts Department of Environmental Protection and municipal regulatory boards. “I represent the regulated community,” Bob explains, “including owners, builders, developers, manufacturers, and schools and colleges, looking at potential high-cost compliance with government regulations. My clients turn to me because I’m practical and hands-on and because I’ve worked directly with the regulators, some often for many years.”

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Katherine Garrahan

Katherine Garrahan is a seasoned real estate lawyer focused on helping commercial, non-profit and institutional clients, primarily in MetroWest and Central Massachusetts, facing difficult land-use, zoning and permitting challenges. Kathy regularly provides creative, problem-solving counsel and representation to developers, owners of shopping centers and office buildings, banks, nonprofits and other clients, from mid-range to big corporate, in key areas of the real estate process, including:

  • Real estate development
  • Land-use planning, zoning and permitting
  • Conveyancing, and
  • Leasing
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