Cecilia I. Lassiter, Co-Chair of the Sills Cummis & Gross State and Local Tax + Incentives Practice, focuses on state and local public incentives and real estate matters, with a particular emphasis on redevelopment, zoning and land use. Ms. Lassiter has extensive experience in redevelopment matters, including the designation of areas in need of redevelopment or areas in need of rehabilitation, and the negotiation and preparation of complex redevelopment agreements, purchase and sale agreements, easements, licenses, lease agreements and occupancy agreements. Ms. Lassiter has worked on several large-scale mixed use redevelopment projects throughout the State of New Jersey, including Teachers Village in Newark, ON3 Campus – the 118-acre former Hoffmann-LaRoche site located in Nutley and Clifton, and the 89-acre parcel known as Parcel B in the now-closed Fort Monmouth military base. Ms. Lassiter has extensive experience in the Grow NJ Program and its successor the Emerge Program, and has been successful in obtaining several multi-million dollar tax credits awards for clients in both programs. In addition, she has experience in the Economic Redevelopment and Growth Grant Program, Long Term Tax Exemptions and Redevelopment Area Bonds.
Ms. Lassiter currently serves on the Rutgers Center for Real Estate – Advisory Council, the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for University Hospital, the Board of Directors of the Commercial Real Estate Women of New Jersey, where she is President, the Advisory Board of the Statewide Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of New Jersey and the Board of Directors of The Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges.