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David Cincotta specializes in obtaining land use entitlements for large commercial, mixed-use and residential developments in San Francisco and throughout Northern California. His practice focuses on land use, zoning and environmental law, and includes real estate transactions, real estate financing and historic preservation law. He is experienced in negotiating and documenting purchases, sales, commercial leases and financing of land and buildings for both commercial and residential projects. His clients include publicly owned corporations, real estate investment trusts, individuals, small firms and foundations with a concentration on real estate developers and property owners.

Representative Experience
  • Represented client in obtaining approvals that cleared the way for the development of a $500 million project on 20 acres of brownfield in the Bay Area, near the San Francisco/Brisbane border. The complex deal involved settling a lawsuit, indemnifying parties from claims of future environmental liability, obtaining fixed cost contracts for remediation and securing environmental liability insurance. The way is clear for the development of 1,250 housing units (with 25% set aside as affordable); 100,000 square feet of retail, including a supermarket; and 3 parks. The client also plans to convert the existing historic Schlage Lock Co. office building, which is currently boarded up, into community space and offices.
  • Represented Fifth Church of Christ Scientist in the joint venture development with a private developer for the partial preservation of its existing structure, construction of a new facility, and 176 units of housing on the existing church site in San Francisco.
  • Represented Forest City Development and Westfield in obtaining approvals for the construction of a 1.5 million square foot retail and entertainment complex in San Francisco, part of the Westfield San Francisco Centre. The project included the historic preservation of the dome and facade of the former Emporium building, expansion of a Redevelopment Project Area and extensive negotiations with the City and County of San Francisco.
  • Represented the Martin Group and AMC Movie Theaters in obtaining approvals for the creation of a mixed-use complex of 14 theaters, 50 condominium dwellings, retail space and a 450-space parking garage, including the rehabilitation of the Historic Landmark Don Lee Showroom building in San Francisco.
  • Served as Deputy Director of Housing and Community Development under Mayors Alioto, Moscone, and Feinstein, and was responsible for developing housing policy issues and disbursing Federal, State and local housing funds.

J.D., Lincoln University School of Law, 1979

B.A., Fordham University Economics, 1970

Bar Admissions State Bar of California
Federal District Court

Bar Association of San Francisco

American Bar Association