Charles C. Carrington


Summary of Qualifications

Charles Carrington has focused his twenty-two year legal practice in all aspects of real estate transactions, finance and development, including hotel, retail, multi-family, office, industrial, warehouse/distribution and residential projects.  Entrepreneurial approach with emphasis upon identifying ways to “enlarge the pie” for the benefit of client and, selectively and in a well-timed manner, parties across the table.  Unexpected upside for clients and other participants beyond achieving their stated objectives has served to overcome impasses in difficult negotiations.  Well documented track record of projects/land use initiatives and effective negotiations in which this style successfully added value and/or achieved cost savings on behalf of clients.  References and other materials regarding these initiatives are available upon request.

Areas of Experience

Traditional real estate practice:
  • Sales and acquisitions of hotel, retail, multi-family, industrial, warehouse/distribution and residential projects and related due diligence
  • Financing (representing either the borrower or the lender)
  • Project permits and approvals, including entitlements, transportation issues, impact fees, concurrency and other land use issues
  • Real estate documentation, including purchase contracts, closing documents, CC&Rs, easements, etc.
  • Management, leasing, construction and brokerage
Land use/development matters:
  • Developing strategies for new development proposals
  • Agreements (including public/private partnerships) for development and construction of smart growth projects, TODs and related transportation and other public infrastructure
  • Site and regulatory due diligence
  • Zoning matters
  • Obtaining entitlements
  • Processing comprehensive plan amendments to achieve consistency
  • Negotiation of economic development incentive packages with local governments (annexations, corporate relocations, etc.)
  • Resolving impediments under concurrency, adequate public facilities ordinances or LOS through development agreements, road agreements and other means
  • Establishing vested rights, including impact fee credits
  • Annexations
  • Associated environmental permitting matters
  • Other land use aspects including smart growth, new urbanism, TOD, sustainable communities, sector planning, urban service areas and environmentally sensitive development
  • For specific types of projects see Significant Representations
Transportation and public infrastructure projects:
  • Master Agreements for development and construction of mass transit systems (light rail, bus systems, transit stops, intermodal centers, TOD, etc.)
  • Multi-Party Agreements including Interlocal Agreements for roadway/transit projects and interchanges providing for the assemblage of necessary lands and easements, land swaps, access, entitlements and other land use matters, design, engineering and construction
  • Negotiation and drafting of public/private partnerships for transportation projects
  • Agreements integrating land use and transportation considerations to promote livability and transit-oriented development under recent joint U.S. DOT and HUD “Sustainable Communities Initiative”
  • Mass transit (light rail, intermodal centers, TOD, etc.)
  • Tax increment financing, MSTU and other funding mechanisms
Negotiation and drafting of public/private partnerships for smart growth projects and TODs:
  • Master Agreements with local governments for smart growth projects, sustainable communities and TODs including entitlements, packages of economic development incentives, land use aspects, CRA matters and local government funding devices.
  • Negotiation of economic development incentive packages with local governments (annexations, corporate relocations, etc.)
Development of Regional Impact (DRI) process:
  • Formulating strategies under the DRI law, including the aggregation rules
  • Negotiating provisions of Development Orders
  • Processing amendments (change determinations) for previously approved DRI's
  • Preliminary Development Agreements
  • Binding letters, including advising clients concerning changes to the project and processing clearance and "comfort" letters
Distressed Real Estate:
  • Transactions (distressed real estate and debt)
  • Real estate re-structuring (work-outs, modification agreements, deed-in-lieu agreements)
Significant Representations
  • Marbella DRI (tourist commercial project in west Orange County).
  • Interlocal Agreements relating to completion of interchanges.
  • Public/private partnership (right-of-way and airspace utilization) with county’s convention center on behalf of developer for proposed pedestrian oriented mixed-use project (DRI) over International Drive.
  • Festival Bay project (prospective purchaser owned other properties in close proximity to Festival Bay and proposed acquisition of this themed tourist commercial project presented DRI considerations under the aggregation rules).
  • Multi-Party Interlocal Agreements for major roadway/transit projects and exchange of parcels.
  • DRI in east Orange County in the vicinity of the environmentally sensitive, protected Econ. River.
  • Winter Springs Town Center (DRI matters involving this smart growth project in Central Florida).
  • Master Agreement for proposed intermodal center (park and ride parking garage, bus and light rail connections and accompanying private sector mixed-use development).
  • Real Property Exchange Agreements (land swap agreements).
  • Maitland Town Center (obtaining a binding letter from the Florida Department of Community Affairs on DRI aspects for this smart growth project).
  • State and federal funding aspects (intermodal center/TOD) serving the North I-Drive area.
  • Transportation Impact Agreements.
  • Interchange, highway and roadway beautification/streetscaping, including MSTUs, agreements with adjoining property owners, signing of private sector funding sources, etc.
  • Acquisition (due diligence) of office tower in downtown Orlando.
  • Local government funding devices and community redevelopment act matters.
  • Roadway Extension Agreements.
  • Public/private partnership providing for the funding and construction of parking garage, Central Florida.
  • Negotiation of public/private partnership for 4-lane boulevard in St. Lucie County, Florida.
  • Maitland Town Center ( right-of-way, easements, access, traffic calming and other issues relating to this proposed smart growth project bifurcating U.S. 17-92).
  • Agreements for conveyance of property for rights-of-way.
  • 566-acre land assemblage in west Orange County involving DRI, proposed road network, land use and real estate issues (the key parcel for the mixed-use development comprising the second village of Horizon West, a smart growth project).
  • Cooperation Agreements for roadways.
  • Development of new I-Drive mixed-use project (hotel, retail, restaurant) including DRI matters (binding letter) and rehabilitation of existing retail development located on portion of site.
  • Representation of owner of outlet mall, including DRI matters (binding letter) and other land use aspects of proposed redevelopment and expansion.
  • Acquisition and development of large convention-based hotel/mixed-use project.
  • Developer’s Agreements relating to Capacity Reservation.
  • Multi-Party Agreement for interchange on I-4 to connect International Drive to Palm Parkway and Apopka-Vineland Road.
  • Multi-Party Agreements (public/private partnerships) providing for assemblage of necessary lands and easements, land swaps, access, land use entitlements, design, engineering and construction (major road projects including Taft Vineland Extension and Palm Parkway).
  • Master Agreements (including public/private partnerships) with local governments for smart growth projects, transportation projects and TODs, including packages of economic development incentives.
  • Development and land use aspects of 50-acre mixed-use development, west Orange County, Florida (Town Center for initial villages of Horizon West).
  • Agreements regarding utilities.
  • Approvals for borrow pits and landfills, including a 50-acre landfill in west Orange County, Florida.
  • Annexation/Developer's Agreement and related land use and development matters concerning annexation of 50-acre urban area.
  • Legal counsel to owner's representative for Gaylord Palms projects in Florida and Texas.
  • Reciprocal Easement Agreements.
  • Master Agreement (public/private partnership) with Lynx for proposed light rail transit stop, accompanying private sector development (TOD) and related matters.
  • Acquisition, development and financing of two mid-sized hotel projects.
  • Representation of owner, manager and developer of portfolio of grocery anchored retail projects.
  • Various other value enhancement and/or cost saving initiatives involving entitlements, access, impact fees, off-site drainage, signage and similar matters.
Professional & Community Involvement
  • Member, NAIOP
  • Member, Central Florida Hotel Motel Association
  • Member, Orlando/Orange County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, The Florida Bar
Environmental and Land Use Law Section
Local Government Law Section
  • Member, Orange County Bar Association
Lectures, Publications & Distinctions
  • Frequent seminar speaker on land use law (typically, one seminar per year)
  •  “AV” rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • J.D., University of Florida Levin College of Law, 1986
  • B.S., University of Florida, 1982