For over 30 years, Jim Greenfield has represented private, nonprofit and public clients on a wide variety of real estate transactions and land use proceedings. Jim has particular expertise and experience with large, complex public infrastructure projects and is a well-recognized authority in crafting creative natural resource conservation transactions. He helps public, private and nonprofit clients with: real estate and development transactions; land transactions with or on behalf of public agencies by negotiation or eminent domain (including public relocation assistance for businesses and residences); and land use matters and administrative proceedings. Jim also has substantial experience with historic preservation and landmark designation, telecommunications, municipal law, government relations and sports law.
Jim's clients include: 4Culture (Cultural Development Authority of King County), Alaska Airlines, Inc., American President Lines, City of Burien, National Basketball Association, PATH, Sound Transit, Seattle Theater Group and University of Washington.
Commercial Real Estate Transactions
Public art design and development agreement
Represented major New York developer in the successful contract negotiation with Heatherwick Studios for the design of a major, large-scale public artwork for Hudson Yards, a $15 billion commercial and residential development on the West Side of Manhattan.
Ground lease and facility financing for ProCure Treatment Center
Local counsel for development and financing of $234 million proton therapy facility.
Office lease for Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)
43,000 square foot office lease in the District of Columbia.
Transferable development rights for Seattle Theater Group
Sale of transferable development rights in downtown Seattle from Paramount Theater.
Portfolio acquisition for Emeritus Corporation
$140 million acquisition financing of 24 assisted living properties. Read more
Government Real Estate Transactions
Public Private Partnership for Redevelopment of Burien Town Square
Work-out and reconveyance of developer’s interest in City-Developer agreement for the redevelopment of property for the City of Burien, Washington.
Marine Terminal Lease for American President Lines
Negotiated termination of long term marine terminal lease at Terminal 5 and new marine terminal sublease at Terminal 18.
Municipal lease/leaseback for Wallace Properties
Municipal lease/leaseback development under RCW 35.42 with the City of Snoqualmie, Washington of a community center.
SeaTac Airport Terminal public private partnership
Development and implementation of a public private partnership between Alaska Airlines and the Port of Seattle for the redevelopment of the North Satellite Terminal and other improvements at Sea-Tac Airport.
Restaurant lease for University of Washington
Lease of 3,000 square feet of retail restaurant facilities (Agua Verde).
Data center lease for University of Washington
Lease of 6,500 square feet of data center facilities.
Office sublease for 4Culture
Office sublease with King County with significant 'public works' tenant improvements.
Relocation and sale for StockPot/Campbell Soup Company
Agreement providing $25.5 million for the relocation and sale, in lieu of condemnation, of StockPot Soup's 100,000 square foot Culinary Campus by King County for the Brightwater sewage treatment facility.
Laboratory lease for University of Washington
Lease of 27,000 square feet of laboratory facilities (Global Health).
Acquisition of railroad property for Sound Transit
Acquisition of $260 million railroad use easements and $32 million railroad right of way from BNSF.
Public private partnership for Sound Transit
Public private partnership with City of Redmond and Microsoft for joint use and development of Overlake Transit Center.
Public private partnership for King County Library System
'63-20' financing of regional library services facility with $22.85 million tax-exempt lease revenue bonds.
Natural Resource Conservation Transactions
Sale of conservation easement and transferable development rights for Central Puget Sound Council of Camp Fire
Sale of 100 acre conservation easement and associated transferable development rights on Camp Sealth to King County, Washington.
Conservation development for Port Blakely Tree Farm
Sale of property to King County in complex transaction associated with sale of conservation easement and reservation for conservation development (Treemont).
Sale of conservation easement and transferable development rights for Port Blakely Tree Farms
Sale of conservation easement and associated transferable development rights to King County (Ames Lake).
Conservation development for Uplands Reserve LLC
Creation of King County demonstration conservation project and sale of conservation easement to King County (Uplands Reserve).
Land Use Proceedings
Rezone for StockPot/Campbell Soup
Successful opposition before City of Everett planning commission to proposal to rezone industrial land to mixed commercial/residential.
Landmark designation for Central Puget Sound Council of Camp Fire
Successfully defended Camp Fire against neighbors' proposed landmark designation of former Camp Fire headquarters property. Landmark designation would have prevented redevelopment of property and blocked pending sale.
Tree protection for residents
Successful opposition to residential building permit before City of Medina hearing examiner to assure protection of client/neighbor's trees.
Essential public facilities for Sound Transit
Successful appeal to Growth Management Hearings Board of City of Tukwila development regulations precluding siting of Sound Transit Link Light Rail route.
Successful opposition on behalf of floating home moorage tenants before Seattle Hearing Examiner to moorage fee increases under Seattle floating home ordinance.
Noise for King County Jet Center and Classic Helicopter
Successful defenses before King County Hearing Examiner of building permits for new terminals at King County Airport against citizen opponents.
Preliminary plat for Uplands Reserve
Preliminary plat approval before KC Hearing Examiner.