Unfamiliar Terrain is an informative source covering the complex issues relating to Bay Area land use.

If you stop to look at the Bay Area’s most celebrated buildings and public spaces, there’s a good chance you’re seeing a project that Coblentz’s California land use attorneys and real estate lawyers helped bring to life. With our 125 year history serving the Bay Area, we have built a reputation as the “go to” firm in California for both high profile projects as well as nuts-and-bolts real estate counsel.

In fact, it is our comprehensive approach to real estate that really differentiates Coblentz. Nowhere else will you find land use attorneys who are also great real estate counsel or seasoned real estate lawyers who also do great public-private partnership work. This crossover of talent and expertise ensures that every land use decision is creative, thoughtful, and shaped by the “next step”—the monetization of the client’s asset.

Our award-winning projects include:

SF_49ersLevi’s® Stadium

Coblentz counseled the San Francisco 49ers organization to secure entitlements, lease rights, and financing for the new 68,000-seat Levi’s® Stadium in Santa Clara, California, assisting in the complex structuring of the deal, securing of land use and other entitlements, the negotiation and drafting of the disposition and development agreement, the stadium lease, certain construction-related agreements, and more. Levi’s® Stadium is the first new professional football stadium constructed in California in 50 years, largely without public financing, and was host to Super Bowl 50 in 2016.

CPMC1_1California Pacific Medical Center

Coblentz is counsel to Sutter-affiliated California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) for its $2.5 billion Long Range Development Plan. The project includes two new hospitals at the existing St. Luke’s and new Cathedral Hill Campuses, and three new medical buildings in CPMC’s five-campus system – one of the largest rebuild projects in San Francisco’s history. Coblentz also advised CPMC in connection with its obtaining approvals from Caltrans to construct a pedestrian tunnel under Van Ness Avenue (US Highway 101).

ff_exploratorium_360The Exploratorium

Coblentz was lead counsel on all aspects of the development, leasing, subleasing and financing of the Exploratorium, the internationally renowned museum of science, art, and human perception. The Exploratorium opened its doors in 2013 to its new nine-acre, 230,000 square foot waterfront campus on the Embarcadero, uniting the Exploratorium’s educational activities under one roof on Pier 15, and offering significant expansion room on Pier 17. The firm handled the combined challenges of entitling this project on the San Francisco waterfront, which included the coordination of the environmental review and approval of more than nine agencies, the negotiation of the 66-year ground lease with the San Francisco Port Authority and several related parking and easement rights, and the structuring of the project’s construction financing. The project achieved global recognition as a winner of the 2014 Urban Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence.


Learn more about our additional real estate practices, including leasing, finance, joint venture, conservation, and purchases and sales at www.coblentzlaw.com.