Core Values in Action

"From a young age my grandfather told me, 'give 'em hell, man,' and it's something I've never forgotten. What he meant is that you have to work hard, understand your goals and do your best to succeed.  And, that’s how I approach each of my client’s objectives.

Mitch Carrel is a Partner in the Real Estate Practice Group.

His practice focuses on representing public and private companies, land owners, developers and investors and helping them secure land use and zoning approvals, public incentives, local regulatory and siting approvals, as well as performing zoning due diligence. Among Mitch's projects, he has helped obtain approvals for the siting of wireless communications facilities and written about the process from siting to completion. He also represents clients before local plan commissions, zoning boards and city councils. 

Before joining Freeborn, Mitch was a shareholder and led the Land Use Group at Vedder Price PC in Chicago.

As a member of the both the Food and Transportation Teams, Mitch helps companies in these industries secure land use and zoning approvals, public incentives, and local regulatory and siting approvals.

 

Representative Matters

  • Secured Chicago City Council approvals to allow a data center owner (a non-telecommunications retailer or provider) to place multiple fiber conduit paths beneath public streets and rights-of-way, strategically and efficiently enabling building tenants’ turnkey access to their preferred network providers.
  • Collaborated and negotiated with Chicago city government to draft and develop the first data center conduit path use agreement, allowing private infrastructure under Chicago’s public ways.
  • Obtained Chicago City Council approvals to allow a developer of underground conduits to locate an underground fiber conduit path beneath Chicago’s Busway Project.
  • Represented a food-related company in connection with a drive-through coffee facility on Chicago's north side.
  • Numerous approvals for shopping center renovations and additions in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
  • Advice and counsel regarding Chicago’s shared housing ordinance.
  • Collaborated with the city of Chicago government to amend the Chicago Zoning Ordinance, creating the zoning category that permits data centers to operate.
  • Obtained numerous entitlement approvals including planned development and Lake Michigan and Chicago Lakefront Protection Ordinance approvals, plus financial incentives, to redevelop 350 East Cermak Road into Chicago’s first carrier hotel/data center.  This 1.1 million square foot facility is one of the largest multi-tenant data centers in the U.S.
  • Land use and zoning approvals for a 53-story, mixed-use, high-rise building in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
  • Land use and related approvals for a 40-story mixed use, office, retail and residential building on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
  • Oversight of zoning, entitlements, and street vacation matters to ensure rail operations were not impeded or negatively impacted, as part of a sale of air rights over existing rail operations, allowing for a 750-foot tall office building to be constructed in downtown Chicago.
  • Land use, street vacations and related approvals for numerous market rate and affordable senior housing developments including assisted living facilities, supportive living facilities, and memory care facilities in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs. 
  • Land use and zoning due diligence in connection with the acquisition of an approximately $112 million 27-story, Class A mixed-use office building in Chicago’s Central Business District.
  • Land use and related diligence to assist a joint venture partner in connection with proposals for a 2,000-foot tall, $1.5 billion project in Chicago’s Streeterville neighborhood.
  • Land use and related approvals for a youth sports academy sponsored by two major Chicago sports team in the Chicago suburbs.
  • Conduit Path and Facility Use Agreement with the City of Chicago for a data center project.
  • Land use and public way waivers and approvals for high rise, mixed use projects on Chicago’s Magnificent Mile.
  • Land use approvals for an approximately 400,000 square foot manufacturing facility in the western suburbs of Chicago.
  • Land use, public way and related approvals for numerous hospital expansions in Chicago.
  • Public way approvals for numerous high rise buildings in downtown Chicago.
  • Land use, zoning and public way approvals for shopping center expansion projects in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
  • Land use and related approvals for numerous grocery store projects in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
  • Land use and related approvals for numerous branch banks in Chicago and the Chicago suburbs.
  • Represented a food-related company in connection with a drive-through coffee facility on Chicago's north side.
Honors & Awards: 
  • Chambers-USA Guide to America's Leading Lawyers for Business - Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use - 2019 (cited in multiple years, 2013-2019)

  • Leading Lawyers Magazine - Top 10 Land Use & Zoning Lawyers in Illinois - 2016-2019

  • Leading Lawyers Magazine - Top 100 Real Estate Related Lawyers in Illinois – 2016; 2019

  • Leading Lawyers Magazine - Land Use, Zoning & Condemnation Law; Real Estate Law: Commercial - 2019 (cited in multiple years)

  • Super Lawyers - 2014 (cited in multiple years)

  • Illinois Leading Lawyers - 2019 (cited in multiple years)

  • Co-inventor of three technology patents

Professional Activities: 
  • Member, The Magnificent Mile Association's Project Review Committee (formerly the Greater North Michigan Avenue Association)

  • Member of the Board of Directors and Treasurer, Ely Chapter, Lambda Alpha International, an honorary land economics society (former VP Membership Committee and VP Communications Committee and At-Large Board Member)

  • Co-Founder, Chairman, Member of the Board of Directors and former CEO of Proxfinity, an award winning data and technology company

  • American Bar Association, Section of State and Local Government Law (former Vice-Chair/Membership Outreach of the Land Use Planning & Zoning Committee; former Co-Chair of the Telecommunications & Land Use Planning Subcommittee)

Publications: 
  • “Illinois Land Use Issues in Real Estate Transactions,”15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute, Volume Two, 2013. (Chapter 23).  
  • "Amended Affordable Housing Regulations."
  • "Alice in Towerland: Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions on Cellular Telecommunications Facilities," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Disguised as a Tree: Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions on Cellular Telecommunications Facilities," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Tell Me What You Really Think: Judicial Review of Land Use Decisions on Cellular Telecommunications Facilities," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Delaney’s Semi-Scientific Test & Other Adventures in Cellular Networks & Land Use Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Sprouting Towers: Resolving the Struggle Between Cellular Towers and Nature Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Attention Owners and Operators of Surface Parking Lots."
  • "Patchwork Quilts, Bumblebees and Scales: Cellular Networks and Land Use Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Twin Towers: The Developing Split in Interpretations of Facility Siting Law Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Railroad Tracks by Walden Pond: The Ongoing Struggle Between Towers & Providers Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
  • "Hot Topics in Land Use Law" (Chapter 5).
  • "Tower of Babble: The Continuing Struggle Over Wireless Siting Issues Under the Telecommunications Act," The Urban Lawyer.
Speaking Engagements: 
  • Moderator, “Data Center Site Selection:  “Cost of Land and Power, Economic Incentives and More,” Bisnow’s Second Annual Data Center Investment Conference & Expo Midwest (August 2018).
  • Moderator, “Chicago’s Hottest Submarkets:  Hotbeds of Development and Suburban Demand,” (Panel Discussion) Bisnow Event (April 2018).
  • Interview, Tasty Trade’s, Bootstrapping in America (March 2018)
  • Moderator, Data Center Site Selection: Big Picture Strategy, Cost of Land & Power, Economic Incentive and Beyond," Bisnow's Data Center Conference and Expo Midwest (August 2017).
  • Moderator, "Development Trends and Projects" (Panel Discussion), BISNOW Development and Construction Event (August 2016).
  • Moderator, "State of the Illinois Incubation Movement" (Panel Discussion), Illinois Incubator Conference, (June 2016).
  • Co-presenter, “Credits and Incentives for Manufacturers and Distributors,” 2014 Manufacturing & Distribution Executive Summit (November 2014).
  • Faculty presenter, “Land Use Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” Practising Law Institute’s 15th Annual Commercial Real Estate Institute (October 2013).
  • Co-presenter, "Future-izing Your Food Facility: Factors, Forces and Financing," webinar (October 2012).

Education

J.D., Michigan State University College of Law, cum laude
B.S., Miami University

State Bar Admissions

  • Illinois

Federal Bar Admissions

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
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