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Charles “Chuck” J. Harrington III



A trusted advisor to participants in Jersey City and Hudson County real estate development, Charles Harrington has a tremendous knowledge of land use and a stellar reputation for getting development and redevelopment projects off the ground. Developers rely on Chuck for his ability to successfully navigate the intricacies of city government, planning and zoning boards, redevelopment agencies and neighborhood associations in order to move their projects forward.

Chuck advises clients on complex land use, development and redevelopment, permitting and approvals, zoning changes, riparian and condemnation issues, transactional work, construction and acquisition financing, condominium formation and real property tax appeals. He is particularly effective at obtaining both short- and long-term tax abatements for his clients, as well as counseling them on opportunities for public and private financing and other incentive opportunities.

During his long career in real estate and land use, Chuck has completed more than 1,000 land use approvals and redevelopment applications, and obtained approvals for some of the preeminent development projects on the Jersey City waterfront and in New Jersey. He has served as land use counsel to a majority of the major developers of the Jersey City Gold Coast waterfront and represents numerous small to mid-size developers within Jersey City and neighboring municipalities. Chuck’s development approvals include projects ranging from two-family homes to major developments consisting of more than 5,000 residential units; affordable and workforce housing developments with related low-income housing tax credit funding; renovation and conversion of historic residential and commercial properties; and office and hotel developments.


Representative Land Use Approvals

Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

Chuck has obtained numerous planning board and zoning board approvals for developments along the Jersey City waterfront and the interior neighborhoods. The projects include the following:

  • The Portofino
  • Marbella I and II
  • Monaco I and II
  • Crystal Point
  • Urby
  • 70, 80 and 90 Columbus
  • The Art House
  • The Oakman
  • The Hamilton House
  • 100 Monitor Street - Morris Canal/Lafayette area
  • SciTech Scity
  • Marriott Residence Hotel
  • The Hyatt House
  • Lafayette Village
  • Montgomery Gardens
  • Catherine Todd Senior Housing
  • The Embankment
  • The Revetment
  • The Vito Lofts
  • Innovative developments incorporating arts/theater space, and public/private partnerships with a new public school


Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.

  • Hartz Mt. Industries, Inc., v. City of Jersey City, 22 N.J. Tax 84 (N.J. Tax 2004)
  • In re Estate of Tateo, 338 N.J. Super. 121 (App. Div. 2001)
  • Airo Die Casting, Inc. v. Westmoreland County Board of Assessment Appeals, 706 A.2d 1279 (Pa. Cmwlth. 1998)
  • Badische (BASF) Corp. v. Kearny Town, 17 N.J. Tax 594 (N.J. Super, App. Div. 1998)
  • Laneco Three, Inc. v. Franklin Tp. 17 N.J. Tax 233 (N.J. Tax 1998)
  • Jepson Refrigeration Corp. v. Trenton City, 16 N.J. Tax 457 (N.J. Super. Add. Div.1996)
  • Badische Corp. (BASF) v. Town of Kearny, 288 N.J. Super. 171 (App. Div. 1996)
  • Jepson Refrigeration Corp. v. Trenton City, 15 N.J. Tax 467 (N.J. Tax 1996)
  • Jepson Refrigeration Corp. v. City of Trenton, 295 N.J. Super. 294 (App. Div. 1996)
  • Coastal Eagle Point Oil Co. v. West Deptford Tp.,  15 N.J. Tax 190 (N.J. Super. App. Div. 1995)
  • Badische Corp. (BASF) v. Kearny Town, 14 N.J. Tax 219 (N.J. Tax 1994)


Professional and Community Affiliations

  • Second Vice Chairman, Christ Hospital Board of Trustees
  • Hudson County Bar Association
  • New Jersey Planners Organizations
  • New Jersey State Bar Association

News & Insights

Speaking Engagements


Chambers USA (2021-2023)

  • Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use - New Jersey

Best Lawyers in America (2022-2024)

  • Real Estate Law

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Practice Areas


Seton Hall University School of Law (J.D., 1991)

Boston College (B.A., Economics, 1988)


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