Welcome to Mitchell L. Fischman Consulting LLC (“MLF Consulting”)
MLF Consulting LLC is a premier consulting group specializing in assisting clients in the permitting process under Boston’s zoning for Article 80 Large and Small Project Reviews, Institutional Master Plan (IMP) completions, and all permitting tasks needed for a Boston Inspectional Services Department Building Permit. Mitch Fischman, who leads the group, has over 45 years of experience in the Boston area in the field of planning, environmental consulting and real estate development in the public and private sectors. SERVICES
MLF Consulting is assisting clients on several Large Project Reviews for mixed-use, hospitality, and multi-family residential developments. These include 200 & 267 Old Colony Avenue (South Boston), 282-308 Bremen Street (East Boston), 178-197 Gardner Street and 11-26 Heron Street (West Roxbury), 150 Tremont Street (Brighton), 780 American Legion Highway (Roslindale), 280-290 Warren Street (Roxbury), and 150 Kneeland Street (Leather District). TESTIMONIALS
Among the projects and institutional master plans, successfully completed over the last several years, was a new IMP for Northeastern University, permitting the University’s new science and engineering complex and permitting the East Village student residence on St. Botolph Street for 720 Northeastern University beds in Boston’s Fenway neighborhood. MLF Consulting also successfully permitted a new boutique hotel along Dorchester Avenue in South Boston. PORTFOLIO
With the City of Boston development permit changes under Mayor Walsh’s administration in the areas of project public benefits, sustainability, transportation, infrastructure, and affordable housing requirements, MLF Consulting continues to focus on new ways for its clients to better navigate the challenges of Boston permitting.
"When we purchased the previously approved but stalled development project at 99 Tremont Street in Brighton’s Oak Square neighborhood, there were a number of project changes that needed to be resubmitted to gain final BRA permitting approval. As the project approvals no longer met code requirements after many years of no development activity, we needed to essentially re-permit the project through the Article 80 “Notice of Project Change” process. MLF Consulting was vital in this effort by assisting us assemble a First-Rate team that had worked closely with the Brighton community, and successfully directed all aspects of the permitting for this condominium project thru securing final building permit. The project is now occupied and the units 100% sold. We are using MLF Consulting again on the permitting effort for an adjacent project because they are thorough in their permitting strategy and understand how to successfully secure approvals and permits in Boston."
"I was able to permit 320 Summer Street in the Fort Point Channel by using MLF Consulting to meet my deadline with a major client who was relocating from a Boston suburb to Fort Point Channel. Mitch Fischman met my deadline by helping to secure the necessary project permits so construction could commence within 5-1/2 months which included reviews by the local historic district commission, BRA design review, and the Boston Public Improvements Commission. He was terrific."
Senior Vice President, Lincoln Property Company
"Mitch helped us to get a 720 student bed dormitory permitted 2012 next to the Northeastern University campus. The permitting process extended over a year to complete as reviews took place at both he city and state levels with challenges to relocate the existing use as well as to secure approvals from the BRA under the Large Project Review and the Institutional Master Plan amendment processes. Mitch skillfully ran this process for a complex project team that included a private developer, the YMCA and Northeastern University. We were very pleased with the outcome and Mitch is now completing our next 10-year Institutional Master Plan for the University."
Ralph Martin II
Senior Vice President and General Counsel, Northeastern University
"MLF Consulting was successful in getting our multi-family residential development in West Roxbury permitted by the BRA/BPDA and the Boston Parks Commission within six months. At project commencement, MLF Consulting identified a schedule for the permitting which has been followed and the aggressive timeline proposed has been met. Work was undertaken to secure permits needed for final building permit, which was being overseen by MLF Consulting, and the building at 1235 VFW Parkway has been successfully occupied. I am using MLF Consulting again on the permitting for an adjacent multi-family development."
"MLF Consulting helped navigate the Article 80 Large Project Review Process through the BPDA, by organizing a large team of consultants, and by setting and keeping an aggressive schedule. Mitch Fischman was an important part of a large team that worked on securing permits for 200 Old Colony Avenue for a mixed-use development in the South Boston neighborhood."
"We have recently finished working with MLF Consulting on our second project at 1970 Dorchester Avenue in the Dorchester neighborhood requiring Article 80 approval for a new multi-family residential development. On our prior project in Roxbury, MLF Consulting was able to file a Small Project Review Application (SPRA) with the BPDA within 30-days and BPDA approval occurred within 2-1/2 months of the SPRA filing. MLF Consulting worked well with our team and closely worked with the BPDA project management staff to secure our approval."
Tim Long Associates
"I have known the principal of MLF Consulting, Mitch Fischman, for several years, and am pleased that I was able to use him for the permitting of 1550 Soldiers Field Road and 21 Soldiers Field Place in Brighton. This was a complicated development with difficult permitting as the inclusionary housing was permitted offsite on a nearby property. MLF Consulting was successful in getting us to a point of BPDA/BRA approval within 9 months. The project is now under construction, and would very much like to use MLF Consulting again if we develop another property in Boston."
Dinosaur Capital Partners LLC
"We worked with MLF Consulting on an Article 80 large project review filing for a new multi-family residential development at 3200 Washington Street in the Jamaica Plain neighborhood, This project also required the permitting and selection by the City’s Department of Neighborhood Development on a building for additional affordable housing at 31 Montebello Road.. Mitch Fischman helped us assemble the permitting team, navigate thru the Boston Civic Design Commission review process and to secure our BPDA approvals within 6-months for the new development. MLF Consulting worked well with our team and closely worked with the BPDA project management staff to secure our approvals."
Principal, Arborway Management
"Madison Park Development Corporation has worked with MLF Consulting on several Article 80 large project review filings for new and renovated multi-family residential developments in the Roxbury neighborhood. MLF Consulting helped us assemble the permitting team, navigate through the Boston Civic Design Commission review process and to quickly secure our BPDA approvals. Mitch Fischman worked well with our team and closely worked with the BPDA project management staff to secure these approvals and we will expect to work with MLF Consulting again on a current project."
Vice President of Real Estate, Madison Park Development Corporation
"We were able to secure BPDA/BRA permits within six months for 11-26 Heron Street, a two-building, multi-family residential development in West Roxbury, with the project expecting to commence construction by the end of 2019. We have confidence in MLF Consulting and the team they assembled to get us thru the entire permitting process before securing building permits from the Boston Inspectional Services Department. I am hoping to use their services again on another nearby project in West Roxbury."
Onsite Builders Development
"The Cincotta Company retained MLF Consulting to secure our Article 80 approval for our new hotel at 248 Dorchester Avenue in the South Boston. MLF Consulting worked well with our team, organized and spearheaded the process, and worked closely with the BPDA senior staff and the Executive Director of the Boston Civic Design Commission to secure our needed BPDA approvals within six months. I can confidently recommend MLF Consulting to other developers."
President, The Cincotta Company
"MLF Consulting helped us secure BPDA Article 80 permits for a multi-family residential development at 20 West 5th Street in the South Boston neighborhood that required complicated vehicular access and massing conforming to new zoning being considered for South Boston’s Dorchester Avenue “corridor:. MLF Consulting managed all aspects of the permitting process that led to BPDA Board approval within seven months."