David M. Gest has a wide-ranging real estate practice focused on zoning and land use matters. Mr. Gest has experience working with city planners, architects, landscape architects, and environmental and historic preservation consultants on major development projects. He has also worked with an array of city agencies and community groups throughout the zoning and historic preservation review processes.
Mr. Gest also has experience with many aspects of transactional real estate work, including complex due diligence review, property acquisition and disposition, construction agreements, eminent domain, and leasing of retail, office, and laboratory space.
Prior to becoming an attorney, Mr. Gest worked as a consultant for a leading historic preservation consulting firm in California. Mr. Gest also holds a Master of City Planning degree with a focus in community and economic development.
- Assisted developer in obtaining legislative and administrative approvals for a 700,000-square-foot mixed-use project with 480 dwelling units, three levels of structured parking, and 80,000 square feet of retail in Philadelphia
- Assisted national hotel company in obtaining Philadelphia Historical Commission approval for a controversial modification of the region’s most iconic and historically important building identification sign
- Assisted developer in obtaining significant use and dimensional zoning variance relief for a 132-unit mixed use project in the Spruce Hill section of Philadelphia
Pro Bono Experience
Mr. Gest serves as pro bono real estate counsel to the Mural Arts Program, which has spearheaded more than 3,800 murals around Philadelphia and was named by Forbes magazine as "the most influential mural arts organization in the world."