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April 1, 2008

Our great strategic partner LandAmerica has been named FORTUNE’S 2008 Most Admired Company in the mortgage services industry for the 2nd year in a row. Congrats, LandAm!


We told you the other day about JBG’s upcoming Central Place in Rosslyn. But always on the move, they’re also planning another dramatic office building three miles up Wilson, in neighboring Ballston: a 10 story Leed Gold tower, technically at 800 North Glebe. We like to see things for ourselves, so we met with the project team at the famous old (but now-vacant) Bob Peck auto dealership where the new tower will break ground first quarter ’09. 


Development leads Lisa Marier and Adam Peters are working on 800 North Glebe day and night…and have the renderings to prove it.  The new trophy building will stand at the intersection of N. Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard, one of the oldest and most central crossroads in Northern Virginia. It will sit on a peninsula-like piece of land that allows tenants to look both north and south on Glebe, down Vermont Avenue, and east and west on Wilson.    


Adam and Lisa with colleagues Brian Fitzgerald, Matt Blocher, and Jill Goubeaux. The 316k SF tower will have 28k SF of ground-level retail and is slated to deliver 1/1/11 (wow, that sounds far-off, but we guess it’s not).  Adjacent to 800 N. Glebe will stand 900 N. Glebe, land which JBG is selling to Virginia Tech for a research institute.  However, JBG will help develop the 144k SF building, including a cool coffee spot called Café Scientifique.


For our readers, we are stern taskmasters, and forced the JBGers to stand outside the Bob Peck dealership even in the cold drizzle for our photo. Because the future Cooper Carry-designed tower sits on a curved street, it will be designed to mimic the arc. It will also incorporate the Peck diamonds Ballston residents have been used to seeing since 1964 and carry the unique accordion-like ceiling into what they expect will be a signature restaurant with a noted local chef. (Until the new eatery opens, the developers have to content themselves with lunchtime pow-wows over lettuce wraps across the street at PF Chang’s.)


What is it with guys and their coffee?  We took refuge from the rain in Starbucks, but drank it in the adjoining Westin (which JBG built in ’04), in case you were wondering what Starbucks has a wine rack. 800 North Glebe and 900 North Glebe will be JBG’s fifth and sixth buildings in Ballston, after the Westin, the Continental Condominium, and Arlington Gateway and Regent office towers. JBG’s getting as ubiquitous there as Starbucks. 

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