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September 27, 2007



Word is ING closed yesterday on 2980 Fairview Park for $104-5M, brokered by Cushman: 333k SF office acquired in partial sale leaseback from Verizon. Hear they’re using Grubb & Ellis for property mgmt, JLL for leasing, and will rebrand as Class A multi-tenant.

As he sat on our guest stool this week at the City Club for our monthly Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze, we couldn’t help but think: Eh, who needed those stadium buildings, anyway? Herb Miller is so much better suited to Georgetown Park as his next big thing. He’s been thinking about that darn mall for 25 years. He lives in Georgetown, for Pete’s sake, and can swing by much quicker to oversee it. His middle name is Retail. And he loves doing things that are world-changing. If he does this one right, it will make not just a neighborhood, but a big bold statement to the world—that Washington is a place of fashion, and that urban malls can be 22nd Century showplaces.

Herb, second from right, with Akridge’s John Otto, Lewis Scully Gionet Architects’ Sunny Scully, and ProLogis’ Mark Levy. Mark tells us that ProLogis has just completed two buildings, 96,000 and 75,000 SF, taking Phase II of their Dulles Gateway project to over 300,000 SF. Phase III will include another 250,000 SF in four buildings. With three kids under the age of 8, he tells us he’s attending more pee-wee events than he can count.

Alpha-architect Shalom Baranes is bookended by Davis guys Mike Pittsman and Dennis Cotter. Davis just finished Columbia Center with Monument and is busy working on 1999 K with Vornado. Mike’s bigger fall fixation: Penn State football. He’s heading to Happy Valley to catch the Iowa game later this season. We’re trying to picture him with a face painted blue & white.

Why is it that everyone always tries to put wine glasses behind their back, but they proudly display their coffee cups? Super sponsor Steve Polo of OPX, left, runs a “total design firm” whose architects advise on integrating facilities, technology, and culture. Fellow caffeine fiends are Clark Construction’s Joe Turi, Reznick’s Bob Richard, and Asadoorian prez John Asadoorian.

Desman Associates’ Jerome Swantner, Tom Ouska, and Paul Kitsakos. This is the powerhouse parking structure firm creating the decks for the new stadium and National Harbour. They are also the parking peeps behind BWI and Reagan National.

Cushman’s David Dochter, Archstone’s Debbie Weinman, Popadop’s Tom Papadopoulos, and Mancini Duffy’s Tina Benedetti. We are happy to report that Tina is sling-free—you’ll recall that she dislocated her shoulder after the last Bisnow event.

A last word about Herb Miller: Where do people get the idea all he does is make money? He had a striking philosophical moment during his City Club talk: “I always wonder why it is that when people have less time in their life as they get older, they don’t make more of that time. That’s the time to reach out and make the world a better place than you found it. As we get older, we should get more open minded, not less.” Although he didn’t mention it, we happen to know the guy spends a couple hours every week tutoring minority kids in English and math on Columbia Road in DC’s For Love of Children program. But get started on the mall, Herb, so we can shop!


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