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April 4, 2008

Next Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze:  Louis Dreyfus Property President Jeff Sussman and DC Head Bob Braunohler. Apr. 16 at BLT Steak. Come hear about their amazing Lafayette Tower and other new projects. Special thanks to Tishman Construction, Gilbert Randolph and WorkSpaces LLC. Sign up!


The real estate crowd is so brave, even the drizzle last night didn't stop them from their appointed rounds. First on the agenda, ringing in DLA's glamorous new digs at 500 8th Street, designed by Lehman Smith MacLeish. DLA moved into its 200k SF space in October and even has a cool separate street entrance with impressive awning just like an expensive restaurant.


DLA Piper chairman George Mitchell (right) with Scott Frankel of CB Richard Ellis. Major League Baseball's steroid guru (and, lest we forget, former Senate Majority Leader) tells us he's finally getting back to practicing law at DLA's New York office now that his report has wrapped. Despite moving up the coast, he remains loyal to the Nats, though he was unable to attend the season opener Sunday. He says he used to go to Senators games at Griffith Stadium regularly "just a few years ago." The stadium closed in 1961.   

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DC co-Managing Partner Ann Ford with the guys who made the move happen: DLA real estate practice chair Jay Epstien and Ray Ritchey of Boston Properties, which owns the building. Ann waxed idyllic about her third-floor view: "My office overlooks Hotel Monaco—I pretend I'm in Paris." The office features one conference room fitted almost exclusively with materials that are organic, biodegradable, or recycled. But is it edible?


Last night at the Westin, 100 members of the "Real Estate Group" (they must have come up with their name by committee) heard J Street's Bruce Baschuk talk about buying Randall Hagner. They schmoozed, ate, and had their pictures taken. Sitting: Clark Construction's Nate Martin, Hickok Cole's Rhea Vaflor, Gould Property's Amanda Benton, PN Hoffman's Susan Donkers. Standing:  Omni Development's Mathew Willse, and Hickok Cole's Rob Holzbach and Gavin Daniels.


Also last night, we went to the NFL Players Gala "pre-party" (the big party's tonight at the Hilton) hosted by BLT Steak on their rooftop (did you know they had one?).  On the left, superstar Tampa running back Warrick Dunn. On the right, which real estate guy who basically lives at BLT (his company owns the building) and makes too many appearances in this publication?  Click here to find out! (Or don't click if you're afraid to know!)


Wednesday night we helped celebrate the re-opening of the historic St. Regis Washington.  (We'll basically celebrate anything for food.) Built in 1926, it closed in September '06 for a 16-month restoration which included all public spaces and 175 guestrooms. Here we snapped hotel GM Laura Schofield with Washington Convention and Tourism Corporation's Elliott Ferguson and CEO Bill Hanbury toasting what Laura calls "a cherished landmark's second term." 


The design team for the hotel (and the St. Regis in NYC), James Huniford and Stephen Sills of NYC's Sills Huniford.  The duo's worked for the Rockefeller family, Tina Turner, Vera Wang, and the Bisnow family.  (We might have made the last one up.)    


Our friend Richard Hollander, who heads SIOR (a big fancy international brokers society) sent us this pic from last month's "MIPIM" conference (time to bring in the marketing consultants for better acronyms) in Cannes. This year there were over 30,000 developers, brokers, and capital markets players from all over the world in attendance to get tax deductible sunshine.


MarcParc CFO Tufan Obuz will go to any length to promote his parking facilities: The former member of the Turkish National Skydiving Team, and winner of the national skydiving championship in '89, says his next objective is to put their flag on the moon. 

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