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September 18, 2007
 
 


LandAm

LEASING IS
IN THE AIR

Herb Miller plans to spend $250M making Georgetown Park a revolutionary new mall. He has street cred: He created Potomac Mills, Washington Harbour, and Gallery Place. Come meet Herb, our speaker at the next Bisnow Breakfast & Schmooze, City Club, Sept. 24. Presented by strategy and design firm OPX, and parking and transportation engineers Desman Associates. Sign up!

Must be a big deal building if B.F. Saul prez Frank Saul III, second from right, is on hand. We came for lunch last week with 100 brokers to see Park Place II—or at least the cranes in the distance bringing it out of the ground for delivery in 12 months. The 11-story, 312k SF spec trophy on Jones Branch in Tysons, was designed by Leo Daly and sits near landmarks Freddie Mac and Gannett. Also hosting, on far left and right, were Cushman leasing kings Brian McVay and Moe Hamilton, and BF Saul director of leasing, Steve Corey.

Cassidy’s Spencer Stouffer, CBRE’s Dominic Orfitelli, Cassidy’s Tom Cresce, and Studley’s Mark Roberts at the luncheon on 11th floor of Park Place I, which boasts views of the National Cathedral and Washington Monument. PP II will have similar vistas and, we’re told, be within 3 miles of 30 restaurants. Are food and golf all brokers think about?

Is this “marketing outside the box” or “inside the box”? Legos, a prism, an orange Motorola cell phone?! JBG managing directors John Schlichting and Brian Fitzgerald show their campaign for proposed Richard Rogers–designed building: 1201 K Street. In May, special packages went out each Tuesday and Thursday to 100 top area brokers who handle tenant leases over 200,000 SF. The result? “Loads of buzz.” But they’re still on the hunt: The perfect tenant can’t be just anyone. It will be a very high-end building.

We visited John and Brian in JBG’s Chevy Chase headquarters. John spent time in Martha’s Vineyard this summer, and Brian a good bit in Annapolis. Now they have to dress up again.

Margaritaville! Architecture Inc.’s “Buzz” Droory, Washington Group Sales’ Debby Allen, Pritchard Industries’ Nancy Payne, Arch Inc’s Chris Comeau and Katherine Drews, Himes Associates’ Erin Bartlette, and FERC’s Mark Robinson last week at Architecture Inc.’s annual margarita party. Guests also drank Coronas, ate 7-layer dip, and broke out in Jimmy Buffett song.

Women in the Johns Hopkins Masters in Real Estate program networked last week at the Mortgage Bankers Association “Art, Wine, and Women” night at the Arlington Arts Center. From left: Commerce Bank’s Patricia Kurimay, Ballard Spahr’s Filicia Davenport and Cynthia Hajost, and CAE’s Jean Rosen. Doesn’t going to school look like fun?

Gathering on Thursday to open the doors of the new Military Advanced Training Center at Walter Reed, were: Ellerbe Becket’s Tom Anglim, Turner’s Dearl Tate, MATC’s Maj. David Rozelle, Turner GM Chris Jahrling, and Army Corps of Engineers’ Elihu Hirsch. Soldiers recovering from amputations will have access to a state-of-the-art “gait” lab, a VR-simulator room, and one of only three ceiling-mounted walking/running track harnesses in the world.


 

 


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