We joined 900 others Friday who braved the mazelike parking structure of the Reagan Building (Seinfield, anyone?) for ULI‘s ‘Urban Marketplace.” Private developers and non-profits teamed with government agencies to promote revitalization ops in disadvantaged and emerging neighborhoods. 65 exhibitors, eight networking roundtables, and two keynotes.
Yep, Jim Abdo and Eric Price were everywhere last week (second from left and far right, respectively). Others, from left: Fairfield Residential’s Artie Harris, Keane Enterprises’ Brian Cullen, Horning Brothers’ David Roodberg, Bank of America’s Phyllis Caldwell, ONE-DC’s Dominic Moulden, and B of A’s Maryann Dillon. Jim gave the lunchtime keynote on his experience reestablishing urban corridors 14th Street and H Street, and his plans for a gateway to DC on Bladensburg Road. His vision is a moderate income community with rooftop pools, daycare, and 130,000 SF of retail, luring young families into the city with signs that say: “Get out of your carpool and into our pool!”
ULI’s Executive Committee members: Intrepid’s Ed Gosselin, Silverwood Companies’ Mark Silverwood, and Walker & Dunlop’s Elizabeth Conahan.
Famous Names. Foulger Pratt’s Brent Pratt and son Cameron flank Bozzuto EVP Toby Bozzuto at lunch, dining on Reagan Building Executive Chef Xavier DeShayes’ yummy lemon meringue tart. Who knew that the Reagan Building had an executive chef?
Ayers Saint Gross Architects’ Jason Wilcoxon, Will Jovel, Laura Borden, and Matt Poe gave away neat stuff at their booth like sustainable notebooks and pens with soy-based dye. Bisnow felt like a celebrity at the Oscars with all the free swag we scored, which we may put on e-Bay. Matt says ASG is heading up a revitalization of 16 blocks on Pratt Street in Baltimore and Gateway South, 1m SF of office space next to Ravens Stadium.
Clark women Jennifer Noah and Judy Wiesberg chat up guests on Clark projects like DC USA mall in Columbia Heights, complete with a Target and Best Buy. Most impressive is that they have been standing in heels since 6:30AM.
With us at the Tower Club Friday morning for a Steve Fuller economic and real estate forecast presented by Cardinal Bank were Perkins & Will’s Cathy Falwell, Steve F., Studley’s Tom Fulcher, Fairfax Chamber president Bill Lecos, and Cardinal Bank president Kevin Reynolds.
Others who joined us for the Cardinal Bank breakfast: Davis Construction’s Brian Cotter, consultant Liz Wainger, Smith Group’s Elaine Gray, Forrester Construction president David Forrester, and Calkain Companies president Jonathan Hipp.