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September 29, 2008

A big shout-out to sponsor Grunley Construction. Check out its 1401 New York Ave project. With re-cladding, new glazing — the building remained occupied throughout the entire construction process. Grunley's amazing!


Former GW president Steve Trachtenberg came by our offices this morning (our staff is pretending to look industrious) to give us an update on the world. 


Steve's pretty excited that Square 54 is underway: He thinks it'll be a new gateway to GW, drawing people from all over DC to shopping and outdoor cafes. Moreover, he thinks the apartments on the site will become popular with retired alumni: next to a hospital, supermarket, art collections, classroom lectures, GW basketball, the Kennedy Center, and all their student memories. He says in an ideal world the land might have been a dedicated academic area, but that it was just too valuable. But it will serve the school just as well: The ground lease will throw off significant income to be applied to GW's educational activities.

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Speaking of GW, the "other" Bill Collins came by our office on Friday. Not the Cassidy guy, this is the former GW baseball player who made a fortune founding Metrocall (the onetime huge national paging company—remember pagers?), then led a valiant decade long effort to bring baseball to Northern Virginia. Today he's CEO of National Capital Golf, which is acquiring golf resorts along the eastern seaboard.


Dwight Schrute (aka Rainn Wilson) of NBC's The Office was in Crystal City Saturday evening to emcee a fundraiser for the Tahirih Justice Center at the Crystal Gateway Marriott. Knowing Dwight's reputation as top salesman for the Dunder Mifflin Paper Company, Vornado/Charles E. Smith president Mitchell Schear, with his Office-loving kids Sam and Mollie in tow, was clearly on a recruiting mission.


Rainn and Crystal City Business Improvement District CEO Angela Fox have at least one thing in common: Arena Stage. In the early 90's, Rainn starred in three Arena Stage productions including Long Day's Journey into Night. More recently, Angela was instrumental in relocating Arena to her area during its current renovation. Considering Rainn's formative years were here in DC, there's a strong possibility one of you was the inspiration for his annoying and combative TV character. Look around the office. If you can't think of who it is, it's probably you.


Last night at Guapo's on Upper Wisconsin, we shared fajitas with West Coast developer Homer Williams (and NBC-4 anchor Barbara Harrison, who've known each other since they were teenagers). Homer was in town consulting with J Street Development, Edens & Avant, and Gallaudet on plans for the Florida market area near the school. He's nationally renowned for Pearl District and South Waterfront in Portland, Oregon, and some of the first upscale condos in downtown L.A. Tidbit: He loved the "neighborhood feel" of Guapo's, especially sitting outside like this on a lovely night. And to think we just love it for the chips.

Charlie Nulsen's Latest

CBRE's James Cahill, Washington Property Company president Charlie Nulsen, and Cassidy's Rocky Kern at the brokers party for the summit at Washingtonian, two 200k SF office buildings in Gaithersburg; they'd like to be known as the "Reston Town Center of I-270." Pre-cast, glass, and parking structure are in, thanks to Coakley & Williams; delivery is set for April 1. By the way, while we're talking about Charlie, he's got that great Monte Carlo Night gala coming up for Children's Hospital. [Interested? Poke Charlie.]


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