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September 10, 2008

The Bisnow Real Estate Conference! 5 top developers and 5 top brokers. Developer Mitchell Schear will pose questions to the brokers, and a soon-to-be-named superstar broker will ask questions of the developers. Ha! Thanks to great sponsors RBS Citizens Bank, Group Goetz Architects, Holland & Knight, and Reznick Group. Sept.18, 7-10 AM. See details and sign up!


Don't tell Kwasi Holman that National Harbor is the only game in Prince George's County. The head of PG's Economic Development Corp. in Upper Marlboro says projects like the $3B Konterra, 2,200 acres of mixed-use along I-95 in Laurel, will make the county a major East Coast player in business, shopping, and tourism.


We met Kwasi in his office this week where he was also all smiles about National Harbor; the Westin there has its grand opening today, and trendy restaurant Ketchup prepares to open. As for Konterra, he says it'll have chic retail "equivalent to or better" than anything in Tysons, Bethesda or Reston, plus a business campus and residential. Phase I should wrap in 2011. The upscale theme continues at Woodmore Towne Centre at Glenarden (Petrie Ross Ventures, Greenberg Gibbons Commercial, Hovnanian Land Investment Group), 245 acres at the nexus of I-495 and Rte. 202 that will boast the first Wegmans inside the Beltway. Between Pennsylvania Ave. and Ritchie Marlboro Rd., Westphalia will have a new town center, office, 14K residential units and a central park.


Huge projects need huge pink calculators! That's Karen Maria Alston, president of AM+G marketing, one of 15 businesses in the EDC's 15K SF incubator. The calculator is low-tech, but Kwasi says Prince George's has high-tech cred with M Square, a 130-acre, 2M SF research park adjacent to the U. of Md./ College Park Metro Station. Tenants include NOAA's Center for Climate and Weather Prediction, the American Center for Physics and the Earth System Science Interdisciplinary Center.


You know what: Everything seems to make Kwasi smile, even Cameroon's standard. African flags adorn the EDC to honor this November's International Economic Summit, a two-day event in Greenbelt where PGC companies can find trading partners in Africa. There are no long flights from BWI in his future, but Kwasi did take some "one-gas-tank holidays" to the shore (Rehoboth and Virginia Beach) over the summer.


That's how Group Goetz Architects' Lewis Goetz describes the 360 degree view of the Washington Monument, Kennedy Center, and Potomac River that you can gaze upon from the sixth floor conference center of Foley & Lardner at Washington Harbour. Above, Foley managing partner Jay Freedman showed us around yesterday in the middle of the makeover. GGA  has been the design/builder for the renovation of 3000K Street the last couple years, from soup (design) to nuts (furniture and art selection and now construction admin). Foley has about 200k feet (five of the six floors) but the top is special: not just the terrazzo marble floors and reconstituted (ie, sustainable) wood paneling, but GGA took advantage of the sloped roof to make the ceilings 15 feet instead of flat as they had been. Hitt Interiors is doing the buildout. Now GGA's off to design Bingham McCutcheon's 2020 K.  [Poke Lewis.]


For those who've lamented Jonathan Krinn's departure from the great 2941 restaurant in Falls Church, two pieces of good news. First, he's busied himself guest-chefing at private parties. Here's a pic from Dietz Construction's Ginny Craig of a Krinn dinner she had at home late last month. Second piece of good news:  He and partner Jon Mathieson will open a new restaurant at 1800 Tysons Blvd. in December called Inox (means stainless steel to those of you who don't spend a lot of time in restaurant kitchens).


We've now got two reporters on the real estate scene in the Apple, and last night dropped by a "superstar young broker" party Monday Properties put on at winebar Lea in their building at 230 Park. Here's the thing: It was just like parties down here! Drink, talk, and a raffle for a Wii. Washingtonians will recognize Monday founder Anthony Westreich, right, who lives a dual existence here and there. With him: Monday acquisition specialist Andrew Odabashian, leasing guru Issa Deas, and COO Brian Robin.  


Oh, and look, they serve nibbles just the same way: CB's Jared Silverman tries some treats.

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