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April 9, 2008


Bisnow, Smith Pachter McWhorter and Destination Cellars are hosting a special evening panel discussion and wine-tasting schmoozarama for construction industry executives.  May 13, 5-7pm at the wonderful Il Mulino. If you'd like to attend, please email us.


Slap on your 3-D glasses, Friday was the 2008 Greater Reston ChamberVirtual Reality Tour” at the Reston Hyatt.  Over 60 properties in what they call the Dulles Business Corridor (hmm, we’re deciding if we like that name) were previewed before a crowd of 400


Your co-hosts for the morning:   Grubb & Ellis’s Andy Klaff and Veatch Commercials’ Casey Veatch.  Andy says this is the 8th year they’ve hosted.  Not quite Bob Hope’s 18 at the Oscars, but not too shabby.  Based on the post-event accolades, there’s a good chance they’ll get invited back.  But will they accept?  “We’ll wait and see what Brett Favre does,” says Andy, referring to the perpetually retiring quarterback.  The day’s highlights included trivia questions and polls with instant results since every audience member had an infrared voting device at their seat.  Once off script, Andy deferred to Casey for the one-liners because while Andy takes care of sponsorships, Casey writes the jokes.


Above, introducing:  A Bisnow Companion Home Video, a first hand report from the front lines in deepest Reston.

ARCH Prez (we think that stands for Alliance of Reston Clusters and Homeowners—whatever that means) Jerry Volloy, Terra Partnership’s Bill Lauer, and legendary Reston leasing broker Joe Ritchey.  Joe was all smiles, but that was before his ceremonial incumbency as “Mayor of Town Center” was challenged by 94-year old Reston founder Robert E. Simon in a faux election.  A 59-59 tie means Ritchey may have to contest the validity of the infrared voting devices.  One question on everyone’s mind:  Is Metro happening or what?  The topic came up a few times, with Cassidy’s Marty Almquist telling the audience she’s had a “wink and a nod” that Tyson Metro will go forward.


Lincoln Properties’ Heather Rogers and Karen Wright with First Potomac’s Ed Zaptin brought the youth vote (and Starbucks) to the event.  Perhaps that’s why 75% of the audience knew a trivia question about Jennifer Aniston, but only 5% could correctly answer one about HOT Lanes. (The High Occupancy Toll project in Tysons cost $1.4 billion and is fully funded.)  Heather, more than ready for looming quarterly reports, let us know that 575 Herndon Parkway already has one lessee and is looking for more.  It’s a good thing we asked; talking about reports reminded Karen she still has taxes to file.  No worries, April 15th is still far off.  A reminder to all readers:  Donations to the Bisnow on Business Party Fund are deductible.  Or should be.

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