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May 13, 2008

Join CBRE for a special tour of Long & Foster's new 287k SF HQ in Chantilly. The brick building is fashioned after The Governor's Palace in Colonial Williamsburg and has two floors available for lease. Wed., May 14, 11:30-1:00pm. More info here.


This morning, instead of the same old City Club, we decided to spice things up by bringing our Breakfast & Schmooze crowd direct to the stomping ground of our speaker, EastBanc's Anthony Lanier. So 90 guests gathered in Cady's Alley in Georgetown at his Austrian-style eatery, Leopold's Kafé, to hear what he's cooking up with the posh 22 West and the 60-plus buildings he owns nearby.


After several rainy days, this morning's sunny Bisnow field trip seemed to be just what we needed. Surrounded by a few of the group he took on tour of the Alley and his swank L2 lounge adjacent to Leopold's, Anthony (here looking more SoCal than European-chic in jeans and blazer) said he named the area after the oldest original place on the block, Cady's Feed Store, when he bought the space back in the 90s.

Marc Parc

Anthony and Archstone Smith SVP Ken Miller pre-breakfast. Archstone isn't just a residential real estate giant; Ken tells us they have a few billion dollars invested in mixed-used projects like Wisconsin Place and the Old Convention Center site. Although Ken says they plan to model the site after Rockefeller Center, he also just got back from the coast where he checked out lifestyle retail centers like The Grove in LA for fresh ideas.


Carlyle Group's Mark Schoenfeld, Reznick's Jim Martinko, GGA's Tony Brannon,  GreenEarth Consulting president Demetrius Robinson, and ONCORE Construction's Paula Mararac and prez Bob McDaniels. Bob says their new Infinity Structure hybrid building frame (a special way of putting up residential) is taking off; they just used the system for Forest City's Building 160 in The Yards and saved 19% in construction costs.  Tony says GGA just won the NAIOP award for work on Bingham McCutchen's new 70k SF space at 2020 K.


The Wills Companies' Tim Wills, Bonstra Haresign Architects' Bill Bonstra, and GVA Advantis' Hunter Campbell.  Tim says Wills is leasing up several industrial sites in Stafford and Mt. Vernon that used to be the old Barnes Furniture Warehouses. Bill tells us construction is starting in July on the Bostra-designed Woodley Wardman multi-family project on Connecticut Ave., and on Benning Station, their 150k SF mixed-use project at the Benning Road Metro, toward the end of the year.


The Rio-born, but Austrian-raised, developer enthralled the crowd with tales of his conversion of the G-town incinerator nearly 10 years ago, and views on the Whitehurst Freeway (he wants it gone). As for 22 West, Anthony says it's DC's highest-end residential to date. The Exxon sitting outside the 92-unit complex is also going to be the "best looking gas station in town" with a "big green forest" on its roof beneath residents' windows. He said they spent a half million dollars to reinforce the gas station roof to support the greenery.


Archstone's Debbie Weinman, Gary Colton, Kenton Drury, Michael Wagoner, and Dan McCahan. Archstone just topped out its residential building at Wisconsin Place and told us the first units and retail come online in October. Whole Foods opens next Spring, and the 305k SF office space (with an additional 432 apartment units) starts leasing in the fall. Debbie tells us tonight she's taking off to London with her husband for a little R&R.


We were on hand yesterday as the Hines-Archstone JV working on the Old Convention Center site announced a deal with DC to redevelop the 53k SF "B parcel." Above, Mayor Fenty, Archstone SVP Ken Miller, council member Jack Evans, and Hines SVP Bill Alsup said ground will be broken in early '09 on an upscale 400-room hotel and 100,000 SF retail space. Ken tells us he's in talks with large-format retailers (we think that means like a Nordstrom). The redevelopment is inspired by Michigan Ave. and Rodeo Drive, though it won't be as upscale as Rodeo. At least we won't have to deal with Chihuahuas in purses.  


Congrats to Flip Wallen, Jeff Black, and our other friends at TRINITY Group Construction, the other night officially ranked second fastest growing company in Virginia, at the Fantastic 50 awards presented by the Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Their growth rate between '03 and '06? A mere 2,083%!   



In case you wonder what these occasional power breakfasts and lunches are all about, besides our proclivity toward food, we love to get our sponsors and friends together. We know of many relationships and deals that have been struck thereby. (Hint, hint, you should all be sponsors!) Plus, we do get the tastiest meals, often at new places we've been meaning to try out.


Here at the new Restaurant K last week, at  Connecticut and K, we were delighted to host, from left, Hagner/Woodmark principal Geoff Kieffer, Studley DC co-head Rick Rome, Cardinal Bank DC president Kate Carr, our own Bisnow COO Doug Anderson, ProLogis mid-Atlantic head Mark Levy,3DG founder Jeff Goldman, Reznick real estate group head David Kessler, Opus East president Jim Lee, JK Moving EVP Steve Kuhn, Staubach trade association practice head Ellen Herman, Seyfarth Shaw partner Stan Jutkowitz, K3 CEO Jeff Martello, and Metropolis Development founder Merrick Malone. (Restaurant K is the new creation of chef/owner Alison Swope, last seen at East End's Andale, and while it's jammed at lunch, it wants you to know it's now open for breakfast, too! We are delighted to report it was great.)


20 volunteers from the Real Estate Affinity of the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, in part funded by Sonny and Tina Small, spent a recent weekend installing sinks, re-wiring rooms, drywalling, hanging kitchen cabinets, and servicing a furnace, for homeowner Joseph Goulins, right, at his house (he's got four kids) on Illinois Avenue near Howard University. With him, Studley's Paul Schweitzer and Maggio Roofing's Scott Siegel. Other companies that supplied volunteers included Davis, Forest City, Rand, HITT, Thunderhill Electric, Mid-Atlantic Builders, Crosstown Properties, Shapiro & Duncan, SunTrust Mortgage, the Meltzer Group, and First Washington.


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