Sat, 11 Sep 2010 19:03:00 EDTNEW YORK - A day that began with quiet rituals of mourning--church bells and long moments of silence--ended with noisy squabbling Saturday, as supporters and opponents of a proposed Islamic cultural center faced off in lower Manhattan.
Sat, 11 Sep 2010 10:53:03 EDTNEW YORK - Long before the throngs of politicians and protestors descended on Lower Manhattan for a day of mourning and dissent, New Yorker Natasha Hardial had her own quiet moment across the street from Ground Zero.
Fri, 20 Aug 2010 00:00:00 EDTNEW YORK -- On a recent afternoon on the streets around Ground Zero, commuters jumped over puddles to make their trains home, French tourists snapped photos, a homeless man jangled a can, an angry woman cried into her cellphone and Ali Mohammed served falafel over rice.
Fri, 07 May 2010 00:00:00 EDTNEW YORK -- Two Muslim organizations have partnered to open a mosque and cultural center in a 13-story building damaged by debris from the Sept. 11, 2001, airliners that brought down the World Trade Center.
Mon, 21 Apr 2008 00:00:00 EDTSCRANTON, Pa. -- Sometimes you don't know what you're up against until you're up against it.
Mon, 31 Dec 2007 00:00:00 ESTDES MOINES -- In Sen. Barack Obama's Iowa headquarters, young staff members sit at computers, analyzing online voter data and targeting potential backers. They zip one e-mail to an undecided voter and zap a different message to a firm supporter.
Mon, 26 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTDeveloping the District's NoMa neighborhood has been on the minds of builders and planners for years. Now those visions are moving closer to reality with several construction projects.
Mon, 19 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTAfter more than a decade of discussions, developers and transit officials last week broke ground on a project to turn the area around the Twinbrook Metro station in Rockville into a pedestrian-friendly hub.
Mon, 05 Nov 2007 00:00:00 ESTCommercial real estate owners in the District are not missing payments on their loans despite an increase in delinquencies across the country, according to rating agency Standard & Poor's.
Mon, 29 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTWhile the credit squeeze is keeping private-equity firms from making big commercial real estate plays, it may soon create an opening for buyers less reliant on borrowed cash.
Mon, 22 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTWashington's commercial real estate market is in uncertain territory during the global credit crunch, but don't be too negative -- especially not in front of Brian D. Berry, managing director for the local office of Tishman Speyer.
Mon, 15 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTTwo years ago, Carlyle Group of the District set out to build a super-secure office compound in the Westfields Corporate Center off Route 28 in Chantilly.
Fri, 05 Oct 2007 16:38:26 EDTKEY WEST, Fla. -- Looking like Noah's Ark after the flood, a sleek, 158-foot yacht driven aground by a hurricane lies just offshore, mired for most of the past two years in a dispute with the government over how to free it without doing too much damage to the seagrass.
Mon, 01 Oct 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe shells for what will be some of the biggest big-box retailers Columbia Heights has ever known are rising along 14th and Irving streets and Park Road NW. They include Target, Best Buy, and Bed Bath & Beyond.
Mon, 24 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTFairfax County is looking for a partner to develop 1 million square feet of retail and commercial office space on nine acres next to a planned Metro station in Reston.
Thu, 20 Sep 2007 22:13:21 EDTNEW YORK -- Almost everyone agrees Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad doesn't belong at ground zero. So who gets access these days to the 16-acre pit where the World Trade Center once anchored the Manhattan skyline, a slice of the city that many regard as hallowed ground?
Mon, 17 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTChristopher B. Leinberger, a visiting fellow with the Brookings Institution, believes the move into urban corridors that is occurring in the Washington area is being used as a model for urban centers across the country.
Mon, 10 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTAt least two companies are taking over management contracts for big properties in the Washington area as the real estate investment firm ING Clarion prepares to take itself out of the business next month.
Mon, 03 Sep 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe federal government has largely stopped searching for new office space in Washington, with the Bush administration in the twilight of its tenure and its efforts focused largely on the war in Iraq.
Mon, 27 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EDTSpringfield has languished for years in the shadow of other Northern Virginia business hubs, but that could soon change with an influx of Army jobs to the community and to nearby Fort Belvoir.
Mon, 20 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EDTCommercial real estate in the Washington area continues to command high rents, but rising vacancies and a drop in new construction have led some analysts to warn of a slowdown in what has been a hot market for several years.
Mon, 06 Aug 2007 00:00:00 EDTAt the Watergate complex, the hotel's reception desk was suddenly empty last week. So was the lobby. Ditto for the 250 rooms.
Mon, 30 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTOn the west end of Annapolis, in a stretch of space previously occupied by tired retailers, car repair shops and drug dealers, a $250 million mixed-used development is emerging.
Mon, 23 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTAfter the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the federal government and its defense contractors began scarfing up new office space in the Washington area.
Wed, 18 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTNEW YORK, July 17 -- Ailing rescue workers from the World Trade Center site filed a lawsuit Tuesday charging that a $1 billion insurance fund set up after Sept. 11, 2001, violated a congressional mandate to pay their injury claims and instead spent millions of dollars fighting those claims.
Mon, 09 Jul 2007 00:00:00 EDTNonprofit groups are figuring out how to dodge escalating rents in Washington's hot commercial real estate market: They're buying office condos.
Mon, 25 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTDeveloper Herbert S. Miller wants to lure Nordstrom to his mall, the Shops at Georgetown Park.
Mon, 18 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTLouis' Restaurant & Carry Out, a worn diner with a yellow-brick facade and bright red door, could use a face-lift. So could the industrial neighborhood it sits in around New York Avenue NE.
Mon, 11 Jun 2007 00:00:00 EDTOn a barren patch of land near the Capitol where a strip club once stood, blocks from the new baseball stadium, a tower is about to rise.
Mon, 28 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTCommercial vacancy rates climbed in the Washington area for the fifth straight quarter, but rents rose slightly and industry experts remained upbeat.
Mon, 21 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTIt will hardly rival the Corcoran Gallery of Art, but an 11-story, 136,000-square-foot office building under construction at 10th and K streets NW in downtown Washington will include two art galleries.
Mon, 14 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTIn Washington, R. Donahue Peebles had a history: He was a congressional page, real estate appraiser, a Marion Barry confidant, political activist and disillusioned African American developer who left town after a highly publicized $48 million real estate deal with the District collapsed.
Mon, 07 May 2007 00:00:00 EDTAlong bustling Rockville Pike, where cars rule and the strip shopping mall is king, construction is underway on a gigantic mixed-use development that has earned the praise of Metro and the Washington Smart Growth Alliance.
Mon, 30 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTIn the heart of downtown Washington, some parts of the commercial real estate world are looking up. And up. And up.
Mon, 23 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTSumiko Abe, clad in a floral kimono, sat in her quaint sushi restaurant in downtown Washington peering out the window at the barren 1,100-space parking lot across the street where the old convention center once stood.
Mon, 16 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTSix months ago big-time local developer Douglas Jemal was jubilant, thanking federal jurors -- "Thank you, sweetheart," "Thank you, dear" -- for acquitting him on six of seven felony counts involving bribery and fraud.
Mon, 09 Apr 2007 15:04:00 EDTThe word "zinc" conjures up vitamins, batteries, pennies.
Mon, 09 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe word "zinc" conjures up vitamins, batteries, pennies.
Mon, 02 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTWashington is a city that generates a lot of news, much of which can be found in this newspaper.
Mon, 02 Apr 2007 00:00:00 EDTThe D.C. Zoning Commission tentatively approved a planned $250 million mixed-use project in the West End at the old George Washington University hospital site. Neighborhood groups have resisted the plan. The Square 54 project now goes to the National Capital Planning Commission for review this month...
Mon, 19 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EDTGreenbelt-based Bozzuto Group, one of the Washington region's largest residential rental developers, is teaming with the New York State Teachers' Retirement System in a venture fund that will build $400 million in properties throughout the mid-Atlantic, starting with a 204-unit project in the Dulles...
Mon, 12 Mar 2007 00:00:00 EDTTo hear the top business types of Prince George's County tell it, the only reason the county hasn't become a technology hub or defense-contracting corridor is that it hasn't been marketed that way.
Mon, 26 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTTwo years ago, at the height of the housing boom, developers realized that hotel property had fallen out of favor. Residential property was worth more, and travelers weren't willing to pay top dollar to stay in fancy hotels.
Mon, 19 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe Old Naval Hospital, a Capitol Hill landmark that has fallen into disrepair, may be given new life as the city begins to accept proposals to restore the building.
Mon, 19 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTFor two years, the plan to revitalize the District's Southwest waterfront was stymied by a dispute over a land swap between two quasi-governmental agencies. Then the heads of those two agencies resigned and the dispute was settled, and now the deputy mayor who negotiated the deal is leading one of...
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTBlackstone Group of New York is planning to sell the Washington portfolio formerly owned by Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust, one of the nation's largest landlords, sources close to the deal said.
Mon, 12 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTPrince George's County office market is showing slow signs of recovering after large tenants such as Verizon and Lockheed Martin downsized, leaving nearly 500,000 square feet of space vacant. By the end of last year, analysts said, vacancies had begun to stabilize, leasing rates were rising, and the...
Mon, 05 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe owners of Laurel Mall last week announced a plan to turn the ailing shopping center into a walkable town center with restaurants, a movie theater and national chain retailers.
Mon, 05 Feb 2007 00:00:00 ESTSkyscrapers in Washington? Well, not quite. But Christopher B. Leinberger, a land-use expert at the Brookings Institution, last week brought up the prospect of raising the height limit on buildings in the District. He didn't specify a height but encouraged community leaders, planners and developers to at least entertain the idea. ...
Mon, 29 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTTwo major projects near the Fort Totten Metro station will help to revitalize the area into a mix of housing and retail, say developers on one of the projects and neighborhood activists.
Mon, 22 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe bidding war that started last week for Chicago-based Equity Office Properties Trust, one of the largest real estate companies in the country, has set off talk among executives here about what will happen to the roughly 20 buildings, with 5 million square feet of space, that it owns in Northern...
Mon, 15 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe nude-dancing license at Nexus Gold Club is being auctioned off tomorrow -- a reminder that the Southeast neighborhood near the new baseball stadium is aiming to be noted more for the well-dressed than for the scantily clad.
Mon, 08 Jan 2007 00:00:00 ESTThe Washington area's commercial real estate market continues to be one of the top-performing in the nation, with low vacancy rates and high rents. Government agencies and contractors, law firms, educational groups and associations continue to lease large chunks of space.
Mon, 25 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTDevelopers are building more industrial buildings in the Maryland and Northern Virginia suburbs, responding to a steady flow of tenants that need warehouses and distribution centers, real estate experts say.
Mon, 18 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTNew development is sprucing up Washington's West End -- a move that real estate brokers say will keep the part of the city where Foggy Bottom runs into Georgetown fresh as it competes with other hot areas.
Mon, 11 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTA Reston-based developer plans to build a major office park in Manassas aimed at the kind of companies in the biotech, technology, biomedical and government-contracting businesses that Prince William County officials say they are trying to attract.
Mon, 04 Dec 2006 00:00:00 ESTWork will begin this month on a new, 292-bed St. Elizabeths Hospital building in Anacostia, just south of the historic terra cotta buildings that now house the mental health facility.
Mon, 27 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTJust east of U.S. Route 1 near the University of Maryland's fraternity row, a hodgepodge of maintenance offices, storage sheds and a greenhouse could give way within a few years to a town-center-style development with apartments, restaurants and a major hotel.
Mon, 20 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTIt's a 272-acre property on high ground in the middle of the District. The owners want to develop part of it, and developers, real estate brokers, architects and contractors are just about salivating to get their hands on it.
Mon, 06 Nov 2006 00:00:00 ESTDistrict planning officials have completed a proposal for more than 2 million square feet of office buildings, shops and high-end apartment units at the historic St. Elizabeths Hospital in Southeast Washington.
Mon, 30 Oct 2006 00:00:00 ESTOutside the Navy Yard Metro station in Southeast Washington is a stretch of concrete and an old air-conditioning facility that District officials hope will someday become condos and retail. In less than three weeks, developers will begin publicly competing to redevelop the mostly vacant land...
Mon, 23 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDTA Rockville developer has received government approval to build an office and research park on the Aberdeen Proving Ground, an Army research and training site northeast of Baltimore.
Mon, 16 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDTPlans to develop the former Italian Embassy into a 79-unit luxury condominium project are on hold after months of wrangling between developers and District historic preservation officials.
Mon, 09 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDTLand that once was home to locomotives is another step closer to becoming a retail and commercial behemoth.
Thu, 05 Oct 2006 18:14:13 EDTNEW YORK -- A cross-shaped steel beam that survived the 2001 World Trade Center terrorist attack to become a symbol of hope amid the ruins was moved Thursday from ground zero to a nearby church, accompanied by a procession of victims' families, clergy and construction workers.
Mon, 02 Oct 2006 00:00:00 EDTDistrict-based developer John E. "Chip" Akridge III has closed on a deal to buy 15 acres of air rights above the railroad tracks at Union Station with plans to build a $1 billion mixed-use project. Plenty of capital is scouting for properties to buy in the District. Eyebrows are being raised... Â·...
Mon, 25 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe weathered, off-yellow Luzon apartment building on Pennsylvania Avenue has been vacant for more than a decade.
Mon, 18 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTEver since construction began on a sleek, state-of-the-art fire station on Georgia Avenue in Silver Spring, offers for the historic Fire Station No. 1 across the street have streamed in.
Mon, 11 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTAt the busy intersection of Western and Wisconsin avenues NW in Friendship Heights, Chris Borgal stood in front of a missing chunk of the Mazza Gallerie and gestured toward the retail boom that has transformed the affluent neighborhood in recent years.
Mon, 04 Sep 2006 00:00:00 EDTDevelopers and business leaders in the District's long-established West End and fast-changing NoMa community have begun separate efforts to spruce up their neighborhoods. Two Georgetown hotels are set to get a combined $35 million in renovations over the next year. Developers have requested... Â·...
Mon, 28 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTFinding space in the District to do dirty jobs is getting harder and harder these days.
Sun, 27 Aug 2006 23:10:08 EDTNEW YORK -- For more than three months, police Detective John Botte roamed the ruins of the World Trade Center, snapping photographs with his Leica Rangefinder camera and capturing hundreds of images of people at work on the monumental cleanup. His pictures soon appeared in a trio of books, most...
Mon, 21 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTPlans for redevelopment of the District's worn-looking Southwest waterfront have been winnowed to two competing visions, one distinguished by a health club and grocery store, the other by a cultural zone with a water park and Cirque du Soleil. Â· ProLogis, an industrial real estate group, has... Â·...
Mon, 07 Aug 2006 00:00:00 EDTA number of mostly speculative commercial buildings going up near the Dulles Toll Road in Reston and Herndon is sparking debate among real estate experts about the prospects for a glut of premium office space over the next few years.
Mon, 31 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTOne developer proposed a theater dedicated to Cirque du Soleil performances. Another suggested a produce market similar to the nearby fish market on Maine Avenue SW. A third boasted that his team includes Magic Johnson's urban investment fund. Tishman Speyer Properties of New York is in talks to......
Mon, 24 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTA parcel that the District got in a land swap with developer Kingdon Gould III this year was widely portrayed as the last real estate needed to build the District's biggest hotel on the site of the old convention center.
Mon, 17 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe federal government jumped back into the downtown real estate game after a dormant year and a half. But most of the surge in the District's second-quarter leasing came in chic downtown office buildings known as the "trophy market," according to a real estate brokerage's study.
Mon, 10 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTIDI Group Cos. has backed out of a project to build a senior community on 135 acres in Gaithersburg known as the Webb Tract. But the owner of the property said it will go ahead with the development.
Mon, 03 Jul 2006 00:00:00 EDTOffers to buy Paulo and Pedro Petrovitch's garage started coming in more than 15 years ago.
Mon, 26 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTBulldozers are moving dirt and pile drivers are slamming into the ground on the site of the new baseball stadium at South Capitol and N streets SE. And the Anacostia Waterfront Corp. is finally pulling together its plans for the land around the ballpark.
Mon, 19 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe sign for the new Tenleytown Ace Hardware store in the District hasn't gone up yet. But owner Gina Schaefer said she hasn't needed it.
Mon, 12 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTThe $160 million University Town Center development in Hyattsville is entering its final stages, with several restaurants signing deals that developers hope will turn the 56-acre site into an entertainment destination in Prince George's County.
Mon, 05 Jun 2006 00:00:00 EDTForty years after Cesar Pelli designed the Comsat Corp. building, a low-rise glass and aluminum structure on Interstate 270 near Route 121 in Clarksburg, the famed architect is coming to Montgomery County to join an effort to save it. Texas-based developer JPI has plans to turn a former car...
Mon, 29 May 2006 00:00:00 EDTA Rosslyn-based developer plans to build a residential community for active seniors on a long-contested 135-acre parcel in Gaithersburg near Montgomery Village.
Mon, 22 May 2006 00:00:00 EDTDeveloper Chip Ellis shows off a grassy vacant lot in the District's Shaw neighborhood where passersby will be able to watch broadcasts through the window of Radio One's new studios. He walks by the shuttered Howard Theater, where he'd like to see a restaurant with a stage for live acts, and the...
Sat, 13 May 2006 23:37:34 EDTNEW YORK -- The foundation in charge of developing ground zero's memorial and museum pledged to permanently display the two pieces of steel left standing in the shape of a cross after the World Trade Center collapsed.
Mon, 08 May 2006 00:00:00 EDTWashington area developers shared last week in the widespread relief that the Washington Nationals finally have a new owner -- and some were doubly pleased that it's one of their own.
Mon, 24 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDTWhen the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, one of the largest tenants in Crystal City, decided to pull out and build its new headquarters in Alexandria, it left a large chunk of space that its landlord had to fill.
Mon, 17 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDTDeveloper Milton V. Peterson revved the engine of his silver Mercedes through the thick red mud and gravel of his $2 billion National Harbor project on the banks of the Potomac River in Prince George's County.
Mon, 10 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDTA Herndon developer is starting to build a $1 billion mixed-use project on 63 acres near Washington Dulles International Airport. One long-term incentive: The site is next to one of the new Metro stops on the proposed train line to Northern Virginia's farthest-out suburbs.
Mon, 03 Apr 2006 00:00:00 EDTFor more than 20 years, George Sigalas and his brother, Anthony, have watched from the second floor of the brick building where they run a strip club at the southeast corner of Fifth and K streets NW as new condos, offices and retail have sprouted in downtown to their west and around Verizon...
Mon, 20 Mar 2006 00:00:00 ESTSince the 1960s, Poo Chin has run On Luck Cafe, his fried chicken and Chinese takeout restaurant near the corner of First and M streets SE, just a few blocks from the site for the District's new baseball stadium. It was long a sleepy area, where Chin's customers were bus and taxicab...
Mon, 13 Mar 2006 00:00:00 ESTOliver T. Carr Jr., Charles E. Smith and John E. "Chip" Akridge III put their names on companies that represented homegrown money and enterprise in Washington commercial real estate. Â· Construction will start this summer on an $80 million facility near College Park for the National Oceanic and...
Mon, 20 Feb 2006 00:00:00 ESTAs the dust settles on the District's deal with Major League Baseball to spend more than $600 million to build a stadium in Near Southeast, one thing seems pretty clear: The prices developers have paid for abandoned lots, rundown warehouses and industrial sites around the proposed stadium have...
Mon, 06 Feb 2006 00:00:00 ESTOn the afternoon of Jan. 26, after eating lunch and sipping tea at the Tabard Inn -- one of his favorite spots -- Kingdon Gould III went to a retirement party for a parking-garage attendant. He took his place around a sheet cake covered with white icing and made an impromptu and appreciative... Â·...
Mon, 30 Jan 2006 00:00:00 ESTNow that D.C. officials have agreed a deal to acquire a parcel of land just west of the Washington Convention Center, the commercial landscape around nearby New York Avenue is starting to take shape.
Mon, 23 Jan 2006 00:00:00 ESTA developer and preservationists are trying to save the pink, powder-blue and yellow "Easter egg houses" used by military personnel at the Quantico Marine Corps Base by giving most of them away.
Mon, 16 Jan 2006 00:00:00 ESTNearly a year after Fannie Mae walked out of a deal to be the anchor tenant for a complex in Southwest, developers of the Waterside Mall site said they have a plan to revive the project by adding housing.
Mon, 09 Jan 2006 00:00:00 ESTWere it not winter, the shadiest place in Rockville would be just off West Montgomery Avenue in the heart of the city's historic district, where rows of trees topping 120 feet tower over a neighborhood of old Victorian homes with wide porches and lawns. Walnut Street Development, a Fairfax-based......