Housing Complex

Fenty and Gray Carve Up the Real Estate World

(Darrow Montgomery)

Keep smiling. (Darrow Montgomery)

On Monday, Jonathan O'Connell drilled down into the economic development platforms of Mayor Adrian Fenty and would-be mayor Vince Gray. In a nutshell, he concludes that while Fenty has gone for big developments–many of which haven't yet been built–Gray would focus on fewer projects, and emphasize the steady-job-generating tourism industry. We also get a bit of an overview of who favors whom in D.C. economic development:

[William] Hanbury is leading a small pool of other economic development and workforce leaders who — feeling scorned by the current mayor — consider mayoral candidate Vincent C. Gray (D), chairman of the D.C. Council, to be a worthy steward of the city's economy. Fenty, by contrast, has received support from nearly every real estate developer in the city, allowing him to amass nearly $5 million in political donations with less than a month to go before the Sept. 14 Democratic primary.

I finally had some time to wade through the August 10th campaign finance reports, and thought we could add a bit more detail to O'Connell's fine analysis. Here are a few notables.

CAMP FENTY: Overall, Fenty's 597 donors this period (since June 10th) include a lot of Floridians and Californians, as well as:

  • The venerable law firm Arnold & Porter, which has done a lot of pro bono work (including tenants at the Deauville Apartments) donated $2,000.
  • Urban Investment Partners, which was in the news most recently for its management of Marbury Plaza, is a huge fan. Through Marbury Plaza, it donated $2,000. LLCs tied to four other properties donated $500 each. UIP Property Management gave $500, a senior vice president gave $250, and the company's CEO David Zwieg chipped in $100 for good measure.
  • Novo Development Corporation, company of newly-appointed Zoning Commissioner Greg Selfridge, gave $500.
  • Fernando Lemos, founder of affordable housing developer Mi Casa, gave $100–not much, but significant because much of the affordable housing community has been upset with Fenty.
  • Vincent Policy, the Greenstein, DeLorme and Luchs lawyer who is threatening to challenge the constitutional basis of rent control should it be made permanent, gave $1,000.
  • Unrelated but fun: Big-time political consultant Elmendorf Strategies gave $2,000, Veep progeny Hunter Biden forked over $250, Coca Cola gave $2,000, and Democratic power broker Tony Podesta gave $500.

CAMP GRAY: Gray's 2,261 donors include a ton of cab drivers, as well as quite a few teachers, unions, and:

  • (Darrow Montgomery)

    (Darrow Montgomery)

    Zoning Commission chairman Anthony Hood gave $50.

  • Former Historic Preservation Review Board chairman Tersh Boasberg–who had no comment on the Fenty administration when I interviewed him a few months ago–gave $500.
  • Real estate lawyering powerhouse Holland & Knight gave $500.
  • The William N. Cafritz Trust, named for the brother of local real estate tycoon Conrad Cafritz and son of Morris, gave $2,000.
  • Nicholas Majett, a communications staffer for the Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs, gave $250.
  • Hamel Builders gave $1,000.
  • Michael Pitchford, president of the Community Preservation and Development Corporation, gave $1,000.
  • Former Ward 7 councilmember and massive developer H.R. Crawford gave $1,500 (making it $2,000 in 2010).
  • Richard Bradley, president of the Downtown BID, gave $500.
  • Joseph Horning, of residential and retail building owner Horning Brothers–which is also one of the partners developing Parcel 42–donated $2,000.
  • http://dccitypaper.com another native washingtonian

    I think that this is typical of the two candidates, one is clearly the viewing the city from an urbanistic point of view which is fine if you're strictly counting population growth and nothing else. The other seems more community minded and focused on the big picture of life after the surge. Eventually we'll have to look at this, how we coexist in these communities cause gentrification can only go so far in this day and time. We need to start looking at, really looking at each other as human beings. When is the last time you really looked into the eye's of a person of another race,think about it cause communities are usually more warm and careing places to live in when you are committed to them,it instills a since of ownership and responsibility in everyone there.We need a mature person running this city that can envision that, not saying tht Adrian won't ever get there but let's let him grow up a little first, this time is too crucial for everyone that calls DC home.

  • tenant

    I can only say that the appointment of Greg Selfridge to the Commission is a travesty of justice. This guy does not maintain his properties and is in possible violation of many housing codes which violates his tentants rights.

  • Rick Mangus

    It's the 'Potomac Shakedown'!

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