Posts Tagged ‘doug jemal’

Officials Dig Into a Sandbox to Launch Transformation of Hecht Building

The old Hecht Company Warehouse took the latest step in its continuing evolution today with a dozen shovels jammed into a makeshift sandbox.
The "groundbreaking" of the redevelopment of the 1937 Ivy City building on New York Avenue NE may not have broken any actual ground, but it drew the majority of the District's 2014 mayoral [...]

Woodies’ Rise and Fall Show D.C.’s Shifting Retail Geography

In 1880, Samuel Walter Woodward and Alvin Mason Lothrop opened a small store at 75 Market Space in downtown D.C. and called it the "Boston Dry Goods House." Seven years and two locations later, they cut the ribbon on a much larger store, now bearing their two surnames, at 11th and F streets NW that was better [...]

Douglas Development Making Noises About Residential For Rhode Island Avenue

Another apartment project on the boards! Maybe.
For the last ten years, Douglas Development has owned a cluster of empty warehouses behind Mt. Calvary Baptist Church off Rhode Island Avenue NE. Today, they came to ask Advisory Neighborhood Commission 5B's approval to change the zoning from industrial to commercial on part of the site, which would allow [...]

Blight Flight

In 1875, Michael Talty—a prominent local developer—built three houses on K Street NW at 11th Street. Then, the neighborhood was as fashionable as any in Washington, and these structures were no different: Talty chose Italianate brick and Second Empire architecture, topped the corner building with a graceful cupola, and embellished the columns with acanthus leaves [...]

Architecture Students Whip Up Ideas For a New Uline Arena

Last month, Jonathan O'Connell reported that the architecture firm HKS and Douglas Development had a mind meld of sorts. The designers wanted to focus on the Uline Arena for their annual three-day student fellowship, and owner Doug Jemal had dreamed of turning it into a music museum.
One month later, three teams of students from mostly local [...]

Downtown According to Doug: F For Fashion Street?

Bisnow did its best to draw out Douglas Jemal yesterday at its retail summit, and the glib megadeveloper didn't say much beyond soundbites (so charming: "I like old buildings and young girls," he quipped at one point). But towards the end, he gave some insight into how he sees his turf (which it appears he rarely [...]

Jemal on Jemal

On a fairly regular basis, the nichey news-and-events outfit Bisnow pulls together panels of (usually all white and male) power plavers to lure professionals in various fields with the promise of nosh and networking. I occasionally attend on the off chance that someone might say something interesting. Today, Bisnow hosted a Growth Expo at the [...]

Anacostia Business Improvement District Almost Off the Ground

It's been in the works for years, and now the Anacostia Business Improvement District—a formal structure that will levy taxes on property owners to make the neighborhood more attractive—is just waiting on its final approval from the city to get started.
The effort got rolling in earnest in 2008, when Councilmember Marion Barry introduced legislation that [...]

Old Platinum Nightclub Now on Douglas’ Watch

The Equitable Building, at 915 F Street NW, has had a troubled history as of late. Its last use, the Platinum nightclub, closed in 2009 after a shooting (and after its owner was convicted of tax evasion). The next buyers wanted to turn into a classier kind of enterprise, but never got it off the [...]

Does Douglas Have Designs on the Hecht’s Building?

The giant Hecht's Warehouse on New York Avenue NE was one of the more notable failures of the real estate boom and bust: Patriot Equities bought the site for $77.5 million in 2007, dreaming of new mixed-use life for the old art deco building. But the firm couldn't keep up with interest payments on a [...]

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