Posts Tagged ‘Valerie Santos’

Hoskins Does the Rounds

It's Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development Victor L. Hoskins' first week on the job, and he's been meeting with the relevant folks, speaking to the appropriate groups, and generally getting to know the District (he took a couple of tours over the first two weekends after he was appointed, making sure to hit [...]

Northwest Current: Herb Miller Out, Vornado In at Georgetown Park

The hard-to-read-online Northwest Current has a bit of a bomb this week: Western Development's Herb Miller, who developed the Shops at Georgetown Park back in the 1980s and apparently was going to team with new owner Angelo, Gordon & Co. to reposition the property after Western defaulted on its loan, has been pushed out of [...]

Dantes Partners Wins Battle for Justice Park

Dantes Partners is doing well with District properties lately. The seven-year-old developer–which appears to have no website–has a piece of the Hine School redevelopment, Vida Senior Center in Brightwood, the West End properties, and a 44-unit residential bulding on Chapin Street. They even served as development consultant on the Peaceoholics' ill-starred project at 1300 Congress [...]

Why Top D.C. Brass Are In Las Vegas This Week

If D.C.'s executive offices are feeling a little empty lately, it's because a few of our leaders are off in Las Vegas, attending the International Council of Shopping Centers' RECon retail real estate convention. Mayor Adrian Fenty, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development Valerie Santos, and Councilmembers Jack Evans and Muriel Bowser–not to mention would-be council [...]

Downtown’s Problem: Too Much Commercial Space, Not Enough Housing

One of the biggest problems facing Downtown is as plain as the empty storefronts along F Street: There’s too much commercial space for the demand, and hundreds of thousands of square feet are in the pipeline. Meanwhile, folks wanting to live downtown have increasingly limited options.
That’s the takeaway from the (otherwise very upbeat) Downtown BID’s [...]

National Leadership Campus Loses Hine Opportunity

Late yesterday afternoon, the city announced it had once again narrowed its list of developers competing to redevelop Hine Junior High School's site near Eastern Market. 
From four finalists, only one group got the axe: The National Leadership Campus, a non-profit concept, backed by billionaire Peter B. Lewis, chairman of the  Progressive Corporation.

City Attempts to Develop West End Library…Again

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The development of the West End library is a storied project.
Back in 2007, the library's land was almost sold off to developer Eastbanc as part of emergency legislation. When the company's president earnestly discussed his plans with neighborhood folks, they responded with "derisive laughter," as we reported back then.
“My colleagues will probably throw [...]

Valerie Santos Named Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development

Replaced! Neil Albert, the former DMPED.
(His replacement is Valerie Santos, pictured here and here.)
Ah well, the rumors and speculation about Greg O'Dell proved to be wrong. 
As previously reported on City Desk, this morning the mayor named Valerie Santos his new Deputy Mayor for Planning and Economic Development (DMPED). The position opened up after former DMPED Neil [...]