Bisnow Gives a Sneak Peat at Waterfront Development

One of the newest developments is conceptual approval for light on the Southwest Waterfront’s Case Bridge, being executed by the French company that brought lighting to the London Bridge during the 2012 Olympics. (If they could put lights on a bridge that is constantly falling down, we think they can handle Case Bridge.) Among our speakers, PN Hoffman CEO Monty Hoffman (whose company, with Madison Marquette, is developing the $2B The Wharf) tells us the approval process has taken nine months, a blink compared to other aspects of the project. The company will use all LED lighting along the bridge and roadway platform. The Case Bridge is an artery into Virginia and carries 170,000 cars daily.

Monty tells us he’s also working with National Harbor, The Yards, Old Town Alexandria and Georgetown to get an expanded water taxi service to link all the waterfronts. He envisions an Uber-like app that lets riders visually see the location of the boats and provide ETAs. A free ferry between the Waterfront and Hains Point will be ready to go by Cherry Blossom season 2017. Monty says he envisions office workers hopping on the ferry to hit balls at the Hains Point golf course.

The VIO, a glamorous condo offering, starts selling at the end of this month. Hoffman Madison also just received approval to build a sweeping set of stairs like the Spanish steps in Rome (above), from 10th Street to Maine Avenue, giving visitors easy access to the Mall and amazing views from the top. Monty says more announcements are on the horizon, including the names of two more hotels, a lead office tenant and several restaurants that have already signed LOIs. Monty says he’s also working on bringing in a rum distillery. (Spain, rum, sweeping views? Is it possible this is an elaborate ruse to film another Pirates of the Caribbean?)

Grosvenor Americas has 325 apartment units with 25k SF of retail coming to the Waterfront in early 2017, says SVP Don Capobres, who will also speak at our event. Who will fill that space? Millennials, of course. Don says they’re a generation that’s cost conscious (45% of them have moved three times in the last three years and 35% have moved twice), so pricing will be a factor. The units are smaller, so the gross cost to the tenant is less and some of the amenities in the building will compensate for the lack of space. Tenants can share lounges that can serve as living rooms and it’s (so far) the only residential project that has Nats Park views from its rooftop. The company plans to augment the views with large TV screens.

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Millennial Week : June 13-20

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Millennial  Week  is a weeklong celebration in Washington DC that provides a social and cultural  platform for millennials – those born between 1977 and 2001. The millennial generation is the largest generation in the United States and is significantly contributing to the growth of the population in the District of Columbia.  Many local businesses and entertainment venues are catering their products and services to meet the needs of this growing demographic.

2015 Millennial Week Events

  • Millennial Day of Service – Saturday, June 13, 2015, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Turner Elementary School, Washington DC. Volunteers  will  take  over  DC  middle  schools  to  distribute  1,000  books  to  1,000  kids,  revamp  libraries  and  paint  murals.
  • Mantras & Martinis – Sunday, June 14, 2015, 6- 8 p.m. The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW #300, Washington, DC.  Relax  and  connect  with  a  session  of  feel good  yoga  at  Grip  the  Mat  followed  by  a  cocktail  reception.  All levels welcome, but attendees must be 21 or older.  Yoga  mats  are  available  to  rent  for  $2;  email  to  reserve  one  at  least  24  hours  in  advance.
  • Decision 2016:  A Millennial Town Hall – Monday, June 15, 2015, 6-9 p.m. The Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington DC.  Millennials  are  changing  the  face  of  politics:  they  have  been  a  deciding  factor  in  the  past  two  presidential  elections.  Decision  2016  will  be  a  lively  discussion  of  the  issues  and  concerns  that  will  take  center  stage  in  the  2016  election
  • Millennials, Diversity & America – Monday, June 15, 2015, 6–9 p.m. Washington Post, 1150 15th St. NW, Washington DC. The  past  year  has  pushed  issues  of  race,  civil  rights  and  diversity  to  the  forefront  of  American  society.  This forum will engage journalists, legal  experts  and  community  activists  on  issues  including  civil  rights  and  the  role  of  Millennials  in  leading  social  change.
  • Millennial  Hiring  Fair – Tuesday,  June  16, 2015, 1-4  p.m. The  Woolly  Mammoth,  641  D  St.  NW, Washington, DC. Millennials  continue  to  face  one  of  the  highest  unemployment  rates  of  any  other  demographic.  The    Hiring Fair will  allow attendees  seeking  new  careers  or  career  advancement  to  connect  with  recruiters  from  Wells  Fargo,  Mass  Mutual,  the  American  Society  of  Association  Executives,  and  more.
  • The  Startup  Lounge – Tuesday,  June  16,  6-8:30  p.m. The Loft at 600 F, 600 F St. NW #300, Washington, DC. Strategize,  network,  socialize.  The  event  is  a  place  for  Millennial  entrepreneurs  to  network,  engage  and  build  awareness  for  their  emerging  enterprises  and  start-up  ideas.  Attendees  can  speak  with  financial  advisers  and  professionals  one  for  advice  on  business  development,  banking  and  funding.
  • Entrepreneurs’  Forum:  Raising  Capital – Wednesday,  June  17,  2015, 6:30-9 p.m.1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. This  panel  will  explore  ways  to  find  and  secure  funding,  and  discuss  challenges that  are  specific  to  Millennial  entrepreneurs.
  • The  Innovation  and  Entrepreneurship  Forum  – Thursday,  June  18,  2015, 6:30- p.m. 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. Entrepreneurs  and  innovators  from  global  corporations will  discuss  the  challenges  and  opportunities  related  to  starting  new  companies  and  working  within  corporate  structures.
  • Millennial  Made:  Food  Face  Off – Friday,  June  19, 2015,  7–9:30  p.m. 1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. Millennial  chefs  will  showcase  their  use  of  cool  gadgets  and  cooking technology.  Featuring  live  cooking  stations,  attendees  will  sample  foods  from  each  station  and vote  to  determine  which  Millennial  chef  creates  DC’s  “best  bite.”
  • The  Founder’s  UnConference – Saturday,  June  20,  2015, 9:30  a.m.–3:00  p.m.1776, 1133 15th St. NW, Washington, DC. This  event  will  convene  inspiring  founders  and  aspiring  entrepreneurs to  discuss  topics  including:  running  a  lean  start­‐up,  building  an  online  brand,  intellectual property  for  entrepreneurs,  attracting  corporate  sponsors,  and  more.

Renter’s Week 2015 – DC Curbed

DC Curbed gives the best neighborhoods for renters. Check out the article below.

Washington, D.C. is a big and beautiful city that spans four quadrants with over 100 distinctive and unique neighborhoods. If you’re interested in moving to the District or moving from one are to another, here is your guide to where the most livable and most rentable areas are. To make this list, Curbed took a look at the median rents in each area, the Walk Scores, and the communities that inhabit them. In only a few words, Curbed summarizes what you should expect to find in each neighborhood, whether that’s an active nightlife or swanky designer stores. Feel free to leave your suggestions in the comments on any neighborhoods we left out, but shouldn’t have.

  1. Navy Yard
    • Median Rent: $2,374
      Walk Score: 83
      What to expect: Renovated old factories, new residential and office buildings, waterfront views
  2. Shaw
    • Median Rent: $2,374
      Walk Score: 94
      What to expect: Strong community feel, local businesses, lots of row houses
  3. Friendship Heights
    • Median Rent: $3,400
      Walk Score: 79
      What to expect: Swanky designer stores, suburban feel
  4. Adam’s Morgan
    • Median Rent: $2,100
      Walk Score: 94
      What to expect: Active nightlife, cultural diversity
  5. U Street Corridor
    • Median Rent: $2,600
      Walk Score: 97
      What to expect: Active nightlife, great transit
  6. H Street
    • Median Rent: $2,045
      Walk Score: 93
      What to expect: Artsy, commercial-focused, hipsters
  7. Columbia Heights
    • Median Rent: $2,200
      Walk Score: 93
      What to expect: Rapidly development retail/commercial center, yuppies
  8. Capitol Hill
    • Median Rent: $2,300
      Walk Score: 85
      What to expect: Age diversity, historic row houses, commercial strips

Luxury Apartments at National Harbor Now Available

Check out the article below for more information about the luxury apartments at National Harbor.

National Harbor’s first rental community, Esplanade at National Harbor, offers resort-style living at the 350-acre mixed-use development on the banks of the Potomac River. National Harbor has a hotel and conference center, restaurants, shops and entertainment venues, as well as condos and townhouses to own.

The Esplanade, which is 34 percent leased and 20 percent occupied, has a private residents’ clubhouse with a high-definition golf simulator (virtual golf system) with five championship courses; a swimming pool; a courtyard with a fire pit; an outdoor kitchen with grills; bocce and other lawn games; art installations; a fitness center with a yoga studio; a business center; and a conference room.

Rents range from $1,675 to $3,100 for studio and one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The apartments include high ceilings, large windows, granite counters, Energy Star appliances, energy-efficient gas cooking, large-capacity washers and dryers and walk-in closets. Some units have a patio or terrace.

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– Michele Lerner at the Washington Post

10 Ways to Celebrate Memorial Day This Weekend in DC

Check out‘s 10 things to do this weekend to honor veterans and fallen heroes in the nation’s capital!

1. You can’t talk about Memorial Day in DC without mentioning the National Memorial Day Parade. Put on since 2005, the parade—the largest of its kind in the U.S.—is run by the American Veterans Center and honors those servicemen and servicewomen who put their lives on the line to protect our freedoms. Set on Constitution Avenue, the march wows audiences exceeding 250,000 strong with marching bands, active duty and retired military units, youth groups, floats and hundreds of veterans. This year’s parade is set for Monday, May 25, starting at 2 p.m.

2. Arlington National Cemetery hosts an array of events to mark Memorial Day. Head to the Memorial Amphitheater at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 25 for an official Memorial Day service, sponsored by the U.S. Army Military District of Washington. Meanwhile, more than a quarter million mini flags will decorate the cemetery’s headstones. For another powerful tribute, head to the Tomb of the Unknowns, which is guarded by Tomb Guard Sentinels 24 hours a day, 365 days out of the year. Stick around and you’ll see the impressive Changing of the Guard ceremony, which occurs every half-hour until the cemetery closes at 7 p.m.

At 4 p.m. The Women in Military Service for America Memorial, located at the gateway to Arlington National Cemetery, will hold a ceremony that includes formal military honors, a keynote address, wreath-layings and the Memorial’s signature event, the scattering of rose petals in tribute to departed comrades.

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