News from the Bisnow Event: State of Arlington and Alexandria

Published December 22, 2016

Recently (December 7), Bisnow DC hosted their event, The State of Arlington County and Alexandria, in Crystal City. Over breakfast, several panelists spoke on everything from buildings to the Metro rail to the Gondola proposal and more. In addition to our very own John Shooshan, other speakers included:

  • Mark Damato – Head of Global Real Estate, CEB
  • Andy VanHorn – Principal, The JBG Companies
  • Mary-Claire Burick (Moderator)– President, Rosslyn BID


On Arlington County

  • John Shooshan – Chairman, Shooshan Company
  • Tim Helmig – President, Monday Properties
  • David Bevirt – SVP, Brookfield
  • Will Voegele – SVP, Forest City Washington
  • Evan Pritchard (Moderator) – Shareholder, Walsh Colucci Lubeley & Walsh


On Alexandria

  • Doug Firstenberg – Founding Principal, StonebridgeCarras
  • Jeff Zell – CEO, JM Zell
  • Bob Cohen – CEO, Perseus Realty
  • Fred Rothmeijer – Founding Principal, MRP Realty
  • Anthony Chang – VP, Washington REIT


As well as:

  • Angela Fox – President & CEO, Crystal City BID
  • Tina Leone –  CEO, Ballston BID
  • Stephanie Landrum – President & CEO, Alexandria Economic Development Partnership
  • Victor Hoskins – Director, Arlington Economic Development
  • Ross Draber – COO, United Bank

Specifically on the ongoing efforts to improve the waterfront, Arlington spokespeople talked about how Arlington shouldn’t be left behind in the process. Michael Gribbon, as Bisnow reported, states:

“The river is obviously an asset in the Washington metro area that, in some places, is just really a dynamic attraction, and in other areas, it’s just woefully underutilized…I think the next logical step is Arlington, it’s a resource that needs to be utilized.”

In addition, the idea of a boathouse in Rosslyn was discussed to better connect the area with Georgetown. Regarding the gondola proposal, The Bisnow article also states:

“John Shooshan emphasized the problem of funding a gondola, especially in the current fiscal situation. ‘We’re going to have $20 trillion in debt,’ John said. ‘So gondolas and things have got to be things that you need and not things that you want.'”

The Ballston BID was present, who tweeted:

Arlington Economic Development also tweeted a great quote from the event:

Overall the event was a huge success with many great points on what to expect over the next several years in both Arlington and Alexandria. The next Bisnow event, again featuring John Shooshan along with many other wonderful speakers, takes place on January 12 and covers the topic on how the next presidency will affect the commercial real estate industry.