Join Mayor Muriel Bowser:Preserving & Planning for Progress


Feb. 29 2016, Published 7:00 p.m. ET

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VENUE: Howard Theater

ADDRESS: 620 T St NW, Washington, DC 20001, USA

The Preserving and Planning for Progress event has been rescheduled to Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at the Howard Theater. We are asking all those who previously registered  to please reregister.

Join Mayor Muriel Bowser and the DC Office of Planning for a conversation on Preserving and Planning for Progress.

The District is experiencing outstanding growth in both its population and economy. Over the next 20 years the population is expected to grow by more than 200,000 people. During this same time period we are expected to add 40,000 new jobs. This time is now to begin conversations about how we and maintain momentum around development projects in the pipeline, accommodate future growth, preserve our city’s historic character.

The event seeks to bring together historic preservationists, real estate development professionals and community stakeholders to engage one another on the opportunities and challenges around growth and development in the nation’s most historic city. It will consist of a series of moderated discussions with local and national experts to provide context on the District’s unique regulatory planning and development environment, and highlight planning innovation and creative development partnerships that have been inclusive of historic preservation goals.


5:00 – 5:50 Gallery Exhibit – Map Room

5:50 – 6:00 Welcome Eric Shaw, Director Office of Planning

6:00 – 6:05 Remarks Mayor Muriel Bowser

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6:10 – 6:45 Moderated Panel Discussion - O Street Market

The panel will discuss the decade-long effort to revitalize a two-block site in the center of the historic Shaw neighborhood that has transformed an underutilized property into a vibrant mixed-use town center, with a state-of-the-art new supermarket, neighborhood-serving retail, a variety of housing types (including affordable and senior housing), and a hotel.  In addition to the economic vitality, jobs, and housing it provides, the project also resulted in valuable preservation and planning benefits, such as the restoration of the vacant and partially-collapsed historic O Street Market, the opening up of a closed L'Enfant street through the site, high-quality contemporary design that relates to the surrounding historic neighborhood, and relocation of parking and loading functions below grade to ensure active, lively and safer streets.

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6:45 – 7:15 Moderated Panel Discussion – Woodward & Lothrop Department Store

For almost 100 years, the Woodward & Lothrop Department Store was a major destination and anchor of our downtown; when it closed, it represented a major loss of vitality in the city's center.  The panel will focus on the efforts to convert the building to a multi-use retail and office building which through a careful selection of high-traffic retail tenants, the use of federal preservation tax credits, and construction of additional floors artfully designed to respect the building's character, has resulted in it once again being a vibrant cornerstone of the city's commercial core.

7:15 – 8:00 Keynote Speakers

Keynote remarks will be offered by Alfred Fraijo Jr and Brent Leggs

Alfred Fraijo Jr. is an equity partner in the real estate, land use, and natural resources practice group of the global law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton. In 2015, he received the Urban Land Institute 40 Under 40 award recognizing him as one of the best young land-use professionals from around the globe.

Fraijo founded Leadership for Urban Renewal Network Inc., a nonprofit innovation hub for young professionals engaged in land use policy and demonstration projects to improve the quality of housing in California. He is also president of the Friends of the Hollywood Freeway Central Park, an initiative to build a mile-long, 38-acre public park over one of the busiest highways in the United States, and advises several nonprofit housing development corporations.

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Brent Leggs serves as senior field officer at the National Trust for Historic Preservation based in Washington, D.C. Dedicated to preserving historic places that represent the diverse heritage of our nation, Brent is author of the book, “Preserving African-American Historic Places,” which provides tools for protecting some of the most important landmarks in African-American history. His latest publication entitled “Envisioning Villa Lewaro’s Future,” highlights conceptual and economically viable reuse concepts for preserving the historic estate. Brent is the project manager for five National Treasure projects across the country – including, Madam C. J. Walker’s Villa Lewaro, Joe Frazier’s Gym, Lincoln University, and the A. G. Gaston Motel. These multi-million dollar preservation projects showcase the breadth of cultural assets in African-American history.

Leggs is also an adjunct professor at the University of Maryland’s School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation and a Harvard Graduate School of Design Loeb Fellow


Confirmed Speakers Include:

Neil Albert, DowntownDC Business Improvement District

Shalom Baranes, Shalom Baranes Associates

Elizabeth Okeke-Von Batten, Center for Design & the City; Sustainable Cities Design Academy

Alfred Fraijo Jr., SheppardMullin, LURN Network, Friends of the Hollywood Freeway Central Park

David Franco, Level 2 Development

Laura Hughes, EHT Traceries

Richard Lake, Roadside Development

Demond “Brent” Leggs, National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sommer Mathis, CityLab

Rebecca Miller, DC Preservation League

Paul Millstein, Douglas Development Corporation

Robert Sponseller, Shalom Baranes Associates

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