Herb Miller, Vradenburg to help guide St. E’s development

One developer, one philanthropist and one educator will lead D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray‘s advisory panel on the redevelopment of the 183-acre St. Elizabeths’ East Campus. Herb Miller, chairman of Western Development Corp., will join former AOL executive George Vradenburg and Trinity Washington University’s Telaekah Brooks, dean of the school of professional studies, to head the […]

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Bloomingdale’s Will Take Its Hip SoHo Prototype to California

Export SoHo beyond New York City? Bloomingdale’s says it’s possible. Nearly five years after launching its scaled-down, super-chic SoHo boutique, in lower Manhattan, Bloomingdale’s is expanding the concept. The company plans to open two more SoHo stores, one at Santa Monica (Calif.) Place in 2010, and the other at Georgetown Park, in the Georgetown district […]

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Herb & Ben Miller

As we continue to examine the impact the nation’s financial meltdown is having on different parts of the Washington, DC economy, Sonya Bernhardt and I had a very interesting lunch with Herb and Ben Miller of Western Development Corporation. The father and son combination are truly at the forefront of the District’s commercial real estate […]

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Bloomie’s to bring ‘SoHo’ to M Street

Macy’s Inc., the owner of the Bloomingdale’s department store chain, announced last Wednesday that a “SoHo concept” version of Bloomingdale’s will open at the revamped Georgetown Park retail complex in August 2011. The D.C. store, the company noted in a news release, will be only the second of its type outside Manhattan. Ben Miller, the […]

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Bloomingdale’s to Come to Georgetown Mall

Bloomingdale’s announced plans yesterday to open a store in the Shops at Georgetown Park in the next three years, providing a boost to a shopping center that had become overshadowed by its trendier neighbors. The high-end retail chain, which is owned by Macy’s, said the three-level, 82,000-square-foot store is expected to be completed in August […]

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Retrofitting for Ecology: Diplomacy Helps ‘Green’ D.C. Firms

Laurel Colless has energy to burn, and all she really wants to do with it is save energy for others while reducing the Washington region’s carbon footprint. It’s not surprising these days for someone to embrace eco-friendly living, but it is unusual even in globally conscious times for a socially active diplomat’s wife – Ms. […]

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City Leaders Detail Efforts to Lure Nordstrom

District officials are hoping to lure the Nordstrom department store chain to the District, but they’re divided on a location. Council members Jack Evans and Kwame Brown say Nordstrom officials have expressed strong interest in Western Development’s The Shops at Georgetown Park and that the company has no interest in the old convention center site — […]

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Miller Makes Nordstrom Part of his D.C. Utopia

Herb Miller has visions. He sees happy diners eating and drinking at restaurants terraced over the C&O canal in Georgetown. He sees Georgetown Park, the enclosed mall he now controls, serving as both a place to buy edgy fashion and view the latest modern art. He sees the District of Columbia government helping to make […]

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Rebuilding on M Street

The owners of the Shops at Georgetown Park are preparing a dramatic remake to their property. Western Development Corp, which constructed the M Street center, repurchased the property in March. Retail trends have changed dramatically over the past two decades, a fact that is recognized by Ben Miller and other company officials. “it’s like a […]

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