Shapiro, Lifschitz & Schram

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John Driggs – Owner, The Driggs Company, LLC


Earlier this year, SLS noted that many stores had gone dark or closed their interior entrances at that Georgetown institution, The Shops At Georgetown Park, 3222 M Street NW.  While a mystery at the time, the reason for those closings now seems clear. 

The mall’s owners, Vornado Realty Trust and Angelo Gordon & Co., have obtained permits for demolition and interior renovation to tear down large, non-structural sections of the mall’s interior.  Both garage and retail spaces will be reconstructed.  (Shops at Georgetown Park poised for makeover)  Currently, two additional permits for construction at Georgetown Park are pending with the D.C.’s Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs; one awaiting electrical and fire approval, the other pending structural and zoning approval.

Georgetown Park held approximately 100 retail stores at its opening in 1981, and now lists 64 stores and restaurants on its website.  Reconfiguration of the interior is likely meant to create space for big-box retailers and to lure a national chain retailer such as Bloomingdale’s or Target (Redevelopment planned for Georgetown Park mall).  As one Georgetown community specialist, Topher Matthews, has noted, it is likely that the Georgetown Park reboot will create long spaces running from M Street to the Canal, effectively “de-mall”ing the mall (Mall Moves Ahead with Radical Reshaping).

As our readers know, we’ve pondered the many reasons why Bloomingdales shuttered its White Flint location this year.  An earlier deal with Bloomingdales to enter Georgetown Park by 2011 fell through in 2009 and it opened up as the anchor tenant in the Shops at Wisconsin Place in Chevy Chase, Maryland in 2007.  Many factors suggest that Bloomingdales could thrive in a reconfigured Georgetown Park given (1) its prime location, (2) the lack of department stores in upscale Georgetown, (3) the Ritz-Carlton hotel and residences around the corner, (4) the Four Seasons hotel a few blocks away, (5) Bloomingdale’s prior enthusiasm for having two stores in the area, and (6) the interest of the mall’s owners in high-end retail and in Bloomies in particular. So, could a Bloomingdales finally be coming to M Street?  We should soon find out.

Did You Know . . .

Members of the SLS trial group have tried in excess of 50 jury trials and 75 bench trials?

The SLS construction group has worked on sports stadiums across the country including Orioles Park in Baltimore and Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati?

The SLS construction group has worked on power plant projects across the country?

In 2007 SLS was selected for an Honorable Mention as one of the Best Places To Work in Washington DC?

Ron Shapiro, Steve Schram and Judd Lifschitz have all been selected as SuperLawyers by Law and Politics?

The SLS office building is an historic townhouse constructed in the late 1800s?

SLS has been selected by Martindale-Hubbell as a Preeminent Law Firm?

SLS trial lawyers have argued appeals in the U.S. Circuit Courts of Appeal for the 4th, 5th, 9th, D.C. and Federal Circuit?

SLS trial lawyers have been lead trial counsel in cases in Arizona, California, District of Columbia, Florida, Louisiana, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Texas, and Virginia, - to name just a few?

Virtually all the cases that SLS trial lawyers mediated have been favorably settled at mediation?

The transactional group at SLS was lead counsel on one of the largest, most complex mixed-use projects in downtown Washington, DC involving 4 lenders and 6 property owners?

In appreciation for the outstanding efforts of each of its employees during 2007, SLS gave everyone (attorneys, paralegals, and staff) a 4 day/3 night expense paid trip to Key West, Florida?

The transactional group at SLS has represented tenants in more than 200 retail leases in the Mid-Atlantic region?

Every attorney in the transactional group at SLS has at least 15 years experience?

The transactional group at SLS has represented developers in the purchase, construction, financing and/or sale of more than 75 multi-family apartment projects?

The transactional group at SLS has represented real estate investors and developers with respect to property in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, the District of Columbia, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Texas, Tennessee, Michigan and the U.S. Virginia Islands?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented eight national banks in commercial real estate loans?

Attorneys in the transactional group at SLS have represented the FDIC, the Resolution Trust Corporation and several banking institutions in loan workout transactions throughout the Mid-Atlantic region?

The transactional group at SLS has represented homebuilders and commercial real estate developers in work-outs of individual loans and also for work-outs of large portfolios involving dozens of properties in several states?

The trial lawyers of SLS have numerous reported decisions to their credit?