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Representative Projects

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PARADIGM

Paradigm Development Co. — Park Meridian: Approved in February 2013, this project included purchase of unused floor area from an adjacent property owner in the same zone through a complex condominium regime. The approvals for the project included a consolidation of the two adjacent parcels, a Development Special Use Permit and a Transportation Management Plan Special Use Permit for a 109 room Hotel on the Corner of Prince and Daingerfield Streets in Alexandria, including an increase to 3.0 FAR, a reduction in the required number of parking spaces as well as loading spaces, a valet parking program and an illuminated sign above 35 feet. In addition, the project provides over 30,000 square feet of affordable housing units on-site that will be guaranteed for 40 years. The project began construction in late 2013.

OLD DOMINION BOAT CLUB

The land exchange project between the Old Dominion Boat Club and the City of Alexandria resolves long-standing disagreements about ODBC’s waterfront property located at the foot of King Street. Under the land exchange, ODBC will convey its property to the City in exchange for a newly created lot at the intersection of Prince Street and Strand Street which includes the property formerly known as the Beachcomber. ODBC will construct a new clubhouse facility on the lot it acquires and the City will integrate the ODBC property at the foot of King Street into its waterfront improvements. The firm represents ODBC in connection with the Property Exchange Agreement and the related transactional work associated with the project and in connection with the ongoing land use legal work related to the zoning change, the DSUP and the other local permits and approvals associated with the new ODBC facility.

CARR HOSPITALITY

CARR 1620 Prince Street, LLC: Approved in February 2013, this project included purchase of unused floor area from an adjacent property owner in the same zone through a complex condominium regime. The approvals for the project included a consolidation of the two adjacent parcels, a Development Special Use Permit and a Transportation Management Plan Special Use Permit for a 109 room Hotel on the Corner of Prince and Daingerfield Streets in Alexandria, including an increase to 3.0 FAR, a reduction in the required number of parking spaces as well as loading spaces, a valet parking program and an illuminated sign above 35 feet. In addition, the project provides over 30,000 square feet of affordable housing units on-site that will be guaranteed for 40 years. The project began construction in late 2013.

BRADDOCK GATEWAY

Originally approved in March 2008, this project included a Master Plan and Zoning Amendment for the redevelopment of 7 acres of property near the Braddock Road Metro Station. In addition, the approvals included a Coordinated Development District Concept Plan and a Transportation Management Plan Special Use Permit for five (5) phases of mixed-use development with up to 770,000 square feet of residential, office, hotel and retail space, including a one acre park. The first phase of this project was given approval in September 2011 for the construction of 270 residential units in a signature building at the corner of First and Fayette Streets. The second phase of the project, including the substantial ¾ acre park, shown below, was given further approval in June of 2012. The second phase includes the signature art deco building with 185 residential units and 5,200 square feet of ground floor retail.

RESTAURANT DEPOT

Approved in September 2009, the Restaurant Depot wholesale warehouse project includes a unique design for an important commercial business in the City of Alexandria. The Development Special Use Permit provides for the redevelopment of older warehouse buildings on Eisenhower Avenue with the construction of an approximately 72,000 square foot building near the interchange of I-495 and Clermont Avenue.

ERKILETIAN COMPANIES

621 N. Payne St. Project: Approved in 2008, this project provides for the redevelopment of a warehouse building in the heart of the Braddock Metro Neighborhood. The approval of the Development Special Use Permit for this mixed use project includes 206 residential units and ground floor retail space at the corner of Fayette and Pendleton Streets, as well as a significant publicly accessible open space off Pendleton Street.

DIAMOND-LINCOLNIA, L.L.C.

Lincolnia Road Residences: Approved in 2005, the project includes a multi-story residential building in the west end of the City of Alexandria. The approvals include a Development Special Use Permit, with Site Plan, for the redevelopment of what was an office building and a single family home into a 136 unit residential building near the Duke Street exit of I-395.

Tuscany at Landmark, LLC

Approved in 2004, the project includes two multi-story residential buildings in the west end of the City of Alexandria. The approvals included a Development Site Plan for the development of 104 residential units in two buildings over a unified parking garage, off of Stevenson Avenue on Yoakum Parkway near Landmark. The project was constructed by Bozzutto Homes.

JBG Rosenfeld Duke St., LLC

1700 Duke Street: Approved in 2002, this mixed-use project included a Master Plan Amendment, Coordinated Development District Concept Plan, Development Special Use Permit, with Site Plan, Transportation Management Plan Special Use Permit and Vacation of Right-of-Way. The approvals provided for the construction of 216 residential units above a Whole Foods grocery story on Duke Street in Alexandria, near the King Street Metro.

BRADDOCK METRO

Braddock Metro Residences: Braddock Metro Place Investors, LLC, obtained approval in April 2012, for this project which provides 165 residential units in close proximity to the Braddock Metro Station. The Development Special Use Permit and associated approvals for the project included to increase the FAR for the project and increase the height from 77 to 99 feet under the City’s Affordable Housing bonus program of Section 7-700 of the Zoning Ordinance. 10 of the units will be guaranteed affordable for 40 years. The project also provides over 21,000 square feet of ground level open space. The project began construction in early 2013.

Madison Homes

Old Town Mews, now Old Town Crescent: Approved in 2000, this project included a Development Site Plan, with modifications, for the construction of 10 townhomes and a 28 unit multi-family condominium building on Slaters Lane in Alexandria, near the George Washington Memorial Parkway. It is located across the street from the Marketplace retail site. The townhomes, with separate garages, are separated from the condominium building by a 22 foot alley that serves both residential types.

TOWNHOUSE PROJECTS

Wilkes Street Residences & Royal Marketplace, LLC: The firm has also represented several developers in connection with the development of smaller townhouse development projects consisting of 8 or fewer units, including Wilkes Street Residences at 711 Wilkes Street, the Galena Capital Partners project at 206 – 121 South Patrick Street, and the Royal Marketplace LLC project at 316 Princess Street. The approvals required in connection with these projects typically include re-subdivision and/or lot consolidation, Development Site Plan or Special Use Permit and Board of Architectural Review Approval.

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One of Alexandria's Oldest Continuously Operating Law Firms

The law firm of Hart & Gibbs, P.C., has a long history in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm’s history dates back to 1968 when Mr. Hart began his practice with Robert L. Murphy in Old Town, Alexandria. Both were former Assistant City Attorneys and the firm’s emphasis on local government issues remains to this day. Mr. Hart and Herbert L. Karp began their association in law school at the Georgetown University Law Center. They graduated from Georgetown together in 1963. After years of practicing in different firms, they decided to enter into practice together, along with Mary Catherine Gibbs, in 2001. In 2013, long-time of-counsel to the firm, Ms. Constance Pierce, joined the firm as a partner. The firm specializes in zoning, condemnation, eminent domain, waterfront litigation, commercial collections and commercial real estate transactions.

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OUR TEAM

Harry P. Bud Hart

Harry P. “Bud” Hart is a partner in the firm where his primary areas of practice are zoning, condemnation, eminent domain, waterfront litigation and municipal law. He’s participated in numerous civic and volunteer organizations since the 1960’s including the past chair of Hopkins House, a Center for Children and their Families, past chair of the Northern Virginia Juvenile Detention Commission, a member of the City of Alexandria Charter Revision Committee, the Alexandria Chamber of Commerce, the Alexandria Community Services Board, and the Alexandria Kiwanis Club. He’s an active member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Community. He is also a member of the Alexandria and American Bar Associations, as well as the Virginia State Bar.

Herbert L. Karp

Herbert L. Karp is retired from the firm. He was a partner where his primary area of practice is commercial collections. He received his B.S. degree from New York University in 1960 and his J.D. from Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. in 1963. Mr. Karp, formerly of Brown & Karp, P.C., is a past president of the Alexandria Bar Association and the Alexandria Legal Aid Society. He is a former Chairman of the Alexandria Human Rights Commission. He currently practices in the firm’s Luray, Virginia office at 170 Kibler Drive, Luray, VA 22835.

Mary Catherine Gibbs

Mary Catherine Gibbs is a partner in the firm, where her areas of practice range from zoning, condemnation, and eminent domain, to juvenile law where she previously acted as a guardian ad litem in abuse and neglect cases, as well as representing parties in domestic abuse cases. She received her B.A. degree from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia in 1993 cum laude, and her J.D. degree from T.C. Williams School of Law at the University of Richmond in 1997. Ms. Gibbs is a former law clerk to the Honorable Jane Marum Roush, 1997-1999, of the Fairfax County Circuit Court. She is a member of the Virginia Women Attorneys Association, and is Past President of the Northern Virginia Chapter of that organization. She is a member of the Alexandria Bar Association and the Virginia State Bar. Ms. Gibbs is also the former Chair of the City of Alexandria’s Commission for Women, where she was a member between 2002 and 2011. Ms. Gibbs is currently the Chair of the Board of Directors of the Friends of the Alexandria Commission for Women and a member of the Board of Directors of Sheltered Homes of Alexandria. She was the President of the Douglas MacArthur Elementary School Parent Teacher Association from 2012-2013.
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