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Adrian G. Washington is the founder and CEO of Neighborhood Development Company (NDC). Their mission is to develop exciting residential and commercial properties that cultivate vibrant communities. What does that mean? And how does a developer do that?
Well, that’s what Adrian and I talk about so listen in.
Adrian has over 30 years of experience in urban real estate development, construction and management. He founded NDC in 1999 and has served as President since then — except for a two year leave of absence from 2005 – 2007 when he left to lead the Anacostia Waterfront Corporation (AWC), the entity charged with leading a $10 billion, 20-year initiative to revitalize Washington, DC’s Anacostia Waterfront and surrounding communities. NDC has developed over 1,000,000 square feet of real estate, focusing on emerging urban neighborhoods while respecting the rich diversity of their existing fabric.
Adrian grew up in the city’s Anacostia neighborhood and is a lifelong resident of DC. He received his B.S. in Economics and Political Science from Stanford University and his M.B.A. in Marketing and Finance from the Harvard Business School. And he has received numerous individual awards reflecting his leadership in the development industry.
Insights and Inspirations
- Why develop a green field when you can redevelop an existing neighborhood and help it to thrive?
- See the people who are living there. They embody the neighborhood.
- Mix it up. Build affordable housing right next to luxury housing.
- Work with small businesses out of the community. They can become valuable tenants, not just for the developer but they bring value to the community as well.
- There’s lots of opportunity in Opportunity Zones.
Information and Links
- Adrian is excited to see NDC’s Benning Market built. It’s a food hall in River Terrace North East, and many of it’s investors came through a Small Change offering.
- NDC supports DC Greens, a local non-profit dedicated to food justice and health equity in Washington, DC.
- The project that Adrian is most proud of is the Residences of Georgia Avenue. This block buster project increased affordable housing options and healthy food options in a neighborhood considered a food desert.