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Douglas Jemal Receives Lifetime Achievement Award at 2014 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservation

June 4, 2014

By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Electronics Newsweekly -- Douglas Jemal, Founder and President of Douglas Development Corporation, was honored last night with the Lifetime Achievement award as part of the 11th annual 2014 District of Columbia Awards for Excellence in Historic Preservationin the historic DAR Constitution Hall.

Mayor Vincent C. Gray, The District of Columbia Historic Preservation Office/Office of Planning and The DC Preservation League presented the awards. Highlighting the event was Mayor Gray's presentation of the Individual Lifetime Achievement Award to Douglas Jemal for three decades of unparalleled accomplishments rehabilitating historic structures in the District.

Douglas was recognized for the development of the many projects in the East End of Downtown Washington and for being a catalyst for the redevelopment of that area. Signature projects include 7(th) Street Row in Chinatown, Woodward & Lothrop flagship building, F Street Historic Row and The Atlantic Building.

Douglas is the first developer to receive the Lifetime Achievement Award.

A short film was presented featuring Douglas' work and interviews with colleagues and preservationists like Tersh Boasberg, former Chair of the DC Historic Preservation Review Board. "Douglas has found a way to do both historic preservation and make a decent return. I wish he would bottle that secret and share it with all developers," said Tersh.

Douglas continues to project his vision with current projects like The Hecht Warehouse District and Uline Arena / The Coliseum.

In addition to the Lifetime Achievement Award, the signature Douglas Development project at Arch Square, 801 7(th) Street NW, located in the heart of the Chinatown neighborhood of the Downtown Historic District, was an award winner. The award in the category of "design and construction" notes the exemplary rehabilitation and expansion of this long-neglected commercial corner.

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About Douglas Jemal. Douglas was born in Brooklyn, New York and came to Washington, DC in 1966. Douglas began his career in the retail trade with a small store on 7th Street NW. He soon expanded into the electronics and music business, and by the mid-1980's had created one of the most successful retail electronics chains in the nation. Douglas branched into real estate in the early 1980's, purchasing his first parcel at 425 7th Street NW in 1981. Since then he has focused on purchasing and developing distinctive commercial properties in urban areas, such as Wonder Plaza (the former Wonder Bread bakery), Jemal's Park & Shop (on Connecticut Avenue, the oldest strip shopping center on the east coast), the historic block of 7th Street between G and H in Chinatown and the Historic Woodies Building. He believes in a hands-on approach to development and is actively involved at the design, construction and leasing of all his properties. Douglas is particularly noted for his unprecedented success in preserving historic architecture while transforming properties into viable and successful retail, office or residential sites.

Douglas Development Corporation, a fully integrated real estate company, is among the largest private property owners in the Washington, DC region. The company has completed more than 180 successful redevelopment projects and is a leading force in the revitalization of the District of Columbia. Currently, Douglas Development owns and manages more than 8 million square feet of real estate and has more than 4 million square feet of developable property in the pipeline. Founded by Douglas Jemal in 1985, the company has a passion to preserve and redevelop historic buildings.

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