Robb LaKritz manages the award-winning real estate development company LaKritz Holdings in Washington, DC, and oversees the construction of numerous commercial and residential buildings. Beyond his obligations to the company, Robb LaKritz belongs to the DC Preservation League. The DC Preservation League provides financial support for the preservation of historic sites through Preservation Initiatives (PI) Grant Program.
The PI Grant Program provides non-profit groups and individuals with matching grants designed to introduce the public to preservation concepts and techniques while stimulating discussion on the topic. Grants open doors for access to technical expertise and foster partnerships, in addition to offering the necessary funding for preservation planning, research, and education. Sites targeted by the grants include brick-and-mortar projects associated with historic and cultural significance.
Three separate funding sources support the PI Grant Program: the Virginia Avenue Tunnel, the Brightwood Car Barn, and the Mid-Century Modern and Religious Properties. Each funding source involves a specific area of the city and focuses on a different aspect of historical preservation. For instance, Brightwood Car Barn provides funding to the Brightwood Community and Ward 4 and enhances the knowledge of historic resources that contribute to the area’s cultural heritage. The Virginia Avenue Tunnel distributes funds to historic resources within the area surrounding the Virginia Avenue Tunnel Reconstruction Project and the Mid-Century Modern and Religious Properties funding source targets mid-century and religious architecture.
A former US Treasury advisor, Robb LaKritz maintains concurrent responsibilities as founder and managing partner at LaKritz Adler Development and as chairman of LaKritz Holdings, LLC. Complementing his professional work, Robb LaKritz serves as a member of the Urban Land Institute (ULI).
Over the last eight decades, ULI has emerged into one of the most influential real estate development and land use organizations in the world. Today, the Institute boasts a member-base of nearly 40,000 professionals who work in both the public and private sectors. Each of these individuals has the unique opportunity to take advantage of ULI’s numerous member benefits.
Anyone can engage with ULI as an associate member and become part of the organization’s largest group of affiliates. Though the organization does not offer its full range of benefits to these individuals, it still connects them with discounted educational events, opportunities to become Council leaders, and an exclusive list of online job postings.
ULI also offers a full membership bracket to those who work in the real estate and land industries. These professionals receive all associate benefits and more that help foster their career growth. In addition to extended leadership opportunities, full members receive the chance to mentor others in their field and present at prominent industry events.
Based in Washington, DC, Robb LaKritz has built a wide-ranging career as a global lawyer, policymaker, and business professional. As founder and managing partner of LaKritz Adler Development, Robb LaKritz has overseen an array of real estate redevelopment initiatives throughout the DC area.
Since its inception in 2002, LaKritz Adler has fostered the vision of an improved Washington DC. The firm began by restoring the city’s historic Shaw neighborhood and has since continued its goal with a number of other renovation projects, including the following:
Through a partnership with the First Baptist Church of Silver Spring, LaKritz Adler has initiated a project that aims to renovate two acres of real estate in the city’s downtown area. When completed, the new building will feature nearly 100,000 square feet of space for shopping, religious worship, and residential living.
In 2010, LaKritz Adler completed a renovation project at the empty gas station site across from Washington DC’s Petworth Station. After removing contaminations and rebuilding the site, the firm unveiled a new CVS that is the first to serve the neighborhood in several years.
In an effort to update the historic U Street section of Washington DC, LaKritz Adler purchased several lots in close proximity to the local metro station and established The Moderno in their place. Encompassing a total of 30,000 square feet, the building now boasts nearly 20 European-influenced condominiums and a retail area to accommodate the residents’ various shopping needs.
Robb LaKritz, an accomplished attorney and former Treasury Department official, co-founded the Washington, DC-based firm of LaKritz Adler Development in 2003. As managing partner and chairman of the firm’s investment committee, he has overseen the execution of numerous successful real estate development projects, including the sale of the historic Dupont Circle Starbucks building in 2014. Among other notable DC-area acquisitions, Robb LaKritz and Josh Adler converted the historic Veritas Building – once an embassy – into a contemporary retail-office space while maintaining its historic features.
The neoclassical Veritas Building, almost unused at the time of the LaKritz Adler purchase, began to thrive after the firm welcomed new tenants that included the Veritas Wine Bar and a major law office. Within a few months of the restoration, the building was fully occupied. Situated at the intersection of Connecticut and Florida Avenues and near the Dupont Circle metro station on the Red Line, the Veritas Building features a stunning facade.
The building’s style typifies the architectural look of the District, which in its early history adopted the neoclassical esthetic echoing ancient Greece and Rome in the majority of its public structures. Throughout the first third or so of the 19th century, major cities along the eastern seaboard continued to use the neoclassically inflected Federal and Greek Revival styles.
Robb LaKritz leads LaKritz Holdings, LLC, as chairman and also guides numerous building and historic renovation projects across the nation’s capital as chairman of LaKritz Adler Development, LLC. In 2014, he undertook the high profile sale of the Starbucks Building on Dupont Circle for more than $16 million. Robb LaKritz subsequently engineered the $14.9 million acquisition of an office building at 5185 MacArthur Blvd., on the Maryland-Washington DC border.
The off-market transaction was for a building that spans 43,000 square feet and has tenants such as UPS and Starbucks on the ground floor. One of the Uptown submarket’s premier mixed-use properties, the building was described by a LaKritz Adler Development executive as offering superior income characteristics when compared to deals occurring toward downtown.
The previous owner Rock Creek Property Group managed the property for nearly a decade, among a diversified portfolio spanning residential and commercial properties. With the property having been renovated approximately 15 years ago, LaKritz Adler Development is considering additional renovations that will make the property even more attractive.
As the chairman of LaKritz Holdings LLC, Robb LaKritz oversees real estate investment initiatives. Robb LaKritz also serves LaKritz Adler Real Estate Development, a company he co-founded, as a managing member.
In 2014, Rock Creek Property Group, following its acquisition of five commercial properties, sold the MacArthur Professional Center to LaKritz Adler. Rock Creek had purchased the three-story building in 2005 for $10 million. Located in close proximity to the Maryland-Washington border, the MacArthur Professional Center has a history dating back to the late 1960s and has since undergone renovations. Due to appreciation, Rock Creek transferred ownership to LaKritz Adler in exchange for nearly $15 million.
The building comprises 43,600 square feet, providing businesses with office space and retailers with storefronts. As of its acquisition, the center was home to a Starbucks as well as Brookville Pharmacy. Its other tenants included Interplan and John I. Haas.
Over the past two decades, Robb LaKritz has led a highly successful career as a real estate developer, investor, and policymaker. Currently leading LaKritz Holdings, LLC, as chairman and CEO, he spent 10 years serving as co-founder and managing partner of LaKritz Adler Development, LLC (LAD). Together with his partner, Robb LaKritz invested in and developed several properties throughout Washington, DC, including the Dupont Circle Starbucks Building.
Acquired by LAD in 2010, along with the adjacent Beadazzled building, the Dupont Circle Starbucks Building at 1501 Connecticut Avenue, NW, Washington, is home to the eastern United States’ first Starbucks store along with other high-end boutique commercial and retail space. Spanning the basement, first, and second floors in the buildings, Starbucks covers roughly one third of the total space and has agreed to lease the area through early 2035. The remaining space is filled by Beadazzled, Reishman Real Estate, and BBB Fresh Pan-Asian cafe, all of which have leases extending to at least 2018.
LAD owned the Dupont Circle Starbucks Building for five years, and in 2015 it was acquired by Harbor Group International in a record-setting sale. The fully leased buildings were sold for over $16 million, or $1,672 per square foot.