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Five key players on the St. Elizabeths project

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Here are five people who are in the know on the St. Elizabeths project and why they matter.

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-- Shapour Ebadi, deputy regional commissioner for the General Services Administration. Ebadi is the on-site project manager for the 4.5 million square-foot Department of Homeland Security facility, the government's biggest construction project since the Pentagon was built. His job duties range from overseeing the removal of 1.3 million cubic yards of dirt to managing the 16,000 construction workers who will eventually be on the site.

-- Herb Miller, developer. As co-founder of the private Chesapeake Crescent Initiative group, Miller is looking to leverage the federal government's investment to turn St. Elizabeths into a regional, environmentally sustainable economic development engine for east Washington and Southern Maryland. He's best known for helping develop parts of Georgetown and Gallery Place.

-- Harriet Tregoning, director of the District's Office of Planning. Tregoning's office will write the blueprint for what developers can build on the 170-acre, city-owned east campus. She'd like to turn the property into a destination spot with roughly 2 million square feet of retail, offices, a university-like facility, and housing that she hopes could sway DHS workers to live closer to where they work.

-- Jose Muse, small developer. He's seeking a financial partner to help him build a $100 million office building with first-floor retail on a commercial strip he owns along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue. He hopes to attract DHS workers and government contractors to his new project.

-- Art Turowski, real estate broker. Turowski spent 37 years at the General Services Administration before joining Jones Lang LaSalle in Washington, where he's an expert on tracking how DHS, which is looking for another 1 million square feet, and other government agencies find office space.


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