Jay Solomon, a Chattanoogan who was heavy into shopping centers ("I worked on the deal that brought Bloomingdale's to Tysons.") before the left Arlen Realty to become administrator of the General Services Administration under the Carter administration a few months back, said the other day that he has explicit orders from The Man himself. The first federal priority, according to Solomon, who sees increasing demands for U.S. office space, will be to adapt and use existing historic buildings, followed by leased space in privately owned buildings and finally, a remote last, new federal construction. Already Solomon is convinced that older buildings are more energy-efficient. Additionally, look for more federal buildings to have exhibit space to add to their greater use and public service around the clock. Where does Solomon live? He and his wife are subleasing in the small Plaza condo apartment building opposite the Watergate.
The Montgomery County Board of Realtors, which soon expects to go on line with PRC Realtronics for computerization of its multiple listing service, reported recently that an analysis of 4,000 properties listed for sale showed that 18 per cent were priced under $30,000, 52 per cent between $30,000 and $7,000 and 18 per cent between $70,000 and $100,000.
Since joining Rufus S. Lusk & Son, the major realty publishing firm here, in 1927, Anna L. Stuermann has been appreciated. From a 17-year-old secretary of the late Rufus Sc., she moved up. ("She know everything about his business," her current boss said.) Now she's secretary-treasurer to the firm, which is located in a basement suite in the 1700 block of Jefferson PI. NW. On the occasion of her recent 50th anniversary with Lusk, she was honored at a dinner aat Columbia Country Club. It was recalled that Miss Stuermann, a D.C. native and daughter of a policeman, worked "ungodly hours" and even without remuneration for a period during the Depression. She now functions mainly as office manager. She owns her house in Silver Spring and a few others too. And Lusketeers are careful to note that in no was the anniversary party to be confused with retirement because, at 67, Miss Stuermann remains an unreformed workaholic, although she'd never use that term.
Attorneys Warren K. Rich and Philip W. Moore III, according to the Star-Democrat newspaper in Easton, Md., have a contract to purchase the town's old Penn Central railroad station (with vintage ski-slope roof) and want to transform the "historic, deteriorated landmark into a railroad-oriented restaurant." Some variances will be needed. The price to be paid to Penn Central for the property has not divulged but astute speculation put it in the $25,000 range.
A usually reliable source reports that Wally Luetje, 31, a former SWAT team instructor for the Los Angeles sheriff's department, has turned to realty development and horse farming. Luetje and wife Eve and associates have acquired about 1,000 acres of Virginia land outside Spotsylvania. Included is the 55-arce tract called the Po farm, where the main building dates back to 1740. It was a hospital for confederate wounded during the Civil War and will be the Leutje home soon. The acreage will be for horse boarding and breeding. Otherwise, land will be packaged into parcels of one, two and 10 acres and offered to city folks looking for getaway or retirement home spots in the country.