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Abdo Development is a District of Columbia development and construction company that specializes in luxury residential and retail development. The firm was incorporated in 1996 by Jim Abdo, its President and CEO.

Abdo Development concentrates its development in and immediately around the urban core of Washington, DC. To date, the company has completed over thirty development projects. Many of these developments include distressed historic structures that require complete restoration and conversion. Abdo also develops new buildings that are built with the same quality and attention to detail as its historic properties. Some of Abdo’s notable recent developments include the development of 480 condominiums on the site of the former Capital Children’s Museum on H Street, NE and 87 new loft condominiums in two warehouse-inspired buildings on Clarendon Boulevard in Arlington.

Abdo Development has received critical acclaim from within the community and the press for its responsible approach to development and is considered a leader in the renewal of Washington’s historic districts. In 2004, the company won the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in Historic Preservation. Abdo was the recipient of the 2006 Delta Award for Most Innovative Mid-Atlantic Condominium (for The Wooster and Mercer Lofts) and also Best Mid-Atlantic Adaptive Reuse Condominium (for The Landmark Lofts at Senate Square). Jim Abdo received the 2006 Bob Herrema Award for an Adaptive Reuse project for the Bryan School Lofts. Most recently, Mr. Abdo was honored with the 2007 CEO of the Year Award from SmartCEO Magazine as well as the 2007 Investors in America Award from Partners for Livable Communities. He was also named a finalist for the 2007 Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Mr. Abdo has over twenty-five years experience in all aspects of design/build in both commercial and residential construction. He serves on numerous boards, including DC Preservation League, DC Building Industry Association and Arena Stage. In 2004, Mr. Abdo was appointed to the Washington Convention Center Authority Board where he currently chairs the Development Committee. Additionally, Mr. Abdo is currently serving a two-year term on Fannie Mae’s National Housing Advisory Council.

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