When Joe Carrol came to the Washington, D.C., office of Lowe Enterprises ten years ago, the Jacksonville, Florida, native jumped directly into one of the city’s largest and most successful mixed-use redevelopments—CityVista, a $245 million transformation of a full city block near the Washington Convention Center.
Now, Carrol is responsible for Lowe’s acquisitions in the eastern region. His team’s most recent projects illustrate diverse approaches to urban placemaking. The Hepburn is a top-of-market multifamily project of striking architecture, grand green spaces, and luxurious amenities. The George is a repurposed 1960s office building in Wheaton, Maryland, that is now a 194-unit apartment tower near Metrorail. And Fort Totten Square replaced a failing shopping center in a food-desert neighborhood with new residential and retail options, including a 120,000-square-foot (11,000 sq m) full-service Walmart.
“Each project was not only a joy to envision and develop, but also a celebration of all that is great about sustainable development in the urban context,” Carrol says. “ULI was the first place that I felt at home in the industry—intellectual, business-minded, practical, and conscious all in one place.”