Real Estate

Real Estate Consulting and Program Implementation

Carmen Group specializes in helping developers secure public sector approvals and financing for large-scale economic development projects nationwide. We create strategies to ensure that complex public-private projects are approved by the local jurisdiction, optimize and secure all available local and federal funding and manage financial and political support through project completion.

Carmen Group has worked closely with the General Services Administration (GSA) on real estate matters across the United States for over 30 years. We have proven success working with real estate developers and GSA on numerous property acquisition and federal leasehold issues. One of Carmen Group’s founders is a former GSA Administrator.

Carmen Group has secured approvals for the over a quarter of a billion dollars in local TIF/PILOT project financing, secured approvals of Land Disposition Agreements for large mixed-use development projects, developed the enabling legislation for Business Improvement Districts, and worked to defeat an effort to allow a city government to abrogate leases at-will. We are noted experts in land use issues; tax and other incentives for housing, retail and entertainment uses; public property disposition regulations; federal land transfers; and federal funding opportunities in the transportation, housing, environmental, water resources, economic development, and security areas.

Carmen Group has particular expertise in the District of Columbia, which has a unique federal/city government interface. We have worked in some capacity on most of the major redevelopment initiatives undertaken by the District over the last decade.


Dal Harper
Executive Managing Director

Record of Success

  • PN Hoffman
  • Madison Marquette
  • Related Companies
  • Silverstein Properties
  • Normandy Real Estate Partners
  • Western Development
  • Trammel Crow
  • Heyman Properties
  • CBRE
  • Pyramid Real Estate
  • Miramar Real Estate Management
  • Blackford Development

Special Expertise

  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Land Disposition Agreements
  • Tax Increment Financing
  • Payment in Lieu of Taxes
  • Tax Abatements
  • Transportation
  • Contracting
  • Federal Funding
  • Federal Authorizations
  • NEPA

Work Effectively With

  • Congress
  • General Services Administration (GSA)
  • Office of Management and Budget
  • U.S. Army Corps of Engineers
  • District of Columbia Mayor’s office
  • District of Columbia Council
  • U.S. Department of Transportation
  • DC Department of Transportation
  • Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
  • Contracting and Procurement Consumer & Regulatory Affairs