Helping to develop Washington, DC, since 1973

Bringing bold, mixed-use projects to neighborhoods that are leading the District's rebirth.

 

Our Mission

Donatelli Development (formerly Donatelli & Klein) is a privately owned corporation engaged in the acquisition, development and ownership of real estate. While Donatelli Development has had a financial interest in several industries, its primary emphasis has been in the real estate industry since its formation in 1973. The firm has successfully developed office buildings, apartment communities, shopping centers, industrial properties and residential subdivisions in metropolitan Washington, D.C. Donatelli Development's approach to its projects is to acquire, develop and manage properties for long-term ownership and growth. Its corporate philosophy is to maintain an entrepreneurial staff to carefully select new opportunities that maintain a healthy rate of growth. The company engages the services of experienced, outside consultants while maintaining a hands-on approach supervising the development of its projects.

Over the last 15 years, the company has delivered more than 2,500 housing units and 100,000 square feet of retail space. Retailers include sit-down and fast casual restaurants, banks, and other convenience establishments. Previously completed Donatelli Development projects within the District include Kenyon Square and Highland Park at the Columbia Heights Metro, Ellington and Harrison Square at the U Street Metro, and Park Place and Griffin at the GA Ave-Petworth Metro, as well as the garden style apartment communities Regatta Bay and Stone Point in Annapolis, Maryland. The company recently completed Park 7, a 376-unit project with street-level retail at the Minnesota Avenue Metro in Northeast, DC. In addition, three mixed-use buildings at the Stadium-Armory Metro, Fort Totten Metro, and Capitol Heights Metro station are in the planning stages.

Donatelli Development builds mixed-use, transit-oriented buildings adjacent to Metro stations in the neighborhoods of Washington, DC. All of the company’s projects have been constructed on under-utilized or vacant land, revitalizing neighborhoods and bringing needed housing and retailers to historically underserved communities.

The company is known for pioneering projects and is often the first to undertake large-scale developments in a given District neighborhood. Its projects have positive social and economic impact on the areas in which they reside, and have attracted additional growth from other developers. Donatelli has a track record of successfully completing public/private partnerships with the District and with WMATA. In addition to conventional financing, the company has utilized numerous US Department of HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and DC HFA programs to fund its projects. The majority of the developments include a significant number of affordable housing units mixed with market rate units.

Donatelli's larger projects have all received national awards of excellence from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) and National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) for community impact and design.


Dynamic, mixed-use projects inspire our city’s neighborhoods.
— Chris Donatelli, President & CEO

What We've Achieved

  • Delivered 2,500 housing units and 100,000 square feet of retail space.
  • Focus on mixed-use, transit-oriented buildings adjacent to Metro stations.
  • Projects constructed on under-utilized or vacant land.
  • Track record of successfully completing public/private partnerships with the District and WMATA.
  • Utilize numerous US Department of HUD, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and DC HFA programs to fund its projects.
  • Developments include a significant number of affordable housing units mixed with market rate.
  • Projects have received national awards of excellence from the Urban Land Institute (ULI), the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), Delta Associates and the Washington Business Journal (WBJ).