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Michael Smith

Director of Real Estate

Michael D. Smith serves as the Director of Real Estate, bringing nearly 25 years of real estate development experience and a successful track record in design, development, leasing, and management of landmark, urban retail destinations. At Streetsense, Michael uses his expertise to advise clients at every touchpoint, including site analysis, strategy, execution, and leasing.


Prior to joining Streetsense, Michael served as Vice President of Development for Williams Jackson Ewing (WJE), a premier retail development and leasing company that specializes in landmark urban projects. At WJE he managed the company’s design and development efforts and many of the firm’s leasing assignments; most notably at CityCenterDC, a 2.5 million square foot landmark mixed-use project in Downtown Washington, DC. Michael was part of a leasing team that assembled a collection of the industry’s most sought after luxury retailers and chefs.


In addition to development and leasing duties, Michael oversaw business development for WJE, securing projects that included CityCenterDC, Pier Village (Long Branch, NJ), Canada Square at Harbourfront Centre (Toronto), an ongoing leasing contract at Grand Central Terminal, and a development and master planning contract for Baltimore’s Lexington Market.


Michael holds a real estate license in the District of Columbia and Maryland, and has previously served on the Urban Land Institute’s Baltimore Board of Directors and the City of Baltimore’s Lexington Market Task Force.


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