Charlotte, NC – (June 13, 2017) As strong momentum builds at the Camp North End redevelopment site in Charlotte, ATCO Properties & Management announced today that it has expanded its professional team to meet growing demand. The company has appointed Tommy Mann as development director of the project and retained a team from Cushman & Wakefield led by Jessica Brown to lead the marketing and leasing efforts for the office component of the complex.
Mann, an industry veteran with a history of successfully executing several complex mixed-use developments in the Mid-Atlantic region, will focus on all ongoing redevelopment efforts for Camp North End, including construction, design and management. Prior to joining ATCO, Mann served as director of development at Kettler in Washington, D.C., where he handled a development and investments portfolio of nearly 2 million square-feet of mixed-use properties. Before that, he worked at Federal Realty Investment Trust, where he led the development and construction team responsible for Pike & Rose, a 3.4 million square-foot transit-oriented mixed-use development project in North Bethesda, MD that included retail, residential, office and hotel.
On the leasing front, the Cushman & Wakefield team is marketing more than 1 million square feet of office space throughout the project, including the buildings located at 1776, 1810, 1820, and 1830 Statesville Avenue, and 1701 North Graham Street. These upgraded factory buildings will provide highly efficient floorplates and modern infrastructure in a historic setting. In addition Brown, Executive Director, the Cushman & Wakefield leasing team also includes Senior Director David Dorsch, Director Kris Westmoreland and Senior Associate Grant Keyes.
Commenting on the appointment of Mann, Damon Hemmerdinger, co-president of ATCO Properties & Management, said: “We are pleased to welcome the experience and strong interpersonal skills Tommy brings to the table as we actively build out our senior leadership team at Camp North End. His enthusiasm for building communities, design-excellence and the financial complexities of real estate projects makes him an excellent match for this role.”
He added: “Camp North End’s innovative office space offers a unique opportunity for a tenant to join a dynamic, transforming neighborhood that blends history and contemporary design. And now that our redevelopment efforts are officially underway, we are excited to bring Cushman & Wakefield’s expertise, experience and resources to the project.”
The appointment of Mann and the selection of Cushman & Wakefield further expands ATCO’s capabilities and expertise in all phases of development and leasing for Camp North End. The new team members will work closely alongside with Scott Carr and Varian Shrum, who joined the company earlier this year as project manager and community manager, respectively.
The news also comes on the heels of several major leasing transactions that were recently signed at the complex, including nonprofit Junior Achievement of Central Carolinas (JACC), arts organization Goodyear Arts and co-working company Hygge.
“The Camp North End project offers an incredible opportunity to transform the North End by allowing ATCO to bring commercial space, creative workspaces, art, retail and food to the community of Charlotte,” Mann said. “I am thrilled to be a part of this exciting new development.”
“Camp North End is one of the boldest adaptive reuse projects in the U.S., and we’re uniquely suited to partner with ATCO,” said Brown of Cushman & Wakefield. “With ATCO’s world-class vision and Cushman & Wakefield’s local and global platform and expertise, we have an opportunity to create a home for emerging tech companies and the creative class as well as the Fortune 500, all powered by Charlotte’s virtually unlimited human capital.”
The Camp North End site was first partially developed in 1924, when Henry Ford hired Albert Kahn to design and build a large factory where Model Ts were built. During WWII, the site was more fully built out by the U.S. Army as a quartermaster depot that provisioned Army facilities across the eastern United States. During the Cold War, the site was used to assemble Hercules and Nike missiles, when it was known as the Charlotte Area Munitions Plant, or CAMP.
Mann, a Charlotte native, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and received a Master’s of Business Administration with a concentration in real estate from the University Of Virginia Darden School Of Business. He holds memberships with organizations such as the Urban Land Institute and the International Council of Shopping Centers.