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New partner named at Crosland Southeast

Barry James has been promoted to a partner at Crosland Southeast, according to a press release from the company.

James is responsible for the design, development and construction of Crosland Southeast’s portfolio of projects, and oversees the design and construction project management team.

“Project management and construction is an essential piece of our company’s growth, and the fact that we have a partner with a high level of expertise in the field is a major asset,” said Tim Sittema, a partner at Crosland Southeast, in the release. “Barry’s leadership and ability to manage our largest construction projects from conception to completion enhances our capacity to create projects more efficiently and economically.”



James is the first new partner named since the formation of Crosland Southeast. The five founding partners — Peter B. Pappas, Tim Sittema, Mike Wiggins, James Downs and Austin Williams — were all officers at Crosland LLC prior to forming Crosland Southeast in 2011.

James has worked at Crosland Southeast for four years and has worked on one of the company’s marquee projects, the 90-acre mixed-use development at Waverly in south Charlotte.

The development at Providence and Ardrey Kell roads offers 250,000 square feet of retail, two six-story class A office buildings, two medical office buildings, 375 apartments and 150 single-family homes and townhomes.

Additionally, James manages the design and construction of One Bellevue Place, a redevelopment of the Bellevue Mall in Nashville, Tennessee. The $200 million project integrates 350,000 square feet of retail, 337 class A apartment homes, a 111-room Hilton Home2 Hotel and up to 300,000 square feet of office space, according to the release.

“With our multi-use projects, we want to create something interesting — something memorable — that creates a sense of place,” James said in the release. “These types of projects are poised to accelerate our growth at Crosland Southeast, but we also are careful to remain flexible; choosing projects that are diverse in scope, industry and use.”

Before joining the Crosland Southeast team, James spent 13 years with American Asset Corp. in Charlotte, most recently as executive vice president, in which he was responsible for the development of 3.7 million square feet of retail, office and industrial property. He holds a master’s degree in finance and a master’s degree in real estate finance and urban economics from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a master’s degree in architecture and architectural design from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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