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COPT Strikes $103M Build-to-Suit Deal in Alabama

COPT Strikes $103M Build-to-Suit Deal in Alabama

HUNTSVILLE, AL  |  November 1, 2021 – An aerospace and defense technology company will occupy a pair of new office buildings.

Corporate Office Properties Trust’s offerings at Redstone Gateway, its 470-acre mixed-use office campus in Huntsville, Ala., will soon expand with the addition of two new buildings at an aggregate development cost of $103 million. The structures, totaling 263,000 square feet, will sprout up as a result of two build-to-suit leases the developer just signed with Northrop Grumman Corp.

Redstone Gateway, located adjacent to the primary access point of the U.S. Army’s approximately 38,000-acre Redstone Arsenal in the Cummings Research Park submarket, occupies land owned by the U.S. Government under a long-term master lease agreement with COPT and joint venture partner Jim Wilson & Associates. Redstone Gateway has been consistently growing since the establishment of the 2010 joint venture and today, the mixed-use campus consists of a series of Class A office buildings, flex/R&D facilities, a data center, a hotel and retail space.

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Time Capsule Unearthed, Opened at Leigh MallPeople digging up a time capsule

Time Capsule Unearthed, Opened at Leigh Mall

COLUMBUS, MS | October 7, 2021 – In 1972, while working with Colonial Properties, Jim Wilson, Jr. was instrumental in finding a site in Columbus, MS owned by Frank Leigh that would become Leigh Mall. When Mr. Wilson left Colonial Properties in 1975 and formed Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC, the company’s focus was on five developments that had begun during his tenure with Colonial Properties. One of those properties was Leigh Mall. A year before Leigh Mall opened, a time capsule was buried at the site during construction. Yesterday at the city’s Bicentennial celebration the time capsule was opened.

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Wynlakes Golf & Country Club Celebrates 35 Years

Wynlakes Golf & Country Club Celebrates 35 Years

MONTGOMERY, AL | September 20, 2021 – Wynlakes Golf & Country Club, developed initially as an anchor feature for the entire Wynlakes community development, opened in 1986 and recently celebrated 35 years of success.

What began as an idea by its founder, James Wilson, Jr., grew to reality as its 200-acre championship course meandered throughout the 1,000 home residential development. Designed initially by Joe Lee, and renovated with new concepts in 2006 under the direction of Billy Fuller, the diverse golf course includes tree-lined fairways, strategically placed white-sand bunkers and outstanding greens with challenging holes held captive by fourteen lakes.

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Redstone Gateway Leads to Myriad of Community DevelopmentsPeople sitting outside of a restaurant

Redstone Gateway Leads to Myriad of Community Developments

HUNTSVILLE, AL  |  September 8, 2021 – Build it and they will come.

The line made famous in the movie “Field of Dreams” seems to be the mantra for planners of the Redstone Gateway, a “Class A” office and technology park just outside the Arsenal’s Research Park Boulevard entrance at Gate 9.

James Lomax, director of asset management and leasing for Corporate Office Properties Trust, managing partner of Redstone Gateway, said “the 8000 building” at 8000 Rideout Road, a 100,000 square-foot, four-story building which was built on “spec,” is almost full.

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JWA Successfully Completes the Sale of Eastchase Venue OutparcelsFront of a building with stores

JWA Successfully Completes the Sale of Eastchase Venue Outparcels

MONTGOMERY, AL | August 27, 2021 – Montgomery, Alabama based developer Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC (JWA) has successfully completed the sale of the Eastchase Venue Outparcel. Eastchase Venue Outparcel is a four-tenant retail center featuring Great Clips, Jersey Mike’s, The Simple Greek, and Bad Daddy’s Burger Bar which is currently under construction. Eastchase Venue Outparcel is the latest commercial retail development of the 330-acre, mixed-use project, EASTCHASE, that started in 2002 by JWA with the initial opening of the Shoppes at Eastchase and continues today with this new, featured retail center, Eastchase Venue Outparcel. The sale transaction was completed in July 2021. In the past three years JWA has had new developments in Eastchase that include retail, office, residential, hotels and senior living. For information on additional opportunities at Eastchase, visit jwacompanies.com.

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Tech Firm KBR Makes Big Move into Huntsville’s Redstone Gateway Business ParkBuildings under construction

Tech Firm KBR Makes Big Move into Huntsville’s Redstone Gateway Business Park

HUNTSVILLE, AL  |  August 17, 2021 – Technology services company KBR is making a major move in Huntsville agreeing to lease more than 200,000 square feet of space at Redstone Gateway bringing the business park’s total square footage to 1.8 million.

Corporate Office Properties Trust (COPT) and its joint-venture partner Jim Wilson & Associates announced Monday development space leases with KBR in two buildings to be occupied in early 2023. One building is a 172,500 square-foot office building and the second is a 45,000 square foot R&D facility. KBR will occupy 90 percent of the office building and half of the R&D building. COPT said it expects to invest $65 million in the two buildings.

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Winn-Dixie Navarre Re-Opens After 6 Months of Major RenovationsRibbon Cutting

Winn-Dixie Navarre Re-Opens After 6 Months of Major Renovations

NAVARRE, FL  |  May 27, 2021 -Six months after Navarre’s only Winn-Dixie closed for a massive renovation project, the grocery store reopened with great fanfare Wednesday morning and unveiled a slew of new shopping and design features, as well as a brand new liquor store right next to the grocery store. Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC led the redevelopment of the fully renovated 45,000 square foot Winn-Dixie.

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JWA Sells 19 Acres in EastchaseAerial of Land

JWA Sells 19 Acres in Eastchase

MONTGOMERY, AL  |  May 19, 2021 – Jim Wilson & Associates, LLC is excited to announce the sale of a 19 acre tract of land located at the corner of Berryhill Road and Eastchase Lane in the Eastchase Development. The proposed development plan by the new owner for the 19 acre site is for single family residences.

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Montgomery Chamber Named Top Economic Development Organization Second Year in a Rowlogo

Montgomery Chamber Named Top Economic Development Organization Second Year in a Row

MONTGOMERY, AL  |  May 3, 2021 – It was announced today that the Montgomery Area Chamber of Commerce has won the prestigious Mac Conway Award for Excellence in Economic Development for the second year in a row. This award is presented by Site Selection magazine to the nation’s top 20 local economic development organizations for their outstanding results in bringing prosperity to their communities.

This year’s winners were determined by an index that examines corporate facility investment projects in US metro areas in 2020 as tracked by Site Selection’s Conway Projects database. Scores are awarded based on six criteria: total projects, total investment associated with those projects and jobs associated with those projects and those same three metrics calculated per capita for the metro area.

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Ribbon cutting at Building 100 Secure GatewayPeople standing in front of buildings cutting a ribbon

Ribbon cutting at Building 100 Secure Gateway

HUNTSVILLE, AL  |  March 22, 2021 -Outside Redstone Arsenal’s Gate 9 is one of Huntsville’s newest developments: Redstone Gateway.

The gateway is a 468-acred mixed use development that houses restaurants, a hotel, a coffee shop, and office space geared towards government contractors and research firms.

Monday, a ribbon cutting was held for Building 100 Secured Gateway; the first of many new projects near Gate 9.

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