ATLANTA (April 9, 2015) – In the late 1960s, before mixed-use was cool and when hippies still ruled Midtown, Jim Cushman had a vision. He foresaw the need for a place where people could work, live, shop and play at 14th and Peachtree streets. He assembled a team and developed Colony Square, by far the first mixed-use development in the Southeast.
James Edward "Jim" Cushman, 84, died Wednesday in Atlanta. Born and raised in neighboring South Carolina, Cushman cut his teeth in commercial real estate by developing the original Lenox Towers in Buckhead and Paces Place, credited as the first condo in Atlanta.
For a great piece on Cushman, check out this new post from his daughter-in-law, Jackie Gingrich Cushman.
As a commercial real estate reporter, I often heard that Jim Cushman started the mixed-use movement 30 years ahead of his time. And though he's rarely mentioned with Atlanta real estate superstars such as Tom Cousins and John Portman, he should be. Imagine what Midtown would be without Colony Square. The development anchors what has become the highest-profile section of the city.
Cushman's legacy lives on through his children and friend Stuart Alston, a longtime Carter employee who joined Cassidy Turley when it bought Carter's brokerage division. Alston cites Cushman as one of his mentors for his "do it right the first time" philosophy, according to a 2002 Atlanta Business Chronicle article.
Cushman did just that with Colony Square, right in Regus photo, which stands tall amid the newer towers of Midtown proper. Here's the full obituary.
Published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Apr. 9, 2015
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