History

Our History: Innovative and Transformative

Today Johnson Development operates as a multi-division national real estate developer in the industrial, multifamily, and self-storage arenas, with offices in South Carolina, California, Washington, DC, and New York.  

With a rich history dating back to the 1980s, JDA is known for its perceptive business insight, extensive market knowledge, and skilled investment strategy, as seen illustrated below.

 

  • •	George Dean Johnson, Jr. purchases Space Properties to create American Storage Mini-Storage

    1985

    • George Dean Johnson, Jr. purchases Space Properties to create American Storage Mini-Storage

  • •	Began acquiring raw land in Spartanburg, South Carolina and developing land into retail strip centers, consisting of grocery stores, drug stores, and storefronts for local tenants

•	Simultaneously started to develop small metal industrial speculative facilities, each totaling 15,000 to 50,000 square feet, while also developing small to medium-sized office complexes in Spartanburg

    1987

    • Began acquiring raw land in Spartanburg, South Carolina and developing land into retail strip centers, consisting of grocery stores, drug stores, and storefronts for local tenants

    • Simultaneously started to develop small metal industrial speculative facilities, each totaling 15,000 to 50,000 square feet, while also developing small to medium-sized office complexes in Spartanburg

  • •	Johnson Development assembled 153 parcels totaling 1,200 acres pro bono for Governor Carroll Campbell to provide the site for BMW’s North American manufacturing plant

    1992

    • Johnson Development assembled 153 parcels totaling 1,200 acres pro bono for Governor Carroll Campbell to provide the site for BMW’s North American manufacturing plant

  • •	Began developing multifamily communities on excess land adjoining retail strip centers in Spartanburg County

    1996

    • Began developing multifamily communities on excess land adjoining retail strip centers in Spartanburg County

  • •	Construction began on JDA’s first concrete speculative industrial building, marking a shift to larger Class A industrial facilities

    1998

    • Construction began on JDA’s first concrete speculative industrial building, marking a shift to larger Class A industrial facilities

  • •	JDA acquires land for Extended Stay America to build One Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg to relocate the Extended Stay America headquarters from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now the headquarters for Johnson Development Associates, Inc.

    2003

    • JDA acquires land for Extended Stay America to build One Morgan Square in downtown Spartanburg to relocate the Extended Stay America headquarters from Fort Lauderdale, Florida, now the headquarters for Johnson Development Associates, Inc.

  • •	Johnson Development’s Multifamily Division is formally established to begin development in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia

    2006

    • Johnson Development’s Multifamily Division is formally established to begin development in South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, and Virginia

  • •	Sold 30 industrial properties, totaling approximately 5 million square feet and began aggressively expanding its footprint beyond the Carolinas
•	Continued its investment in the city of Spartanburg with additional Class A office space.
•	Sold the majority of developed retail strip centers in Spartanburg

    2007

    • Sold 30 industrial properties, totaling approximately 5 million square feet and began aggressively expanding its footprint beyond the Carolinas
    • Continued its investment in the city of Spartanburg with additional Class A office space.
    • Sold the majority of developed retail strip centers in Spartanburg

  • •	JDA’s Industrial division is recognized as a preferred national Build-to-Suit developer.

    2010

    • JDA’s Industrial division is recognized as a preferred national Build-to-Suit developer.

  • •	Sold legacy multifamily holdings of 3,212 units located throughout the southeast as Multifamily continued growth along the Atlantic seaboard

    2011

    • Sold legacy multifamily holdings of 3,212 units located throughout the southeast as Multifamily continued growth along the Atlantic seaboard

  • •	JDA Multifamily West was formed to begin developing multifamily properties on the west coast.

    2012

    • JDA Multifamily West was formed to begin developing multifamily properties on the west coast.

  • •	George Dean (Geordy) Johnson, III becomes CEO of Johnson Development.

    2015

    • George Dean (Geordy) Johnson, III becomes CEO of Johnson Development.

  • •	Sold American Storage portfolio of 32 properties, totaling 1.1 million square feet in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
•	Began rapidly rolling out new self-storage facilities with a bi-coastal strategy

    2016

    • Sold American Storage portfolio of 32 properties, totaling 1.1 million square feet in Georgia, North Carolina, and South Carolina
    • Began rapidly rolling out new self-storage facilities with a bi-coastal strategy

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