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Veteran Mixed-Use / Retail Real Estate Advisor Len Erickson Joins Franklin Street

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With over 20 years of experience, Erickson specializes in bringing leading national tenants to large-scale, mixed-use developments

ATLANTA (May 19, 2022) – Franklin Street has expanded its advisory services for owners and developers of commercial real estate with the addition of Len Erickson, a diversely experienced commercial real estate specialist who brings expertise in the positioning and leasing of large-scale, mixed-use projects.

Erickson will leverage his two decades of experience along with Franklin Street’s comprehensive suite of services to advise clients throughout the entire spectrum of the development process, from site selection and project feasibility through disposition. He will also lead project leasing, while closely collaborating with Franklin Street’s local landlord and tenant representation talent to curate the ideal tenant mix to maximize the value of each project.

Based in Atlanta, Erickson joins Franklin Street as Senior Director and will focus on growing the firm’s advisory services for mixed-use and retail owners on a national scale.

“Len’s in-depth experience in the mixed-use space along with his valuable relationships with leading owners and occupiers adds considerable value for our clients, while elevating our platform and full-service capabilities,” said Monetha Cobb, Franklin Street’s Senior Vice President of Retail. “With Len on our team, we are excited to expand our partnerships with investors and developers around the country in creating world-class mixed-use experiences.” 

Erickson’s background ranges from sourcing tenants for new mixed-use and specialty retail projects to repositioning and re-tenanting existing properties. He has worked across virtually all product types and is especially well-versed in dense, urban environments with high barriers to entry.

Most recently, Erickson comes from Fuqua Development, where he served as Senior Vice President of Leasing. In that role, he oversaw project curation and leasing primarily for new projects, with a focus on innovating tenant mix and seeking creative partnerships with users that enhance the mixed-use experience, such as entertainment, food halls and other experiential uses.

During his 10 years with Fuqua, he worked with some of the most notable mixed-use developments in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast including The Battery Atlanta, a 60-acre development anchored by the Atlanta Braves; Kennesaw Marketplace, a 53-acre development anchored by Whole Foods; The Exchange at Gwinnett, an-89 acre entertainment/experiential mixed-use project; and Madison Yards, a 17-acre dense urban mixed-use development fronting the Beltline, anchored by AMC and Publix with ~500 multifamily residents.

“Working with Jeff Fuqua and Heather Correa and the entire Fuqua team over the last 10 years has been an amazing experience,” Erickson said. “It’s a bit bittersweet moment leaving my friends at Fuqua but I look forward to working with them on projects while at Franklin Street. Joining Franklin Street allows me to continue to work in a similar capacity as Fuqua, on prominent regional and national mixed-use projects in either an advisory role, a leasing role or both, depending on the clients’ requirements. Additionally, I’m looking forward to taking on a mentoring role at Franklin Street, while building on the already robust local talent in the firm’s core markets. Franklin Street has an amazing group of people with a very bright future.”

Prior to Fuqua, Erickson held positions with Wieland Commercial Group and John Wieland Homes.

He holds a master’s degree in Building Construction and Facilities Management with a focus in Mixed-Use Development from Georgia Institute of Technology, where he completed a thesis in hybrid traditional neighborhood design models. He also earned a Bachelor of Science in Interior Design from Florida State University.

Contact Len at Len.Erickso[email protected].

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