Charlotte, N.C.—Crescent Resources selected John Classe Jr., a real estate industry veteran with almost three decades of experience, to lead its residential projects in Florida.
Classe’s real estate development experience includes all aspects of planning, entitlements, design, permitting, government relations, project finance and community governance. He has overseen the development of a variety of large-scale, master-planned communities, retail centers and resorts. Classe’s notable community development expertise includes Celebration and Baldwin Park, both award winning mixed-use master-planned communities, located in Central Florida.
Crescent’s residential presence in the state continues to grow. The company recently purchased Oakland Park—a 258-acre community between the Town of Oakland and City of Winter Garden, Fla. Crescent’s other Florida communities include BridgeWater and Grand Hampton in Tampa, and Winding River in St. Marys, Ga., which is in the Jacksonville market.
Prior to joining Crescent, Classe worked in Orlando, Fla. as vice president of Atkins North America, formerly PBS&J; vice president and chief operating officer of New Broad Street Companies; and vice president of Pritzker Realty Group.
Classe is a member of the Urban Land Institute, a previous member of the Central Florida Partnership Board of Directors, and a previous chairman of the City of Orlando’s Historic Preservation and Municipal Planning Boards. He is a licensed Professional Engineer and Real Estate Broker in Florida, and he served as an elected member of the Urban Orlando Community Development District Board of Supervisors from 2000 to 2010.