Crescent exec joins Harvey B. Gantt Center board


An executive from Charlotte-based Crescent Communities has joined the board of the Harvey B. Gantt Center uptown.
Vice president Ned Austin will help connect the African-American arts and culture center at Stonewall and Tryon streets to the planned Tryon Place development across the street, Crescent said.
“Ned is a long-time, talented industry leader and will bring great insight and strategy to the Gantt Center board. His presence will forge an authentic connection between our Tryon Place development and the adjacent Gantt Center, with the goal of bringing even more energy to an already dynamic neighborhood,” said Brian Leary, president of Crescent’s commercial and mixed-use division, in a statement.
Crescent is planning to build an office tower and adjacent hotel at Stonewall and Tryon, with retail space and restaurants included. The mixed-use development would be one of the city’s largest projects. A Crescent representative said Thursday that the company is still working on the development, located on the site of a former Goodyear tire and auto store.
“We are excited to have Ned Austin serve as a Gantt Center board member,” said David Taylor, Gantt Center CEO, in a statement. “We are continuing to grow our board strategically, and Ned’s commitment to the community aligns with the Gantt Center’s mission and vision.”

About Crescent Communities

Crescent Communities is a nationally recognized, market-leading real estate investor, developer and operator of multifamily, commercial and mixed use communities. Crescent creates high-quality, differentiated communities in desirable locations in many of the fastest growing markets in the Southeast and Southwest. Since the company was founded in 1963, Crescent’s development portfolio has included more than 60 single family master-planned communities,  43 multifamily communities and more than 21 million square feet of commercial space. Its multifamily communities are branded NOVEL by Crescent Communities.