New York City — RD Management LLC, one of the nation’s largest privately held real-estate development and management organizations, has hired Christopher Bowen as chief development strategist to manage the redevelopment project of University Mall in Tampa, Fla. Bowen brings over 25 years of national commercial development experience.
University Mall, a member of Tampa’s !p (formerly known as Tampa Innovation Alliance), is undergoing a transformation from an enclosed mall into a full mixed-use, city center development that will include retail, entertainment, hospitality, education, medical, office and residential uses.
The 1.3 million-square-foot center is located near the University of South Florida’s main campus. Tenants include Sears, Dillard’s, Burlington Coat Factory, Grand’s, Studio Movie Grill, Portillo's and Miller's Ale House.
“University Mall is well on its way to becoming a destination to meet any need for residents, students and employees, and we’re proud to share this next step in the redevelopment process with the Tampa community,” says Roger Hirschhorn, COO of RD Management. “Chris Bowen is a critical piece in the mall’s success as he brings the experience and expertise needed to really push the envelope and make RD Management’s vision for the property a reality.”
As chief development strategist, Bowen will lead the multi-year redevelopment at University Mall and oversee all aspects including working with the Tampa’s !p partners and the community at large to maximize the project’s development potential and recruit major national players to the project. With a past focus on mixed-use, retail, medical and corporate property types, Bowen has participated in over 15 million square feet of development in 39 states, representing more than $3.5 billion in project value. More than $500 million of that development was in the state of Florida.
University Mall is one of 12 properties owned by RD Management across Florida, and one of more than 150 properties in its national portfolio.
RD Management owns and operates a portfolio of 150+ assets throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. RD Management specializes in development, redevelopment and acquisitions in key markets and maintains in-house expertise in leasing, property management, construction, accounting and finance, legal and information technology services. With more than 40 years of experience, RD Management has a proven track record of enhancing the value of its properties through hands-on management, renovation and expansion. For more information, visit www.rdmanagement.com.
SOURCE: RD Management