From an early career in commercial real estate, Steve Atkins has built one of a leading development companies in Northeast Florida. As principal of SouthEast Development Group, Mr. Atkins oversees a multi-disciplined approach to today’s complex real estate industry. With numerous projects under his direction, he brings unique skill sets in conceptual architectural design, project development and complex financing modeling to SouthEast’s active interests in the real estate marketplace. A native of Jacksonville, Florida, Mr. Atkins attended the University of North Florida, the Florida Real Estate Institute and is a state licensed real estate broker.
Since 1990, Mr. Atkins has maintained a portfolio of private assets including commercial office campuses, health and wellness facilities and retail properties. In 1995, he founded The Atkins Group, a boutique development company specializing in design-build programming of commercial office, retail and institutional real estate. Atkins later merged his various development assets with Dav-Lin Construction Co., to form SouthEast Development Group, LLC and SouthEast Holdings, LP, combining multi-sector commercial real estate services and programs into a single ownership interest. The companies specialize in design-build of new construction, preservation and adaptive reuse programs, with of portfolio of projects executed over the past 25 years from the Carolinas to South Florida of nearly $500MM.
A subsidiary of the development group, SouthEast Community Investment Fund, LLC is certified by the Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFI) Fund of the U.S. Department of the Treasury to serve the Northeast Florida/Jacksonville MSA, including Duval, Clay, St. Johns, Nassau and Baker Counties. SouthEast is one of the only active Community Development Entities (CDE) in the region, positioned to provide "community-centric" planned developments, with targeted investments through tax credits, federal subsidies and public-private-partnerships. Since 2013, SouthEast has secured nearly $50MM in federal tax credit investments for real estate developments and related businesses.
Historic preservation and adaptive reuse is a personal passion for Mr. Atkins. To promote the process in downtown Jacksonville, he donated the funds and directed the construction of infrastructure and replacement of the restored 1901 Greenleaf & Crosby Clock located at the corner of Laura and Adams Streets in downtown Jacksonville, for which he was awarded the 2013 Historic Preservation Commission’s Award for Restoration.
SouthEast Development Group and The Molasky Group of Companies of Las Vegas, Nevada are the developers of the Barnett National Bank & Laura Street Trio Buildings in downtown Jacksonville. This $100+ million adaptive reuse program addresses the rehabilitation of these assets, considered to be the most significant group of historic structures yet to be preserved in the southern United States. Working with the City of Jacksonville through a Public-Private-Partnership, the project includes a mixed-use program, featuring retail banking with JPMorgan Chase, a Marriott flagged boutique-style hotel, a satellite campus for the University of North Florida, new retail and restaurants, along with over 100 residential loft apartments. Construction began in October of 2017, with the first delivery of space scheduled for December of 2018.
Mr. Atkins and his wife Angela are the proud parents of two children and take special interest in their family activities through church, community leadership and civic involvement. The Atkins family has been active supporters of the Cummer Museum of Art and Gardens, the Museum of Science and History, the Museum of Contemporary Art at Jacksonville, the Jacksonville Zoo and Gardens and the Jacksonville Arboretum. They have also been personally involved in many charitable and community outreach organizations including The Episcopal Church of our Saviour, Godly Play Christian Education, Solace for the Children, the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, Breast Cancer Foundation, Church Without Walls, One Spark, Jaxson’s Night Market at the Laura Trio, the Jacksonville Food Fun(d) and the Cummer Museum of Art’s JAX Outings Program.
His personal and professional affiliations include active memberships in the following organizations:
ULI - Urban Land Institute;
National Trust for Historic Preservation;
The Congress for the New Urbanism;
The U.S. Green Building Council;
The Jacksonville Historic Society; and
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce.
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