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Real estate developer John Crosland Jr. has died

John Crosland Jr. was in the forefront of development in Mecklenburg County.
John Crosland Jr. was in the forefront of development in Mecklenburg County. FILE - Charlotte Observer.

A prominent Charlotte real estate developer, John Crosland Jr., has died at 86.

Crosland, chairman emeritus of the company named for his family, had been ill for some time with Parkinson’s disease.

Crosland was known for developing retail space, office parks and apartment complexes. In 1965 he led the company founded in 1937 by John Crosland Sr. and helped it become one of the leading real estate companies in the Southeast. He became president of the company in 1965 and CEO in 1971. He stepped down in 2011.

In addition to high-end projects, Crosland was a champion of affordable housing. He was the founding chairman of Habitat for Humanity of Charlotte.

Services will take place on Aug. 5 at Christ Episcopal Church, 1412 Providence Road. Harry & Bryant is handling final arrangements.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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