About Us

A Winning Partnership

The mixed-use development in Gainesville is the culmination of ideas and creativity from quite a few people. It has been envisioned by the city planners for some time; but, the design and implementation is being coordinated by three talented business men. They are Tim Knight, Brad Johnson and Jim Blankenship. Knight and Johnson have collaborated on a number of successful projects including the wildly successful North Lake Square Mall in Gainesville. Blankenship is a veteran of many years of development including condominiums and other residences. Combined, they have a century of experience in developing quality real estate projects.

Meet the Team

These are the talented professionals that will coordinate the development and implementation of this exciting project: 

Tim Knight
President, Knight Commercial Real Estate, LLC

Gainesville resident Tim Knight has an impressive and multi-faceted background in commercial real estate. As CFO of Ben Carter Properties, he had a key role in building the incredibly successful Mall of Georgia and many other malls in the southeast. His background also includes land acquisition, leasing, and brokerage. His most impressive asset is that he’s the numbers guru. A lot of people can envision a project, but Tim is the guy who makes it work financially. For that reason, his projects are well-funded, well-planned and very successful.

Most recently, he partnered with Brad Johnson on a variety of retail development projects. He has brought a number of national retailers and restaurants to Gainesville, all over Georgia and in Florida. He considers it a great gift to be able to bring positive change to his home town. His leadership is very much appreciated in this area.

Brad Johnson
President, BKJ Properties, LLC

Brad Johnson’s company specializes in retail development and investment properties in metro Atlanta. With over 35 years of experience, Brad has developed over 75 retail shopping centers throughout the south, From Georgia to Texas. He has a long list of retailers he has partnered with including Kroger, Bed, Bath & Beyond, CVS, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Belk, Dick’s Sporting Goods and many more. If you can think of a good retailer, Brad probably knows someone there.

Brad is a former NFL player (New York Giants) and was the offensive captain of the 1968 SEC Champion Georgia Bulldog Football Team.

Brad Johnson’s impressive track record in retail development and construction will ensure that this project is done correctly. We are fortunate to have him on the team.

Jim Blankenship
President, JEB Associates, LLC

Jim Blankenship’s real estate consulting firm specializes in the development and construction of apartments, condominiums, townhomes and single family residences.

Relative to this project, his vast experience includes overseeing the development, construction and marketing for over 1600 condominium residences. In addition, he and his company developed, marketed and sold over 1250 townhomes in the metro area. Most recently, he worked with BKJ Properties, LLC on mixed use retail and townhome developments in Woodstock and Snellville.

Jim is very highly regarded in his field. His experience, insights and contacts are sure to be a great asset to this project.

Bev Knight
Residential Real Estate
The Good Life Group
Keller Williams Lanier Partners

Bev Knight is the lead agent for the highly successful Good Life Group with Keller Williams Lanier Partners in Gainesville. Her team specializes in lifestyle residences such as lake homes, horse farms and in-town property. In fact, her team has been the top group for Lake Lanier sales since 2012, and they have also been the top team in the five-office KWLP franchise since 2013.

As the former president of BGK Designs, a marketing and internet firm, Bev’s background definitely revolves around those skills. Since so much of real estate hinges on these areas, she has become one of the top agents in the area in a short period of time. The members of her team include top producing broker Dani Brown, HGTV consultant Jackie Powalowski, top producer Darlene Plavcan, and marketing coordinator Jamie Bishop. She is very excited about bringing this long-awaited project to market.