SAN DIEGO-CT Realty Investors Corp. of Aliso Viejo, CA hiredlongtime San Diego real estate veteran Jim Kelly as managingpartner and executive vice president of the company’s San Diegodivision. Kelly will head up the company’s San Diego regionaloperations located at 10650 Treena St., Suite 111, here.

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Kelly will be responsible for identifying and acquiring new realestate opportunities for investment, development and redevelopmentin the greater San Diego area and Inland Empire with a focus onoffice, industrial and multifamily assets.

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With more than 25 years of experience in real estate developmentand investment, Kelly brings a wealth of industry insight,leadership and expertise to the company, according to a preparedstatement. Prior to joining CT Realty, he served as presidentof Emerald Venture Group Inc., a San Diego-based real estatedevelopment company founded by Kelly in 1999.

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Emerald’s primary emphasis has been the entitlement anddevelopment of upscale, recreation-oriented residentialcommunities. One of the company’s many accomplishments was there-entitlement of Aliso Viejo Golf Club in Aliso Viejo, CA, inwhich Kelly joint ventured with the property owner and acted asmanaging partner responsible for all aspects of planning,entitlement, implementation and asset disposition. His firmalso completed $25 million in improvements at the golf club,including rerouting the golf course and constructing a newclubhouse, conference center and aquatic center.

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Kelly has developed a number of other real estate projects aswell, including brownfield industrial site revitalizations andlarge-scale historical, commercial rehabilitations. Hisproject portfolio includes more than $500 million in current andcompleted development projects in ten states.

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James Watson, president of CT Realty, says that the addition ofKelly will enhance the company’s investment and developmentactivity in San Diego, allowing it to respond even faster topotential opportunities in the marketplace. “We’ve maintainedan active presence in San Diego since our establishment in 1994,and believe that market is poised for incredible growth andopportunity,” Watson says. “Jim is a well-respectedprofessional and will provide us with the type of ‘home courtadvantage’ in San Diego that we need to respond as quickly aspossible in this highly competitive market. His uniquebackground spans a broad range of real estate investment,development and redevelopment activities and we believe he is anexcellent fit for our organization.”

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Since 1994, CT Realty Investors has raised capital and investedin a broad base of real estate investments through 10 independentCT-sponsored and managed Funds. During its history, CT RealtyInvestors has cycled $2.5 billion worth of product in 170transactions. The focus of CT’s investment activities is toacquire well-located assets with the potential to enhance theirvalue through a solid, hands-on approach. Asset types areindustrial, suburban office, retail, mixed-use, multifamily andself-storage properties primarily in the purchase range of $5million to $75 million.

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