A Womble Carlyle team of attorneys Robert Brinkley, Hunter Edwards, John Cooke, Susan Cooper and paralegal Liz Pomeroy are representing Mecklenburg County in its sale and oversight of the redevelopment of parts of two city blocks in Charlotte. In all, the Brooklyn Village project is projected to be an investment of $683 million.


The development, located in the Second Ward area of the center city, will include two hotels, multiple office buildings, a residential condo building, multiple apartment buildings, retail space and a new public park. The 10-year project will be built in three phases and is expected to include more than 2.3 million square feet of new building space.

The Brooklyn Village project also will have a tremendous impact on the local job market. Development will create nearly 3,000 temporary jobs, and the finished project is expected to generate more than 2,700 permanent jobs.

This project involves Mecklenburg County selling 17 acres to BK Partners, the developers of the project, for $33.7 million plus various public benefit improvements. The Womble Carlyle team is representing the county in these negotiations, which are ongoing.

The Mecklenburg County Attorney contacted Mike Barnhill to seek counsel on this matter.

Click here to read more about the Brooklyn Village project in the Charlotte Observer.

Robert Brinkley has helped clients develop some of Charlotte’s biggest and most important commercial real estate transactions. His practice concentrates on real estate development projects for real estate developers and other real estate professionals, secured lending work for borrowers and lenders and real estate leasing and other transactional work for corporate clients. Brinkley has extensive experience in land acquisitions and assemblages, development and land use.

Hunter Edwards regularly represents real estate developers, individuals, and other businesses in all aspects of complex commercial and residential development projects, including residential subdivisions, shopping centers, multi-family developments, and condominiums. Edwards practices in Womble Carlyle’s Charlotte office.

John Cooke has more than 30 years of experience in land use/zoning law and real estate litigation. Based in the Raleigh-Durham region, Cooke practices throughout North Carolina. He represents all types of business clients – developers, end users and land owners – when they attempt to use their land or maximize its value through securing entitlements, forming public-private agreements or handling litigation.

Susan Cooper guides clients in handling environmental issues related to business and real estate transactions, particularly brownfields redevelopment, and regulatory compliance at the local, state and federal level.  Her practice is rounded out by her representation of clients in environmental litigation involving a variety of issues including toxic torts, cost recovery, property damage, and administrative penalties.