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Charter Realty Founders: Dan Zelson and Paul S. Brandes


Charter Realty is a full-service commercial real estate development and brokerage company founded in 1993 by Paul Brandes and Daniel Zelson specializing in retail property, mixed-use properties and leasing strategies. Charter’s vertically integrated platform identifies value-creation and growth opportunities for all real estate product types.

Backed by strong investor and lender relationships, Charter Realty owns or operates more than 80 shopping centers throughout the United States. Charter’s third party leasing arm currently acts as the exclusive leasing agent for more than 11 million square feet of property. Charter represents numerous national tenants, including Alamo Drafthouse, The Container Store, TJMaxx, HomeGoods, Williams Sonoma, West Elm, 24 Hour Fitness, and Yardbird.


shopping centers owned or operated


square feet of retail properties acquired, developed, or redeveloped

$1 billion+



Charter has created a division focused on mixed-use (retail & residential) as well as high tech campuses in college communities across the United States. Projects are underway or completed at Cornell, UConn, Mississippi State, Yale, University of New Haven and others.

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Via its real estate platform, Charter's private equity investment strategy identifies exceptional early-stage businesses and actively participates in their long-term success. Charter's resources aid in securing capital, while its professional network helps to "open doors" that initiate growth.


Charter Realty consists of a highly skilled and experienced team of Real Estate professionals.


We believe in identifying and building long-term value through our relationships and creativity. See how the Charter team has implemented diverse redevelopment strategies targeting retail and mixed-use properties and created success for our clients and retailers.

Inland Capital, LLC and Charter Realty & Development Announce Joint Venture Acquisition of Philadelphia-Area Retail Center

January 09, 2020 Oak Brook, Ill. – A Joint Venture between an institutional co-mingled fund sponsored by Inland Institutional Capital, LLC (“ICAP”) and Charter Realty & Development Corp. (“Charter”) announced today the acquisition of Baederwood Shoppes on the Fairway, a 116,778-square foot grocery-anchored shopping center in Jenkintown, Pennsylvania, for $43.3 million. Mark Cosenza, senior vice…
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Brand Urban Secures Lease for Yardbird in Washington D.C.

Taryn Brandes, of Brand Urban – Charter Realty’s new urban brokerage partner, has secured a 8,000 SF lease for Yardbird Southern Table & Bar in Washington D.C, the first in the area. Yardbird will be located at the heart of downtown, in the former Acadiana restaurant space at 901 New York Avenue NW. Brad Buslik…
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Craig Gambardella Joins the CRDC Team

Charter Realty & Development Corp. is pleased to announce that Craig Gambardella has joined its brokerage team, and will concentrate on expanding tenant and retail owner representation in the healthcare space. The delivery of healthcare is evolving daily, and is driven by convenience, technology, integrated care and patient outcomes. Craig works with medical clients throughout…
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Acquisitions & Development

Charter seeks to take advantage of opportunities that exist in the current real estate marketplace by pursuing strategies that lead to long-term stability, growth, and profitability. These strategies include the following:

  • Owning and operating a high quality portfolio of shopping centers in select and diverse markets, each with strong economic and demographic characteristics, in order to maintain a portfolio of real estate assets with stable income and the potential for long-term growth.
  • Identifying value-add properties with the potential to enhance "frequency-of-visit" characteristics through application of mixed-use leasing strategies.
  • Adaptive re-use or redevelopment of out of favor asset types and obsolete properties to maximize intrinsic infrastructure and location value.
  • Unlocking long-term value through operational savvy and active property level ownership; direct involvement with tenant business planning coinciding with ownership value creation strategy.
  • Locating new development and re-development projects which incorporate land assemblages, adaptive reuse, and/or environmentally sensitive “Brownfield” situations.
  • Developing successful governmental approval strategies associated with ground-up developments or re-developments.
  • Applying best-practice planning guidelines to enhance physical characteristics and property level consumer experience.