Crescent Resources announced Wednesday that John Classe will lead its residential projects in Florida. In this role, Classe will be responsible for all aspects of planning, entitlements, design, permitting, government relations, project finance and community governance.

As former vice president of Orlando-based Atkins North America, Classe holds nearly 30 years of experience.

Classe oversaw the development of a number of large-scale communities and retail centers. His expertise includes award-winning Celebration and Baldwin Park in Central Florida.

"John knows Florida's real estate market as well as anybody, and he brings a tremendous amount of residential development experience to this position," said Margaret Jennesse, senior vice president of the Residential Division. "He will guide our efforts as we continue to expand our Sunshine State portfolio."

The residential presence of crescent continues to grow in Florida with the recently purchased Oakland Park.

"Crescent creates one-of-kind communities that people love to call home," Classe said. "I'm excited to join the team and develop new communities in Florida that will serve as a model for responsible, high-quality residential development."

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