Charlotte, NC (February 2009) – Gateway Whitehall, LLC has purchased a 2-acre site at Whitehall, a Crosland project developed by Merrifield Partners. The location will be the site of a new 13,000 square foot Gateway Academy Child Development Center. Gateway Academy, a leading child development program, currently has 5 existing centers in the Metro-Charlotte area all with 4-star ratings. This center is the 3rd new center under development in the Metro area bringing the total Gateway Academy locations to 8 centers. Gateway Academy Child Development Centers are part of Mini-Skool Early Learning Centers, the sixth largest child development company with locations across the US and Canada.

The new Gateway Academy at Whitehall is being developed by Gateway Properties, LLC whose principals are David Jacobs and David Burner, the original developer of the 25 center Gateway Academy chain. The newest Whitehall Center is anticipated to be completed this summer ready for the new school years enrollment. Gateway Academy Child Development Centers serve children ranging from 6 months to 12 years of age with a highly acclaimed development curriculum.

Bob Mingle of Southeast Commercial represented the buyer and Ken Chapman of Merrifield Partners represented the seller in this transaction.

Whitehall is a 688-acre commercial center located at NC 49 and Arrowood Road in Charlotte, NC. New medical and professional office buildings are available with prominent signage opportunities. Three lots are permitted and available for stand-alone construction. Another approximately 9.5 acres is also available for sale. Plentiful surface parking is provided. Perfect for medical, professional, daycare and general business users. The Arrowood Road location is surrounded by high growth residential and retail amenities with easy access to Hwy 49/Tryon Street, I-77, I-485 and I-85.

About Merrifield Partners

Merrifield Partners, an affiliate of Crosland, is one of Charlotte’s leading office and industrial development and brokerage firms. Operating as Crosland Commercial for many years, Merrifield Partners developed a portfolio of over 2,500 acres of land and 2.5 million square feet of commercial space. For more information, visit

About Crosland

Founded in 1937, Crosland is one of the Southeast’s leading diversified real estate companies. Its expertise in retail, multifamily, office, land development and general contracting enables it to be an innovator in multi- and mixed-use development.

Headquartered in Charlotte, N.C., Crosland has offices in Raleigh, Orlando, Tampa and Nashville, and develops, builds and manages properties in the Carolinas, Florida, Tennessee and Virginia. The privately held company’s current portfolio has a market value exceeding $1 billion. For more detail,