The Blackburn Group has returned significantly on its endeavor to create long-term capital appreciation for its partners by maximizing each company’s potential and building strong and lasting relationships along the way.
Founder, David B. Blackburn, graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi in 2000 and a Master’s in Accountancy a year later in 2001.
After graduation, David joined Deloitte & Touche in Nashville, TN before getting into the commercial real estate development business through the formation of his company, The Blackburn Group. The Blackburn Group has been named one of Inc. 500’s Fastest Growing Private Businesses in America for five years in a row and the #1 Fastest Growing Company in the State of Mississippi. In 2018, David was recognized as one of the Top CEOs of Mississippi and Top 50 under 40 by the Mississippi Business Journal. David resides in Oxford, MS with his wife, Karen, and their two sons, Collins and Niles.
Blackburn also formed UP Properties, LLC, in 2003 to develop a commercial land and office park located in Oxford, MS.
Blackburn also purchased an interest in R. J. Allen & Associates, Inc., a commercial general construction company that had been dormant for the last 10 years, and was named President of the company. Since taking over management, Blackburn has expanded R.J. Allen & Associates into one of the most respected commercial construction companies in the Southern United States in the multi-family and retail construction markets.
Blackburn purchased its first three Anytime Fitness clubs in Texas in 2010. Since that time, Fitness Holdings has expanded to now include eight Anytime Fitness clubs throughout the state of Texas.
Blackburn also purchased and completed renovations of 54 units at Oxford Square Townhomes in Oxford, MS that had been foreclosed on.
Blackburn begins its first single tenant development with a National retail tenant. This experience leads to Blackburn expanding to developing Dollar Generals in 2015 and the formation of Streamline Development in 2018.
In 2011, Blackburn also purchased and completed renovations of 30 units at the Park Condominiums in Oxford, MS that had been foreclosed on. These units were sold in 2016.
Development begins on the Preserve at Mayfield Ranch, a 159 home community in Round Rock, TX.
Southaven Marketplace, a 6,500 square foot retail center in Southaven, MS breaks ground in 2013.
Development begins on The Park at Oxford Commons, a 92,500 square foot office park within the Oxford Commons master planned community.
Russell Street Flats, a 62 unit student housing property in downtown Starkville, MS, begins development.
Gin on Russell, a 64 unit condominium community in downtown Starkville, MS, begins construction with all units pre-sold in the first phase.
Blackburn begins developing Dollar General stores in 2015 in Mississippi and Tennessee.
Wells Junction, a 264-unit apartment community in Austin, TX begins construction with completion expected in 2019.
Blackburn Communities expands with the addition of Trails at Blackhawk, a 59 home gated community in Pflugerville, TX.
Streamline Development is formed to focus on serving the existing National retail clients for Blackburn and to expand into additional markets.
The Crossing at Oxford Commons, a townhome development in the Oxford Commons master planned community, is expected to break ground in early 2019 with completion of its first homes in early 2020.
The Terrace at Oxford Commons, a 16,000 square foot retail center in the Oxford Commons master planned community, is expected to break in early 2019 with completion at the end of 2019.