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Performance Driven Development

By developing property to its full potential, our experienced team creates success for our partners and enhances communities across the country.

Meet Our Team

Elevating People and Places:

We have the vision to see the possibilities where others might see challenges. We approach projects thoughtfully, offering clients development strategies that add value to their properties.

We are committed to honest assessments, open communication, and clear, realistic goals that give our clients insight into how we work.

We build relationships based on trust, respect and results. We have the long-term partnerships and track record to prove it.

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Decades of Success

We provide real estate development solutions with the intent to establish long-term relationships with the clients and communities we serve across the country. Our experienced team delivers strategic market positioning, active management, and successful project execution. Cohn Development has built a storied history based upon a core value of creating strategies that define successful projects by providing the ability for all parties to benefit. Our insightful strategies produce impactful results — and we have the track record to prove it.

  • 30+years

    Our years of experience have been guided by focused insight and strategic risk management principles.

  • 20+markets

    Our work spans across industries with a consistent market strategy.

  • 100+sites

    Every project we manage is a new opportunity to exercise our skill, elevate the clients we serve and create value.

  • 10,000,000+Total SF Developed

    Holdings in the Southeast, Northeast, and Midwest.

  • Industrial/Flex
  • Adaptive Re-Use
  • Storage Facilities
  • Healthcare
  • Multifamily
Featured Projects
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Get in touch with our team.

We offer relational service with a national reputation. We are a unified team that is devoted to
seeing every project through to completion.

Richard Cohn Sr

Richard Cohn Sr.



Richard founded Cohn Development in 1993 and has over 50 years of experience in the construction industry. Through his experience and leadership, he has served clients and the community as a former Chairman of the Columbia Planning Commission and current chairman of the South Carolina ETV Commission. He is also a distinguished recipient of the Palmetto Patriot award recognizing him for service and leadership to the state of South Carolina. Within the company, Richard serves an advisory role and is active in maintaining client and partner relationships. He also oversees Cohn Development's team of property managers.

Harris Cohn

Harris Cohn



Driven by a passion for elevating people and organizations and a desire to identify opportunities where others see challenges, Harris possesses a unique combination of practicality and creative vision to deliver mutually beneficial solutions for all parties. He guides our overall investment and asset management strategies, and leads capital and partner sourcing efforts for Cohn Development. A civic-minded leader, Harris serves his community on the City of Columbia’s Planning Commission.

Brian Pattison

Brian E. Pattison



Brian brings 25 years of design-build construction and real estate development experience to bear for clients. He oversees financial modeling and underwriting, while also using his experience to direct entitlement, design and construction execution. Brian’s expertise in the development process from project conception to delivery gives assurance that the vision and programmatic needs of projects translate successfully into solutions for our partners and clients.

Shelton Haile

Shelton W. Haile



As a licensed attorney, Shelton brings decades of legal and real estate development experience to the team. He oversees site identification and acquisition efforts, and is responsible for Cohn Development's risk management strategies. In addition to facilitating contract and lease negotiations, Shelton also develops and maintains financing and broker relationships. His unique background allows him to think outside the box to create collectively beneficial opportunities for clients and partners.