The company has a specific concentration on the preservation of structures with historic character and exploring ways to repurpose them for modern use.
When new construction is called for, we search for ways to construct beautiful high-quality projects that fit within the context of the surrounding environment. Whether it’s space for the community to work, shop, eat, or live, we believe that each property should include an interesting mix of uses, encourage walkability, and include the latest innovations in technology and sustainability.
New City’s aim is to create authentic places that allow people to align their personal priorities with the spaces where they spend their lives. Savvy business owners, too, understand that the buildings they inhabit have a direct impact on the culture of their organization and ultimately their bottom-line as they seek to recruit & retain top-talent and distinguish themselves in highly competitive marketplaces.
Jim Irwin | President
Jim Irwin is the President of New City, LLC and directs the company’s real estate development and consulting operations, as well as new business pursuits. Over the course of his career, Jim has been responsible for over $500 million of new investment around the United States.
Prior to founding New City, Jim served as a Senior Vice President at Jamestown Properties, leading the development of Ponce City Market, a 2.1 million square foot former Sears, Roebuck & Co. distribution facility that was originally constructed in the 1920’s. During its redevelopment, the project was one of the largest and most significant historic renovations underway in the United States.
Jim began his career in real estate working for Atlanta-based Barry Real Estate Companies. Among other projects, Jim managed the development of a FBI Regional Headquarters, a $60 million-build-to-suit project in Minneapolis, and Harrison Square, a 16 acre mixed-use development in Fort Wayne, Indiana, anchored by an 8,000 seat minor league ballpark associated with the San Diego Padres. Since it opened to the public, the ballpark has been named “best overall minor league baseball experience” in the country four separate years.
Jim earned a Bachelor of Arts from Dartmouth College, where he played football for four years. After college, he served as a legislative aide to two U.S. senators and a U.S. representative before returning to Atlanta to pursue a MBA with a concentration in real estate finance at Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. Jim and his wife, Elisabeth, have three young children.
Maitland Thompson serves in a project management role for New City’s direct investments and consulting operations, assisting with design, construction management, and financing activities. Prior to joining New City, Maitland worked at Jamestown Properties, where he helped to develop and execute on the firm’s strategy for several mixed-use development projects throughout the Southeast.
Maitland graduated magna cum laude from the University of Georgia with a Bachelor of Business Administration in Banking and Finance. Afterwards, he worked with KPMG in a financial consulting role, and subsequently spent a year developing educational courses for an Argentine brokerage firm in Buenos Aires and Patagonia before returning home to Atlanta. He is a CFA charterholder, member of the Urban Land Institute, and currently resides in Inman Park.
Jessica Walburn is primarily responsible for New City’s day to day operations. Jessica comes to the company from Jamestown, where she served as a coordinator for the Development and Construction Department. Most notably, she worked with the Ponce City Market team, assisting in all aspects of the development process, including the coordination of onsite logistics and safety protocol. She also brings extensive experience in office management, leasing and event coordination.
Jessica earned her Bachelor of Arts in Business and Administration from the University of South Florida. She resides in Ansley Park and is currently a member of the Urban Land Institute, while actively supporting Camp Twin Lakes as a member of the Young Atlanta Leadership League.
Ponce City Market
699 Ponce de Leon Ave NE, Suite 403
Atlanta, GA 30308