Jim Borders named Frank Carter Award recipient

Jim Borders has made a career of bettering the urban living experience. He’s been called a “visionary,” and his projects have been called “game-changers.”
So it’s fitting that Borders, president and CEO of real estate development firm Novare Group, is this year’s recipient of the Frank Carter Community Achievement Award from the Urban Land Institute Atlanta.
The award is given to a deserving individual who has made an outstanding contribution in his or her lifetime to the metropolitan Atlanta area.
“He recognized the market wanted a new choice in lifestyle — living in a place where they could get to multiple destinations without a car,” Kevin Green, president and CEO of Midtown Alliance, said.
It is in that way Green believes that Borders saw the future, and others have followed. As a result of Borders being a believer in the city, in the urban core particularly, Midtown has welcomed thousands of new residents and there are more people on the streets patronizing shops and restaurants, all of which has been a positive change for the area, Green said.
One of the ways Borders has led is in seeing potential in projects before others do. Green looks to the Biltmore Hotel, which fell on hard times. Borders purchased the building and completely renovated it.
“I wish we had 10 others just like it,” Green said. “He has done a dramatic makeover of the area and done very well.”
Another project is the luxury condominium building Metropolis. Green called it a game-changer: the kind of project that had not been seen in the city before, and certainly not on Peachtree Street, he said.
Borders created the Midtown Atlanta that is there today, said J. Littleton “Litt” Glover Jr., president and CEO of Batson-Cook Development.
“I don’t know of anyone who has, over the past two cycles, contributed more to urban living than Jim has,” he said.

Jim Borders  is the 2015 recipient of the Frank Carter Community Achievement Award from the Urban Land Institute Atlanta.