Plans Announced For City Site — TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY, N.C.

Leder Properties of Brevard has purchased the historic 2.5-acre Brevard Lumber Company site on King Street with plans to turn the property into a mixed-use re-development featuring a farmer’s market, artist co-op, music venue and possible restaurant, according to a press release.

Originally built in the early 1900s, the buildings comprising the property have been at the center of Brevard’s growth and were the home of Brevard Lumber Company for nearly a century, the release said.

The area will be called “Brevard Lumber Yard” and is being master planned by Doug and Ellen Harris of Harris Architecture, the release said.

Other team members include Art and Lloyd Fisher of Fisher Realty, and Jeff Perlman, former mayor of Delray Beach, Fla.

“Last century, the Brevard Lumber Yard site was at the center of Brevard’s commercial hub,” Harris said. “The railroad depot was right across the street and the area was where business in Brevard happened.

“It’s been encouraging to see the changes in the area over the last few years, and I think this project will further those improvements.

The synergies that are coming together in the project—the in-town bike trail, the Bracken Mountain Trail, the city’s Railroad Avenue small area plan, are all very exciting.”

Local developer Josh Leder and business partner Mark Butters are working with the City of Brevard to create a destination that will become a magnet for the community and include areas for the public to enjoy, the release said.

The 37-year-old Leder attended Camp Gwynn Valley in Brevard and now resides in Pisgah Forest with his family.

“Since moving here, my wife and I have had a son and twin girls and love Brevard and the quality of life it offers,” Leder said. “We are committed to making a positive contribution to the town we all love so much.”

“Several parties have expressed interest in being a part of the new development and the goal for all of us is to create an area that Brevard will be proud of – one that embraces the historical significance of the property and promotes the sense of community for which Brevard has become known.”

Brevard Lumber Yard plans to offer a portion of the property to be the permanent, full-time home of the Transylvania Tailgate Market.

The market is currently located behind the Comporium building in downtown.

“The City of Brevard Planning Department is excited by the opportunity to work with Mr. Leder and his team to develop a vision for the revitalization of this important and historic property,” said City Planning Director Josh Freeman “This property is situated at the heart of the Railroad Avenue community, and its redevelopment will further stimulate broader investment and redevelopment within that community.”

Leder Properties, with offices in North Carolina and Florida, has been deeply involved in Western North Carolina real estate investment for close to 40 years, the release said.

Leder Properties and its partners plan to seek community and city input before proceeding, but the ultimate goal is to clean up the property and restore its historic luster and economic viability.

To learn more about Brevard Lumber Yard, contact Josh Leder at (828) 553-5836 or