CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Search for Boundary Street in Charlotte, and you won’t find it.
The street, once located in the Brooklyn neighborhood, was erased long ago by city officials during the urban renewal projects of the 1960s and 1970s.
Today, it’s represented in the form of a commercial real estate group named Boundary Street Advisors.
William Haygood III and Rodney Faulkner formed the company less than a year ago.
Haygood says the company’s name pays homage to the people who once lived on Boundary Street, including his great-grandmother.
The principal advisors said they fell into a partnership naturally, forging the business after seeing an opportunity for commercial real estate in Charlotte.
“We liked each other. That’s the hard part when you’re forming a company with someone,” Faulkner said.
“Being able to find a business partner who has similar value systems, goals, drive … it lined up for us.”
Boundary Street Advisors helps clients buy, sell and lease property.
Recently, Haygood and Faulkner helped facilitate deals with a new nano-brewery in NoDa, as well as a self-serve taproom in uptown called Taproom Social.
“People come to us because we know the market and how to navigate it,” Haygood said.
The partnership between Haygood and Faulkner is a unique one. Faulkner began working for a commercial real estate firm 11 years ago. Haygood owned an IT company for 15 years before making the jump over to commercial real estate.
Both men think that by being able to combine their skills into one business, they have an edge over other companies. This includes integrating software systems into their work as commercial real estate advisors.
“We need to be organized. We need to be timely. We need to be responsive. The technology we use helps us do that,” Haygood said.
They also want their clients to know they handle their business with excellence.
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“We’re going to think of things in a different way than most others will,” Faulkner said. “People always say, ‘Think outside the box,’ but I don’t think there is a box.”
The business partners hope the name of their company suggests what the future may hold for them.
“Boundary Street is local to Charlotte, but if you type it into Google, it’s also all over the world,” Faulkner said.
“We want to be big and small at the same time. We don’t know how big our business is going to get, but we plan on being as big as the opportunity available is.”