Fred Delk recently retired as the Executive Director of the Columbia Development Corporation, the City of Columbia agency that has worked for the past 40 years to develop the Congaree Vista and the South Columbia areas of the city.
Fred held the CDC position for the past 25 years, working with a wide range of projects, including upscale commercial and residential development. The corporation purchased and later sold the 100-year-old Palmetto Compress Warehouse. The 320,000 square foot mill property just completed as a residential, mixed-use historic preservation project containing 200 apartments. Other CDC projects include Columbia’s Governor’s Hill, Edisto Place affordable rental community, the Publix Grocery Store, the renovation of 701 Whaley, and Stormwater Studios Artist Community. These developments and others assisted by the corporation were accomplished by an innovative blend of financing and public/private partnerships.
Delk has extensive experience in Brownfields redevelopment and was the National Brownfields Renewal Person of the Year for 2012
Fred Delk currently works part-time as a consultant assisting several South Carolina communities with downtown revitalization and historic preservation projects.