Project Team


Franklin Realty Advisors LLC: A regional real estate development, commercial property management, and advisory firm with expertise in public/private partnerships and historic preservation projects throughout the northeast.

Charles “Chip” Norton Jr.
Managing Director

A Wellesley native, Chip has been in the real estate industry since 1983 and is best known for his keen expertise in developing public/private partnerships and historic preservation projects.

After graduating with Business Administration and Communication degrees from the University of New Hampshire in 1977, Norton founded the Carisbrooke Construction Company and Homes/Newton Realty Trust with the goal of redeveloping historical residential properties in the Boston area. In 2000, Norton founded Franklin Realty Advisors, which since its inception has developed, acquired, and managed over $1 billion of real estate projects across the country.

Norton’s most significant projects in Central Massachusetts include Mercantile Center, the Worcester Business Center, and the Southbridge Innovation Center.

Office & Retail Leasing

Kelleher & Sadowsky: Worcester’s leading commercial leasing company with services including buyer-seller representation, landlord and tenant representation, capital market investment and mortgage brokerage.


SGA: An award-winning full service architectural, planning, interior design, virtual design and construction (VDC) and branded environments firm.

Worcester Business Development Corporation
Public/Private Partnership

Worcester Business Development Corporation (WBDC): A collaboration of public/private partners whose mission is to strengthen the region’s position as an economic leader in the Commonwealth through targeted investment and strategic partnerships.

Worcester Business Development Corporation
Marketing & Public Relations

Conventures, Inc.: New England’s leading event planning, marketing and public relations company. Conventures collaborates with their clients to provide customized strategic communications, activation and branding from creation to completion.