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Turnkey Development Program: Real Estate Development and Consulting

Charter schools have one fundamental mission: providing the best education possible for every student. At CSDC, we know that accomplishing that mission requires a safe, comfortable, and inspiring learning environment that meets the needs of students, teachers, and administrators - right now, and as your charter school continues to grow.

CSDC's Turnkey Development Program helps charter schools turn their "facility vision" into reality. We're the real estate experts, so you don't have to be. Our "lease-to-own" model lets you focus on your educational mission while we focus on the business of financing, designing and constructing a facility built to suit the unique needs of your school model, student population and budget.

Our expert staff understands the complexities of real estate development and how to deliver a customized "turnkey" solution to each charter school client for lease with option-to-purchase. Leasing from CSDC as an interim step to ownership enables our tenant schools to establish a record of sound business practices and good academic results, setting the stage for long term stability and success.

CSDC offers flexible terms to meet your school's strategic vision:

  • Short or long term lease with options to extend
  • Fixed and below-market rent escalations
  • Fixed-price purchase option set at commencement of the lease and exercisable at any time
  • A development process that is completely transparent using an "open book" approach to account for all project costs

The bottom line is that the "nonprofit developer difference" translates into a cost savings that is passed directly through to our charter school clients, resulting in more affordable facilities and more facility for the taxpayer buck.

Consulting and Fee Developer Services

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Perhaps your school is already in a position to purchase its own facility, but lacks the expertise to manage the development process. School only starts once a year - don't risk missing critical deadlines, blowing your budget or distracting your staff with development and construction issues. Partner with CSDC and outsource project management - and headaches - to us! We'll oversee the entire process on your behalf - from initial site design and financial modeling through permitting and construction to final punch list and opening day of school. We'll ensure you get top quality facilities, on budget and on time.

CSDC's fee developer program provides an invaluable service to successful, expanding charter schools that recognize the benefits of outsourcing their facility needs to an experienced developer on a complete, "turnkey" basis. Here's just one example.

Building on Our Success!

As of September 2012, CSDC has developed over 1.2 million square feet of educational facilities for 29 schools on 24 campuses . Many of the schools that were CSDC's clients and tenants have gone on to successfully purchase their buildings from us - establishing "permanent homes" for themselves as community institutions. Check out some of these success stories.

CSDC has regional design-build partners that offer the best in facilities design and construction to CSDC and the schools we serve. As a result, CSDC can offer turnkey facilities for lease with option-to-purchase, or simply as a fee developer, to highly qualified charter schools anywhere in the country.

CSDC's real estate development services offer convenience, solutions and results! To find out more about CSDC's Turnkey Development Program and other services, visit our FAQ page. To contact CSDC about your specific project, complete our School Prequalification Form.


"Charter Schools Development Corporation was critical in the acquisition and development of our new facility.  Without their expertise and financing, we would not have been able to acquire a facility for our growing student population.  Their professionalism and responsiveness to our specific needs created a positive working relationship throughout the whole process."
- Lisa Fink, Board President, Adams Traditional Academy, Phoenix, AZ

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