Village at River’s Edge

Charles is a lead partner for the Columbia, SC-based Village at River’s Edge affordable housing complex. In May 2016, the project opened its first housing units to residents. The development includes 124 affordable two- and three-bedroom units and has a community clubhouse with
programming space, an outdoor gazebo, and a children’s play area. Future phases of the develoment project will include 27 affordable townhouse units and a 48-unit affordable apartment building for elderly residents. Having grown up in a single parent household, this project was important to Charles to provide high quality housing at an affordable price. The Village at River’s Edge is directly across the street from a local elementary school, and the foundation is working on future programming with the residents and the school.

Charles is known as a successful businessman off the field and is involved in numerous projects across North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Minnesota. Many of his business ventures are in line with his foundation’s key principles and provide opportunities for under-served communities.

Charles is a master franchise owner for the Columbia, SC Jan-Pro market, which has more than 50 franchise owners and more than 200 customers. Charles is also a franchise owner in Aiken, SC and Augusta, GA. JAN-PRO is a commercial cleaning company with a systematic and thorough process of cleaning that results from an extensive training course for all of its owner-operators. These businesses have created more than 75 employment opportunities.

Charles owns FedEx Ground transportation and delivery service locations in the Aiken, SC and Augusta, GA markets.

Charles is a franchise owner of two Once Upon A Child stores in Charlotte, NC and Matthews, NC as well as Style Encore and Plato’s Closet stores in the Mooresville, NC area. The stores buy and sell gently used items at a discounted price. Items at Once Upon A Child include clothing, toys, furniture and equipment. Items at Style Encore include women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry and hand bags. Items at Plato’s Closet include brand name clothing, footwear and accessories for teens and twenty-something boys and girls.


In December 2016, Charles announced a new business partnership with future NBA hall of famer Kevin Garnett and 3X NBA Champion Devean George. The new partnership, CGG, LLC, emphasizes “doing good while doing well.” The CGG, LLC group will identify community projects for investment. To date, the group has solidified partnerships with Morgan Stanley and Liberty Bank. Johnson, Garnett and George have the help of managing partner Reggie Barner. Barner has 29 years of multi-family housing experience, including 27 years in senior management. He previously served on the Federal Home Loan Bank of Atlanta Affordable Housing Advisory Board. CGG, LLC already has a number of investments and projects underway, including:

  • Laney Walker (Augusta, GA) – Planned development with 85 1-bedroom units and 87 1- and 2-bedroom units
  • Warren Mill (Warrenville, SC) – Planned mixed use development with 85 – 1-, 2- and 3-bedroom units and commercial space
  • Penn Ave. Union (Minneapolis, MN) – Planned mixed development of 47 residential units and commercial space
  • New Orleans – Planned mixed use 100 unit development
  • FedEx – Ground, Home Delivery and Line Haul Routes


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