Lee Wilburn

Lee Wilburn has more than thirty years’ experience in all aspects of the real estate industry, including as owner, developer, investor, general contractor, managing partner and attorney. In the past 15 years, he has developed more than 25 million square feet of commercial and industrial buildings, ranging from 250,000 to more than 1,000,000 square feet, with a value exceeding $1.5 billion. As President and Founder of CrossPath Group, he applies his diverse range of skills and decades of experience to exceed the expectations of every client. He earned a Juris Doctor (law) degree from the University of Virginia and a Bachelor of Science in Commerce degree from the University of Louisville.

Lee provides support for users throughout the development process from site selection for new construction to construction management, including build to suit. His innovative development model yields superior value and quality in commercial and industrial development with unprecedented turnaround times. This unique to the industry, low-overhead approach gives clients an uncommon economic advantage for increased functionality and enhanced design. The use of the latest technology ensures buildings are equipped with the most advanced communication and security systems available.

Working on a national and international level, Mr. Wilburn has completed projects that include warehousing and industrial facilities for leaders in the logistic, retail, automotive, food processing, pharmaceutical distribution, medical device research and manufacturing, and pharmaceutical research, including Amazon, Autoneum, Bose, Briova Rx, Knipper, MedVenture, Sumitomo and TheHutGroup.

Lee’s passion for development pushes him to routinely exceed clients’ expectations, repeatedly creating award-winning developments.

Developer to oversee school move

A group of Bullitt County residents almost lost hope. The 98-year-old Bowman Valley schoolhouse it has spent three years trying to move and restore is quickly deteriorating and seemed on the verge of being lost to history.

Enter Louisville-based developer Lee Wilburn.

Wilburn, owner of CrossPath Group, read about the group’s efforts in a Courier-Journal article and knew it was time to help. He contacted group leader Tammy Ott and offered to oversee the entire project.

“She probably thought I was a kook,” Wilburn said of his call to Ott.

Ott and Bullitt County Genealogical Society president Daniel Buxton couldn’t believe the offer. Not only was Wilburn backing the project, but he’d contacted numerous developers and companies willing to pool their resources and see the restoration through, including Shelbyville-based Edwards Moving, which has agreed to move the building.

The restoration will repair the school and make it look as it did while it was in use.

“I think it’s wonderful,” Buxton said. “We didn’t want to say it, but we all felt like it wasn’t going to happen.”

Bowman Valley, built in 1916, is the last remaining African-American schoolhouse in the county. It was once one of at least eight African-American schools in the county and closed in 1957 after schools were desegregated. At that time, it had about two dozen students.

The group of residents has wanted to move the school from its hidden Cooper Run Road location to a more visible spot on Ky. 44, but it had hit a wall in getting donations and grants to make it happen.

The plan is to relocate the school to a space near the Bullitt County Board of Education building, placing it next to a former one-room schoolhouse for white students, the Woodsdale School. Once it’s moved, Wilburn will continue to help fund and acquire donations for the restoration of the school.

Wilburn said he had not heard of the project before but has driven by the school while doing work in the county. He has since spoken with former students and is happy to give them the opportunity to share their school with their families.

“When I first looked into this, I thought there might be a stigma about separation. I’ve never actually seen a school in our community that was segregated,” Wilburn said. “People who went there are very proud of their school.”

Wilburn’s development team is currently working to get a state permit to temporarily close an Interstate 65 ramp during the school’s relocation.