Cornerstone Strategic Partners

Revitalizing Urban Neighborhoods For Everyone

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Striving for long-term success & relationships. We don’t partner with anyone. We collaborate with All.

Whether we are building luxury, market-rate apartments or attainable housing for income-sensitive individuals, our team directs the development process with the same people-first approach that creates an unlimited demand for our product. Cornerstone has an unconventional approach to development which allows our team to uncover value that others overlook. We have the vision to see what’s coming next, plus a unique set of collaborative and creative problem-solving skills that combine to produce one-of-a-kind places to live. The key, then, to realizing these market-quality, one-of-a-kind communities – is our execution.


  1. an important quality or feature on which a particular thing depends or is based.
  2. a stone that forms the base of a corner of a building, joining two walls.

The most critical piece of building anything starts with the “Cornerstone.” For any purpose, your cornerstone has to be solid, dependable, reliable, adaptable to the surrounding conditions, and strong enough and precise enough to line up all the other pieces of the building process. The start of change, revitalizing a community, forming partnerships, transforming a city, creating a building, and doing anything of significance in business or real estate development starts with the cornerstone.

Community Minded

Revitalizing a neighborhood means more than redeveloping the land. It means we are being tasked to create a diverse community that covers the needs of all who live there. No matter your socioeconomic status, we develop with the mission that everyone belongs.

Thoughtfully Designed

We are dedicated to designing artfully created spaces that make a change in the community. Our innovative group of designers and contractors pay close attention to detail to create spaces with a goal of effecting a positive change in the community.


We pride ourselves on assembling the most diverse and highly qualified team on every project, in order to deliver the best outcome. Everyone has a good idea of the decisions and actions for which he or she is responsible, information flows freely across the organizational boundaries, which translate to impeccable execution.

Leonard Burke, CCIM

Managing Partner

Leonard Burke is a seasoned executive in commercial real estate development and asset management and through his experience and success founded Cornerstone Strategic Partners.

Previously, he served as the Director of Asset Management for Beneficial Communities. Responsible for managing the operations of a nationwide portfolio of affordable, mixed-income and market housing.

Prior to his time at Beneficial, Leonard served as Director of Asset Management for Tampa Housing Authority, overseeing and developing a portfolio of 4,589 residential units consisting of market rate, mixed-income and affordable units, as well as mixed-use developments.

Leonard Burke has been recognized as an industry leader and received numerous awards over the years. He was named the Top 40 under 40 professional by the Tampa Bay Business Journal and Business Observer, and People on the move spotlight. In addition, Mr. Burke was selected to participate in a Urban Land Iinstitute’s Tampa Bay Technical Assistance Panel (TAP).

Of all the professional achievements, Leonard Burke is most known for his charitable work in the community. Leonard actively donates his time and resources in helping at-risk and inner city youth uncover their true worth in life. He mentors several young men, conducts motivation speeches at local Title 1 schools. 

Leonard has been a guest lecturer for the University of South Florida, Florida Redevelopment Association, and Urban Land Institute.

Leonard serves on the Executive Committee and Multi-family product council for the Urban Land Institute of Tampa Bay, National Audit Committee for AMIKids, Board of Director for Junior Achievement, a non-profit organization supporting financial literacy for elementary/middle school students in Tampa Bay.

Leonard received his Bachelor of Finance degree from the University of South Florida. He also received his certified commercial investment member (CCIM) designation from the National Association of Realtors.

Cornerstone Strategic Partners focuses on doing one thing and doing it well: the community improvement and development of multi-family homes that are designed to be impactful and strategic. We pride ourselves on creating quality communities where people want to live.

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