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"The future belongs to those who believe in their dreams."
-- Eleanor Roosevelt
In 2004, Locust Town Center was the promising idea of a few, but its vision quickly became an entire community’s dream and finally an opportunity to recreate its displaced downtown to recapture what has always distinguished this small American hometown from others.
Local developers Bob Barbee and Terry Whitley and partner Andreas Bechtler of Charlotte were inspired by the revitalizations of model small towns around the country, as well as those of nearby Davidson, Pinehurst, Baden and Albemarle.
They acquired a former 120-acre factory site in the heart of Locust’s downtown area, ideal for integrating a vibrant business-merchant center, all of the City’s municipal services, expansive public gathering and green spaces for community events, and a variety of neighborhood choices – from apartments and townhomes to single-family homes of different sizes.
The developers then worked closely with many consultants, especially the renowned land planning firm of Duany Plater-Zyberk whose traditional neighborhood best practices supported Locust’s desire to preserve its small town character and values.
"If you can DREAM it, you can DO it."
Locust Town Center believed in the dream. Today, its businesses and merchants have not only “survived the economy”, but have prospered. There’s always full calendar of community activities to enjoy – festivals, concerts, outdoor movies, classic car cruise-ins, holiday parades, chamber promotions and support for charitable causes. And the new Government Center celebrates its grand opening Fall 2011.
Living in Locust simply means our dream is now ready to be yours.