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The Master Plan outlines the vision for CHATHAM PARK: a comprehensive and sustainable, live, work, play community. The initial version of the Master Plan for CHATHAM PARK was approved by the Town Board of Commissioners in June 2014. Each time adjustments are made to the Plan, it must be resubmitted to the town for commissioner review. Both updated versions of the Master Plan have also been approved.
CHATHAM PARK will have five village centers that bring together all elements of life – home, work, schools, entertainment, shopping, and more. Additionally, it will feature more than 2,000 acres of open space, greenways, and parks. CHATHAM PARK aims to set the standard for future sustainably-designed communities while also embracing the existing culture and charm of historic Downtown Pittsboro. The most recent information on the Master Plan and draft of the Additional Elements, as submitted to the Town of Pittsboro, can be found online at www.chathampark.com.
Additional Elements were submitted in May 2016 to provide more detail on 12 elements of the Master Plan. These elements include tree protection, signage, parking and loading, lighting, development phasing, open space, affordable housing, transit, public facilities, landscaping, stormwater and public art.
According to the Master Plan, up to 5% of residential space and 15% of non-residential space can be developed without following standards outlined in the Additional Elements. However, all of CHATHAM PARK will be developed to those standards. The Additional Elements and Master Plan are available to review online at www.chathampark.com. Residents and anyone else interested in the project are encouraged to read the plan and ask questions.
A 25,000 square foot medical office building is now open and UNC Healthcare is seeing patients on a daily basis. Two 8,000 square foot buildings are complete and, currently, 6,000 square feet are occupied while an additional 6,000 square feet are being upfitted for new tenants.
A ten-bed hospice facility is also slated to open in August 2017. More than 100 jobs have already been created as a result of this office space.
The heart of CHATHAM PARK will be its residents, so we are excited to break ground on home construction later next year. Each home will be a model of sustainability equipped with the most energy-efficient materials and products available. Both Duke Energy and PSNC have agreed to install smart electric and gas meters in every home, further reducing energy use as well as resident utility bills. Homes in CHATHAM PARK will use 30% less energy than average houses.
CHATHAM PARK’S first homes will be located about a 10 minute walk from downtown Pittsboro, and are expected to be priced between $250,000 and $400,000. The first residents are expected to be moving into their new homes in early 2018.
The CHATHAM PARK Way Bridge will be complete in August 2016. Construction on a roadway to connect the bridge to Business 64 will begin in late 2016 and will be complete in 2017.
According to Newsweek and US News & World Report’s Best High Schools lists, Chatham County is already home to some of the top schools in the country. To maintain these high educational standards, CHATHAM PARK is working closely with the Chatham County School Board to develop new public schools as the community grows. Up to 10 school sites will be donated by the developers based on students’ needs in each area of CHATHAM PARK. Private schools will also be built in CHATHAM PARK, giving parents even more options for their children’s education.
To help determine the need for new schools, the county is working with a consultant to create population predictions. For example, an estimated 2,000 students will reside in the North Village area. Based on planned school capacities, two elementary schools, plus additional middle and high schools will likely be needed in the North Village. Students will be able to take sidewalks, trails, or bike paths to and from school.
In just a few short years, students in CHATHAM PARK will walk through the doors of a brand new school. Thales Academy, a private school with six campuses in North Carolina, plans to open a new location in the North Village; just off Thompson Street next to the first CHATHAM PARK neighborhoods. Thales Academy believes in providing students with an affordable, quality education that prepares them for college and beyond. Classes start in the fall of 2018 for students in grades K-12. Enrollment is not limited to CHATHAM PARK residents, students from Pittsboro and Chatham County will also attend.
At CHATHAM PARK, we believe in building around our natural resources, not over them. The environment is at the forefront of every step in our Master Plan. The Haw River runs through CHATHAM PARK and we are committed to protecting and preserving it. In fact, we will be implementing double the required buffer on perennial streams. Additional buffers have been added along the Haw River to provide protection and to create greenway linkages. Buffers have also been proposed on Roberson Creek in future development. The Master Plan follows or exceeds existing town, county, and state requirements to mitigate environmental impact. All future developments within CHATHAM PARK must also comply with these standards.
CHATHAM PARK will partner with Chapel Hill’s Strata Solar to create a solar farm. The 85-acre farm will generate enough electricity to power 1,600 homes. Utilizing solar power is just another way that CHATHAM PARK is dedicated to creating a sustainable, environmentally-conscious community.
Using guidelines set by the U.S. Green Building council, all CHATHAM PARK buildings that have been built to date meet LEED certification standards on water use, energy consumption, and greenhouse gas emissions. Only the most energy-efficient materials and products were used. Homes in CHATHAM PARK will also be exceptionally sustainable, using 30% less energy than a typical house. We will seek to attract businesses that share our commitment to developing and utilizing the latest smart technologies.
Companies in a variety of industries will make their home in CHATHAM PARK, bringing thousands of job opportunities to area residents. In fact, an economic impact study conducted by N.C. State economist Dr. Michael Walden estimates that CHATHAM PARK will create 60,000 new permanent jobs in Chatham County over the next 40 years. These include careers in high-growth sectors such as technology, research and development, and healthcare. CHATHAM PARK will also be home to neighborhood and regional retail stores, putting money directly back into the community. As the development grows, more residents will be able to find employment in their own county and avoid costly commutes. Even in its initial stages, CHATHAM PARK is already providing jobs for local workers in the construction, medical, and administrative fields.
CHATHAM PARK will be the destination for shopping, cultural events, and entertainment. Residents will be able to shop, buy groceries, catch a matinee, or go out to eat, all just minutes from their homes. The community’s first retail center is set to open in the fall of 2017. This plaza may include local shops, a grocery store, residential space, and a hotel. Foodies will appreciate specialty restaurants, and beer lovers will be able to enjoy craft selections at local breweries. A movie theater is also anticipated in the near future. With all of these amenities, CHATHAM PARK will offer big city life while maintaining the charm of a small town.
Eighty billion dollars – that’s the anticipated impact CHATHAM PARK will have on the county over the next 40 years. New tax and public revenues will also generate an additional $3.2 billion for Chatham County. And while there is no scientific formula for predicting future property values, the level of services and amenities provided by the Town of Pittsboro is expected to increase as it begins collecting taxes and revenues from businesses and residents in CHATHAM PARK. Currently, CHATHAM PARK is paying the Town of Pittsboro $300,000 per year to help mitigate its impact on services and facilities as the development grows.
Retail & Entertainment
CHATHAM PARK recently selected The Eco Group to develop the first phase of commercial property in the community. The Eco Group is currently negotiating with multiple tenants, as CHATHAM PARK’s first retail center is set to open in the fall of 2017. Our collective goal is to create a distinct and unique destination that will attract shoppers across the Triangle even before there’s an abundance of housing in CHATHAM PARK. The retail center will include a brewery, a grocery store, residential space, local specialty restaurants, and much more. A movie theater is also anticipated in the near future.
In additional to more than 20 home styles to choose from, CHATHAM PARK will include retail shopping, office space, corporate campuses, schools, the YMCA, churches, and civic spaces for a true live, work, and play experience.
As new residents move to CHATHAM PARK in the coming years, they will quickly discover the charm of historic Downtown Pittsboro. Local businesses will benefit from the influx of new customers, bringing more jobs and commerce to the community. Like Pittsboro, CHATHAM PARK will embrace the arts, becoming a cultural hub for attractions such as concerts, performances, art galleries, and more.
CHATHAM PARK is investing in the future by being the first community in Chatham County to install reuse water lines (purple pipe) throughout the entire development. While reclaimed water is not widely available in Pittsboro now, this will provide a sustainable source of water for irrigation and cooling of commercial buildings, among other uses, in the future. When reclaimed water is more readily available, all businesses and homes in CHATHAM PARK will already have purple pipe in place for use.
CHATHAM PARK is planning to handle wastewater in a three-pronged approach. In the early phases of development, CHATHAM PARK’s wastewater will be handled by the existing treatment plant in the Town of Pittsboro. To address future needs, The Town of Pittsboro is currently negotiating with the City of Sanford to treat some of Pittsboro’s wastewater. Third, CHATHAM PARK plans to build a reclaimed water treatment facility to address sewer needs of early phases of development while the line to Sanford is under construction.
As residents begin to move to CHATHAM PARK, additional facilities and pipelines will need to be built to handle the increased demands for water and sewer. CHATHAM PARK is committed to paying for this additional infrastructure, and the user fees will be used to maintain the system once it comes online.
Green space and parks are as much a part of a live, work, play community as residences, businesses, and shopping centers. And, with 30% of CHATHAM PARK dedicated to open space, residents will be able enjoy the nature that surrounds them. Whether it’s biking to the Haw River, hiking with friends, or having a picnic with family, over 2,000 acres are waiting to maximum your play time.
Imagine being able to hop on your bike and ride to your favorite restaurant or visit a friend in the next neighborhood. This will be the reality of CHATHAM PARK. We’re building a system of interconnected greenways and trails, giving residents a chance to explore their entire community and everything it has to offer. Roads in CHATHAM PARK will also be bicycle-friendly, allowing employees to choose how they commute to and from work each day.
CHATHAM PARK is located next to beautiful waterways and we want residents to experience the breathtaking views. Nature trails for walking and biking will be built throughout CHATHAM PARK, and with over 50 miles to explore, your options are endless. The trails will also have direct access to some of Chatham County’s most iconic destinations, including Jordan Lake and the Haw River.
Home is where the heart is, and with 27 types of houses to choose from, you’re guaranteed to find something you’ll love. Whether you prefer a condominium overlooking shops and restaurants in the heart of a village center, or a single-family home nestled along a nature preserve, you can find it all right here.
Moving to CHATHAM PARK will be like living in the future in terms of sustainable technologies. To conserve energy and lower utility costs for residents, CHATHAM PARK will include a smart grid and a solar farm. Additionally, Duke Energy and PSNC have agreed to install smart electric and gas meters in every CHATHAM PARK home. Families will also have access to high speed internet and electric car plug-in stations.
By the end of 2018, the first residents of CHATHAM PARK will be moving into their new homes. Construction begins soon, so some families could be celebrating the 2018 holiday season in their new community. And with prices starting at $250,000, residents don’t have to choose between sustainability and affordability. At CHATHAM PARK, you can have both!