Nestled near the shores of Jordan Lake in central North Carolina, Pittsboro has a rich tradition of attracting dreamers and builders, poets and rebels. Now this cradle of regional history has become the birthplace of a development that will dramatically change the way we live, work and play. Come take a tour!
Working in Chatham Park
Chatham Park's Technology Corridor is planned to accommodate much of the Triangle Region's future business growth. It's designed to be a magnet for innovative careers with established and emerging companies in high-growth industries such as technology, biotech, clean tech and medicine. The seamless integration of employment into Chatham Park will make it a perfect place to live and work.
What Is Chatham Park?
Welcome to Chatham Park, a special place that brings together all the elements of life. Here, nature and commerce, art and recreation, homes and schools will thrive on more than 7,000 acres. Here, boutique shops and artisanal restaurants will be only a short walk from home. And with a growing corporate business park, you can commute to work by bike or trail. Chatham Park will provide life-affirming choices for building a career and raising a family. Explore the opportunities. This may be where you belong!
Quality of life shouldn't come at the expense of the environment. Chatham Park's goal is to use thoughtful planning to bring sustainable prosperity to the region. By incorporating forward-thinking smart power and water technologies, a 20-megawatt solar farm and LEED-certified buildings, Chatham Park will seek to keep its carbon footprint to a minimum by using 25% less energy than other communities of its size. We will also seek to attract businesses that share our commitment to developing clean tech solutions and sustainable operations.
What will you do with that extra hour you used to spend commuting each day? At Chatham Park, you can grab a bite in a village center restaurant, admire the work of local artists or take a hike along the serene Haw River. You can also explore the unique shops, restaurants and landmark buildings of Pittsboro's historic district. The opportunities are endless here at Chatham Park!
In Chatham County, the graduation rate (85%) is higher than the state average, the SAT scores are continuing to improve and the district performance composite for EOG/EOC test scores is higher than the state average.
Living by the Water
A decision to live at Chatham Park is an opportunity to enjoy life on the water. Located on the Haw River and next to over 46,000 acres of park land and water surface that comprise Jordan Lake's recreational area, life at Chatham Park can include a wide range of activities from sailing and swimming to kayaking and motor boating. Take a look below at the great recreational resources at Jordan Lake!
Chatham County Chamber’s Business Afterhours Event (Photos)
What a great time! We hosted the Chatham County Chamber’s Business Afterhours event on March 28th. Everyone spent their time with casual networking and sampling the delicious hors d’oeuvres provided by Chamber Members including Bella Donna’s, Angelina’s Kitchen, 39 West Catering and Carolina Brewing.
All the Chatham Park offices were open for tours and offered a chance to win door prizes. The turnout was great, and so festive we wanted to share these photos with you.
Chatham Park development timeline, renderings released
Helping Chatham County Schools efforts to deliver great learning opportunities
Chatham Park hosting Chatham Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event
Stop by our downtown Pittsboro office (79 Hillsboro Street) this Thursday, March 26th, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for the Chatham Chamber of Commerce’s Business After Hours event. Come enjoy light refreshments and network with other business professionals from the community. Attendees are also encouraged to bring a door prize to help promote their business.
Chatham Post: “Chatham EDC has always supported Chatham Park”
Pittsboro, NC – In November 2013, the Chatham Economic Development Corporation’s board of directors unanimously approved a motion to adopt a resolution supporting the 7,100-acre Chatham Park project. The resolution was written and signed by Larry Hicks and Keith Hurand, board co-chairs at the time, on November 26, 2013. The minutes and resolution are available here.
Since that time, the Chatham EDC has publicly promoted and supported the mixed-use development. In February 2014, an article titled ‘Why Chatham Park Matters’ outlined the problems with Chatham County as an unsustainable bedroom community, and further explains how Chatham Park’s plans could help balance the tax base, provide better local employment opportunities and improve access to basic goods and services for residents. The entire piece can be read here. The commercial components of Chatham Park align with Chatham EDC’s goals of creating good, well paying jobs and increasing the commercial tax base. By providing opportuni-ties to live, work and get services within the community, Chatham Park can help reduce the outcommuting and stem the county’s loss of retail sales to neighboring counties. Because of the project’s scale, Chatham EDC and the Chatham Park developers agreed that it was important to assess the economic impact of the project over its full forty year life. Dr. Michael Walden, an accomplished North Carolina State University economist who has conducted hundreds of such studies, was the obvious choice to per-form the study.
Read the full article here: http://www.chathamjournal.com/weekly/business/bizcolumns/chatham-edc-has-always-supported-chatham-park-150213.shtml
Chatham EDC: “Chatham Park to generate $154 billion over next 40 years”
PITTSBORO, N.C., January 27, 2015 — A recent economic impact study conducted by North Carolina State University shows that cumulative spending generated by the Chatham Park development will total $80 billion for Chatham County, $140 billion for the Triangle region and $154 billion for North Carolina by the completion of construction in 40 years.
The study, led by economist Dr. Michael Walden, also indicates that after the full build-out of Chatham Park, the development will have created 61,000 permanent jobs in Chatham County, 99,000 permanent jobs in the Triangle region and 115,000 permanent jobs in North Carolina.
“Prior to conducting the study, I knew that a project with the size and scope of Chatham Park will have a significant impact on the local, regional, and state economies, and after calculating the numbers, the impact is truly impressive,” said Walden, a William Neal Reynolds Distinguished Professor at North Carolina State University, who also advises the N.C. Department of Commerce and N.C. General Assembly on economic matters.
The study was commissioned by the Chatham Economic Development Corporation, the lead economic development agency marketing Chatham County.
“Chatham Park offers companies that are looking to relocate or expand their operations a marquee location in the Research Triangle region with direct access to highly educated talent from some of the country’s top universities,” said Dianne Reid, president of Chatham Economic Development Corporation. “This project alone will quadruple the number of permanent jobs in Chatham County, as well as double the county’s tax revenue.”
To measure the economic impacts from the Chatham Park development, Walden used the IMPLAN software, the most widely used economic model in the country. Federal and state government agencies, including the Federal Reserve Bank and the N.C. Department of Commerce, utilize IMPLAN for economic impact studies.
The complete Economic Impact of the Chatham Park Development study is available at http://bit.ly/chathamparkstudy.
Chatham Park is a 7,000+ acre master-planned live, work, play sustainable community under construction in Pittsboro, North Carolina. With zoning approval for 22 million square feet of commercial, office, and civic space and 22,000 residential units, it will be one of the largest master-planned communities in the country upon completion. Nearly 2,000 acres will be set aside for parks and open space, along with 50+ miles of walking and biking trails that will interconnect homes, offices, and shopping and offer residents direct access to nearby Jordan Lake and the historic Haw River…
To read the rest of the press release, visit http://bit.ly/chathamparkstudy
New rezoning approved for Chatham Park!
Tonight, the Town of Pittsboro Board of Commissioners approved the new rezoning of Chatham Park by a vote of 4:1. This is fantastic news for the development, released on the heels of our recent groundbreaking and our new office on Hillsboro Street in Pittsboro. We’re excited to have the Town of Pittsboro on our side and look forward to more milestones to come!
NPR discusses the impact of Chatham Park’s historic groundbreaking…
Construction of the 7,000 acre development that plans to greatly expand the size and population of Pittsboro began this week with a UNC Health Care facility…
THE FUTURE BEGINS NOW! – Chatham Park Breaks Ground with UNC Health Care
Preston Development Company held a groundbreaking ceremony today for the first building to be constructed as part of Chatham Park. With shovels in hand, the developers and dignitaries broke ground on a 25,000 foot medical office building that will be occupied by specialists from UNC Health Care.
Chatham Park office marks project’s first physical presence in Pittsboro
“PITTSBORO — The Chatham Park project, for which 7,000 acres are designated in Pittsboro and which could bring as many as 60,000 new residents to the town of 4,000, took a major step forward Wednesday with the opening of its downtown office on Hillsboro Street.
“We want our office to be an information gathering center,” said Julian “Bubba” Rawl, co-founder of Preston Development Company, the organization heading up the project. “We want it to be a place where people can get their questions answered if someone wants to know where we’ll start building first, where the medical facility will be.”
Rawl said it is important to him and co-founder Tim Smith that the office be in downtown Pittsboro as opposed to in the outskirts of town.”
“PITTSBORO — Preston Development Co. hosted about 50 public officials and business leaders to show off its new office for Chatham Park in downtown Pittsboro on Wednesday night.
And for possibly the first time in an event involving Pittsboro officials and the planned 7,100-acre Chatham Park, no protesters or picketers were on hand.
Supporters included members of the Chatham County and Pittsboro boards of commissioners, the head of the county’s economic development agency and business people from Lee, Chatham and Wake counties.
Pittsboro Mayor Bill Terry thanked the men behind the project, Julian “Bubba” Rawl and Tim Smith, for bringing their “big brains” and big potential to Chatham County.
Chatham Park, which is slated to grow in stages over the next 30 to 40 years, will include homes, shopping and office parks. It could bring 60,000 new residents to the area between downtown Pittsboro and Jordan Lake, effectively growing the Triangle into more of a rectangle.”
BizJournal: “Raleigh ranks No. 2, Durham ranks No. 3 among most educated metros”
Triangle Business Journal writes, “Raleigh and Durham rank No. 2 and 3, respectively, among 150 large metro areas ranked by degree attainment and other education-related factors. Financial website WalletHub looked at nine metrics including educational attainment, the percentage of workers with jobs in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) fields, along with the quality and size of each metro area’s universities…” Click the link to read more about how other North Carolina cities stack up among the 150…
NCDOT To Fund 100 Percent Of Circle Upgrades In Pittsboro
The Chatham Record confirms that the NCDOT funding Of Pittsboro’s Downtown Vision Plan is moving forward. According to the Record, “The plan called for narrowing the pavement width around the entire circle to 24 feet, and installing new splitter islands, crosswalks, sidewalks and landscaping. The purpose was to calm traffic entering the circle and increase pedestrian safety.” These priority projects are estimated to cost roughly $1.7 million.
Forbes: “Raleigh Leads The Best Places For Business And Careers 2014”
Forbes Magazine writes, “…Fueling Raleigh’s consistent results are business costs that are 18% below the national average, and an adult population where 42% have a college degree, the 12th best rate in the U.S. (30% is the national average). Raleigh is home to North Carolina State University and nearby schools include Duke University and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The area’s appeal has led to a strong inflow of new residents to the city, which boasts the sixth fastest net migration rate over the past five years.
Research Triangle Park continues to fuel significant development in the area. The park is located at the core of the Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical Area, and it is the largest research park in the country. It features roughly 170 companies that employ 39,000 full-time, mostly high-tech workers. There have been 1,800 start-up companies created at RTP since 1970…”
BizJournal: “Massive Chatham Park project gets green light from Pittsboro town board”
“The Pittsboro town board made history Monday night with four out of five of its town commissioners voting to approve the master plan and rezoning request for Preston Development Co.’s massive Chatham Park development project.
Commissioner Bett Wilson Foley was the lone dissenting vote. Both she and Mayor Bill Terry, who had no vote in the matter, had expressed concerns regarding the density and amount of open space dictated in the 7,120-acre plan, according to sources who were at the meeting.”
Chapel Hill Magazine: “11 Reasons to Trek to Pittsboro This Spring”
Here are the first 3 of 11 reasons Chapel Hill Magazine says you must visit Pittsboro. To read all 11, click the link at the bottom!
1. They call it the most important meal of the day for a reason: Wake up with a cup of Carrboro Coffee Roasters joe at Davenport’s Cafe Diem on East Salisbury Street. Then head to the new Phoenix Bakery on Hillsboro Street (very close to the courthouse) for a cream-filled doughnut, a savory muffin made withCarolina Brewery beer or a cinnamon roll. Living the gluten-free life? No problem. Phoenix has muffins, cookies 2and breads that can accommodate you.
2. Take a class at The Woodwright’s School, right in the heart of downtown, run by Roy Underhill of PBS’ The Woodwright’s Shop, which has been on the air for more than 30 years. Sign up for a session like the five-day “Benchwork Week” or the one-day “Edge-Tool Sharpening.” In an effort to make the Woodwright’s School look as though it were set in the 1930s, students are encouraged to wear clothing that would not look out of place in that time period, and no tools with plastic handles are permitted in the building.
3. Hike the Haw River. Park in the easy- to-spot lot off 15/501, just before you cross the bridge over the Haw. From there, accessing the trail – and the water if you prefer to kayak – is easy. The trail is worn enough that kids can traverse it easily.