Locust, North Carolina, is located approximately 12 miles east of Charlotte at the crossroads of NC 24/27 and NC 200. The developer, Main Street Property LLC, is building a town center on 120 acres located in the middle of the Locust community. Renowned planner Duany Plater-Zyberk & Company is overseeing the development.
The goal of this project was to revitalize the town of Locust. Their original business district was bulldozed to expand a major highway thoroughfare leading to Charlotte. The design of the new town center was modeled after villages like Pinehurst and Davidson in North Carolina, where they’ve successfully created a city center that provides a true sense of community.
Highlights of the Locust Town Center include green space, architectural integrity and recreational activities. With easy access to shopping, medical facilities and commerce, this new business district focuses on a quality of life culture to be enjoyed by the all the residents of the community.
To recreate the traditional appearance of the commercial downtown district was a unique challenge. Typical storefront products would not have achieved the appearance the architects were striving for. They wanted a variety of brickmould options, from 180 to Flat to Williamsburg. In addition, the revitalization was ongoing for several years, with the Bank of Stanley being the last building completed in the fall of 2010.
Comments from Project Associates
Terry Whitley, owner of Whitley Builders, states, “This project required the look of a traditional wood window, so we couldn’t settle for a typical storefront look. Windsor’s Legend series gave us exactly the look and quality we were striving for. The fact that these windows provide the traditional appearance of wood, but are constructed from cellular PVC, will ensure this community can withstand the test of time.”