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Baxter Village - End of an Era

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FC: Baxter Village Est. 1998

1: 1994 The Close Family begins planning for 6,200 acres of family land.

2: Clear Springs Development Company is formed in 1997 to implement the Clear Springs Plan | Planning for Baxter Village begins.

3: David Weekley Saussy Burbank S.E. Miller John Wieland | Clear Springs Development Breaks Ground for Village of Baxter March 1998 | Home Builder Candidates Meet at the White Homestead to preview Phase 1 and pick their first lots. September 1998 | Four Area Homebuilders Selected For Phase I of Baxter October 1998

4: February 1999 Hundreds of potential home buyers gather at the Dairy Barn to draw a lottery number for first lot picks in Baxter. | Alan St. Claire and prospective buyers | Angie McCrae, Kerri Robusto, Becky Traynor

5: James Traynor addressing the crowd | James Traynor, Becky Traynor, Angie McCrae, Charles Adams | Prospects gathered at the Dairy Barn, then they were bused to Baxter to tour unfinished models in the cold, wet rain. We ended the day with over 50 appointments made!

6: June 1998 York County Breaks Ground on Library in Baxter Village

7: Library Opens August 1999 | Mike Short | David Lyon and Carl Gullick

8: Graham Patterson House moved from Baxter to the Greenway April 1999

9: Clear Springs Development Donates site in Baxter for Elementary School September 1999 | Orchard Park Elementary opened fall 2000. Today the school is at capacity with 900 students

10: Pedestrian Tunnel Under Sutton Road | Shown: Mike Brunetti, Brian Wilson, James Traynor & Mukesh Patel | Ground Breaking for the Brian Wilson Law Firm

11: Old Sutton Road | New Sutton Road | Founders Street Looking back toward Old Sutton Rd | Beginning of Market Street (formerly Sutton Road Looking South toward New Sutton Road

12: Front Row: Kevin Lane, Ann Close, Mike Brunetti, Kerri Robusto, Brad Davis Back Row: Donald Wilson, Rick Lauer, Bruce Rush, Downey Saussy, Ell Close, Dianne Wilson | Saussy Burbank's first model home was burned shortly after it was completed. Arson was suspected but never proved. Saussy rebuilt in less than two months to finish Model Row. | Ground Breaking for the First Model Home November 1998

13: The First Model Row Opens May 1999

14: Baxter Information Center Under Construction

16: July 19, 1999 Baxter Information Center Grand Opening Celebration | Charles Adams and Derick Close | Dianne Wilson and Charles Adams | Ell CLose, Carl Gullick and Jimmy Rhea | James Traynor, Derick Close, Kerri Robusto, Mike Short, Ell Close

19: Ell Close, Charles Miller and Don Killoren | Piedmont Urgent Care Opens in Baxter Village May 2002 | Clear Springs Signs Alliance Agreement with Piedmont November 1999

20: Time Line to Town Center

21: Today, Baxter Village blends 1,475 homes with over 400,000 s.f. of commercial and civic spaces including an elementary school, YMCA, public library and vibrant Town Center.

22: A L L I S O N P A R K Est. August 15, 1999 Allison Park is a twelve acre wooded preserve that is part of the overall open space system in Baxter Village. It provides the first trail head and is named after the late Ester Allison White (November 27,1843- April 28, 1903) who was the wife of Captain Samuel Elliott White (Founder of the Fort Mill Manufacturing Plant/Springs Industries).


25: BAXTER COMMUNITY CENTER | First Baxter families break ground on the Baxter Community Center Summer 1999 | The Baxter Community Center was modeled after the Chester Courthouse

26: The Community Center Opens with a full roster of clubs and activities.

28: The Dream Team | over the years | Creating Tomorrow's Hometowns

29: What Good Is a Dream Home If Its Not In A Dream Neighborhood

30: Town Center Planning

31: Baxter Village Breaks Ground on 90-Acre Town Center In Heart of Traditional Fort Mill Neighborhood April 2002

32: Ground Breaking for the Springmaid Building; the first retail building in Baxter Town Center | James Traynor, Kerri Robusto, Mike Brunetti, Dan Mummey, Don Killoren, Charles Adams, Alan Marshall, Tom Sunnarborg, Craig Duet

34: From Idea to Ideal | Springmaid Building | Clear Springs Team Ribbon Cutting


36: Fort Mill's Baxter Village Evokes Envy. Key to building boom: It's all in the design Rock Hill Herald Jan 21, 2007 | Fort Mill Ranked 10th In Nation For Affordability and Quality of Life Business Week 2009 | Baxter Village Included in a Traveling Exhibit Showcasing the Roots of New Urbanism Charlotte, NC – May 11, 2005- A new exhibit created by the Levine Museum of the New South will showcase the foundation for neighborhoods developed in the “New Urbanism” style, including the Village of Baxter. “John Nolen: Neighborhood-Maker” is a traveling exhibit featuring the local work and national career of one of the most influential landscape planners in American history. | Baxter Village Hosts Greenville County Council and Planning Commissioners as a Model for Traditional Neighborhood Development. Fort Mill, S.C.--May 8, 2002Baxter Village has been chosen as a model for Traditional Neighborhood Development, or TND, by Upstate Forever, a non-profit organization covering six counties in upstate South Carolina. “There is nothing like Baxter,” explains Diane Eldridge, Associate Director of Upstate Forever. “Our mission is to promote sensible growth and to conserve resources. Baxter does this by having everything in one convenient location.” Baxter recently hosted Upstate Forever and a group of 29 County Council members, County Planning Commissioners and staff members from Greenville County, South Carolina. “These are the people who write the ordinances,” continues Eldridge. “Baxter was our first stop on the tour, and it really set the tone for the entire trip. They are the pioneers for TND in this area, so it was very helpful to hear first-hand about their experiences. We are trying to educate our local lawmakers on the benefits of a neighborhood like Baxter, in hopes of easing restrictions on TND.” These benefits, according to Eldridge, include quality of life and smart growth, in addition to traffic reduction which helps conserve natural resources and cut air pollution. | Baxter As A Benchmark

37: A Sleepy Mill Town Coming to Life NEW YORK TIMES August 19, 2007 | Boom at the Border Just across the SC line, growing York County is bucking the real-estate downturn. Charlotte Observer August 21,2007 | Village of Baxter becomes a hub for development. Lowe's home store and 3 commercial buildings going up at or near the site. Charlotte Observer Nov 19, 2006 | In the News | Baxter Business is Booming Fox News 2009 | Baxter Town Center FIlls Space as others remain empty Business Journal August 2010 | Baxter Celebrates Its 1,000 Home Closing May 2008

38: Baxter Village Honored With 7 Awards From National Association of Home Builders December 4, 2003 | Clear Springs Named Best Developer of the Year By the Charlotte Home Builders Association 3 times! 2000 2001 2010 | Won over 56 Marketing Awards by the National Home Builder's Association and the Charlotte Home Builder's Association since 1998 | Awards & Recognitions | Baxter Named Best New Home Community in the Charlotte Region 1999 2001 2010

39: Village of Baxter Chosen as Case Study at National New Urbanism Symposium Charlotte, NC – October 17, 2005 The Village of Baxter in Fort Mill, SC was recently featured in a case study presented to 60 architects, planners, engineers, and others from around the country. The case study of Baxter was held as part of a program entitled “New Urbanism in Charlotte: The Legacy of John Nolen.” Held in Charlotte September 7-10, this national symposium was sponsored by The Seaside Institute in collaboration with the Levine Museum of the New South and the Charlotte Regional Office of Duany Plater-Zyberk and Company. | National Recognitions Cited by the National Sierra Club as a “Smart Growth” example Stewardship Development Award from South Carolina Department of Natural Resources Received the “Building With Trees” designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation | Front Row: James and Becky Traynor, Don and Ellen Killoren Back Row: David Jewell and Guest, Kerri and Chris Robusto, Kendra and Mike Brunetti | Major Achievements in Marketing Awards Banquet 2001

41: Baxter Town Center


43: Starbucks Opens in Baxter Town Center June 2005 | Exchange Building | Six Pence Pub | MarketPlace Building

44: The Baxter Information Center moves to Market Street February 2006 | Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of Village Hall November 20, 2007

45: Annexation Doubles Size of Fort Mill. Clear Springs controls 2,700 acres of the 5,000 acres annexed July 2008 | Walter Fisher, William Taylor, Don Killoren, James Traynor, Charles Adams, Tim Patterson, Dan Mummey, Kerri Robusto and Mike Brunetti

48: Marketing Baxter - Over the Years -

49: "Vintage Family" photoshoot Pictured: Jonathan Wilson, Kerri Robusto, Justin Wilson,

57: Charlotte Magazine named Fort Mill/Baxter one of the Best Suburbs to Live

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