GREENSBORO – Kitty & Earl Congdon are High Point’s guardian angels. Inspired by their strong faith and sense of moral obligation to use their good fortune for the benefit of others, they have been reshaping the community since the 1960s.
HIGH POINT – If there’s any doubt David Congdon loves his hometown, look no further than an area off West English Road in High Point, just a few yards from the outfield of the city’s new downtown baseball stadium.
HIGH POINT – Next big professional goal? To play an integral role in making Congdon Yards become the beacon of light that it was created to be in downtown High Point.
HIGH POINT – The High Point project, called Congdon Yards, is an effort to create a year-round gathering spot that will also draw young talent. Along with offices, the space includes a co-working area and a 6,000-square-foot workshop with commercial-grade woodworking equipment available to local designers and artisans.
Building on the city’s status as the “furniture capital of the world,” the old mill has been converted into a 225,000-square-foot design hub for furniture designers and entrepreneurs.
HIGH POINT – Congdon wants to add a creative vibrancy to downtown High Point. Congdon Yards is filled with examples. The eclectic first floor of Plant 7, which opened early this month, is home to The Commons, a vast open space filled with furnishings and designs from a dozen High Point companies, a coffee bar and free wifi.
With a lot of generosity from the Congdon Family, hard work, and teamwork, this group that composes the Congdon Yards team is creating a new kind of home base for the city of High Point
HIGH POINT – “We have this great 100-year-old building with all kinds of character that we can attract,” said Patrick Chapin, the president and CEO of Business High Point-Chamber of Commerce. “People like designer and furnishing companies.”
Plant 7, which had soft opening several weeks ago, has come alive in the past week since a VIP grand opening. The Commons, a street-level gathering spot, has attracted locals with its coffee stand, abundance of comfortable seating from a dozen High Point providers and free WiFi.
Blossoming from its manufacturing, textile and tobacco past, the Carolina Core is reinvesting in its creative communities with a surge of developments and repurposed landmark/historic buildings worth $2 billion.