We are excited about the improvements taking place in local government facilities around Garner. The police department has just moved in to new quarters. The Southeast Regional Library is currently displaced while improvements are made that important facility. And work will soon begin on the town’s new town hall.
These improvements are all signs of the growth the town of Garner has seen in the past 15 years, but they also represent something more, which is an investment of faith in the town’s future.
Redevelopment is a different animal than new development. People considering an investment in today’s Garner are often looking at existing buildings and plots of land with existing neighbors and established uses. It’s just not like taking raw land on the outskirts of town, running water and sewer lines to the property and then asking for permission to come into the city’s corporate limts.
Redevelopment takes a different kind of curiousity and a visionary approach to see what possibilities lie beyond historical uses. That kind of visionary thinking generally doesn’t take place until an investor sees the local government investing its own resources in the town. Most of the projects we’ve mentioned – and there are many others – have been paid for through the 2013 bond referendum.
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That work is starting to make noticeable differences in the town’s landscape. And we believe they will be provide the impetus for more investment in an even better Garner.