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2023 Award of Merit: Asheboro

Updated: Apr 1

Church Street Lofts

2023 NC Main Street Award: Economic Vitality

Best Adaptive Reuse Project

  • Landmark Development

  • Randolph Senior Adults Association

  • City of Asheboro

  • Dunn & Dalton Architects

  • Rehab Engineering

  • KMW Builders

  • Fearnbach History Services, Inc.

In 2017 Landmark Development embarked on a project to rehabilitate the former Parks Hosiery Mill-McCrary Hosiery Mill Number Two, located at 170 North Church Street in downtown Asheboro, into apartments to serve the senior adult population. Residential living in downtown Asheboro is an economic development strategy for the Asheboro Main Street Program and the City of Asheboro, and this project also serves a critical need for centrally located affordable housing in Asheboro.

The $11,000,000 investment met the Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. Dunn and Dalton Architects of Kinston prepared the rehabilitation plans. KMW Builders completed the construction, and Fearnbach History Services served as the historic preservation consultant on the project. Landmark Development utilized the following federal and state tax credit programs to bring the project to fruition: federal and state historic tax credits, the North Carolina Mill Rehabilitation Tax Credits, and the low-Income Housing Tax Credits. The City of Asheboro collaborated with the Randolph Senior Adults Association to secure parking adjacent to their building, that is utilized by the Church Street Lofts residents.

Significant features of the Church Street Lofts rehab include the installation of expansive multi-pane aluminum sash in McCrary Hosiery Mill No. 2’s window openings that had been enclosed with brick and smaller glass block windows in the 1950’s. The exterior Art-Deco style metal canopy and sconces at the north entrance were restored. And inside the building, painted brick walls, substantial wood, concrete and steel columns, posts and beams, wood ceilings and roof decking boards, hardwood and concrete floors, metal kalamein doors, and single and double-leaf-glazed and paneled doors were retained.

Original ceiling heights were maintained within the units and the corridors. In addition, there is an elevated skybridge that crosses Church Street and connects the redevelopment project to the Randolph Senior Adults Association’s Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Adult Resource and Education Center. This provides tenants with access to amenities within the Senior Adults facility, and safe access to their parking lot access from the redevelopment project. The Randolph Senior Adults Center provides meals, enrichment, socialization, and transportation for seniors.

The project, completed in May 2023, added more than 57,000 square feet of occupied space and 50 new affordable one- and two-bedroom residential units in the downtown district. Prior to the redevelopment project, the tax valuation was $480,000, and after rehabilitation, it is valued at nearly $2,900,000 and resulted in a net gain of $31,000 in property tax revenue for Asheboro and Randolph County.


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