Town of McAdenville Awarded $858,000 Grant for South Fork Sewer Project



The Golden LEAF Foundation announced this month that the Town of McAdenville has been awarded $858,000 to assist with the South Fork Sewer Project.


The project will construct a new wastewater pump station and force main to allow for the elimination of the McAdenville Municipal wastewater treatment plant and the Pharr Yarns industrial wastewater treatment plant. Once the project is constructed, wastewater previously treated at the two, 50-year-old facilities will be consolidated to the City of Gastonia's Two Rivers Utilities (TRU) system for treatment. 


"McAdenville is pleased to receive this additional funding support for what is truly a critical project for our community. This project is about partnership and the Town of McAdenville sincerely appreciates the involvement and support of all of its project partners and funding agencies," said Jim Robinette, Mayor of the Town of McAdenville.


The consolidation of the two plants in McAdenville into the City of Gastonia's state-of-the-art facility will enhance current and assist future infrastructure as well as pave a path for economic development to increase and diversify the tax base in McAdenville. Additionally, the consolidation will have a positive impact on the natural environment, a goal Pharr has supported through various community initiatives throughout the years.


"Golden LEAF's goal is increased economic opportunity in the communities we serve," said Dan Gerlach, Golden LEAF president. "We are pleased to provide funds to the Town of McAdenville for efficient and effective wastewater infrastructure that will support eh approximately 900 local jobs at Pharr, one of the largest employers in Gaston County."


"We are very pleased to see that the final piece to the puzzle has been obtained, and a significant project to further the regionalization of wastewater treatment is now funded and construction-ready," said Bill Carstarphen, president and CEO of Pharr. He adds, "We have committed significant resources in this project over the years because we believe it will provide for new economic development opportunities for the Town of McAdenville, as well as make a positive impact on one of our town's greatest assets, the South Fork River. It makes economic sense and it makes environmental sense. 


The goal to consolidate into one regional wastewater treatment facility has been a joint public-private effort between the Town of McAdenville, Pharr, TRU and Gaston County for more than 10 years. This grant is part of the total funding package for the $6 million dollar project which includes grant funds from the North Carolina Clean Water Management Trust Fund, North Carolina Department of Commerce and Gaston County along with loan funds from the North Carolina Clean Water State Revolving Fund. Construction of the project is expected to begin in the Fall of this year and is expected to take up to eighteen months. 



New Restaurant Coming to Downtown McAdenville

Town and Market Logo

The owners of Sammy’s Neighborhood Pub in Belmont recently announced that their second restaurant, The McAdenville Table and Market, is coming to downtown McAdenville in late 2017.

The McAdenville Table and Market will offer patrons a market and butcher shop where they can purchase fresh foods, meats, seafood, craft beer and wine in addition to operating as a restaurant that will seat 76 and serve a variety of salads, sandwiches and entrees.

“This new space offers us an opportunity to serve McAdenville and surrounding communities. We want to be a part of the fabric of this town, to serve them good food at a good price and give them a place to purchase fresh produce and meats close to home,” says co-owner Jim Bailey.

The restaurant décor will reflect the heritage and history of McAdenville, exhibiting throughout the space memorabilia and old photographs of the town and textile mill. Additionally, the space will feature exposed brick from the vintage duplex built on the site in 1881 by R.Y. McAden and return the adjacent space to the floorplan of the original McAdenville grocery, Abernathy’s.

“We are thrilled to play a part in the redevelopment of McAdenville’s historic commercial district. We hope to play a key role in the future draw for the region, along with the recently opened salon, the new bridge and future trail system. We want to be a part of the town’s continued growth, blending the authentic and historic with some outstanding amenities” says co-owner John Bailey, Jim’s son.

The McAdenville Table and Market will be open Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.



McAdenville, N.C., (Nov. 28th , 2016) –Belmont Land and Investment Company recently announced the third location of William Henry Signature Salon will open on Main Street in McAdenville in 2017. Additionally, The Christmastown Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery will relocate to a new space, remaining downtown.  
“We’re excited to welcome William Henry Signature Salon to Main Street McAdenville. Their decision to set roots here, along with the gallery’s continued support to grow with our downtown, serve as a catalyst for our historic downtown’s evolution to a more retail-oriented business base,” said Bill Carstarphen, president of Pharr, parent company of Belmont Land.  
To commemorate the announcement, Pharr Yarns and Coldwell Banker Commercial MECA will sponsor a Networking After Work event on Nov. 29. The celebration is at 131 Main Street from 4—7 p.m. to discuss growing interest in the downtown McAdenville area. Media is invited and encouraged to attend. 
William Henry Signature Salon has been a part of the Gaston community for over 60 years, previously known as Ballards Barber Shop, and currently has two locations, in Belmont and Mount Holly. The new salon will take residency in early 2017 and will be located at 131 Main Street, neighboring the Kinkade art gallery at 129 Main Street. 



"One of the primary reasons we chose McAdenville for our newest location is because of our passion for vision and legacy, we see the opportunity to lock arms with a town rich in this kindred spirit to continue to grow and carry on our legacies together,” said Somer Wilson, co-owner of the salon.  
Jay McCosh has been proprietor of The Christmastown Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery since 2007. In 2008 they relocated from Pineville, N.C. and have called Main Street McAdenville home since. The gallery is moving two storefronts down from their current location this month. The move will allow for a reconfiguration of restaurant space downtown. 
“Of course it was a no-brainer to be a part of the charming downtown that Christmastown USA calls home. It’s an exciting time to be in McAdenville. This is a step in the right direction toward prosperity downtown,” said McCosh. 
The opening of the William Henry Signature Salon and relocation of the Christmastown Thomas Kinkade Signature Gallery are direct results of ongoing interest Belmont Land has received in regards to the downtown McAdenville area. More announcements are expected to be made in 2017.  
The celebration, co-hosted by the Gaston Regional Chamber and the Montcross Area Chamber, is free to attend for members, non-members interested in joining the chamber or the sponsors and media. 

Phenix Flooring to Merge Into Pharr Yarns


Pharr a Family of Companies, Poised for Continued Growth in Yarn Production, Flooring Industry and Community Redevelopment Efforts


(McAdenville, NC and Dalton, GA January, 2016) Pharr Yarns LLC. announced today that it has merged with Phenix Flooring LLC into the Pharr family of companies. Pharr is one of North America's leading manufacturers of differentiated carpet yarns and high performance yarns. Phenix is a manufacture of residential floor coverings currently sold through independent carpet retailers and home improvement chains. 


The merger, to be finalized in March, is part of Pharr's long-term strategy to grow through innovation, diversification and reinvestment in the communities it serves. 


"We have been the exclusive provider of yarn to Phenix for the past six years, so the merger is a natural step in our evolution and mission to better serve our customers," said Bill Carstarphen, president and CEO of Pharr. "The Pharr-Phenix merger provides us a consistent distribution channel for our carpet yarns while continuing our partnership with other carpet manufacturers, both in the U.S. and abroad."


Pharr, which recently celebrated its 75th anniversary, began as a sales yarn manufacturing company in 1939. A closely-help family-owned enterprise, Pharr's yarn production expanded to include high performance yarns customized for makers of protective apparel used for industrial work wear, the fire services industry and the armed forces. 


"We are honored to be a part of Pharr's rich heritage," said Mark Clayton, president of Phenix Flooring. "We are known for our innovative design and customer service capabilities and are excited to further leverage Pharr's product innovation capabilities. With Pharr's solid financial foundation supporting us, our carpet operations will have access to sufficient capital to continue our growth and enhance our ability to offer a more diverse product offering." 


The Pharr-Phenix merger is Pharr's most recent effort to diversify into a family of companies that includes community development, real estate and hospitality. Through the years, Pharr has adapted to cyclical changes in the textile industry by investing capital not only back into its textile operations with state of the art equipment, but also into the communities that were once home to many of Pharr's mills in North Carolina. 


Through Belmont Land and Investment Co., Pharr develops residential and commercial real estate in mill towns where Pharr once operated. To date, Belmont Land has successfully developed two residential communities in Belmont, N.C. and is currently developing a third in Pharr's hometown of McAdenville, N.C. Pharr is also involved in the hotel management business through Myrtle Beach, S.C.-based Strand Hospitality Services, manager of hotel properties primarily located throughout the eastern U.S. 


As part of its broader community outreach efforts, through the McAdenville Foundation, Pharr created and orchestrates Christmas Town U.S.A, a Christmas light display throughout the Town of McAdenville, spanning nearly two miles. The event has been provided as a free gift to the public for nearly 60 years, attracting national and international media attention and more than a half million visitors each December to Gaston County and the metro Charlotte area. Throughout its history, Pharr has partnered with many organization that seek to improve the environment and the health and wellness of employees and community members, and has contributed hundreds of acres of its property for environmental conservation. 

Reconnecting with the River: McAdenville and Pharr Announce the Creation of $1.1 Million Riverfront Park McAdenville             

McAdenville, N.C.- The Town of McAdenville and Pharr, together with the Catawba Lands Conservancy, are pleased toannounce the creation of a riverfront park and trail network along the South Fork River and downtown McAdenville. The park will provide new river access, improve town walkability and safety, and create recreational amenities for the region. Building on McAdenville's richhistory with the river, the park is the result

of a public/private partnership formed to share McAdenville's unique village community and natural resources. This collaborative effortearned the Town of McAdenville a matching $350,000 grant for the park from the State of North Carolina Parks and Recreation Authority("PARTF"). With planning already underway, park construction will be completed in two phases, with Phase 1 scheduled to open to thepublic in Fall 2016.


The South Fork River-which once powered the mills in McAdenville-has long been a source of innovation, pride and enjoyment forlocals. It runs just 300 feet from McAdenville's charming, historic downtown, making the village one of the most picturesque in the region.Designed to help locals connect to the river in meaningful

ways once again, the new riverfront park will include a network of more than two miles of trails, including paved trails for walking andnatural surface for hiking and mountain biking, fitness trail stations, a bog walk along the creek and a canoe/kayak launch near the JMCarstarphen Bridge. Slated to open in Fall 2016, Phase 1 of park construction

will include the bog walk, overlook, and all natural surface trails west of Wesleyan and along the river. Phase 2, planned for the end of2017, will complete the park with a paved riverside trail and the canoe/kayak launch.


The paved trails will also link McAdenville's historic commercial district, the new residential community and a natural creek area to eachother-a feature that will increase safety and community interactions. Residents and visitors will enjoy improved walking access to theelementary school and downtown district-as well as beautiful paved pathways for walking, running and biking. Increased walkability isintended to

celebrate and revive the genuine, small-town connections that have defined McAdenville since its early days as a hardworking mill village.

Initial Park Development

The Town of McAdenville, Pharr and the Catawba Lands Conservancy formed a community consortium to initiate, develop and fund thecreation of the park-which they envision as not only an asset for the community, but also a catalyst for future growth and outdoorrecreational opportunities. Pharr, through its real estate development company, Belmont Land and Investment Company, will donate morethan 12 acres of land to the town, provide easements for additional property and funding for the park, and assist the town with parkdesign and construction oversight. This pledge follows a long history of Pharr's commitment to investing in true community-and alsocomes in the midst of Belmont Land and Investment's work to revitalize McAdenville's  historic downtown and attract a wide range ofresidents. The revitalizations, which will enhance the appearance of downtown McAdenville's  commercial district to attract more retail, arescheduled to be completed early this spring.


"We are very excited about this great amenity for McAdenville, Gaston County and the Charlotte region. Our company and my familyhave deep ties to McAdenville, and we are thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the town and the Catawba Lands Conservancy toprovide this exciting new asset," says Bill Carstarphen, President and CEO of Pharr Yarns and President of Belmont Land andInvestment. "McAdenville is a very special place, not just at Christmas, but year-round. This park will give outdoor enthusiasts fromaround the region an opportunity to discover that for themselves as

they enjoy our unique natural beauty in a historic setting."


Vision for McAdenville's Future

With Spencer Mountain to the town's north, Lake Wylie to the south and the South Fork River connecting the two right through the heartof McAdenville, the town has infinite recreational and residential potential. "The river has always been a source of opportunity forMcAdenville. It's the reason our town was first founded in 1881, and today, it's a unique feature that can bring people all over the areatogether," says McAdenville representative, Greg Richardson.


Community leaders believe that McAdenville has the natural resources and small town charm to become a new North Carolina hub foroutdoor pursuits like hiking, kayaking and mountain biking. The park will continue to grow over the years, with the vision of connectingits trails to the Carolina Thread Trail, a network of greenways and blueways that links 15 counties in North and South Carolina. Whencomplete, the park trails will

connect seamlessly  with an already existing two-mile stretch of the Carolina Thread Trail that runs through McAdenville.


Early Community Reactions

""My family is thrilled about the new park. We moved to McAdenville because we fell in love with the sense of real community here,and this park will only add to that. I'm excited that my children will have a place where they can have healthy play, like biking from oneend of town to the other, without getting on any main roads," says Ashley Black, a local McAdenville  resident and mother of three.


"This project will unlock the value of McAdenville's  natural surroundings,  create new outdoor recreational opportunities, improveconnectivity between residential and non­ residential areas and increase momentum for McAdenville's resurgence," adds Greg

Richardson, a McAdenville council member who has been instrumental to the grant application and park planning process.


"Our work is to preserve the beauty of the Carolinas and connect lives to nature. This riverfront park in McAdenville will give residentsand others better ways to access the South Fork River environment while helping to protect the land for future generations," says TomOkel, Executive Director of the Catawba Lands Conservancy.


More detailed renderings of the park project will be released in the coming months.