Site work began last November and, despite some delays due to the raw winter weather, we’re making good progress. Those gorgeous cherry trees on the property recently bloomed, marking the onset of spring and increasing excitement about our development.
First builders and homesite offerings to be announced later this spring
Whether your taste is for a waterfront estate, traditional single-family home or maintenance-free courtyard home, there is a place for you at McLean. Three initial neighborhoods will be offered with a wide range of options in home sizes and lifestyles.
In the short time since the project was announced, there has been tremendous interest shown in McLean. We are partnering with a select group of
builders known in the Charlotte region for constructing fine residences. The backdrop for their work will be the natural beauty and allure of the land here, which we are committed to developing responsibly. Designated builders and initial home and homesite offerings will be introduced late
Historic home nears completion slated for use as sales information center
The iconic McLean homestead on the property is an authentic mid-19th century plantation house. Located near the Cherry Tree Trail entrance to what will be the South Shore neighborhood, it was owned by Dr. John McLean, the project namesake and a beloved local historical figure whose family lived there until the 1930s. The house is currently on the Gaston County Historic Registry. We’re renovating it for use as an information center and offices during McLean’s development. Look for an announcement about its opening later this spring.
Garden Nights featuring Zimsculpt start in May
One of the most attractive amenities at McLean is neighboring Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden, among the country’s finest facilities of its kind. We’re pleased to be a sponsor of “Garden Nights” for the return of the enormously popular ZimSculpt exhibit at the Garden. ZimScult is the world’s preeminent exhibition of Zimbabwean hand-carved stone sculpture, and its 2014 presentation at DSBG was the largest exhibition ever staged in Gaston County. Garden Nights events, held on Thurdays evenings in May through mid-July, will feature food, wine tastings, special programs, exhibit tours and demonstrations by the artists. Make plans now to visit McLean and attend a “Garden Nights” this summer. We’ll see you there!
Belmont wins more notoriety
Visit nearby Belmont and its charming Main Street and you’ll understand why the American Planning Association – North Carolina Chapter recently honored the town with a 2015 “Great Places Award”. The award recognizes communities that “represent some of the best planning efforts in North Carolina, and serve as models for visioning, partnerships, and collaboration.” According to the Charlotte Observer, Belmont’s Main Street was recognized “as a center of vibrant activity that includes a thriving business community, the reuse of a former general store and a department store, family-friendly entertainment and active living – all while retaining its “small town” feel.” We’re working closely with Belmont officials to ensure that McLean complements the unique character of the town, and vice versa!