Saxapahaw, North Carolina

Nestled on the banks of the Haw River in the rolling hills of the North Carolina piedmont, the former mill community of Saxapahaw is home to two former Dixie Yarn Mills. The older of the two had been successfully rehabilitated as an affordable housing complex, but the remaining mid-century mill lacked the character of its companion and an earlier redevelopment effort had stalled. Working with a diverse new ownership group comprised of the son of the mill owner, a construction company executive, a former NBA basketball star, a community activist, and a couple of local foodies, Clearscapes facilitated a highly interactive design process to realize their collective vision of a thriving and highly sustainable mixed use village that celebrates life on the river and honors the history of the mill. The former mill is now home to (29) residential lofts, a pub, a restaurant, and the 700+ capacity Haw River Ballroom.