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 Post subject: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Wed Apr 03, 2013 11:34 am 
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This news brief courtesy of WSJ:


CLEMMONS - The Clemmons Medical Center is open for business.

The first surgery was scheduled for 6:45 a.m. today. That was preceded by a blessing of the facility with the staff before its opening.

Construction of the highly anticipated $25.8 million facility finished in January. It is the first phase of a $100 million complex at Village Point.

The new hospital is off Harper Road, between Peace Haven Road and Interstate 40.

It's interesting that they have now incorporated the hospital into the mixed use development that approved 3-4 years ago but never got off the ground. There is a proposal that should be going before the Clemmons Village Council soon for an aprt complex to be developed toward the L-ville/Clemmons Road portion of the property that they are taking out of the retail/commercial portion of the previously approved project.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Wed Aug 14, 2013 1:06 am 
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WSJ REPORTS:

Plans for a possible makeover in a key business district on Lewisville-Clemmons Road are inching along, with the Village of Clemmons’ council deciding Monday to form an advisory group of property owners that would give input on what the district would look like. Clemmons officials, acting on a goal spelled out in the village’s comprehensive plan, have had discussions with business and property owners along Lewisville-Clemmons Road for several weeks, explaining the idea behind an overlay district. Such a district would hold property and business owners to higher zoning standards than are currently in place. The changes could involve such things as the consolidation of some driveways to reduce the number of curb cuts on the road, façade renovations and landscaping improvements, and would likely be incremental.

Money from grants and private-public partnerships could be available to help property owners pay for some of the changes. The advisory committee, with input from Clemmons officials, will make the final decision. “ We need to move forward,” Meagan Ledbetter, the village planner, told the council. “We need a committee to look at ideas and put structure in place.” The goal of the committee is to present something to the council by March when it holds its annual retreat. Council members agreed that the committee should be made up of property owners, representing a cross-section of businesses along the proposed overlay district, which would be on the south side of Interstate 40, the traditional heart of the village’s business district. Ledbetter will work with the council members to find potential members for the advisory committee. She said her hope is to have the committee formed by September.

In other news, Village Manager Gary Looper told the council that construction of the roundabout at Peace Haven and Harper roads should begin soon. Utilities are currently being moved at that intersection and construction is impending, he said. “ They certainly want to get that finished before bad weather sets in,” he said. Also, construction of a sidewalk in front of Tanglewood should begin in October. The sidewalk is part of a plan that will connect Middlebrook Road with the new Clemmons Medical Center.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Tue Aug 20, 2013 11:25 pm 
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File this WSJ report under better late that never:


A new traffic signal will be installed at the intersection of Allegacy Way and Lewisville-Clemmons Road. Engineers contracted by the Village of Clemmons have completed a design that was approved by the local division of the N.C. Department of Transportation. That design was forwarded to the N.C. DOT in Raleigh for final approval, said Gary Looper, the village manager of Clemmons. Upon Raleigh’s approval, Clemmons will need to obtain the easements to place the signal poles and put out a bid for construction. Because of the steps remaining, Looper said it is difficult to predict how quickly the signal will go up, but a best-case scenario would be between three and four months


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
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A multifamily apartment developer with a reputation for jump-starting stalled commercial real-estate projects is applying his touch to the Village Point complex in Clemmons. Chris Parr of Parr Investments said Friday that grading will begin Monday on a 22-acre parcel of the Village Point site that borders Interstate 40, Lewisville-Clemmons Road and Clemmons Town Center.

http://www.journalnow.com/business/busi ... f6878.html


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Mon Mar 17, 2014 11:09 am 
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As reported in the TBJ:

A recent analysis by personal finance website Nerdwallet.com names four Charlotte-area towns among the best places in the state for owning a home. In Nerdwallet’s “Best Places for Homeownership in North Carolina” ranking released last week, Clemmons is in the No. 17 spot. All the other areas featured in the top 20 are in the Charlotte and Raleigh regions.

To determine the ranking, every North Carolina metro area was evaluated on three main criteria:
Homeownership rate, to determine the availability of homes.
Median household income, monthly homeowner costs and median home value, to assess the area’s affordability.
Population growth, to assess whether the area is attracting new residents.

Nerdwallet notes that in Clemmons, homeowner costs account for 29.4 percent of the median monthly household income, and 76.3 percent of the town's homes are owned rather than rented. The report says the median home value is $213,300.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Sat Mar 22, 2014 2:48 am 
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zalo wrote:
As reported in the TBJ:

A recent analysis by personal finance website Nerdwallet.com names four Charlotte-area towns among the best places in the state for owning a home. In Nerdwallet’s “Best Places for Homeownership in North Carolina” ranking released last week, Clemmons is in the No. 17 spot. All the other areas featured in the top 20 are in the Charlotte and Raleigh regions.

To determine the ranking, every North Carolina metro area was evaluated on three main criteria:
Homeownership rate, to determine the availability of homes.
Median household income, monthly homeowner costs and median home value, to assess the area’s affordability.
Population growth, to assess whether the area is attracting new residents.

Nerdwallet notes that in Clemmons, homeowner costs account for 29.4 percent of the median monthly household income, and 76.3 percent of the town's homes are owned rather than rented. The report says the median home value is $213,300.



I guess Clemmons has been validated - I knew there was something I liked about it. :) It's a little hard to believe that, of all the cities, towns and suburbs in NC only one outside of Raleigh/Charlotte made the list. I'm calling foul on that one.

It sometimes seems that many people believe the state is divided into two regions - Raleigh and Charlotte. Everything else just isn't worth discussing.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Wed Apr 09, 2014 1:30 am 
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Oooh...Things are getting testy in the "village" :huh1:

Rick Baker, who published the Clemmons Free Press for several months last year, said he is shutting down the newspaper to move back West but has no plans to drop his lawsuit against the sister of Mayor Nick Nelson of Clemmons.

Late last year, Baker filed a lawsuit in Forsyth County Superior Court against Jill Osborn, claiming that she told three Clemmons residents — including Clemmons Council Member Mary Cameron — that Baker is an “accused child molester and has been arrested” and had been convicted of plagiarism.

http://www.journalnow.com/journal_west/ ... f5833.html


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Thu Apr 24, 2014 8:54 am 
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Congrats West Forsyth :tup:
http://www.usnews.com/education/best-hi ... h-carolina


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Wed Apr 30, 2014 7:28 am 
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Good News per the WSJ:


Clemmons residents may not have to wait until 2020 for its library, after all. Forsyth County may be able to manage its cash flow in such a way to allow for overlapping library construction projects in Kernersville and Clemmons, a Forsyth County official Monday told members of the Clemmons Council. Forsyth County voters approved a $40 million bond in 2010 that would pay for a new Central Library in Winston-Salem as well as replacement branch libraries in Kernersville and Clemmons. About $6 million has been earmarked for each branch library.

“The way it looks today, there will be funding mechanisms to do more projects concurrently with more overlap than was originally allowed in the schedule we presented back in 2011,” said Damon Sanders-Pratt, the deputy county manager. “At this point, our finance department is looking to float $34 million in bonds this fall, and with $34 million we would have enough cash flow to begin substantial work on all three of the projects.” In 2011, the county created a library construction schedule, with projects starting and finishing in succession, to lessen the burden on taxpayers, Sanders-Pratt said.

Construction on the Clemmons branch was scheduled to begin after the Central Library, according to the timeline, with community input sessions starting in September and construction completed in February 2018. Kernersville was set to follow Clemmons. But with Kernersville close to acquiring land for its new library, county officials indicated two weeks ago that Clemmons could get pushed to third on the list, which would mean that construction of a Clemmons library would not be finished until September 2020.

Sanders-Pratt told the council that the schedule was tentative and was never meant to put communities in “first, second or third place.” However, the council has been concerned that its residents would have to wait to replace a library that is overcrowded, aging and among the most visited in the county’s library system. In Clemmons precincts, the bond was approved by a margin of 66 to 44 percent.

“We would like to see this begin as soon as possible,” Council Member Mike Rogers said. The council passed a motion that directs Village Manager Gary Looper to contact the Friends of the Clemmons Library and county staff about community input sessions, which is the first phase of what will be a multiyear project. As part of the motion, Mayor Nick Nelson will serve as the council’s liaison with the Forsyth County Board of Commissioners, which controls financing for the project. Pat Way, the president of the Friends of the Clemmons Library, told the council that she appreciated its support. “This council will stand up for its citizens,” Rogers said.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 8:39 am 
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Lisa O'Donnell/Winston-Salem Journal

Wal-Mart appears to be moving to Clemmons. Though Wal-Mart officials could not be reached for confirmation, applications for sign permits and a grading permit have been filed with the Forsyth County Inspections Office, necessary steps for any new business. The sign application specifically calls for signs that read “Walmart” to be placed at 3633 Clemmons Road, the site of the old Bi-Lo supermarket in the Clemmons Village Shopping Center. Those applications are still being reviewed, according to Desmond Corley, a zoning plans administrator with the county. In addition, a site plan for a Walmart was submitted to the Village of Clemmons for a 41,800-square-foot grocery store and pharmacy, which are much smaller than the chain’s supercenters. A similar site plan was submitted to the Forsyth County Register of Deeds on June 26. Such neighborhood markets are being built at the intersection of Country Club and Meadowlark roads near Lewisville and in Kernersville. Additionally, Wal-Mart recently announced plans to renovate an old Kroger store on University Parkway. The 38,700-square-foot Bi-Lo store, which anchors the shopping center, has been vacant for several years, giving this once bustling strip mall an appearance of desolation.

Wal-Mart plans to buy the mattress store and paint store to the west of the old Bi-Lo and incorporate that square footage into the neighborhood market. Businesses on the east end of the shopping center, including the popular Clemmons Kitchen, will remain under the ownership of Western Enterprises Inc.
The area already has the proper zoning, said Megan Ledbetter, Clemmons’ planner. Wal-Mart will need to meet the village’s requirements on storm water and tree preservation. Ed Scharff, who owns Sand Trap Custom Golf just a few doors down from the planned Walmart, said the presence of the world’s largest retailer at the shopping center would give his business and others a boost. “It’s an automatic rejuvenation,” said Scharff, who opened his business more than a year ago. “People who didn’t even know I existed will see my name out front. It’s going to make everyone here more prosperous. I know my traffic is going to increase.” A Walmart could act as a catalyst for the southern end of Lewisville-Clemmons Road. The village’s development has moved north on Lewisville-Clemmons Road, past Interstate 40, worrying some businesses owners in what is known as the heart of Clemmons. The expected revitalization of the Clemmons Village Shopping Center coupled with new tenants in Kinnamon Village, a few miles down the road, gives an economic shot in the arm to the south end of the village.


Wonder if the Village NIMBY's will come out full throated against this??


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
PostPosted: Tue Jul 08, 2014 9:35 am 
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zalo wrote:
Wonder if the Village NIMBY's will come out full throated against this??


The hatred of Walmart is curious... sure, it's the word biggest retailer and tends to drive smaller businesses out, but both Target and Costco do the same thing (although not as successfully).

I hope that any potential NIMBYs wake up to the reality that a) they don't have to shop there and b) any occupant (even a Walmart Neighborhood Market) is better than none in a dead shopping center.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
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Not that I really care, but Costco and even Target do not have the clientele image that Walmart does - I'm not touting this merely reporting it.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
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No more Wal Marts in Forsyth County. At the risk of sounding elitist, it is not good for an area's image nor aesthetics to have so many Wal Marts.


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
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DCMetroWinston wrote:
No more Wal Marts in Forsyth County. At the risk of sounding elitist, it is not good for an area's image nor aesthetics to have so many Wal Marts.


That does sound elitist and it also sounds like you have fallen into the trap of confusing the Neighborhood Market with a Supercenter. They are entirely different animals. This one in Clemmons, along with the one at Country Club/Meadowlark, and the one on University are just grocery stores.

The Supercenter concept is dying, as witnessed by same store losses and the rise of small box stores (e.g., Dollar General, CVS, Walgreens).

Walmart is building over 300 of these Neighborhood Markets across the country, so it's a good bet some will show up soon near everyone's home (even for those WSTBers who live in DC, CLT, or ATL).


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 Post subject: Re: CLEMMONS
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I would hope there is no opposition to a grocery store that will bring down prices in other stores around Clemmons. That would be really stupid - not to mention the fact that this property has been sitting empty for at least 6-7 years and is a total eyesore.

There is certainly nothing wrong with Wal Mart opening a new grocery in Forsyth...or at least no more wrong than Publix opening one. How many Wal Marts are there anyway? Like 4?


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