We are located in the foothills of the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains of North Carolina. Our town is very close to major cities but we have maintained that family atmosphere that is the heart of our community.
Walk down our main street and enjoy our hospitality. Visit one of our restaurants, coffee shop, or our local drug store. In baseball season take in a game and watch our national championship team. Stay the weekend and visit our local sites as well as other areas of interest that are just a short drive away. While you are here please attend a church of your choice. You will find our town charming, clean, and friendly.
The Town of Forest City, North Carolina has prepared a presentation for your review concerning the availability for new hotel development at the former Florence Mill. A game changing venue has been built 15 minutes from the Town of Forest City---the Tryon International Equestrian Center. This venue will become a focal point of the equestrian world no later than September 2018 when it hosts the FEI World Equestrian Games. However, there are many other reasons to develop the former Florence Mill. This presentation features a few of those reasons.
“Get Ready or Get Trampled!” shows the expected economic impact of the equestrian center with an anticipated room night need of 180,000 per year. This additional 180,000 room nights is on top of the fact that our local Chamber of Commerce identified from a survey that local business and industry sent 1709 customers/employees outside of the County in 2014 because of the lack of hotel room availability. This economic impact report on the Equestrian Center was prepared prior to the announcement of the World Equestrian Games. Expectation of room night requirements for future years beyond 2018 should greatly increase.
“Tryon International Equestrian Center” has developed an extensive web presence.
In “Scenes Around Forest City”, we have highlighted a few special events from in and around Forest City that we would like to share: our Christmas village atmosphere with over 1,000,000 lights, our award winning McNair Field baseball stadium and other slices of life around Town. As a special addition for Christmas 2016, we have added drone footage that highlights downtown during the season. This video can be found on Youtube by searching “Christmas in the Forest” by Scenic Over Sights, or by click here.
In “Regional Attractions”, we have placed regional images of major attractions within one hour of Forest City that generate considerable hotel traffic.
The “Florence Mill Master Plan and Re-Development”, provides information on a nine acre site immediately adjacent to the Downtown called Florence Mill. A master plan rendering plus other visual of what the site could become are included. At the end of this tab a narrative is included that explain how the Town has taken the necessary steps to grandfather up to 60% state and federal tax credits for the property’s redevelopment. The Town owns this site and has spent over $3 Million dollars on the Florence Mill complex. The Town would welcome development opportunities whereby it could transfer this property for a hotel, condominiums or commercial development.
In “Florence Mill Re-Development”, provides information on the site immediately adjacent to the Downtown called Florence Mill. At the end of this tab a narrative is included that explains how the Town has taken the necessary steps to grandfather up to 60% state and federal tax credits for the property’s redevelopment. The Town owns this site and has spent over $3 million dollars on the Florence Mill complex. The Town would welcome development opportunities whereby it could transfer this property for a hotel, condominiums or commercial development.
The “Florence Mill Park”, will become a major focal point for downtown. This site is immediately adjacent to the Florence Mill. The design for the site in underway and construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2017. The site will house an amphitheater, splash pads, outdoor plaza and water features.
The “Rails to Trails”, highlights some information on a former railroad that is being converted into a trail. The Town is in the process of hiring an engineering firm to design the trail and trailhead which is immediately in front of the mill. This trail will be 13.5 miles when completed.
The "Downtown Streetscape", highlights a downtown Streetscape plan that the Town will be considering in the future.
The “History and Development of Florence Mill Site”, explains the history of the Florence Mill site. “Florence Mill Photos” are also included in this attachment showing current photos in and around the Florence Mill property.
“Rutherford County Information”, is from the Rutherford County’s Economic Development Department providing an overview of the County from the perspective of generally marketing toward business and industry.
The Town of Forest City would welcome your questions or request for additional information. In addition, we would welcome your visit to our community.