Tuesday, October 29, 2019 was a day of celebrations with hundreds of community members, developers, investors and future business owners in attendance. Mosaic, the commercial gateway to Chatham Park, was officially launched at a luncheon event held under a tent on the site of the future lifestyle and entertainment destination. The event was hosted by Eco Group partners Kirk Bradley of Lee Moore Capital Company and John Fugo of Montgomery who are developing Mosaic.
The exciting kick-off event featured Northwood High School’s a cappella group, Pitch Please, to whom Mosaic presented a $1,000 check to support the performers’ upcoming trip to Carnegie Hall. Bradley stated, “We look forward to having the Northwood High School arts department utilize the performing arts spaces that will be available in Mosaic.”
Eco Group also unveiled four of its new tenants by name at the event which included: Town Hall Burger + Beer, People’s Coffee, EDGE Aveda Day Spa and Salon and UNC Urgent Care. Additional, still-to-be-named establishments include: a micro-brewery, multiple chef-driven and fast casual restaurants, a 114-room hotel, technical and creative office space, multi-generational educational space, 8-screen cinema, 350-seat live performance theatre and a central green area with an outdoor stage.
Living options in Mosaic will include urban-style apartments for lease and high-end condos for purchase.
Speakers at the event focused on the positive economic impact of having a Live, Work, Learn and Play community in Chatham County. The Honorable Robert T. Reives highlighted one of the current issues in the county that the Mosaic will help to solve: “64% of the people in Chatham County go outside of Chatham County to work. That ends when this project gets up and going.” He is excited to tell his children that they now won’t have to move away from the area to work.
Mike Dasher, Chairperson of Chatham County Commissioners, added insight on the tax benefits to county residents: “As we pour over the budget and try to figure out how to afford the schools, parks, and facilities and programs we want, seeing Mosaic come out from the ground makes all of that possible.” He continues, “So while you’re out here enjoying the new restaurants, and shops, and all the event spaces here in a few months, you can also enjoy knowing projects like this help fund all kinds of services throughout the county without overburdening our residents.”
Chris Blice, Chief Operations Officer for Chatham County Schools, stated, “One of my favorite baseball quotes is ‘Progress always involves risk. You can’t steal second and keep your foot on first.’ Chatham Park and Mosaic are all about pulling that foot off first base, running to second, rounding that, heading to third and then sliding into home.”
The 92-acre site of Mosaic, located off of US Highway 15-501 and US Highway 64, is slated to be complete by 2025.