North Carolina Land Planners, Architects Join Union Ridge Development to Design Old Fields

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Old Fields, a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) community, will offer 643 single-family homes, townhomes and patio homes. The community will be the only new single-family community in the area to offer fiber optic technology to every home. Old Fields is located between the Triangle and Triad areas, within minutes of Highway 54 and Interstates 40 and 85.

Union Ridge Development company of Burlington has finalized its team of land planners and architects to help carry out the vision for Old Fields, the Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) community in Graham.

In addition to The Land Engineering and Development Services (L.E.A.D.S.) Group of Burlington and Crawford Planning and Design of Apex, Union Ridge Development recently announced the addition of J. Michael Hubbard, Architect, PA of Cary. The three firms have joined the developer to coordinate the community’s architecture, site plan, and overall land engineering.

“When you look at everything these individuals and companies bring to the table, and the dedication Union Ridge has to this community, we’re assured this will ultimately be one of the best collaborative efforts in the region,” said Dave Wilkinson, co-president of Union Ridge Development.

Wilkinson says the three firms were selected by Union Ridge Development based on their “proven experience, unmatched level of dedication to the land and future community, and their ability to contribute individual perspectives while focusing on the core vision.” The companies bring a level of experience and a combined resume of award-winning projects to Old Fields that ensure the developer’s vision will be achieved.

With one of the region’s top community planning architectural firms for the development of Old Fields, J. Michael Hubbard, Architecture, PA will work with Union Ridge Development to implement the architectural guidelines of its homes and amenities. The architectural firm’s involvement in this aspect of development typically lasts many years, from the initial planning to the final residential and commercial completion. “That includes the total fabric and development of the community, assisting the owner and land planners with establishing the initial architectural character of the community and developing this character into a set of rules and architectural guidelines,” said Michael Hubbard, President of J. Michael Hubbard, Architecture, PA.

The J. Michael Hubbard name is well known among builders and land developers in the Triangle and Triad. Hubbard’s company assisted in planning the architectural design at Bedford at Falls River in Raleigh, currently Wake County’s top selling community. The firm has also left its mark on numerous communities including Meadowmont in Chapel Hill, Cary Park in Cary, and has also designed several swim clubs and custom and production residences.

Another important feature for the development is its use of its natural surroundings. “Landscape architecture is a melding of art and science,” said Carter Crawford, President of Crawford Planning and Design. Crawford’s company has been involved with Union Ridge Development since the initial planning phase of Old Fields. “Carter has been part of our conscience in making Old Fields a most environmentally friendly neighborhood,” said Hal Byrd, co-president of Union Ridge Development. Crawford’s previous work includes land planning for Centennial Campus in Raleigh and the Green at Scott’s Mill in Apex.

“Our intention is to create a neighborhood that resembles the great communities design in North Carolina in the late 19th and early 20th centuries,” said Crawford. “The most valuable commodity at Old Fields is what the land itself provides, and we intend to preserve as much of the history of Old Fields as we can.”

The site of the community -- the former Governor Scott Farm -- is a national registered landmark, presenting a unique endeavor for the team. “The great history of the Scott property and farm, wonderful land and location, and a strong visionary developer in Union Ridge Development company makes this a once in a lifetime project,” said Charles Huffine, President of The L.E.A.D.S. Group. “Preserving the land and representing its brilliant history from its days as the Governor Scott Farm are top priorities,” said Huffine. L.E.A.D.S. is the land engineering company that is responsible for the technical aspect of Old Fields, as well as the statistical facets of construction.

Huffine works with the other planners to create a basic foundation upon which they can work. “We live in 3 dimensions, and our firm works in the special dimension to bring Carter and Michael a palette that incorporates the people who will eventually live at Old Fields.”

Union Ridge Development’s approach with the architects and land planners will tie in locally and regionally compatible architecture, and stick to true TND community standards. Old Fields will feature predominate alleys that de-emphasize the automobile, pedestrian friendly streets, sidewalks and parks, product diversity of attached and detached housing as well as an easily accessible commercial development.

About Old Fields

Old Fields, a Traditional Neighborhood Development (TND) community, will span over 200 acres and offer 643 single-family homes, townhomes and patio homes ranging in price from the $160s to the $600s. An amenities package includes a pool, tennis courts and a clubhouse 44 acres for pocket parks, walking trails and greenways and the community will be the only new single-family community in the area to offer fiber optic technology to every home. Old Fields is located between the Triangle and Triad areas, within minutes of Highway 54 and Interstates 40 and 85. For more information, visit online at For sales information call Coldwell Banker Neighborhood Builder Services, Howard Perry & Walston at 866-417-6627 or 336-421-6067.

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