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New ground is broken at Southern Pines

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June 23, 2006

Thomasville -- The Rose City has gained attention from national magazines and news networks as a retirement community.   It's caused a local retirement center to expand, because more people are choosing to spend their golden years in Thomasville over choices like Florida.     

Construction has started on Southern Pines new independent living cottages and apartments. Today's groundbreaking has the retirement community expanding to meet growing demands.   "We're seeing quite an increase in the number of retirees coming to Thomasville for quality of life reasons, a lot of them are looking for a carefree, independent lifestyle," says Southern Pines Exec. Director Carol Whitney.

Southern Pines last six residents relocated from coastal Florida citing growth, weather, and traffic concerns. Two months ago, Jo Potts chose Thomasville over Florida.  "I don't like big towns, and the health care system in Thomasville was vital in my move, and I think as we grow older we need to check into things like that," says Retiree Jo Potts.

Not wanting the hustle and bustle, Potts found Thomasville, a perfect fit.  "I like to be where there are other activities and Thomasville seems to have that."

Dr. Nicholas Harrington also chose Thomasville over The Sunshine State. "The health care here is quite good and the reputation goes beyond Thomasville."

The community is also reaching out. Southwest Georgia Technical College was the first in the state to add a Gerentology program.  "I feel like with our medical community and all of those things that we are ready and able to provide a great lifestyle for all of those who choose our town," said Whitney.

While many retirees have gained a new home, the community is also benefiting economically through their disposable income and spending power, making it the perfect relationship.  

Southern Pines newest construction will add 25 apartment homes and another set of village cottages.

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