Renovations at The Village Green Commons almost complete

There was an open house at The Village Green last week giving the public one more look inside the expansion of the Commons area before construction work is complete. Renovations include a new-events building and upgrades to the pavilion. The Village Green Executive Director Ann Self said the new facility will be an asset to everyone in the community.

Construction of The Village Green Commons events building is expected to be completed by the end of November barring any unexpected problems.

“This will be epic for businesses, community groups, education, performances, you name it,” said Self. “It’s a beautiful building and to see it go from plans on paper to actually seeing it is remarkable. It’s all thanks to the tremendous generosity of the community.”

The existing Pavilion is being refurbished and will essentially be the back porch of the events building.

The approx. 6,000 square foot structure has two conference rooms, a stage, catering area, dressing room, large fireplace, and a drop-down screen for movies.

Highlands Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Center Executive Director Kay McHan toured the refurbished Commons and said it’s an impressive facility that is a huge asset to the area.

“I can’t wait to see life in this building,” said McHan. “It presents an opportunity for partnerships and sharing back and forth between towns.”

The ceiling of the new events building at The Village Green Commons.

Self said The Village Green controlled the cost and quality of the project and were able to hire local contractors from the area to build upon the timber framework making up the foundation of the building. Click HERE to read about the timber frame construction.

McHan said the construction of the events buildings is remarkable.

“It’s a work of art and an engineering feat,” said McHan. “Look at it, it’s incredible.”

The stone fireplace within the Commons building at The Village Green.

Jackson County Tourism and Development Authority Executive Director Nick Breedlove said there is incredible potential.

“The year-round use of the facility will be tremendous,” said Breedlove. “The Cashiers area lacked that and I’m excited for the program opportunities. There’s endless possibilities.”

The timber frame is the foundation of the events building at The Village Green Commons.

Final touches on the Commons renovations are expected to be complete in November. Self said The Village Green has already begun booking events for 2020.

Nick Breedlove and Ann Self making the rounds giving tours of The Village Green renovated Commons.

Article and Photos by Brian O’Shea
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