The Town of Knightdale and Assistant Development Services Director Jennifer Currin recognized Knightdale Investors LLC, the creators of the Knightdale Station Subdivision Roundabout Art as the recipient of the 2016 Community Appearance Awards.
The new centerpiece art installation is titled “Henry Knight’s Vision” and consists of four 30” Wide 42” Long 16” Depth railroad spikes, weighing 1600 lb. The sculpture was designed and produced by Jeff Hackney Design Sculpture and Creative Works. The artwork complements the overall neighborhood theme that honors the history of Knightdale.
Knightdale Station Art Sculpture “Henry Knight’s Vision”
About the Artist: Jeff Hackney Design features sculpture and architectural elements in steel, concrete, stone, wood, and bronze. Jeff’s works have been collected in private and public collections in eleven states and Brazil and have been purchased for the permanent art collections of King University in Bristol, TN as well as the municipalities of: Sandy Springs, GA; Charlotte-Mecklinburg County, NC; City of Wilmington, NC; Burlington-Alamance County, NC; Mebane, NC.
With so many great things happening in regards to the expansion and beautification of the town of Knightdale over the course of the past few years, including the development of the Knightdale Station new home community, it is obvious when one takes a look around town that Knightdale Commercial Growth numbers saw a dramatic increase during the calendar year of 2015.
Much as was reported a few months back with a noted increase across town in residential properties in 2015, the Knightdale Commercial Growth can be attributed to many different positive initiatives that have been going on. Also, the town’s positioning at the intersection of I-540 and the recently designated I-495 makes for a very desirable location for modern business.
With the residential numbers on a considerable upswing, businesses obviously see Knightdale as an area on the rise and a place where demand for their services would likewise be increased. Thus, as can be seen on the chart shown above, there was a notable increase in the number of commercial permits applied for in 2015 as opposed to the year prior, as these numbers rose from 51 to 70 during this time period. Even more dramatic was the staggering increase in Knightdale Commercial Growth where it pertains to commercial construction value. This number rose from $3.1 million in 2014 to $16.4 million in 2015.
Speaking to the notable rise in both residential and Knightdale Commercial Growth was the town’s Development Services Director, Chris Hills. “These numbers are some of the best we’ve seen since before the recession,” Hills explained. “We’re seeing the market respond to policies put into place by our Mayor and Council. The new amenities, such as Knightdale Station Park and Mingo Creek Trail, are also helping us create an attractive place for residents and businesses to invest.”
Included projects in the $16.4 million spent on Knightdale Commercial Growth during 2015 of note are the town’s new Hampton Inn in addition to several large industrial buildings in the new Hinton Oaks Business Park.
In compiling their top ten listings for the Most Affordable Town in NC, Smart Asset used five separate categories to arrive at a final “affordability index.” Each of these five areas were compared against the state average in deciphering which would be named the Most Affordable Town in NC, the first of which being the average closing costs on a new home, which in Knightdale is a more than reasonable, $3,172.
Where Knightdale began to separate itself from the pack, especially amongst towns and cities of comparable or larger size in earning its Most Affordable Town in NC title, were the next few categories starting with annual property tax. Knightdale’s low rate of $1,659 combined with a likewise low average Annual Homeowner’s Insurance of just $1,003 certainly aided in the town’s topping of this list.
Additionally, a low $7,842 average annual mortgage payment in the town of Knightdale ($653.50 per month) coupled with a median household income of $72, 591 heavily weighed into their listing as Most Affordable Town in NC. Edging out the number two and three towns in the listings ( Stokesdale and Indian Trail) by almost a full point in the affordability index, Knightdale’s 91.75 ranking made them the clear cut number one Most Affordable Town in NC.
Speaking to the town’s ranking in the Smart Asset survey, Knightdale mayor, James Roberson said , “This ranking is another indication that our community and its growth are managed well.” He added, “Many places can claim to be cheaper than Knightdale, but we believe we’ve found a middle ground where the quality of life is high and costs are competitive.”
To see the entire top ten rankings of Most Affordable Towns in NC, visit smartasset.com. For more information on the Knightdale Station new home community, including lot and home prices, as well as available floor plans and upcoming events, visit knightdalestation.com.
In the safewise.com poll, they ranked the top 50 Safest Cities in North Carolina, analyzing all cities and towns across the state that host a population of at least 5,000 in their study. They utilized the most recent FBI Crime Report to compare the numbers in each town of violent crimes (aggravated assault, forcible rape, murder, and robbery) as well a property crimes (arson, burglary, larceny-theft, and motor vehicle theft) and calculated the chances out of 1,000 of each of these happening.
The rankings of the Safest Cities in North Carolina explained Knightdale being on the list for the second straight year, showing that there is only an 0.144 percent chance of a violent crime occurring and just an 3.5 percent chance of any property crime occurring as well. The article went on to heap praises on not only the safety and livability of Knightdale in the article on the Safest Cities in North Carolina, but also gushed over the growth and scenic beauty of the town also,
In explaining Knightdale’s inclusion to the Safest Cities in North Carolina, the safewise article stated, “Family friendly, affordable and safe, we weren’t surprised to learn that Knightdale’s population has more than doubled since 2000. Its low crime rates, expansive recreation opportunities, and close proximity to Raleigh make it perfect for couples who want to raise a family.”
Explaing in further detail the safety and feeling of security one can enjoy in living in Knightdale, the article concluded by saying, “Since Knightdale appeared on our list last, the community managed to reduce it’s already impressively low violent crime rate from 2.10 to 1.44 crimes per 1,000 residents. That’s a 30 percent reduction, and means those who call Knightdale home are 60 percent less likely to experience violent crime than the average American.”
To view the entire listing of the “Safest Cities in North Carolina,” visit the blog at safewise.com here.
In analyzing 83 different municipalities which had a population of 10,000 people or greater, the popular real estate blog look at six different criteria items in compiling their final top ten list of Most Affordable Places to Live in North Carolina. The categories looked at were median home price, adjusted median income, unemployment rank, food costs, utility costs, and other miscellaneous costs.
To calculate the adjusted median income, the median household income was first divided by overall cost of living. Then to accurately reflect the actual earned income of each household that number was multiplied by one hundred. In the area of miscellaneous costs, movoto factored in the area’s costs of restaurants, entertainment, clothing, and entertainment.
Expounding on the reasoning behind giving the town of Knightdale the number three position in the list of Most Affordable Places to Live in North Carolina, the article penned by Movoto staff writer by Natalie Grigson spoke not only of these items, but also gave accolades to Knightdale for being a young and “hip” town, saying, “With a median age of 30, Knightdale is one of the youngest, and arguably hippest towns in the Raleigh metro area (as residents will surely tell you.) But underneath it all, and perhaps what makes this possible, is the town’s affordability.”
Grigson went on to say in explaining the town’s ranking, “Knightdale has one of the lowest unemployment rates in our top 10, just 7.5 percent, and better still, those employees make a median household income of $74,707, adjusted for the town’s overall cost of living of 104.” She concluded, “And the cherry on top? This town ranked among the best for its miscellaneous costs; things like restaurants, clothes, and entertainment—great news for young families.”
Beginning on the last weekend in May and running through the summer and into early fall, the 2015 Knightdale Local Market will be held every Saturday afternoon, bringing the freshest and best in local produce, baked goods, and even crafts to Knightdale Station Park.
Fifteen great local vendors are already signed on to be a part of the 2015 Knightdale Local Market, offering up the best local goods that can be found in a great community setting that the whole family can enjoy. Giving you a selection of the greatest locally grown fruits and vegetables each week will be Rob’s Fresh Produce, Red Umbrella Heirlooms, Right on Tyme, and Candor Peaches. If you are seeking the finest in baked goods and sweet treats, Bread and Wreaths by Rosetta, Iced Cupcakes, Martha’s Kitchen, A Beautiful Cupcake, and Brachi-Le Petit Roll will all be at the weekly events at Knightdale Station Park. Walk Ahead Farms will be selling fresh eggs and cuts of pasture raised meats including pork, turkey, chicken, goat, rabbit and duck. Barking Lot Treats and More will be at the market as well, with unique frozen and homemade treats for your canine friends and Tink and Twist, Sassy Bliss Boutique, Juanita Martin, and Annie P’s Soy Candles will each also be a part of the Knightdale Local Markett, each offering their own handmade jewelry, crafts, candles, and more.
The 2015 Knightdale Local Market will begin each Saturday at 2 p.m. and run until 6 p.m. With the new overhead shelters now built at the beautiful Knightdale Station Park, this years market will be even more convenient for community members to come out and support their local farmers and business owners. This years’ Knightdale Local Market will begin on Saturday, May 30 and run weekly until Saturday, October 10. The only two weekends not scheduled are due to the holidays surrounding both Saturday, July 4 and September 5.
For more information on the specific items that each vendor will have available for purchase at the Knightdale Local Market and for information on all the great upcoming Town of Knightdale events to be held at Knightdale Station Park, check out the town’s website at www.knightdalenc.gov or the Knightdale Station site at www.knightdale station.com.
The “Food Truck Thursday” event began in April and has been met with a great response throughout the Knightdale area. Show casing a different truck each week has given workers on their lunch break or even parents and grandparents with their little ones at the Knightdale Station new home community’s playground a delicious and fun way to try out some of the area’s most unique lunch options.
This upcoming Thursday, May 21, “Virgil’s Jamaica” will have their truck at Knightdale Station Park from 11-2, offering Jamaican and Indian fare, including some of their most popular offerings, jerk chicken, brown stew, chicken, Caribbean shrimp, among a whole host of other tasty options.
The last week of May will be a busy one for food lovers at Knightdale Station Park, as the final Thursday of the month will see “Amigosan,” featured at Knightdale Station Park on May 28. Staying true to their slogan, “It’s NACHO everyday Taco, Amigosan gives you the choice of either steak, chicken, pork, or tofu in a variety of unique ethnic themed tacos, in addition to their popular sides that include loaded tater tots and loaded nachos that can be ordered in any of the “global styles” that the tacos are offered in.
Just two days later, closing out the “Food Truck” events for the month of May will be the “Food Truck Rodeo” on Saturday, May 30. Due to the popularity of the Food Truck events in Knightdale, the rodeo will return to Knightdale Station Park, from 11am-2pm and will feature five different rucks, as “Bam Pow Chow,”“Bulkogi Korean BBQ,” “Chirba Chirba Dumpling,” “Kona Ice,” and “Rolling Bistro” have all been selected to take part in this event.
“Food Truck Thursday” will continue to run throughout the summer, with the vendors already announced for the month of June to include the traditional and global BBQ and gourmet sandwiches of “Cock-A- Doodle Moo” and “Stuft,” who will be serving up their famous gourmet baked potatoes. In addition, the returning “Virgil’s Jamaica,” and “Chirba Chirba Dumpling,” will also once again be at Knightdale Station Park for the final two Thursday’s in June. For more details on these and all Town of Knightdale community events at Knightdale Station Park, check out the town website at www.knightdalenc.gov or the Knightdale Station new home community site at www.knightdalestation.com.