Johnston/So. Wake County

VOL15ISS1 2016

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THE ORIGINAL RELOCATION GUIDE—JOHNSTON/SOUTHERN WAKE COUNTIES NC | VOLUmE 15—ISSUE 1 24 garner Technology will soon be giving a Triangle town a boost thanks to Google. Garner has been selected as one of only a few dozen communities across the nation to receive Google Fiber service. The town will also be the site of the frst AT & T fber ready business park in the Triangle. With nearly 28,000 residents, Garner is one of Wake County's fast-growing towns, experiencing a 57 percent jump in population since 2000. Garner's outstanding quality of life and strong community spirit have received recognition in recent years, as evidenced by national rankings as well as the town's designation as an All-America City. Location is a plus since Garner is only 10 minutes from downtown Raleigh. Major Ronnie Williams and town ofcials plan to continue Garner's upward growth in 2016. Garner has completed or is working on many of the projects included in the $35.7 million bond referendum passed in 2013. Those projects include the new police station, renovations to parks and new infrastructure. A new municipal recreation center and a new YMCA facility are expected to open in 2017. A new town hall is in future plans. In February, the town broke ground for the new 1STOCK America, Inc. Technical Center. The company is a manufacturer and supplier for the food and pharmaceutical industry For its superior quality of life, the national real-estate broker Movoto ranked Garner the ffth best-city or town in North Carolina and sixth most afordable. Garner's cost of living is fve percent lower than North Carolina's average, making it the least expensive spot on the Top 10 list. Residents live well with a median household income 37 percent higher than the rest of the state. Other recent accolades and accomplishments include: 2014 and 2015 Playful City USA designation by KaBOOM!, a national non-proft dedicated to preserving play for America's children, Garner Senior Center recertifcation as a Center of Excellence by the state of North Carolina, and Garner Magnet High School earning Best High Schools Bronze status from U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years. Desirable communities make living in Garner a treat. Popular neighborhoods include The Village at Aversboro, a 55-plus community in the heart of South Garner, and Eagle Ridge, a golf course community spreading over more than 500 acres. New construction is on the rise. Sutton Springs and The Glens at Bethel are two new neighborhoods currently being built, and Swift Creek Substation, a 660-lot subdivision is also approved for construction. Garner By lindsey grey A new high school, South Garner High School will open in the fall and an elementary school will be built in the area around these two subdivisions. Garner Magnet High School students will move into the new high school for a year, while their building is being renovated. Garner is known as a regional shopping hub. White Oak Crossing Shopping Center (on U.S. 70 right of Interstate 40) boasts North Carolina's only Cabela's. The world's foremost outftter is an outdoor lover's paradise. The 105,000-square-foot store brings the outside indoors with a lifelike mountain replica, aquarium, indoor archery range and dozens of museum-quality wildlife displays. You can shop all day and eat lunch in the store's deli. Food options at White Oak ofer diversity for all palates by mixing national chain restaurants such at Five Guys Burgers and Fries, Chili's, Applebee's, Moe's and others, with local favorites City Barbecue, Blaze Pizza and Char-Grill. Have a brew on a Saturday afternoon at Carolina Ale House or Krafty's Burgers and Brews. New additions coming in 2016 are: Panera Bread, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers and Zaxby's. Shoppers at White Oak get bargains at Target, Kohl's, Dick's Sporting Goods and other retailers. To see the latest Hollywood fick, movie goers head to White Oak's stadium-seating movie theater. Local restaurants are more than places to eat. Eateries serve as community meeting places where neighbors and friends take time to relax and catch up with each other. Two to try are Carolina Barbecue and Angie's. >> booming, community style, location

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