Project History

We have done these things:

Organizing and Educating

  • Created TTMADRS (2T) as an educational non-profit to investigate the possibilities for an intentional community focused on  traditional arts, especially music and dance.
  • Held many educational workshops on options for later-life housing, healthcare and costs.
  • Formed a Founders Group to actively begin the process of creating a community in the Triangle.

Making
a
Plan

  • 2016 - Commissioned a Market Study of the demand for a new senior living community with a continuum of care.
  • 2017 - Engaged in a successful fundraising campaign to hire Action Pact, a national firm that specializes in designing and implementing similar projects, to guide us through the design process.
  • Winter/Spring 2018 - In collaboration with Action Pact, approximately eighty 2T Founders conducted an extensive inquiry into the preferences of the group.
  • Summer 2018 - Took delivery from Action Pact of an Integrated Business Plan (IBP) to serve as a guide for possible implementation, and reviewed it with Founders.

Building
a
Team

  • Fall 2018  - Retained local law firm to help with creation of an LLC.
  • Early 2019  - On recommendation from Action Pact and based on the preferences of Founders, a subgroup of Founders formed the for-profit entity, Touchstone of the Piedmont (TOP).   This LLC can allow return on investment to investors, an option unavailable to the non-profit 2T.
  • Summer 2019 - Contracted with a well-established area “land shepherd” to begin systematic evaluation of area real estate opportunities.
  • Summer 2019 -  Surveyed Founders to compile demographic and financial data for possible use with banks and potential development partners.
  • Fall 2019 / Winter 2020 - Met with Continuing Care Retirement Centers (CCRCs) in Durham, Orange, and Chatham counties to investigate the possibility of a partnership. Several of the CCRCs expressed interest in exploring collaboration with 2T.
  • Summer 2020 - As identification of possible land continued, developed templates for the legal documents involved in making offers, establishing contingencies, etc.
  • Fall 2020 - Contracted with a real estate agent with expertise in developing communities.
  • October 2020 – Surveyed Founders to assess current preferences on housing types, amenities, and timing for land purchase and development of our community.
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  • October 2020 – Identified qualified (accredited) investors who are interested in putting money into the LLC with the intention of investing in land, assuming agreeable terms are defined.