Rand Soellner Architect created this Master Plan and concept design for a Shoppertainment Village centered around a proposed pond, for a developer in Cashiers, North Carolina. Themed Resort Villages like this are part of Rand Soellner’s keynote abilities. A pleasant strolling experience unlike anything else in the southern Blue Ridge Mountains would make this one of the worldclass regional draws for Western North Carolina, northern Georgia, southern Tennessee and northwest South Carolina. Soellner’s planning included about 89,000 sf of retail stores, offices and a gas station.
Pedestrian walkways are separated from vehicular circulation and major intersections are roundabouts with colored decorative pavers and native flagstone. Some of the shops and restaurants around the lake actually have their posts in the water, so that patrons are able to enjoy the fascinating dining experience of being on the water. At night, the central fountain would have lights and a “water ballet” of dancing water spouts.