CATES FARM PUBLIC PARK
In September of 2017, Unique Places Real Estate sold a 54-acre property north of the historic Cates Farm in Alamance County to the City of Mebane. The sale includes a $50,000 donation by Unique Places Real Estate to the non-profit, Unique Places to Save, to work with the city to develop a park or open space area that will benefit residents and visitors alike. The property includes conservation easements held by the NC Department of Transportation and was historically part of the Swathmoor-Cates Family Farm, which was a substantial pickling operation in the early 20th century. Much of the remaining Cates Family farmland has been protected through farmland conservation easements in a partnership between the City of Mebane and Unique Places Real Estate.
Unique Places Real Estate became the owner of the 54-acre portion of the Cates Farm in 2014, and during its ownership, stewarded the property by investing hundreds of man hours of invasive plant work and trail building efforts. Unique Places Real Estate agreed to sell the property to the city for less than market value in order to support the property becoming a resource for the city and surrounding communities.
With conservation easements in place to protect Mill Creek and other creeks that border the property, and the vision for conservation in place, this property holds tremendous potential as a natural, sustainable, open space area for the city and surrounding communities to enjoy for generations to come.