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Peggy Crosby Center

by Donna Rhodes

The Peggy Crosby Center provides a welcome home to local businesses.

When it was time for The Literacy Council of Highlands to move to larger offices, the Peggy Crosby Center was sad to see them go, but happy for the role it played in providing the space that helped nurture LCH’s growth.

When LCH’s offices were vacated, PCC acted quickly with a remodel of the 1735-square-foot space. Before that facelift launched, some rooms looked much the same as they did when PCC was a hospital. Everyone agreed, it was time for a re-do!

The PCC Board funded a $45,000 renovation to the former Literacy spaces and with other resources, plus a Cullasaja Women’s Organization grant, spent another $22,300 to paint the upper floor hallways, all bathrooms in the building and the common kitchen. Thanks to the Board’s quick action and the contractor’s diligence, three new tenants jumped at the beautified offices, accommodating rent, and easy accessibility. It was a win-win, with the income stream to PCC maintained and the new clients happily ensconced in an excellent location.

PCC’s new clients are the Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation, Main Street Payments, and Hank Ross Landscaping. The Highlands-Cashiers Health Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was funded by many generous donors here on the Plateau. It was set up to help Highlands Hospital make ends meet and to keep that facility current. HCHF will be making decisions about many facets of healthcare in our four-county area. PCC welcomes this vibrant and vital organization, as it helps sustain our community’s health.

Main Street Payments is the new venture of Jerry Moore and Donald Gentry. Jerry is the former owner of Kilwins here in Highlands. Main Street Payments is a member-owned credit card processing company with the goal of making the use of credit cards more affordable for small businesses. They offer a special rate for nonprofits and thereby fit in well at PCC.

And PCC’s newest tenant as of May 1 is Hank Ross Landscaping PLLC. Hank is a most-respected, long-time landscape designer in Highlands and the area.

Make it a point to welcome these new neighbors as PCC continues to grow, improve, and support the non-profits of the region. To learn more about the Peggy Crosby Center, call (828) 526-9938 or visit peggycrosbycenter.org.

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