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The Design: Organic and Natural

Such careful consideration and concern for legacy and nature would not occur to most developers. But for Camellia Place founding Partners Denise Swords and Lauren Clifton, the story of the trees that lived for more than 55 years on the property at 294 Rope Mill Road in Woodstock and the preservation of their legacy were important to the evolving story of Camellia Place.

“This is not like any other project we’ve worked on,” said Steve Sanchez, principal with HGOR, landscape architects for Camellia Place. “It is new and different because of the involvement of Lauren and Denise, versus a corporate structure. It’s very personal.”
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The Craftsman and Camellia Place: Bringing Dreams to Life

Greg Michael grew up in a woodworking family. He worked in the shop of his father and brother, but he wanted to do something different than the family business. Yet, when he and his wife were building their home, they chose to do all of the interior work themselves. And Michael rediscovered his passion for woodworking.

Today, Michael is the pastor for Woodstock Community Church on Rope Mill Road, just down the street from Camellia Place. He also founded Mi-Kin Creations, a name that stands for “Kin Folk.” Michael’s two sons, Gregory and Jonathan, also have ownership in the business and are talented craftsmen in their own right.
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The Library: Our Future is Rooted in Our Past

Two black walnut trees stood tall for more than 55 years at 294 Rope Mill Road in Woodstock. They were planted by landowner James Queen, a cabinetmaker. They not only gave shade on hot, sunny days and provided relief from a hard day’s work, but Queen also used nuts from the trees in his furniture dyes. While they may no longer be standing, the trees occupy an important place in the story of Camellia Place.
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The Land: Bringing Camellia Place to Life

Destined to create a special place for and raise expectations in senior living, Founding Partners Lauren Clifton and Denise Swords set out on a lengthy journey to locate the ideal Camellia Place land, a residential neighborhood for assisted living and memory care. It was immediately evident that the homestead of James and Irene Queen on Rope Mill Road in Woodstock was the perfect piece of land to bring the dream of Camellia Place to life.
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