Orange Twin Conservation Community
The Orange Twin Conservation Community (OTCC) is a limited liability company (LLC) formed to create a pedestrian-based eco-village and preserve open space on more than 150 acres (0.61 km2) of land located five miles (8 km) north of downtown Athens, Georgia. The eco-village is still in the planning and development stage (plans).
OTCC was founded in the late 1990s by Laura Carter along with two friends, Laura Glenn and Barbara Denvir. Together they developed the initial concept of a village-style community in the Athens area. They also scouted and eventually found a large tract of undeveloped land with two perennial streams and much wooded acreage suitable for the community. In 2000 seven more interested persons joined the group to form the LLC for the purpose of purchasing the land and developing the community. OTCC membership currently consists of more than 20 shareholders who reside in Athens and elsewhere. OrangeTwin.com hosts OTCC's website and provides an online store where members can sell merchandise.
In addition to their planning and development activities, OTCC has undertaken numerous projects on its land, both functional and aesthetic. In one of the largest of these projects, a group of OTCC members rescued a condemned house from an in-town neighborhood and moved it to the community's land where the house has since been remodeled and restored (photos). Members and volunteers have also laid out extensive walking trails, repaired an old girl scout pavilion, planted a vineyard, and established pastureland, a vegetable garden and chicken house. OTCC occasionally stages concerts and other events on its land as well. To date, the concerts have featured bands such as Elf Power, The Olivia Tremor Control, and Bonnie Prince Billy as well as Nana Grizol and Defiance, Ohio.
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