Welcome to Zombieland: The aftermath of Chatham’s pro-growth era: Bankrupt subdivisions, vacant developments: News: Feature
This is a road trip that takes many sad turns.
Start on Jack Bennett Road in rural northern Chatham County. The paved ribbon passes cozy homes settled on rolling farms, battered trailers shrouded by bare trees and abandoned buildings crumbling into the underbrush.
And then you reach Westfall, originally known as Booth Mountain. Westfall’s 310 acres were clear-cut to make room for 182 homes whose $500,000 sales price would have included breathtaking views of a wooded valley. Yet today, the only completed structure is a wastewater treatment plant tucked into the hillside, its clay basin guarded by knee-high brambles and chain-link fences.