Apartment Communities

Harambee Square

Harambee Square Complex consists of:

  • Harambee Square Apartments – 24 modern  apartments for the elderly with Community Room, Laundry Facility, Courtyard, and future Public Arts Facility
  • Good Shepherd Home  Health Care – Specialized home health care services
  • Buck Leonard Human Enrichment Services – Sports and educational programs for youths
  • Brow Time – Eye brow waxing
  • Stitchez – Specialized Custom Embroidery Shop
  • RMECDC’s Housing Counseling Center – Free homeownership, credit, and foreclosure  prevention counseling and education
  • RMECDC’s Housing Development Center – Housing Development and Sales Center
  • RMECDC Administrative Office
  • Joyous Creations Beauty Salon and Gift Shop – Complete hair care services, hair care products and accessories/gifts
  • Comp-Tech Computer Services – Computer Repair and Services Shop

The RMECDC created a Business Development Center to address the small business and entrepreneurial development needs of downtown and the adjacent neighborhoods. The Business Development Center offer a program to equip small business owners or entrepreneurs one-on-one technical assistance, access to computers, training, and counseling. The Business Center is located in RMECDC’s business incubator known as the Edgecombe County Business/Industrial Incubator at Fountain Park Drive in Battleboro, NC.

Downtown Facade Program
The RMECDC and the City of Rocky Mount are partnering to design, fund, and implement a Downtown Façade Program. The program is funded by Enterprise Community Development Block Grant and offers small matching grants to downtown businesses

Sidewalk Gallery
A “sidewalk gallery”, an eight foot deep by over fifty foot long visual arts space for displaying local art and traveling exhibitions as well as house a collection of memorabilia honoring Buck Leonard, an important local African-American professional baseball player and Thelonious Monk, the Jazz great. The design of this unique space will allow the display to be viewed from the sidewalk even when gallery is closed as well as provide flow-through circulation space during open hours. This will allow the community to interact with the objects on display for longer time frames than can be economically provided by manned hours.

Performance Stage
Immediately behind the exhibition space is a performance stage opening onto a large parking area which provides an opportunity for performing arts to be scheduled on an on-going basis. By a simple closing of the parking lot, a large gathering space can be created to hold hundreds of people enjoying a concert. In this matter, the cost of installing temporary stages are eliminated because of this permanent facility.

Court Yard
The building location is adjacent to a large urban court yard which allows the facility to work as part of an overall complex of spaces which provide for a broad range of activities from major street fairs like the Harambee Festival held in the spring to daily activities for the residence of the adjacent housing and workers/shoppers of downtown.

Public Art Installations
The Biggers/Sayre Sculpture planned for Harambee Square began in the larger story of the South Washington Street Revitalization Project. In particular, this plan stems from the Art Master Plan commissioned in 1992, and represents a combination of many of the themes identified in it.

In many ways, the story of the South Washington Street Revitalization Project is the story of the last 120 years of Rocky Mount - a city divided by the railroad tracks that run down its center, on which the county line is drawn. Just as Nash and Edgecombe Counties fall away to the west and east of those tracks, so the black and white populations, as well as the weight of their economic and political interests, have often been pulled in opposite directions.
Ironically, it was a dispute between Nash and Edgecombe Counties over the rebuilding of a bridge over the Tar River that lead to the redrawing of the county line in 1871. In a sense, the project can be viewed as an attempt to redress this old argument. South Washington Street, then, represents the first pylon bravely driven into the swirling eddies of community transition, a determined effort to reconstruct that bridge, to link its community back to a wholeness from which all its parts can flourish.

Thorne Ridge Apartments

Thorne Ridge offers luxurious family living consisting of one, two, and three-bedroom apartments. Thorne Ridge provides affordable housing with professional on-site management.

Set in a beautiful environment, Thorne Ridge is conveniently located near Highway 64 in Rocky Mount and ½ mile walking distance to RMECDC’s Crossing at 64 Mixed-Use Development. Numerous shops, banks, restaurants and schools are within close proximity to Thorne Ridge. Residents will enjoy a community center, a computer learning center, and quiet surroundings.

Residency will be available to qualified families. Certain income restrictions apply. Thorne Ridge is an equal opportunity provider of housing.

Thorne Ridge Apartments Information:


  • Frost-free refrigerators
  • Garbage disposal
  • Walk-in bedroom closet
  • High-efficiency heat and air-conditioning for low-energy cost
  • Plush wall-to-wall carpeting
  • Smoke detectors
  • Pre-wired for Cable
  • On-site day management
  • Dishwasher
  • Washer and dryer hookup in every apartment
  • Telephone jack in each room
  • Self-cleaning oven


  • Laundry facilities
  • Large community facility
  • Play area for children
  • Computer learning center

Youth Recognition Program -
Rocky Mount/Edgecombe Community Development Corporation and Carolina Affordable Housing Equity Corporation promotes improved school performances through school incentives. Students residing at Thorn Ridge Apartments in grades 3 to 12 can participate in the Youth Recognition Program by pledging with their parents to improve their grades, complete homework assignments, maintain a good attendance record and display appropriate behavior.
Students who excel in the program can choose from:

Thorne Ridge Apartments Youth Recognition Program Summer Trip Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta
Thorn Ridge Apartments Youth Recognition Program
Summer Trip Six Flags Over Georgia, Atlanta
  • Trip to a theme park
  • Trip to Washington, DC
  • Summer Camp
  • Major Sporting Event
  • Academic Scholar Chest

On-Track Tutorial Program -

RMECDC offers residents at Thorne Ridge Apartments a tutorial service every third Saturday at the Community Resource Center for ages 9 to 12. Special summer camp such as Math and Science camp held in June.

Technology Learning Center -

Thorne Ridge Apartments I has available a Computer Lab equipped with the latest software and hardware packages. Residents can use computer lab for training, homework assignments, etc. The computer lab is open daily for residents. Computers were donated by CAHEC and NC Department of Commerce First Partners.

Adult Scholarship Program -

RMECDC and CAHEC offers residents of Thorne Ridge Apartments age 18 and over scholarships up to $1000 per year to cover tuition and other educational expenses. Scholarships will be awarded to qualified individuals to pay for courses to improve job skills. Courses may be taken from any accredited institution.

First-Time Home Buyer Program -

The RMECDC has designed a First-Time Home Buyers Program to promote home ownership among residents living at Thorne Ridge Apartments. Residents have the opportunity to transition from Thorne Ridge Apartments to home ownership at Genesis Estates Affordable Housing Subdivision located adjacent to Thorne Ridge Apartments. Eligible residents are awarded grants of $1,000 to assist with down payment and closing costs, if funds are available.

Sunset Avenue Apartments

An inner-city neighborhood revitalization project in partnership with the City of Rocky Mount consisting of two rental duplexes (4 units) completed in 2008 to provide affordable housing to the elderly. Two rental duplexes completed in 2008 to provide affordable housing to the elderly.

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