J.E. Jamerson & Sons Help with Community Growth

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LYNCHBURG -- Just before lunch hour at the Jamerson Family YMCA branch, the cardio equipment whirs with adults moving through their workouts.

The giant Y in southwestern Lynchburg buzzes with other activity -- swimming for some, rehabilitation workouts from stroke for others -- as Phillip Jamerson strides briskly through the building named for his family and talks about how its success helped build momentum for the surrounding neighborhood.

Ten years ago, he, his father and a business partner had just started to develop the 440-acre former farm. Now more than 2,000 people live in what's been just one of the drivers of dramatic population growth.

"I don't know if it made Wyndhurst, but darn close," Jamerson said of the YMCA. Wyndhurst was Lynchburg's first traditional neighborhood development, encompassing pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods of single-family homes, town houses, apartments and a continuing care community catering to the elderly mixed with offices and small retail shops and businesses. read more at http://www.roanoke.com/news/roanoke/wb/279104