Chapel Hill's Dwight Bassett makes the case for economic development

Yesterday at noon, Chapel Hill's Economic Development Officer Dwight Bassett provided a brief, one-hour presentation outlining some key facts and developments concerning retail, housing, and office space in Chapel Hill. The full presentation can be viewed here.

I attended and live-tweeted the meeting. You can see the play-by-play below.

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This guy's pretty darn out of touch, IMHO.  Sounds like all he cares about is university and big business expansion.  I know of *lots* of non-retail small businesses that would like to expand here, but there is absolutely *no* space for them do to so.  Retail rents are sky-high, and that just has to do with greedy landlords that can get what the ridiculous prices they're asking.  If we've got 220,000 sq ft of open office/retail space, why do we need to build more?  How about some flex/light industrial for once??  I think the real answer is Chapel Hill/Carrboro government and residents (in general) are just plain hostile to businesses other than restaurants and bars, and they need to fess up and admit it.



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This Week in Orange Politics

It'll be a busy week across Orange County this week. The Carrboro Alderfolks will discuss bicycle-friendliness and the Lloyd Farm propery mediation process, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on UNC-related development. Both school boards will review the student performance data recently released by the state, while the Hillsborough Town Board will get an update on the Colonial Inn. The county commmissioners will meet with the Mebane City Council on public transportation and the Buckhorn EDD, and will get an update on Southern Branch Library in a serperate meeting.

CHALT and the Sierra Club/Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce/WCHL will hold candidate forums for Chapel Hill candidates.

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