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This Week in Orange Politics: January 12-18

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With the holidays now fully behind us, Orange County’s public bodies are gearing up for a busy 2015. This week the Carrboro Town Board will hear about Chapel Hill Transit and take on changes to the rural buffer, while the Chapel Hill Town Council will get an update on the town’s asset management plan and consider a special use permit. The Hillsborough Town Board will talk about preservation efforts at the Colonial Inn.

Village Plaza Apartments Approved

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The Town of Chapel Hill has approved Vilage Plaza Apartments, the first development proposed under the new form-based code implemented in the Ephesus-Fordham District.

Village Plaza Apartments will be constructed on the vacant site located between the Whole Foods shopping center and the ABC Store on South Elliot Rd. The development will bring 265 apartments, ground-floor retail space, a parking deck, greenway improvements, and roadway improvements. Rent for a 1-bedroom apartment will be approximately $1,150/month while a 2-bedroom apartment will rent for about $1,600/month.

Chapel Hill-Carrboro NAACP Queries Police Chiefs and Sheriff on Racial Equity

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During its regular monthly meeting, the Chapel Hill-Carrboro branch of the North Carolina NAACP hosted Chief Walter Horton of the Carrboro Police Department, Chief Chris Blue of the Chapel Hill Police Department, and Sheriff Charles Blackwood for a discussion of law enforcement issues. A diverse group of more than 50 people attended, including many members of the NAACP and other local social justice advocates.

school delay and cold

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Today I drove to East to sub for an ESL class. Foolishly I did not listen to WCHL before I left and discovered that there was a 2 hour delay because of the cold. It looks like no lessons were learned from last year. The air temperature does not change much from 7AM to 9AM and surely the district has learned how to start buses in the cold. Everyone enjoys to sleep in but every school day should be important and not much learning occurs during a shortened day. It is Ok to experience cold air for a bit. Now if there was snow and we could go sledding...

school delay and cold

ldhintz's picture

Today I drove to East to sub for an ESL class. Foolishly I did not listen to WCHL before I left and discovered that there was a 2 hour delay because of the cold. It looks like no lessons were learned from last year. The air temperature does not change much from 7AM to 9AM and surely the district has learned how to start buses in the cold. Everyone enjoys to sleep in but every school day should be important and not much learning occurs during a shortened day. It is Ok to experience cold air for a bit. Now if there was snow and we could go sledding...

Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center: Smart Public-Private Partnership?

Note: I posted this blog entry on my personal website on Sunday, January 4th, 2015, but opted to share it here as well at the invitation of OP editors. While I'm eager to learn what others think about the proposed Arts and Innovation Center and the numerous, interesting issues related to the proposal at hand, I'm not contributing this piece to start or stoke a debate between me and OP readers and contributors.

This Week in Orange Politics: January 5-11

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Though most of Orange County's public bodies are still in recess for the holidays, the Chapel Hill Town Concil will hold three important meetings. The first, a work session, will cover the financial side of the town's transit plan. The council will also meet with the county's state legislative delegation to discuss priorities in advnace of the Genenal Assembly re-convening next week, and hold a special on Obey Creek.

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CH Transit Financial Sustainability presentation Monday evening

Ed Harrison's picture

Chapel Hill Transit Director Brian Litchfield, joined by consultants from Nelson/Nygaard Associates, will present to a Town Council work session at 6 PM January 5th, in Room B of the Public Library, on the draft "Transit Strategic and Financial Sustainability Plan."

Link to the work session materials:

http://chapelhillpublic.novusagenda.com/MeetingView.aspx?MeetingID=321&M...

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