IFC Community House meets the neighbors

The IFC held the first of three scheduled community discussions tonight. These discussions are designed to facilitate better communications with the community. The meeting began with three short presentations to update everyone on the current status of the planning process and to provide a brief synopsis of the expectations IFC has for the new facility. 

The new facility is being designed to serve 52 men on a full-time basis with room for 17 emergency cots on white-flag nights. As Chris Moran said, the Community House will serve as transitional housing for homeless men. Emergency housing will need to be provided through the efforts of the 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness group. 

The facility is laid out with the first floor devoted to counseling, health and dental services, and other resources to help the residents transition out of homelessness. The second floor provides sleeping/living rooms. The men will start off living in a dormitory-type room with around 10 occupants per room. There are two of the large dorm rooms. As the men progress toward their goals they will step down to a 4-occupant room and finally to a 2-occupant room.

Greenbridge protesters doing more harm than good (updated)

This morning, the west end of downtown Chapel Hill was immobilized when someone called in a bomb threat against the rising Greenbridge development. I understand that some people have issues with tall buildings in Chapel Hill, although I don't especially.  But I do share the concerns that many have about the gentrification of Northside. However, the fact is that Greenbridge didn't create either of those problems, and stopping it isn't going to help solve them either.

Public Information Meeting on Inclusionary Zoning


Tuesday, February 2, 2010 - 12:00pm


Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Blvd, Chapel Hill

Transit in the Triangle: the Benefits for You and the Region

The Institute for Emerging Issues, in conjunction with WUNC TV and Blueprint America, is holding a public education forum, Transit in the Triangle: the Benefits for You and the Region, on January 28, 2010, from 5-8 pm at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh.

This forum will be an excellent opportunity to learn about the importance of transit for the Triangle region, how your life could be improved with transit, what does transit look like today, and how other metro regions have benefited from transit and transit-oriented development.  

The Capital Area Friends of Transit, the Durham-Orange Friends of Transit and WakeUP Wake County are partners in the forum.

This event is free and open to the public.

McKimmon Center, NC State University
January 28, 2010
5:00 - 8:00 pm
5:00 - 5:30   Networking
5:30 - 5:35   Welcome
                    Anita Brown-Graham, Director, Institute for Emerging Issues
5:35 - 5:45   Introduction to Blueprint America
                    Shannon Vickery, Director of Production, WUNC-TV
5:45 - 6:15   Transit and Our Quality of Life
                    Nina Szlosberg, President, Circle Squared Media
6:15 - 6:45   Transit Options for the Triangle
                    David King, CEO and General Manager, Triangle Transit
6:45 - 7:15   The Dallas Example: Opportunities for the Triangle


Thursday, January 28, 2010 - 12:00pm


McKimmon Center, NC State University

Rogers Road Community Complaint to the EPA

The Rogers Road Community has received a letter from the EPA accepting the neighborhoods environmental justice complaint against Orange County and will start an official investigation.  It has been 2 years since the complaint was filed.

The Commissioners should take note of this on December 7th.  There is much evidence to back up this claim.



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