Downtown Partnership

Locally Grown: Big Fish screening

Starts at "sundown."


Thursday, July 8, 2010 - 4:00pm


Wallace Plaza, downtown Chapel Hill

Locally Grown: Southern Culture on the Skids concert

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and The Town of Chapel Hill present:   

Locally Grown Downtown Summer Series


Cometo the Wallace Plaza, on top of the Wallace Parking Deck, all summerlong for great free outdoor concerts and movies. This summer's seriesfeatures performances by three of the Triangle's top acts: SouthernCulture on the Skids, The Old Ceremony, and more!  More Details on theConcerts Page.  Each concert will feature an open-air beer gardenserving Carolina Brewery Drafts! Concerts start at 7:00.


The summer's film series features wonderful locally focused films as well as fun movies for the whole family!  The Varsity on Franklinwill be supplying concessions for all movies.  Bring a chair or ablanket and enjoy the summer evenings in Downtown.  Movies start atsundown so grab some food Downtown and have a picnic dinner on WallacePlaza!

The Locally Grown series will encourage community members to “buy local, eat local and be local” in downtown Chapel Hill.

Series Schedule:

June 24 - Southern Culture on the Skids (concert)

July 8 - Blood Done Sign My Name (film)

July 15 - The Neverending Story (film)

July 22 - Moving Midway (film)

July 29 - The Old Ceremony (concert)

August 5 - Babe (film)

August 12 - Sherman's March (film)

August 19 - Fantastic Mr. Fox (film)

August 26 - T.B.A. (concert) 


Thursday, June 24, 2010 - 3:00pm


Wallace Plaza, downtown Chapel Hill

Live Blogging the Downtown Public Forum

The Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership are planning the process for the future of downtown Chapel Hill. The Downtown Public Forum is Thursday, April 8, at 8:30 a.m. and again at 4:30 p.m. The event will be held in the second floor Great Room at the Top of the Hill Restaurant. If you can't make either forum please open OP on your browser and tune into my coverage of the event. I will be in attendance at the morning forum.  

Public forum on downtown Chapel Hill

Via e-mail...

Downtown Public Forum

Please join the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in providing input into the planning process for the future of Downtown Chapel Hill. The sessions are open to property owners, businesses, residents and anyone interested in Downtown's future to meet with the consultants and share ideas and suggestions for Downtown Chapel Hill. 


Thursday, April 8

8:30 to 10:00 AM and 4:30 to 6:00 PM

Both sessions will be held in the second floor Great Room at the Top of the Hill Restaurant. The entrance is on the south side of East Franklin St., between Walgreens and Game Stop.     

The Town and Partnership have hired the Raleigh based consultant Kling-Stubbins to help craft a Development Framework and Action Plan Document which will help guide the Town and the development community five to eight years into the future.  Kling-Stubbins has partnered with Stewart Engineering and Strategy 5 economic development consulting to assist with the Plan.  The documents' primary thrust will be to identify strategic properties in downtown, suggest potential uses for the property and, with the approval of current or future owners, present a means to achieve the jointly developed plan for these strategic parcels. 


Thursday, April 8, 2010 - 4:30am


Great Room at the Top of the Hill Restaurant

What does "buy local" mean to you?

Yesterday was the last day of Buy Carrboro Week (see adorable flyer at left). This was an initiative of the new group LocalMotive, which is just one of several organizations focusing on economic development and "buying local" in southern Orange County.  Others include the Carrboro Merchant's Association's Walk Carrboro, and the Town of Chapel Hill's Downtown Economic Development Initiative and emerging Franklin Street Artists' Co-op. There are also older/more traditional groups such as the Chamber of Commerce (and their We Buy Local effort), the Visitor's Bureau, and the Downtown Partnership (risen from the ashes of the old Downtown Commission). I'm sure I'm forgetting some, and I'm not even touching on the groups covering Hillsborough and the rest of Orange County. Buy Carrboro Week got me to thinking about our evolving understanding of economic development in Orange County. Just like our views on other issues such as growth management, affordable housing, environmental preservation, and school achievement I think we as a community have been continuing to learn and to look ahead, leading to a change in attitudes and goals. I've started to wonder whether a traditional "Chamber of Commerce"-type approach is all that relevant here anymore.



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