Downtown Partnership

Friends of Downtown Candidate Forum

From a Downtown Partnership e-mail:

Downtown Candidate's Forum!
Thursday, September 24People on Bench
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
University Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
With the election season in full swing in Chapel Hill, many of the candidates for Mayor and Town Council have picked Downtown Chapel Hill as a key component of their campaign platforms. Join the Friends of the Downtown for a Candidate's Forum where caandidates will be discussing what they believe are the most important issues for downtown. There will be time for the audience to ask questions. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Entrance to the church is at 110 Henderson Street, through the Campus Ministry door. Parking is available in the Wallace Parking Deck on the corner of Henderson Street and Rosemary Street. For more information please contact Pat Evans at



Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 5:00am


First Presbyterian Church Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Meet the Downtown Partnership's new director

Via e-mail:

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership Meet & Greet! Spanky's Restaurant Thursday June, 4 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm Join the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in welcoming our new Executive Director, Jim Norton to Downtown Chapel Hill! There will be a brief introduction followed by a time to meet Jim and mingle with other members of the community. There will be light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments along with a cash bar. Spanky's is located at 101 East Franklin Street. For more information please contact the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at 967-9440 or


Thursday, June 4, 2009 - 12:00pm


Spanky's, 101 East Franklin Street

Parking Study Public Forum

VIa e-mail:

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is holding a public forum to gather input from the community on the downtown Chapel Hill parking study. Parking has been identified by downtown business and property owners, residents and visitors as one of the top five issues affecting downtown.
The forum will be held at University Presbyterian Church on Thursday, October 30 from 5:30 pm to 7:00 pm. The church entrance is located at 110 Henderson Street. Parking is available in the Wallace Parking Deck on Rosemary Street. For bus routes and schedules please visit
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership hired the parking consulting firm of Rich & Associates to conduct the study. The study includes a current assessment of parking, an analysis of parking supply and demand, as well as parking promotions, management, policies and maintenance. The study makes recommendations on how to improve parking in the downtown.
To view the Parking Study Findings and Recommendations please click here.
To view the detailed Parking Study Recommendations please click here.
This information is also available at the Downtown Partnership's office located at 308 West Rosemary Street, Suite 202. To receive a copy by mail or email please contact the Downtown Partnership at 967-9440 or
If you are unable to attend the forum but would like to make comments please contact the Downtown Partnership at 967-9440 or 


Thursday, October 30, 2008 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm


University Presbyterian Church, 110 Henderson Street, Chapel Hill

Homegrown Halloween

Announcement from the Downtown Partnership:

Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership                  October 31, 2008
Homegrown Halloween in Chapel Hill is an effort to return Halloween on Franklin Street to its roots as a small town community gathering and reduce crowd sizes that have become unmanageable. The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill are committed to focusing on the safety of the downtown community. Below are details on town operations for Halloween.  For complete details please click here.
Thank you to the Chapel Hill Police Department and the many other town staff and departments who make extraordinary efforts to maintain a safe environment in Chapel Hill for Halloween visitors and everyone in our community!
If you have any questions please contact:
--Officer Phil Smith, Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 ext.134 or
--Catherine Lazorko, Chapel Hill Public Information Officer  at (919) 968-2743 or
--Meg McGurk, Assistant Director at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at (919) 967-9440 or  
General Information about Halloween:
 Street Closures in the Town of Chapel Hill:
 -Southbound traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd will be merged into one lane prior to the intersection of Estes Drive. VIEW MAP

-Westbound traffic on E. Franklin Street will be merged into one lane prior to the intersection of Estes Drive. VIEW MAP
-Westbound lanes on South Road will be detoured onto Ridge Road to Manning Drive. VIEW MAP
- Westbound traffic on Manning Drive will be detoured south onto S. Columbia Street. Northbound traffic on S. Columbia Street will be detoured east onto Manning Drive. S. Columbia Street will be closed to northbound traffic at Manning Drive.
Street Closures in Downtown Chapel Hill:
The closed area of Downtown Chapel Hill will be larger in order to accommodate the size of the crowd. No vehicular traffic will be allowed in the closed area once the streets are closed.  There will also be limited access to the residential areas immediately around the Central Business District.    
Closed Area:
· Franklin Street - from Raleigh Street to Roberson Street
· Columbia Street from Cameron Avenue to Rosemary Street
· Raleigh Street From Cameron Avenue to East Franklin Street
Parking Downtown on Halloween:
-As always, there will be little to NO PARKING available close to downtown, and there will be no place for charter buses to drop off or pick up passengers.
- Parking meters on the 100 block of East Franklin Street, all of West Franklin, Henderson and North Columbia Streets will be bagged for No Parking starting at 3:30 P.M.
-Vehicles parked on streets to be closed will be towed beginning at 6 p.m.
-Vehicles that are illegally parked will be ticketed and towed, with a minimum recovery cost of $103.
Prohibited Items in the Closed Areas:
Items, even as part of a costume, which can be used as weapons or could reasonably be mistaken as weapons will be confiscated. This includes items made of wood, metal, cardboard or hard plastic.
Town ordinances and State statutes prohibit the following items in the closed area:
·Alcoholic Beverages
·Glass Bottles
·Fireworks and Explosives
·Flammable Substances
· Coolers

Downtown Merchant Restrictions:
-Downtown restaurants and bars will close their doors at 1 a.m. to new patrons.
-Patrons will be charged a minimum $5 cover charge not attending a private event.
-Downtown convenience stores that sell alcohol will either close their doors or stop selling alcohol at 1 a.m.
Public Transit Options on Halloween:
-There will be NO BUS SHUTTLES operating from park and ride lots.
- Safe Ride buses will operate from 11 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. Safe Ride is a service funded by the University for the safety of students. Safe Ride buses will attempt to operate the normal printed schedule along the detoured routes. Safe Rides will not serve Downtown/Franklin Street area. For Safe Ride map and schedule details click here.
-Chapel Hill Transit riders should be aware that some regular bus routes will be changed on Halloween. For details on changed routes please click here.

Information for Downtown Residents:
The Town of Chapel Hill will make every effort to keep people who are attending the event from parking in downtown neighborhoods.
- Access to  neighborhoods will be limited by barricades and police personnel at the roads leading into neighborhoods. This will begin early in the evening.
-Residents of the neighborhood will be able to drive in and out of the enclosed area. Residents should tell the officer at the barricade their address.
-Residents guests will also be able to enter and leave. They will need to tell the officer at the barricade exactly where they are going.
- Illegally parked vehicles (even of residents, guests) will be ticketed and towed.
-Traffic will be congested and getting past the barricades may be a slow process. We recommend that you plan accordingly.
Contact Information:
--Officer Phil Smith, Chapel Hill Police Department at (919) 968-2760 ext.134 or
--Catherine Lazorko, Chapel Hill Public Information Officer  at (919) 968-2743 or
--Meg McGurk, Assistant Director at the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership at (919) 967-9440 or  


Friday, October 31, 2008 - 6:00pm


Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Liz Parham Resigns

The N&O is reporting that Liz Parham is resigning as executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Parntership and taking a job as director of the Office of Urban Development for the Division of Community Assistance at the state Department of Commerce .

The resignation is effective July 18.



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