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.

Chapel Hill 2020- "Retail, Housing and Economic Development in Chapel Hill" Presentation

Presentation by Dwight Bassett, Chapel Hill's Director of Economic Development


Tuesday, January 10, 2012 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm


Council Chamber, Town Hall

CVS submits plans for large store in Old Carrboro

As reported in our local newspapers (see here & here), CVS has submitted plans to the town of Carrboro to build a large CVS and parking lot on the corner of N. Greensboro St. &  Weaver St.  This development would demolish at least 2 historic buildings, cut down many trees, create more traffic problems and the parking lot would be placed on a residential street.

See my previous two posts to get more details on the history of the project so far.

There are some new pieces of information that are relevant to the development:

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

University Square Public Meetings

In July, the University’s Chapel Hill Foundation Real Estate Holdings Inc. purchased the 12-acre University Square and Granville Tower property in downtown Chapel Hill.  Cousins Properties Incorporated, a developer that specializes in mixed use projects, is partnering with the Foundation to redevelop the property.  On Thursday, October 15, the University and Cousins Properties will host two public meetings to discuss the redevelopment.   

The meetings will be at 3:30 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in Suite 133-G of University Square, next to Ken’s Quickie Mart.  Although the first meeting is primarily for tenants of University Square, you are invited to attend either meeting.  The same material will be presented at both. 

Parking is available on site. Chapel Hill Transit service is available via most routes.

Cousins Properties recently selected Elkus Manfredi Architects of Boston to help plan and design the project.  At the meeting, the development teams from Cousins and Elkus Manfredi will share their process and initial analysis of the property and ask for your input on the redevelopment. Public input will guide the architects as they develop a concept plan to be submitted to the Town next spring. 


Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 11:30am to 1:00pm


133-G University Square (next to Ken's Quickie Mart)



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