Growth & Development

Aura Traffic Model: Expedience Over Accuracy

Our town traffic engineer chose the proposed Aura development as the first scenario to analyze using Chapel Hill’s new townwide traffic model, concentrating on the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Estes Drive. The model included traffic improvements to this intersection…

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Mobile Home Zoning Succeeds Elsewhere

Opinion: On March 10, Chapel Hill Town Council Member Hongbin Gu petitioned the council to consider a zoning change that would restrict the use of certain land, including the mobile home park on 1200 MLK Jr. Blvd…


Council Vote Buys Time for Mobile Home Park

Chapel Hill Town Council approved the rezoning application for 1200 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. at its March 10 meeting by a 5-3 vote. The vote tally held the same as at council’s Feb. 24 meeting.




Wegmans Now Set for 2021 Opening

The space alongside U.S. 15-501 that Performance Automall once called home had lain fallow since the car dealership moved to Southpoint in April 2018.




Large Estes Drive Proposal Comes Under Review

Chapel Hill’s Community Design Commission has reviewed a concept plan for a development that would bring hundreds of residential units plus retail and office space to the corner of Estes Drive and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.




How Should 15-501 Be Reimagined?

U.S. 15-501, the major road linking Chapel Hill and Durham, is likely to undergo significant change in the years to come. The question now under debate…


Preserving Our Rural Character

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT Guest Column by Livy Ludington and Margaret Brown Whether you drive from Chatham County to Chapel Hill on 15-501 or Smith Level Road, you pass green fields…


Carolina Donor Services Moving to Chapel Hill

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT By Michelle Cassell Chapel Hill’s Enterprise Zone will be the location of a new headquarters for Carolina Donor Services, currently located in Durham. The company plans to…


Growth and the Risk of Flooding

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT TLR Staff Report Over the past three years, 1,084,822 net square feet of impervious surface has been added in the town of Chapel Hill. Another 2,555,539 net…


The NC 54 Corridor

ORANGE SLICES By Laurie Paolicelli New American Legion Club Joins a Growing Corridor in Chapel Hill The new American Legion Club, 3700 NC 54 West, Chapel Hill, is scheduled for…


Aldermen to Decide Future of Natural Heritage Site

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT By Terri Buckner, Orange County Resident A public hearing set for September will help determine whether part of one of Carrboro’s most environmentally sensitive and ecologically endangered areas…


How New Construction is Changing the Community

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT TLR Staff Report As Chapel Hill evolves from a small university town into a medium-sized town with a university, growth means significant change is coming to the…


Where Did All the Trees Go?

GROWTH & DEVELOPMENT TLR Staff Report Why is Chapel Hill losing so many trees? The past several months have seen extensive clear-cutting of trees in a number of different local…