Chapel Hill & Carrboro Development Project Update


By Laurie Paolicelli

Local ACC Coaches Urge Caution

Basketball season is on hiatus, but props to the Triangle’s three ACC men’s basketball coaches for a video they did together. Roy Williams of UNC-Chapel Hill, Mike Krzyzewski of Duke University, and Kevin Keatts of N.C. State University all urged fans to follow proper guidelines when it comes to the coronavirus. “We can beat this,” Williams says. “But we all need to play together on the same team right now.” View the video here.

Chapel Hill and Carrboro Development Project Update

It’s too early to forecast the impact the coronavirus pandemic will have on the building industry. Here is a recap of several key projects in Chapel Hill and Carrboro currently in the planning stage:

Proposed Development for Former University Inn

Plans for former University Inn near Eastgate Shopping Center

Dallas-based Leon Capital Group has filed plans to demolish the existing buildings at the site of University Inn in Chapel Hill’s Blue Hill District. Redevelopment plans seek to make the property into a 7-story complex with 344,244 square feet of commercial and multifamily space. The new structure would feature around 341 one- and two-bedroom residential units and approximately 18,450 square feet of commercial space on the northern end of the site as well as structured parking for nearly all of the parking spaces.  The property is situated on 3.9 acres at 1301 Fordham Drive across the street from the Eastgate Shopping Center.

Proposed Aura Development

Aura Chapel Hill

Dallas, Texas-based Trinsic Residential Group has filed plans for its premiere project in the region: 500,000 square feet of mixed-use space including 400 residential units as well as retail and office space. The project is situated on 14.7 acres on the northeast corner of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Estes Drive in Chapel Hill across from the Horace Williams Airport. The project is tentatively dubbed Aura Chapel Hill. Of the 400 residential units included in the project, Trinsic has proposed that 20 will be townhomes, 60 will be affordable apartments, 310 will be market-rate apartments and 10 will be live-work units featuring ground-floor workspace and residential space on the floors above. Affordable units would have the same layout as market rate apartments and would be interspersed throughout the project. Commercial space will feature retailers, though Trinsic does not plan to solicit grocery interest due to the potential traffic impact of grocery stores.

40-acre Commercial Development in Carrboro Moves Forward

Plans for a mixed-use destination in Carrboro took a big leap forward in late February when a grocery chain closed on the land for the project. North Carolina-based Harris Teeter has closed on 40 acres of land proposed for the Lloyd Farm mixed-use development. The company paid $10.6 million for the property. The site is situated at the corner of N.C. Hwy. 54 and Old Fayetteville Road, across the street from Carrboro Plaza and west of downtown and Chapel Hill. Plans for the store call for 60,000 square feet of retail space set to anchor the 40-acre site. Altogether, plans for Lloyd Farm call for 125,000 square feet of retail space – including the new Harris Teeter and additional commercial parcels – as well as a 220-unit senior living campus, called The Lofts at Lloyd Farm. The residential space breaks down to 200 apartments and 20 duplex cottage units.

The Parkline


Recently Completed: The Parkline

Raleigh-based State Employees Credit Union (SECU) has announced the completion of extensive renovations and capital improvements to the former headquarters of Blue Cross NC. The 4-story, 195,000-square-foot Class A office complex is now known as The Parkline. The property is situated on a 39-acre campus at 1830 Fordham Blvd. abutting the site for the future Chapel Hill Wegmans and down the road from the New Hope Commons and Patterson Place shopping centers. The complex is one of the largest blocks of Class A office space in the Triangle.

Laurie Paolicelli is the Executive Director of the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau.

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2 Comments on "Chapel Hill & Carrboro Development Project Update"

  1. A very important question to ask: what the impact the virus and economic situation that it will bring will have on all the proposed commercial development planned for Chapel Hill. I cannot help but think that much of it will be put on hold. I am sure the town is thinking about the financial impact on the town’s budget and staff will be, but I fear it will be severe with the closing of businesses for so long.

  2. Bob Stoothoff | March 30, 2020 at 2:55 pm | Reply

    I would echo Scott’s question. With the transfer of many meetings to platforms like Zoom, will current office using business folks, reduce size of office requirements for them or their enterprise and work remotely from “home offices”.
    These kind of dislocations, financial or health and financial in this case, can cause large shifts in behavior.

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