Bruce Rosenbloom

Chapel Hill Officials Approve Redevelopment Guide for West Rosemary Street

After nearly a year of planning and deliberation, the Chapel Hill Town Council has approved a comprehensive guide for developers seeking to build along West Rosemary Street. Speaking in her capacity as a municipal senior planner, Rae Buckley explained that the guide is intended to address the desires of both residents and developers. “The recognition that what the community is looking for is lower density, more amenities, more community benefits,” she relayed. “What the market — because of the cost of land — is set to go after is more multifamily apartments and high-rise condos,” The guide was requested by...

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Carrboro Officials Consider Development of Industrial Park on Hillsborough Road

A parcel of land in northern Carrboro may be repurposed to accommodate light industry operations if town officials are able to agree on details pertaining to a development plan. Those officials met last week to speak with Annette Lafferty, the local director of economic and community development, on how that plan would bring manufacturing jobs to the town. “Creating affordable commercial [space] has been our goal, but also, this is going to be about creating jobs, and getting our brain around […] what kind of employment opportunities could be created out here,” she explained. The plan would establish a...

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Alumni Service Medals Awarded to Three UNC-Chapel Hill Benefactors

Three benefactors of UNC-Chapel Hill have been honored by the by the General Alumni Association with medals for distinguished service to the university. The medals were awarded to Steven Farmer, Michael Kennedy and Sallie Krawcheck during a spring reunion held earlier this month for university alumni. Farmer earned praise for establishing the Carolina College Advising Corps, which facilitates the collegiate enrollment of students at underserved high schools. Kennedy received attention for promoting equity through the creation of the Minority Alumni Committee and Alumni Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. Krawcheck was recognized for using her experience in the financial...

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Local Meals on Wheels Director Retires After 20 Years of Service

Stacey Yusko has made her last official delivery as the executive director of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Meals on Wheels after completing two decades of service with the program. Her retirement ceremony is scheduled for the end of this month, whereupon Twanna Joyner Jones will assume the office from which Yusko is departing. Jones was selected by program officials for the role due to her prior managerial work with the American Red Cross and Area Christians Together in Service. Her intention is to “provide a safety net of help, hope, and compassion to those in desperate need” by drawing upon her...

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Chapel Hill and Carrboro Recognized by Federal Solar Power Program

The future of renewable energy in Orange County is looking bright ever since the US Department of Energy recognized Chapel Hill and Carrboro for their receptiveness to solar power. Both towns have been given bronze-level designations in the SolSmart program, which was created by the department to help communities expand solar energy development. Designated communities are considered by the program to have satisfied national criteria for facilitating transitions to renewable energy sources and encouraging solar market growth. Chapel Hill and Carrboro were acknowledged by the program for their permissive solar development regulations and partnerships with the North Carolina Clean...

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UNC Chemists Develop Nerve Gas Protection Through International Partnership

Organic protection against exposure to pesticides and nerve gas has been developed through a partnership between chemists at Moscow State University and UNC-Chapel Hill. The partnership was formed by Dr. Alexander “Sasha” Kabanov, whose groundbreaking research on enzymes started in Russia with the founding of a nanomedicine laboratory. “In 2010, I got a grant from the Ministry of Science of Russia to establish a laboratory […] in Moscow State University, which is my alma mater and the place where I started my original research which ultimately led me to the United States,” he recalled. That research was accelerated in...

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Chapel Hill Budget Draft Includes Provisions for Parental Leave and Affordable Housing

A new fiscal year budget with provisions for parental leave, pay bonuses and procurable housing is being reviewed by the Chapel Hill Town Council before its expected adoption next month. Town Manager Roger Stancil briefed council members earlier this week on the proposed budget and the $8.3 million that it would allocate for the construction of low-income domiciles. “For affordable housing, it does continue the existing commitment of $5.3 million,” he affirmed. “On top of that, it continues the funding for DHIC, which includes about 140 affordable units at a cost of about $22,000 per unit.” According to Robert...

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Hillsborough Mayor Discusses Anticipated Sale of Colonial Inn

The deed to one of the oldest buildings in Hillsborough may be changing hands as the municipal government drops eminent domain proceedings against the owner of the Colonial Inn. A settlement was reached last month regarding the historic hotel that opened in 1838 on West King Street and operated for over 130 years before falling into a state of disrepair. Real estate mogul Francis Henry is now permitted to sell the property that he bought at a town auction in 2002, with Mayor Tom Stevens having endorsed the anticipated sale. “They’re going to put the Colonial Inn on the...

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Orange County Commissioners Consider Saving Less in Emergency Fund

Government coffers in Orange County may be getting lighter as the board of commissioners considers reducing the percentage of annual revenue kept in reserve for emergency expenses. Speaking in his capacity as chief financial officer of the county, Gary Donaldson briefed board members last week on the recommended degree of reduction for the unassigned fund. “During the presentation of the financial audit, due to the growth in expenditures, we moved from 18.5 percent to 16.2 percent — again, within the recommended practice by GFOA,” he explained. The Government Finance Officers Association advises counties to set aside 16.7 percent of...

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Construction Blocks Lane on West Franklin Street in Chapel Hill

A 21,000-square-foot Target store is coming to Chapel Hill, but not before construction near its proposed location forces a lane of West Franklin Street to close for two weeks. The closure will affect motorists traveling east on that road between Church and Columbia streets from now until May 26 during the hours of 9:00 AM and 4:00 PM. An opening date of July 15 has been set for the store, but the new apartment complex situated above it may be housing prospective leaseholders as early as July 1. The store and the complex are part of a multimillion-dollar development...

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