Daniela Ocampo

Carrboro Amends Zoning for CASA Affordable Housing Project

The Carrboro Board of Alderman rezoned property on South Merritt Mill Road to allow for the construction of an affordable housing apartment complex. The rezoning was requested by CASA, a local non-profit organization that provides affordable housing, who applied for a conditional use rezoning and a conditional use permit (CUP). Housing developer for CASA, Jess Brandes, gave a presentation detailing the project at the meeting. “We’re proposing 48 units in two municipalities – 24 in Chapel Hill, 24 here in Carrboro – 66 vehicular parking spaces throughout the entire development and the 36 bike spaces,” said Brandes. The one...

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Orange County Passes Resolution Supporting Judiciary Selection Process

Orange County Commissioners voted unanimously at their March 8 meeting on a resolution against changing the way North Carolina judges are chosen. Commissioner Renee Price, who worked on the resolution alongside Commissioner Barry Jacobs, read the resolution aloud during the meeting. “The Orange County Board of County Commissioners herewith opposes any amendment to the North Carolina Constitution that would abridge or impinge upon the right of the people of North Carolina to elect their judges,” read Price. The board requested a resolution be prepared opposing a change to the selection of judges in North Carolina at the January 23...

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Orange County Celebrates International Women’s Day and Women’s History Month

Thursday March 8 was International Women’s Day. Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle issued a proclamation modeled after last year’s recognizing the day. Lavelle said to her, the day seemed as promoted on social media as it has been all year where she said we’ve seen continued activism by many groups such as women’s marches and the #MeToo movement. “One of the quotes I had in my proclamation yesterday, it’s one of my favorite quotes, but it was a quote by Abigail Adams, who of course was our first lady, our second president’s wife, Abigail Adams, but she said , ‘If...

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Upcoming Open House Regarding Extension of Orange Grove Road

Orange County residents can attend an upcoming open house to learn more about the Orange Grove Road project. The N.C. Department of Transportation is hosting an open house to provide information and gather public input on plans to extend the road. The event will be held today at the Orange County Main Library on from 4 to 7 p.m. in the large meeting room, where residents can come and go anytime between those hours. Project plans are to extend Orange Grove Road from South Churton Street to connect with Highway 70 Business. According to a press release from the...

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Popular Playground at Chapel Hill Park Closes for Repairs

Community Center Park playground off South Estes Drive, one of Chapel Hill’s most used and oldest playgrounds, is temporarily closing for repairs and improvements. The playground will close for two weeks beginning Monday, March 19 to replace some older features on the main structure, completely replace the rubber fall surface, make drainage improvements and apply a vinyl coating to metal parts. The closure may extend beyond two weeks if rain is experienced. The town of Chapel Hill asks residents to please honor the closure signs during repairs and avoid using the playground during the repair period even if it...

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