CHAPEL HILL- The first floor of Chapel Hill’s Town Hall flooded following the torrential rains that fell on June 30, soaking carpets, furniture, drywall and the council dias.
Now town officials say it may be six months to a year before the first floor is ready to reopen, and repairs could cost as much as $400,000.
Insurance may cover part of that, but the rest will likely be drawn either from the town’s reserve fund, or away from other capital improvement projects in next year’s budget.
While the first floor is undergoing renovation and repair, the town will shift revenue collection services to University Square on Franklin Street.
Council meetings may move to the Southern Human Services Center on Homestead Road, while advisory boards will meet at the library.
The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools board will meet at the Lincoln Center on South Merritt Mill Road.
The town is also working to repair 18 apartments at Airport Gardens, a public housing neighborhood off of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. Repairs on those units are expected to be completed by the end of this month. Meanwhile, families living in those residences have been temporarily relocated to nearby hotels.
For more on town services affected by the flooding repairs, click here.