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Council Readies For June Vote On Glen Lennox Plan

By Elizabeth Friend Posted May 6, 2014 at 12:00 am

Members of the Chapel Hill Town Council sat down with developers from Grubb Properties on Monday to hash out the details of a plan to revitalize one of the town’s oldest commercial centers, as well as the surrounding neighborhood.

The Glen Lennox redevelopment plan would add new roads and new housing at the interior of the 70 acre site and office and retail space along Fordham Boulevard and Raleigh Road.

The Town Council is negotiating a development agreement to govern the build-out of the plan during the next two decades. At Monday’s work session, Council members focused on traffic mitigation, design features and the fiscal impact of the plan.

The Council also heard a novel proposal to retain affordable rental housing during and after redevelopment.

Clay Grubb, of Grubb Properties, suggested a program aimed at keeping long-term residents. Renters who have lived in Glen Lennox for five years or more would be eligible to have future rent hikes limited to no more than the increase of the Consumer Price Index. This would apply to 15 percent of the rentals throughout the entire property.

Though there are still issues of contention, Council members voiced approval for the plan and signaled they are almost ready to put it to a vote.

And while development plans for other focus areas such as Obey Creek and Ephesus-Fordham have become mired in controversy in recent months, the members of the public who spoke at the work session seemed to embrace the Glen Lennox plan with open arms.

One current resident called it “a blessing,” telling the council the plan should be “the gold standard” for other developers.

The development agreement will undergo another review by town staffers before a public hearing and council vote in June.

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