News Around Town: Smith Level Construction; OC Library Closure; 140 W Franklin

By Ran Northam Posted February 24, 2013 at 3:32 pm

CHAPEL HILL – A nearly one-mile stretch of Smith Level Road in Carrboro will soon see major improvements, but not before the public has a chance to weigh in on the proposed work.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation will hold a public meeting Monday from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m. to discuss the widening plans that include bike lanes, sidewalks, and turn lanes with a center median. A roundabout is also planned at the intersection of Rock Haven Road and Smith Level Road.

Monday’s meeting will take place at Carrboro Town Hall. An NCDOT representative as well as the project contractor will be in attendance to answer any questions about the project and the expected timeline.

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The Orange County Main Library and the Cybrary Branch will be closed from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Tuesday to allow the staff to devote time to developing its strategic plan.

A series of public input sessions and an online survey were conducted and will be discussed when designing the strategic plan.

For more information, call the OC Main Library at 919-245-2525.

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The grand opening of 140 West Franklin Street is two months away and Ram Realty Services recently announced the sale of its 100th luxury home.

The development includes 140 homes in all as well as 26,000 square feet of street-level retail, a public plaza, and two levels of covered parking.

The project that has shut down a portion of Church Street as well as closing a lane of Franklin Street also includes 18 affordable homes that are being sold through a partnership with the Town by Community Home Trust.

A public grand opening and dedication ceremony of 140 West Franklin will be held Friday, April 26.

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