Mark Kleinscmidt

Chapel Hill Celebrates 140 West Grand Opening

CHAPEL HILL – Blue LED lights illuminated the 140 West Plaza Friday night after the unveiling of the sculpture, “Exhale,” by landscape artist Mikyoung Kim. The stainless steal design released fog into the night air as the Studio A DanceArts team moved to music around The Plaza. The premier of the sculpture signaled that 140 West, the eight-story $55 million development on Franklin Street, is officially open. WCHL’s Ron Stutts emceed the ceremony, joined by hundreds of Chapel Hillians coming together to celebrate the event. “We’re going to have some fun in downtown Chapel Hill tonight! Let’s get this party started, ladies and gentlemen!” Stutts exclaimed to the crowd. He was joined by the band, Jasme Kelly and the Connection, along with many town leaders including Chapel Hill Mayor Mark Kleinscmidt to celebrate. Former mayor of Chapel Hill, Ken Broun, bought one of the 140 condos. “It’s a great location. The building is very well planned out and very attractive. We just think it will be great fun to be downtown and near the university,” Broun said. The building also has 18 affordable housing units. Peter Cummings— of Ram Real Estate, is the project’s developer. He says about 105 residences of the total 140 residences have been sold. The selling prices range from the mid-$300s to more than $1 million. Chapel Hill 2020 Co-chair George Cianciolo says 140 West...

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