Chapel Hill Town Hall Set to Re-Open Flood-Damaged First Floor

Chapel Hill’s Town Hall is set for a re-opening of its ground floor after more than a year spent fixing water damage and renovating the building on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.

About 13 months ago, flooding caused significant damage to the first floor of the 43-year-old building. The Town of Chapel Hill responded with storm water management improvements, designed to reduce the risk of future flooding, according to a press release issued by The Town of Chapel Hill.

The renovated space will include a new Development Services Division, which is described in the press release as an effort to improve the town’s development process.

The new offices are expected to open at 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard on August 11.

The target date for completion of Council Chamber renovations is September 2014.

CH Town Hall Repairs Could Last Up To A Year

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.