Redeye Moving Global Headquarters to Hillsborough

North Carolina-based Redeye Worldwide is relocating to Hillsborough in May.

The music company announced the move on Wednesday.

Redeye, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2016, is moving to a 90,000 square foot facility at 505 Eno Street.

Redeye says the new space will serve as “offices for 51 of the company’s 67 worldwide employees and warehouse space for hundreds of labels, including Acony Records, Barsuk, Burger Records, Daptone, Kill Rock Stars, Ninja Tune, Warp and Yep Roc Records, as well as artists including Death Cab for Cutie, Iris Dement, Nick Lowe, Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, and Gillian Welch.”

Redeye Chief Operating Officer Aaron Freeman said in a release:

“We are excited to move our headquarters to Hillsborough and back to Orange County, where it all began for us as a company 20 years ago. It’s important that we provide a workplace and infrastructure that can support continued growth and allow us to increase the value we bring to our artists and label partners while attracting and retaining our best assets — our employees. Additionally, we are grateful for the assistance of Orange County’s Economic Development Department and look forward to continued growth in Hillsborough and Orange County for many years to come.”

The release says the project also includes involvement from Yadkin Bank, Russell Kennedy general contractor and Center Studio Architecture.

Redeye began in Carrboro and has been headquartered in Haw River.

Portion of Riverwalk to Close for Utilities Work

A portion of the Riverwalk’s western section will be closed this week as crews will be clearing a water line right-of-way.

A release says crews with the Town of Hillsborough will clear 10 feet on either side of a 16-inch water line that is located near Faribault Lane and the bridge over the Eno River by Gold Park.

Barricades will be put in place around 7:30 on Tuesday morning when the work is beginning. Work is expected to be finished by the end of the day on Tuesday.

Officials ask that citizens heed trail closure signs and barricades for the safety of both residents and crews that are working.

The area that is cleared will be seeded for grass and covered with straw, according to a release, and the right-of-way will be mowed twice a year to ensure access to the water line.

Hillsborough Approves Master Plan for 1,000+ Unit Development

The master plan for the proposed Collins Ridge development in Hillsborough was approved by the Board of Commissioners at its meeting on Monday night.

Hillsborough Mayor Tom Stevens says that the developer has altered its plan to include more affordable housing after several public hearings.

“We had concerns about the level of affordable housing,” Stevens said. “The developers had originally proposed something like 40 units and then they came back when we just didn’t feel like that was adequate.

“They couldn’t do that with units for sale, but they came back [and] working with CASA we could do rental units.”

Stevens says by working with Community Alternatives for Supportive Abodes, CASA, the developer will be able to provide 88 affordable rental units.

The Collins Ridge project would be located on about 125 acres on the eastern end of Orange Grove Street in central Hillsborough.

The master plan, which has now been approved, states that no more than 1,038 units will be permitted on the property.

The town’s planning board had recommended that the master plan be approved with specified conditions, and Stevens says most of the continuing concerns will be handled as the developer moves through the remaining approval process.

“[The master plan] specifies a little bit about the streets, what kind of amenities would be done,” Stevens says, “but it isn’t a specific plan for each one of those parcels.”

Stevens says now that the master plan has been approved, the developer will have to come back to the board and apply for a special use permit.

“That would have a lot more details about lighting and where specifically the roads are and how many units and what setbacks were,” Stevens says of the potential Special Use Permit. “A lot of those things that are of concern we really won’t even see until the SUP.”

Stevens says another concern has been the amount of traffic the development would add to the historic town continues as it continues to expand housing availability.

Historic Hillsborough Clock to be Repaired

Time is standing still in Hillsborough, at least according to the town clock above the Historic Orange County Courthouse.

A release says the clock is malfunctioning due to a gear issue and a technician is expected to begin repairs Friday.

The clock – which was made in Birmingham, England – is believed have been a royal gift to Hillsborough around 1769, according to the town, and initially stopped working in 2001.

The clock has been above the courthouse since late 1846, according to a release. The clock tower was reconstructed during the early 2000s when the clock was being restored.

Cates Creek Park Officially Open; Roadway Opening Delayed

Cates Creek Park in Hillsborough is now open for use by the public.

The town officially opened the park in the Waterstone development on Tuesday.

Cates Creek Parkway. Photo via Town of Hillsborough.

Cates Creek Parkway. Photo via Town of Hillsborough.

You may find it a bit difficult to get to the park in the immediate future; the opening of the roadway – Cates Creek Parkway – has been delayed. Officials say they expect to be able to open the roadway “soon, once signage has been installed by the developer.”

Cates Creek Park includes playground equipment, an irrigated multipurpose field with soccer goals – reservations for the field will be possible once the new town website is launched – along with picnic tables and benches.

The park totals 16.64 acres with the woods and property surrounding the developed area available for walking. The town has the option to plan additional facilities on the property but does not have any specific plans at this time, according to a release.

The park is currently accessible on foot or bicycle via an existing network of sidewalks and greenways.

The park will be open daily from eight o’clock in the morning until 30 minutes after sunset.

Hillsborough Chef Named James Beard Award Semifinalist

Aaron Vandemark, owner of Panciuto in Hillsborough has been named a James Beard Award Semifinalist for the sixth consecutive year.

Vandemark, along with six other NC chefs, is one of 20 nominees for the best chef in the Southeast region.

He started Panciuto in 2006, and the restaurant is a blend of Italian food and Southern ingredients.

Nearly 90 percent of every meal is made with products from North Carolina farmers, according to the restaurant’s website.

Finalists for the awards will be named on Tuesday, March 15 and the winners will be announced April 26.

Compton Road Bridge To Be Replaced

North Carolina Department of Transportation contractors plan to replace  Compton Road Bridge, closing the road between N.C. 86 and Carr Store Road north of Hillsborough.

Work will begin at 7 a.m. on Monday, February 22. The new bridge should be open by July 22.

Motorists will be directed around the work on a detour using N.C. 86 and Carr Store Road.

Built in 1962, the existing bridge is structurally deficient and no longer meets the demands of the traffic using it. It remains safe, but requires constant attention and needs to be replaced.

Arrest Made in Murder of Hillsborough Man

Burlington Police have charged a suspect with first-degree murder in connection with the death of a Hillsborough man.

Police have charged 34-year-old Cesar Torres-Acevedo, of Burlington, in the death of Juan Mario Martinez Trujillo, of Hillsborough, on June 13, 2015.

An investigation shows Torres-Acevedo allegedly killed the 56-year-old Trujillo by setting him on fire intentionally.

The investigation started with police responding to a call of a possible person in distress on the eastbound shoulder of I-40/I-85 near the Alamance Road exit. Officers found a male, later identified as Trujillo, who had been critically burned. Trujillo was transported to UNC Hospital and died on August, 24, 2015 from his injuries.

Officials say Torres-Acevedo and Trujillo were known acquaintances.

Police say Torres-Acevedo was being held in the Gaston County Jail on unrelated charges. He is currently being held without bond on the new charges.

The investigation is ongoing, according to police, and more arrests may be coming.

Anyone with information related to the incident is asked to contact the Burlington Police Department at (336) 229-3503 or Burlington/Alamance Crime Stoppers at (336) 229-7100.

Precipitation Over But Roads Still Icy

Communities across our area are continuing to deal with wintry weather and the challenges that presents.

Chatham, Durham and Orange Counties will be under a Winter Weather Advisory until noon on Sunday due to the threat of black ice, as forecasts are not calling for additional precipitation.

Power outages were concentrated from Raleigh to the east and knocked power out to tens of thousands of North Carolinians. But other than periodic individual outages, Chatham, Orange and Durham Counties were not impacted by widespread outages.

Chapel Hill officials reported responding to three vehicle accidents during the day on Friday but noted that residents were staying off the road for the most part on Saturday. Residents are continued to be encouraged to not park on roadways to allow for plows to clear the thoroughfares.

Crews are evaluating to determine if Chapel Hill Transit will be able to operate on Sunday. Community centers are expected to open at 12:30 Sunday afternoon, but the aquatic center will likely be closed on Sunday.

Due to the inclement weather, Orange County Public Libraries will continue to be closed on Sunday.

Hillsborough officials reported an estimated 10 vehicles being left on roadsides. Two vehicles abandoned in the roadway along West King Street and Lakeshore Drive were moved.

Police continue to ask residents to stay off the roads. “If you don’t have to go out, don’t,” advises Sgt. William Parker. “If you do and your vehicle gets stuck, don’t leave it in the middle of the road.”

Durham reported the highest number of accidents with 40 crashes being responded to on Friday.

New Hillsborough Alerts System Launches

Residents can now begin registering for Hillsborough Alerts, the new notification system.

Starting February 1, the Town of Hillsborough will no longer use the CodeRED service for emergency.

The town encourages all citizens, water and sewer customers, and operators or employees of businesses in town to register.

To register, visit the Hillsborough Alert website.

Subscribers can select the delivery methods they want, email, text message, telephone call, a notification via the cell phone application ContactBridge or a combination of those methods.

They can choose the order in which the town will utilize those delivery methods and up to five addresses they want to receive alerts for. Addresses could include home, workplaces, schools and childcare facilities.