PITTSBORO – Preston Development INC. is planning a new project for Pittsboro called Chatham Park.
The new project would be a long process taking 30-40 years, but could bring many new aspects to the town like medical facilities, parks, trails, houses, and businesses. Consulting Planner for Chatham Park, Philip Culpepper, says that Pittsboro and the people there will not be left out of the project.
“We will be a part of Pittsboro,” Culpepper says. “We’ve already annexed portions of the property into Pittsboro. We consider Pittsboro, its historic downtown, and the people of Pittsboro an integral part of what we are trying to do.” Culpepper said.
Several developments in Chatham County like Briar Chapel, Powell Place, and Westmoore have tried to blend businesses with housing, but have had little success. Culpepper says that they have a different plan to bring in business and that they will not focus on retail like these other developments.
“We’re looking at more of broader range, of not only retail, but medical facilities, light industries, office parks, things like that,” says Culpepper. “So it’s a much broader range and we’re already seeing the demand. We anticipate building a medical office facility here very shortly.”
Currently Preston has several projects ranging across the state. When asked why Pittsboro, Culpepper says it seemed like the next big area for the Triangle.
“Seeing it as the next logical location for development to occur,” Culpepper says. “Wake County, a lot of development has taken place to the west side of Wake County. Jordan Lake comes in, realizing the demand was going to be there, realizing that we wanted to put a quality project there so that the demand could come into a quality development rather than being scattered across the county.”
Culpepper has worked with Pittsboro commissioners for the past eight years on planning this project and has faced almost no opposition. A few people have complained that the town will have to provide the infrastructure for the development. One of the owners of Preston Development, Tim Smith, says that this will not be a problem because the company is planning on building the entire infrastructure themselves and possibly giving it over to the Town in the future.
“We’re not asking the citizens to pay for anything,” Smith says. “We’re going to pay for our own water lines, our own sewers, own sewer plants, and we going to generate enough tax revenue to go back to pay for anything that the Town would require to give us like fire, police, and all that; so we’re paying for everything. This project will not cost the citizen of Pittsboro one cent, not one cent.”
Preston development is also a member of the “Clean Tech” cluster, a world-leading user of energy saving devices. Smith says that as a member of the “Clean Tech” cluster the developers plan on using the green technology from the RTP area to make the development as new and modern as possible.
“Everything that we can possibly do, everything that’s new we want to use it,” Smith says. “If something comes out next year that’s better, we intend to use it. So we intend to use everything that’s available to us that’s why we’re a member of this Clean Tech cluster. They’re going to provide us with all their expertise and use our project as a model demonstration project for the world, so we’ll be a world demonstration project for all the newest things that come out.”
The Chatham Park development may grow past the current 7,120 acres of land that are already owned. Smith says he hopes that in 40 years he can look at the development and be proud of everything that they achieved. Smith also says they want to work with local contractors and businesses when developing Chatham Park to include the community in the development.
Below is a map of the proposed site for Chatham Park in relation to Pittsboro. On Saturday, the Town Commissioners are having a meeting to discuss some aspects of Chatham Park with their staff.
Chapel Hill High School Football Field. A week from tonight, the lights will come on and the football season will kick off.
CHAPEL HILL – High school football kicks off one week from today, and WCHL and Chapelboro.com are bringing you two games each week this year.
For the first time, you’ll be able to choose which local team to listen to on Friday nights.
The season kicks off with the Carrboro Jaguars who made it all the way to the 2A State Championship game last year traveling to Hillsborough to battle the Cedar Ridge Red Wolves who make the jump to 3A football this year. You can hear the call from Paul Connell and Anthony Wellman on WCHL and Chapelboro.com.
And, exclusively on Chapelboro.com, the 3A Chapel Hill Tigers host the 4A Riverside Pirates. The Tigers are coming off their 9-4 finish last season in which they were knocked out of the state playoffs in the second round. Walter Storholt and Jeff Hamlin join the broadcast team to bring you that game from Chapel Hill.
All the action begins next Friday at 6:30 p.m. with the return of The Grid hosted by Ran Northam in which you can hear comments from all of the area’s coaches. Then at 7:00 p.m., you choose which game you want to listen to: Carrboro at Cedar Ridge or Riverside at Chapel Hill.
|30-Aug||at South Granville||7:30 p.m.|
|6-Sep||Carrboro||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|20-Sep||at East Chapel Hill||7:00 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|27-Sep||at Webb||7:30 p.m.|
|4-Oct||at Southern Durham||7:30 p.m.|
|11-Oct||Northern Vance||7:30 p.m.|
|25-Oct||at Cardinal Gibbons||7:30 p.m.||Floating|
|1-Nov||at Northwood||7:30 p.m.||Floating|
|8-Nov||Cedar Ridge||7:30 p.m.||Floating|
East Chapel Hill
|23-Aug||at Northwood||7:30 p.m.|
|30-Aug||at Carrboro||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|6-Sep||Cedar Ridge||7:00 p.m.||Chapelboro.com|
|13-Sep||Southern Alamance||7:00 p.m.|
|20-Sep||Chapel Hill||7:00 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|27-Sep||at Ragsdale||7:30 p.m.|
|18-Oct||at Northern Durham||7:30 p.m.||*|
|25-Oct||at Person||7:30 p.m.||*|
|8-Nov||at Jordan||7:30 p.m.||*|
|23-Aug||at Cedar Ridge||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|30-Aug||East Chapel Hill||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|6-Sep||at Chapel Hill||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|13-Sep||Northwood||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|20-Sep||at South Granville||7:30 p.m.||Chapelboro.com|
|11-Oct||Bartlett Yancey||7:30 p.m.||Chapelboro.com|
|18-Oct||at Cummings||7:30 p.m.||*|
|25-Oct||at Jordan-Matthews||7:30 p.m.||*|
|23-Aug||Carrboro||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|30-Aug||Southern Vance||7:30 p.m.|
|6-Sep||at East Chapel Hill||7:00 p.m.|
|13-Sep||at Riverside||7:30 p.m.|
|27-Sep||at Cardinal Gibbons||7:30 p.m.||Chapelboro.com|
|4-Oct||Northwood||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|11-Oct||at Orange||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|25-Oct||at Southern Durham||7:30 p.m.||*|
|1-Nov||Northern Vance||7:30 p.m.||*|
|8-Nov||at Chapel Hill||7:30 p.m.||*|
|30-Aug||Northern Durham||7:30 p.m.||Chapelboro.com|
|6-Sep||at Riverside||7:30 p.m.|
|27-Sep||at Northwood||7:30 p.m.|
|4-Oct||Northern Vance||7:30 p.m.||Chapelboro.com.|
|11-Oct||Cedar Ridge||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|18-Oct||at Chapel Hill||7:30 p.m.||*|
|25-Oct||at Webb||7:30 p.m.||*|
|1-Nov||Cardinal Gibbons||7:30 p.m.||*|
|8-Nov||at Southern||7:30 p.m.||*|
|23-Aug||East Chapel Hill||7:30 p.m.|
|30-Aug||Southern Lee||7:30 p.m.|
|6-Sep||at Jordan-Matthews||7:30 p.m.|
|13-Sep||at Carrboro||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|27-Sep||Orange||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|4-Oct||at Cedar Ridge||7:30 p.m.||97.9 FM/Chapelboro.com|
|18-Oct||at Southern Durham||7:30 p.m.||*|
|25-Oct||at Northern Vance||7:30 p.m.||*|
|1-Nov||Chapel Hill||7:30 p.m.||*|
|8-Nov||at Cardinal Gibbons||*|
* denotes a floating schedule. In the last four weeks of the regular season, the games will be chosen the Monday before the day of the game.http://chapelboro.com/sports/high-school/were-bringing-you-two-games-each-week/
How Democratic candidates do in North Carolina’s 2014 and 2016 elections — when millions of voters will go to the polls — may depend a lot on a race about to be decided by less than one thousand Democratic party officials. On Saturday, February 2, six hundred or so members of the Democratic Party’s state executive committee will convene at the Durham Convention Center to elect the next state Party Chair.
Two candidates are vying for the Democrats’ top spot: former state Senator Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville and Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller. WCHL program host Hampton Dellinger landed exclusive interviews with Mansfield and Voller (available below):
The interviews can be heard
Thrift shopping is a rather common hobby for many people in the Orange County area, especially in Carrboro and Chapel Hill. For those of you who don’t know, thrift stores are stores that sell donated goods (such as clothing, shoes, household items etc) to benefit a charity. The wonderful thing about thrifting is that you have the opportunity to find unique items at low prices. Whether you’re searching for 80’s band shirts or Jackie-era shift dresses, thrift stores are the perfect place to find vintage clothing. Hopefully these reviews will give new shoppers a useful guide and veteran shoppers some new insights into local stores.
Club Nova Thrift Shop (Carrboro)
The Club Nova Thrift Shop, located at 103 D W Main Street, works to benefit Orange County citizens with mental illness. Though a little small in size and inventory, it’s definitely worth checking out. I’ve had much luck with finding vintage sweaters and shirts in the women’s section. Club Nova is extremely well organized so it’s quite easy to find what you’re looking for.
The PTA Thrift Store (Carrboro)
This thrift store (115 W Main St, but currently at 201 Weaver Street) is one of the area’s most popular, and seems to be a particular favorite of the college-aged crowd. Due to its popularity, you might find the clothing (especially the women’s section) a little sparse occasionally, but there are almost always good finds in the coat and shirt sections. My favorite thing about this store is their book section; it takes up an entire floor and has every type of book imaginable from vintage hardback novels to cookbooks.
Chatham County PTA Thrift Store (Chatham)
This P.T.A Thrift Store (400 East St, Pittsboro, NC) is a great place to go for any house ware needs you may have. A significant part of the store is dedicated to linens and tablecloths in numerous colors and styles. Also, if you happen to be looking for contemporary brand names at lower prices, they even have a boutique section where current brands can be found.
While Goodwill, found at 4318 Garrett Road, is a bit of a hike away for local residents, I believe it’s definitely worth a trip. It has one of the largest facilities around and offers a huge variety of items. All of the clothing is, sorted by color, which is incredibly useful in helping you have a more efficient shopping experience. The extensive dress selection has a mix of both casual and formal dresses, and is especially great for 70’s style maxis.
The following stores are not thrift stores per say since they’re retail establishments that work for profit and offer a selection of already sorted vintage clothing, but are still great places to pick up one of a kind items. While these stores are a little pricier, the pre-selected inventory is more likely to have specific clothing pieces or accessories that you’re looking for.
Time After Time (Chapel Hill)
Found at 414 West Franklin Street, this store is chock full of clothing, accessories, and shoes. Almost any style or time period of clothing can be found here. Their men’s section is a great place to find comfy sweaters and oversize button-downs. In addition to their vintage clothing, they also have a wide selection of costumes, crazy jewelry, and even wigs that would be great for Halloween or an impromptu costume party.
Clothing Warehouse (Chapel Hill)
Another vintage store on Franklin Street, The Clothing Warehouse (109 East Franklin Street) is another popular favorite. It’s the priciest store of the bunch, but generally speaking, their entire inventory is very high quality. If you happen to be looking for shoes, this is the place to be-they have an entire section dedicated to cowboy boots. Another neat thing about this store is their selection of t-shirts which you can have cut and styled to suit your taste.http://chapelboro.com/columns/hautestanding/local-thrift-store-reviews-2/
There are multiple studies that are linking exercise to suppressed appetite, which means a double-whammy for calories as you burn them during exercise and consume less in your diet.
I’m a party girl. I love getting fancy, putting on heels and statement jewelry and heading into a crowd to meet new people and learn about new stuff…an opening exhibition of feminist artists! a fundraiser for the Ronald McDonald House! a Pepper Festival!
My event attire has definitely um, casualized since moving to Chapel Hill from NYC, but that don’t mean my love for a party has toned down. Fortunately this area has loads of great events to raise dollars and awareness for the neat work that happens in this community. And fortunately for this little piggy, many of these events revolve around food. Yum.
The 4th Annual Pittsboro Pepper Festival takes place in the new community park in Briar Chapel this weekend, Sunday, October 2nd, from 4pm – 7pm. Presented by the Abundance Foundation and Piedmont Biofarm, the event should be the hottest ticket in town this weekend. In their words and exclamation points, “The Pittsboro Pepper Festival aims to go pepper-wild with the greatest local chefs and local beers (including pepper beer!) to spread the superfood power of the plentiful peppers of the Piedmont! Local hotshot chefs are provided a choice of over 60 varieties of heirloom local peppers (everything from sweet to hot) and they serve up their best, most creative pepper dish as an appetizer to the pepper public!”
That’s a lot of enthusiasm for the pepper. I appreciate that. Talk about a veggie that doesn’t get nearly the props some of its other superfood brethren enjoy.
I also really appreciate the opportunity to chat with some of the best chefs in the Chapelboro area about the importance of promoting the humble pepper and its heirloom varietals as a significant crop for Piedmont farmers. Celebrating a sustainable crop that brings cash and serious attention to the Piedmont agricultural community…that makes this girl want to put on some dancing shoes.
I’m psyched to sample dishes like Yeasted Corn Bread with Roasted Peppers from Chickenbridge Bakery (Carrboro Farmers’ Market), Smoked Pepper Soup with NC Shrimp from Glasshalfull (Carrboro), and Spicy Pepper Gazpacho with Cucumber Yogurt from Carolina Crossroads (Chapel Hill). Hope it isn’t too tacky for me to bring my own growlers for those Fullsteam and Triangle Brewing Company pepper beers – that is definitely happening. Already hungry for more? Here’s the full Pepper Festival Menu.
See you on Sunday, and don’t forget to buy your tickets online in advance…$25 through October 1st and $30 at the door.http://chapelboro.com/columns/orange-zest/another-boros-food-fest/
This week I was presented with an interesting project to work on with a colleague of mines in our assisted and skilled living area supporting the upcoming Alzheimer’s Walk NC on October 1st. In doing some research on Alzheimer disease it allowed me to reflect on the family members I’ve had affected by this disease over the last 20 years.
My grandmother and aunt both lived in skilled living facilities while experiencing Alzheimer’s disease until their deaths. The thought of this complicated disease that affects your ability to remember loved ones, day to day thoughts, memories and the ability to function in everyday activities scares me and I realize education is the key so I am embarking on a journey of knowledge against ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE.
A few things I learned just today:
Do you have a family member with Alzheimer’s disease or know someone affected directly by the disease? If so I would love to hear your story and how you are supported in the community.