Carrboro Moving Forward with Arts and Economic Development

Art and economic development are converging in Carrboro and planning the best pathway to move forward.

A public hearing has been called on a proposed new Arts and Innovation Center in Carrboro. Mayor Lydia Lavelle says this is your chance to voice your opinion on the project.

“We want to hold this meeting to get input from Carrboro folks, from Carrboro residents, business owners, property owners,” she says. “We’ve had a request submitted to us by The ArtsCenter (and) Kidzu…that we construct, own, or lease to this partnership, an arts center building.”

The meeting will be held at the board meeting on Tuesday, January 20th, and Mayor Lavelle adds that she believes this will be the first of several meetings on the topic.

Mayor Lavelle is also working to push forward economic development involving arts in Carrboro. “We purchased a condo that was formerly owned by Fleet Feet, which is located above Acme. And that enabled the Fleet Feet building and some of the projects in that development to move forward.”

But now the question is raised of what to do with the building. One proposition is to use the building as a common work space for small businesses in the area. Perch, which operates a co-working space in Carrboro, has lobbied to lease the space from the town and add a larger co-working space for Carrboro entrepreneurs to collaborate.

Mayor Lavelle says, “Our sense of it is that it would be an incubator, of sorts, for all kinds of small businesses. It’s a pretty large area.”

While the theory of the small-business incubator is fairly agreeable, the process to get there is still to be determined. The mayor said the question remains, “do we want to subsidize, to a degree, this project for a period of a minimum of two years? What’s the value we’re going to see out of this?” she asked. “Will we end up with Carrboro businesses that form, and grow, and that stay in Carrboro?”

While there are many decisions to be made, it appears the arts and economic development projects are converging and moving forward in Carrboro.

http://chapelboro.com/news/business/carrboro-moving-forward-arts-economic-development/

Chapel Hill Chops Food Truck Fees

CHAPEL HILL- The town council on Monday speedily approved a measure to reduce food truck regulatory fees from $600 down to $200.

In the year since the council voted to allow more food trucks in town, only one vendor has signed up for the privilege.

Many food truck operators complained that the regulatory and permitting fees, which totaled nearly $750 dollars, were too much to pay to set up shop.

In response, the council voted unanimously to trim those fees down to a total of $343, which legal adviser Matt Sullivan told the council is in line with what the city of Raleigh charges.

“We are $25 less in the regulatory fee than Raleigh, but the zoning compliance fee in Raleigh is about $25 or $30 dollars less,” said Sullivan. “Our neighbors in Carrboro charge a $75 fee, which I’d equate to a regulatory fee.”

The council also voted to allow food trucks to operate as caterers, making it easier for individuals to hire them for private parties, as well as setting up a framework for public sales at special events like food truck rodeos.

http://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-chops-food-truck-fees/

Dock to Door: Fresh seafood from Carolina fishermen delivered weekly

Memo: Summer is almost over. 

I’m bummed about this reality check. While most of you chapelboro.com readers escaped to Pawleys Island or Topsail at some point this season, this little piggy stayed home. I might not have road tripped it to the beach nearly as much as I wanted, but I was sorta productive, and I have the pasty white skin to prove it. 

A few big projects kept me indoors this summer. Amongst other things, I launched a biz that should be on the radar of every food-lovin’ person in the Piedmont, Dock to Door. Dock to Door is a fresh seafood delivery/distribution service based here in Chapel Hill. I saw the need to connect friends and neighbors with restaurant quality fresh seafood from the boats of Carolina fishermen, and I jumped. The idea is simple: make super-fresh seafood available to folks in the Triangle on a weekly basis. 

HOW IT WORKS

  1. Visit docktodoorseafood.com and order online by 10pm Wednesday evening. 
  2. Pay for your order online. You’ll receive e-confirmation of your order. 
  3. Pick up your order at 3Cups in Chapel Hill on Friday evening between 5pm – 7pm. 

ZZIIIING! Fresh seafood from North Carolina fishermen will be on the table in no time!

Preparing your seafood couldn’t be easier! In addition to including recipes with each item online, I bring several each week as takeaways for customers needing additional inspiration. 

Last week shrimp stole the show, people couldn’t buy enough of those gorgeous 16/20s for just $13. Plenty of you chapelboro.com readers picked up a pound or two so I’m curious…without channeling Bubba, what are some of your favorite ways to prepare shrimp?

 

http://chapelboro.com/columns/orange-zest/dock-to-door-fresh-seafood-from-carolina-fishermen-delivered-weekly/