New Hotel Proposed For West Rosemary Street

A South Carolina developer, OTO Development, is proposing the construction of a new 4-story hotel on West Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill.

While the developer has not yet announced which brand would label this particular hotel, there is a desire to make this location more upscale and make it accessible to the many of the retail and dining spots found downtown.

OTO told the Community Design Commission that the creation of this new hotel would serve as a positive addition to the town for a number of reasons, including numerous job opportunities, both for construction and for the hotel itself; creating thousands of dollars in tax revenue annually; and will be another piece to the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership’s project called Rosemary Imagined, which is a conceptualized area of Rosemary Street that seeks to bring further entrepreneurial and technological expansions.

Executive Director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, Meg McGurk, says she is in complete support of the new hotel as it will help realize their plans of making Rosemary Street the new hotspot in downtown Chapel Hill.

“We know that the community has already said that it should be the entrepreneurial and innovative hub for our entire community,” McGurk says. “More retail opportunities, more multi-family housing: those are some of the visions that have come out of that process, and now we have expanded it to all of downtown. But that particular site where this hotel is proposed was one of the opportunity sites that came out of the Rosemary Imagined plan.”

McGurk also lists the number of reasons as to why this new proposed hotel at this location would impact the community in a variety of positive ways.

“Having another fantastic hotel downtown adds to our commercial tax base. We see it adds jobs to downtown. It adds vitality and more visitors downtown. We see tourism increasing here in Orange County. We want to capture those folks that are coming to Chapel Hill and Carrboro so that they are not staying in hotels in Durham or Wake; we want them here. It’s a good location for a hotel downtown.”

For more information on the Rosemary Imagined plan, click here.

CHPD Arrests Additional Suspect In Friday’s Shooting

Story originally posted January 29 at 11:23

Nasheka Renee Clark was arrested Wednesday and held at the Orange County Jail under a $250,000 secured bond.

CHAPEL HILL – Chapel Hill Police Public Information Lieutenant Josh Mecimore says a second suspect is wanted in Friday’s shooting at the corner of West Rosemary Street and Mitchell Lane.

“The investigator in this case obtained a warrant for Nasheka Renee Clark—possibly also known as Nasheka Hamilton,” Lt. Mecimore says. “The warrant was for one felony count Accessory After the Fact for Attempted First Degree Murder. She is believed to have intimate information about the crime.”

The shooting victim’s name was released at the same time. Thirty-one-year-old Ishamel David Hamilton, Jr. is reportedly still at UNC Hospitals were he is believed to be in stable and non-life threatening condition.

Dennis Clark file photo Sept. 2013

Dennis Clark

Dennis Junious Clark turned himself in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department Monday. He is charged with Attempted First Degree Murder after allegedly shooting Ishamel Hamilton multiple times in the parking lot of Tate Realty and Construction and Legacy Cuts hair salon.

While the victim and second suspect share a common last name, Lt. Mecimore says the exact relationships in this case and the motive are unknown.

“I know that all three people that have been named in this have some sort of relationship—that they knew each other prior to this, it wasn’t a random incident,” Lt. Mecimore says. “I don’t know what their relationship is.”

The investigation is ongoing. Lt. Mecimore says anyone with information is asked to call 911, the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760, or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. You can also submit a tip to Crime Stoppers online at

Anyone submitting information that leads to an arrest is eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000.

Worker Falls From Construction Site On W. Rosemary

CHAPEL HILL – A worker fell while doing construction on W. Rosemary St. Wednesday afternoon and then was safely rescued by the Chapel Hill Fire Department.

The worker fell 10 feet from a concrete pillar onto the top floor of the Shortbread Lofts construction site. The Chapel Hill Fire Rescue, Chapel Hill Police Department, and Orange County EMS responded to the call, which came in just after 3:30 p.m.

The rescue effort took about 35 minutes as the worker was lowered using the CHFD’s Tower 73 Aerial apparatus. Parts of Rosemary St. were closed during that time.

The worker was transported to UNC Hospitals; authorities haven’t release his name or condition at this time.