A project in Chapel Hill’s Blue Hill District is calling for the demolition of an apartment complex built in 1966 and the construction of more than 400 new apartments.
Plans call for the current site of the Park at Chapel Hill apartment complex on Ephesus Church Road to be demolished and Elliot Road Extension to be built to bisect the site and connect to Ephesus Church Road.
The proposal has drawn attention from community members as it continues the redevelopment of naturally occurring affordable housing in the community. The Town of Chapel Hill earlier this year approved the use of $64,000 from the town’s affordable housing reserve for the Housing Displacement Assistance Program.
Plans for the site include two sections. In Phase 1A, 312 units ranging from studio units to three-bedroom apartments are proposed in a five to six story apartment building, along with a clubhouse, fitness facility and other amenities. A wrapped, six-story parking deck was also proposed for the site. In Phase 1B, another 106 units are proposed across three, three-story apartment buildings. Additional detached garage buildings with residential “carriage” units above them are also in the plans.
At Thursday’s meeting, the developer will be discussing the relocation of the carriage building on the south end of the property being redeveloped near the Frances Street neighborhood as well as the overall project with time for questions from the community, according to the town’s website.
Projects in the form-based code district do not require approval by the Town Council and are approved by the town manager if the projects are deemed to fit development guidelines.
Thursday’s public information meeting is scheduled to begin at 5:15 p.m. on the second floor of Town Hall.