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Not for publication Feb. 23, 1999 – No. 134


Tuesday, Feb. 23, 5:30 p.m.|
Chapel Hill Town Hall Council Chambers

UNC master plan consultants present update to town council during work session

Tentative media availability:  4:45 – 5:15 p.m., council conference room, town hall.

Representatives from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Ayers Saint Gross, a Baltimore consulting firm, will participate in a Chapel Hill Town Council work session Tuesday, Feb. 23, about the university’s current master plan update.

The council invited the university to make the presentation. Speakers are expected to include Jonathan Howes, special assistant to the chancellor and chairman of the master plan’s Executive Steering Team, and Adam Gross, a principal with Ayers Saint Gross.

UNC trustees hired Ayers Saint Gross following a national search to update the master land-use plan for the 740-acre central campus. The process began last May and involves three committees and nearly 70 people from campus and the community.

News Services will distribute a media kit later today that will include background information about the master plan process to date and the consultants.

The kit also will include graphics illustrating a "concept plan" created by the consultants that helps form a big picture for how central campus could be developed. The color diagram shows potential building sites, open spaces and existing buildings. This diagram will be available as a color print-out and on disc as well as at plan.

Howes, Gross and others involved in the UNC plan have tentatively agreed to be available to answer reporters’ questions prior to the council work session from about 4:45 until 5:15 p.m. in the conference room outside the council chamber in town hall.

If you are interested in the 4:45 p.m. opportunity to ask questions, please contact Mike McFarland at News Services, 962-8593 office, or 216-2584 pager.

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Contact: Mike McFarland