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April 30, 2002

Chancellor Moeser to announce final decision on future of UNCís Horace Williams Airport

3 p.m., Tuesday, April 30

Hill Central Ballroom, Carolina Inn

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Chancellor James Moeser will hold a news conference today (April 30) at 3 p.m. to announce a final decision about the future of the universityís Horace Williams Airport.

The airportís future status has been a question mark in part because of long-standing community concerns about safety and its proximity to several neighborhoods. The airport is a key component of a 900-acre parcel of university-owned property that is the focus of potential future mixed-use development through a project called Carolina North.

The session is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and will be held in the Hill Central Ballroom at the Carolina Inn.  Broadcasters can expect audio feeds. Parking will be available in the lots at the Carolina Inn, located off Pittsboro Street. Tell the inn parking attendants you are attending the news conference.

UNC has operated the airport since the 1940s. It has continued operating over the years primarily to support the North Carolina Area Health Education Centers Program, based at the UNC School of Medicine. The program transports faculty across North Carolina to provide specialty clinics and educational programs designed to improve the quality of health care for state citizens.

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News Services contact:  Mike McFarland, (919) 962-8593, mike_mcfarland@unc.edu