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Nov. 25, 2003 – No. 623

UNC to brief on Carolina North prior to community, campus meetings

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2 p.m.
105 South Building, UNC campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will hold a briefing for media representatives about Carolina North, the subject of a 50-year draft conceptual plan, on Tuesday, Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. The briefing will be held in 105 South Building.

Dr. Tony Waldrop, vice chancellor for research and economic development, and Mark Crowell, associate vice chancellor, will present the most recent version of a draft conceptual plan for the UNC-owned property one mile north of the main campus off Airport Road. They will also respond to questions about the plan, which will continue to be revised.

Waldrop is spearheading the university’s planning process for Carolina North. He and colleagues have invited local residents to attend community meetings Dec. 3-4 to learn more about the plan and to share their comments. Those meetings will be held Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Smith Middle School auditorium, 9201 Seawell School Road, and Dec. 4. at 7 p.m. in the Orange United Methodist Church fellowship hall, 1220 Airport Road. UNC students, faculty and staff are invited to attend a similar campus presentation Dec. 3 at 3:30 p.m. in Gerrard Hall.

Carolina North is envisioned as a living-learning community. The draft conceptual plan outlines concepts for mixed-use development of the university’s 900-plus-acre tract. The draft plan proposes development of about one-quarter of that acreage. Such development would promote walking and bicycling to work, home and retail areas.

Waldrop emphasizes that the community meetings are the first of many opportunities for local residents to participate in helping shape the university’s plans for Carolina North.

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