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March 18, 2004 -- No. 143

UNC officials to discuss revised
Carolina North conceptual plan

Thursday, March 18, 4 p.m.
Mountain Laurel Room B, Friday Continuing Education Center
100 Friday Center Drive, UNC campus

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will brief interested media representatives about its revised draft conceptual plan for Carolina North today at the William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center. The briefing will be held at 4 p.m. in the Mountain Laurel Room B.

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 property. They also will address questions about the revisions resulting from community input about the project plans. The briefing precedes a meeting of the Carolina North Executive Committee at 5 p.m. where members will receive a similar presentation.

The university presented an initial version of the draft plan last December in a series of community meetings designed to solicit feedback from citizens. In all, university officials have presented the original draft plan at more than 70 meetings since December with neighborhood groups, business leaders and public officials. They also have received numerous emails and letters sharing comments and suggestions. The revised plan reflects that input.

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 located one mile north of the main campus off Airport Road. The original draft plan proposed development of approximately one-quarter of that acreage. Such development would promote walking and bicycling to work, home and retail areas.

Directions: The Friday Center is located about three miles east of the UNC campus, just off Highway 54 East (Raleigh Road). Go to

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