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March 15, 2004 -- No. 135

UNC to brief media on development
plan modification proposal to town

Monday, March 15, 2 p.m.
Conference room A, Giles F. Horney Building, 103 Airport Drive

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will brief media representatives today (March 15) about its second proposed development plan modification application to the Town of Chapel Hill. The 2 p.m. session will be held in conference room A of the Giles F. Horney Building.

Nancy Suttenfield, vice chancellor for finance and administration; Bruce Runberg, associate vice chancellor for facilities planning and construction; and Anna Wu, director of facilities planning, will discuss UNCís proposal and position on the current town review process. They will describe plans for the six proposed projects, which include changes in plans for a parking deck and chilled water plant, additions to three buildings and a cancer-related physiciansí office building for the UNC Health Care System.

The proposed modification is being submitted today following months of work and discussions with town staff. It would be the second change to UNCís development plan since it was approved in 2001 by the Chapel Hill Town Council. The first modification was approved last June and August following work by a joint town-gown panel. UNCís development plan included details for an initial phase of new construction for the university and health-care system and specific strategies to mitigate community impacts in areas such as traffic, storm water and noise.

The development plan is tied to UNCís campus master plan, the guide for renovation and building over the next several decades. UNC trustees approved the plan in 2001 after three years of work involving the university, consultants and town representatives. Later joint town-gown discussions helped create a new zoning ordinance and category as well as the rezoning of the main campus. The modification process was spelled out as part of the rezoning deliberations and is included in the townís land-use management ordinance.

UNCís multi-year capital construction program is valued at about $1.3 billion. The program represents an investment by North Carolinaís taxpayers through their approval of the Higher Education Bond Referendum of 2000. The referendum is providing $510 million for repairs, renovations, utilities and buildings. UNC is investing another $600-plus million from non-state sources, including private gifts and overhead receipts from faculty research grants, for buildings essential to continued excellence.

Directions and parking: Heading from Franklin Street, turn left on Airport Drive. Giles Horney is the first building on the right. Media representatives may park in visitor spaces in front of the building and north of the building in a gravel lot. Conference room A is on the left immediately after entering the buildingís front door.

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News Services contact: Mike McFarland (919) 962-8593,