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Media Advisory

For immediate use

July 27, 2007

Media invited to special Carolina North briefing

Tuesday (July 31)
2:30 to 3:30 p.m.
Room 2603 in School of Government’s Knapp-Sanders Building
UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present a draft conceptual drawing and an overview of potential first areas of development at the Carolina North campus to media representatives before a community meeting later in the day. This meeting will present the same draft plan that was submitted to the university’s Board of Trustees on July 26 and will include comments and feedback from the trustees about the plan.

Jack Evans, executive director of Carolina North, and Luanne Greene of Ayers Saint Gross consultants will lead the media preview. The community meeting will be held at 4 p.m., also in Room 2603.

As at the other monthly meetings held since March, attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share comments. Another community meeting is scheduled for Aug. 28. The feedback will continue to support the university’s efforts to refine a concept plan for Carolina North.

The university’s Board of Trustees is expected to take action on a plan for Carolina North at its September meeting. The trustees have directed the administration to submit a development plan for Carolina North to local governments by the end of October.

Carolina North is envisioned as a mixed-use academic community on the 900-plus-acre tract of university land 2 miles north of the main campus. Evans has emphasized that the primary driver for Carolina North is the university’s mission – education, research, public service – and a responsibility to help meet the state’s economic development needs.

An ecological assessment is helping guide UNC’s efforts toward sustainability principles and goals at Carolina North. Other input includes a report from the Leadership Advisory Committee that made recommendations for guiding principles for development.

Carolina North online: To download images from the presentation, to read comments from local residents and members of the campus community who attended the previous meetings and for more information about Carolina North, visit  http://carolinanorth.unc.edu.

News Services contact: Susan Houston, (919) 962-8415, susan_houston@unc.edu