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Media Advisory

For immediate use

April 25, 2007

Media invited to special Carolina North briefing

Thursday, April 26
2 p.m.
William and Ida Friday Continuing Education Center
UNC-Chapel Hill

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will present three potential approaches for developing Carolina North to media representatives before a second round of community meetings later in the day.

Jack Evans, executive director of Carolina North, and Luanne Greene, principal with Ayers Saint Gross, a Baltimore architectural and planning firm specializing in campus planning, will preview their presentations for the community meetings, which will be held at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. Electronic versions of the images representing the three conceptual approaches will be available for the media from the Carolina North website, http://carolinanorth.unc.edu, following the 2 p.m.
session.

Carolina representatives will present revised conceptual drawings with possible approaches to issues including open space, pedestrian and vehicular circulation, utilities and land use on the university-owned property.

Officials plan to follow the same format for these community meetings that they used when the series kicked off in March. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share comments. After a brief presentation, attendees can discuss the plans and programs with UNC-Chapel Hill staff in small groups. The feedback will continue to support the university’s efforts to develop a concept plan for Carolina North.

Comments from local residents and members of the campus community who attended the March meetings influenced the ideas that will be shown Thursday (April 26). All of those comments have also been posted to the Carolina North website, http://carolinanorth.unc.edu, along with materials shown at those sessions. More community meetings are planned in May and June. Details will be announced later.

Carolina North is envisioned as a mixed-use academic development on the university’s 900-plus-acre tract. The UNC-Chapel Hill Board of Trustees has directed the administration to submit a development plan for Carolina North to local governments by next October. Trustees are expected to see a draft conceptual plan at their July meeting. For more information about Carolina North, go to the website, http://carolinanorth.unc.edu.

News Services contact: Lisa Katz, (919) 962-2093, lisa_katz@unc.edu