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Media Advisory

For immediate use

June 18, 2007

Media invited to special Carolina North briefing

Thursday (June 21)
2 to 3 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 Carolina North to media representatives before a fourth round of community meetings later in the day. This draft has been developed based on feedback from the public at previous community meetings in March, April and May. Thursday’s community meetings are the last ones scheduled before a draft concept plan is submitted to the university’s Board of Trustees in July.

Jack Evans, executive director of Carolina North, will lead the media preview. The community meetings will be held at 3:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., also in Room 2603.

The June session will focus on sharing a single plan for Carolina North with some discussion of potential first areas of development. Attendees will have opportunities to ask questions and share comments on the draft as well as the potential first areas of development. The feedback will continue to support the university’s efforts to develop a concept plan for the university-owned property.

Carolina North is envisioned as a mixed-use academic development on the 900-plus-acre tract of university land 2 miles north of the main campus. The university’s Board of Trustees has directed the administration to submit a development plan for Carolina North to local governments by October. Trustees are expected to see a draft conceptual plan at their July meeting.

Carolina North online: To download electronic versions of the images representing the concept plan after the briefing, 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