Housing Partners with UNC School of Social Work
UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student Alex Lombardi had an aha moment shortly after she began working as an intern for the Housing Department.
Public housing neighborhoods in Chapel Hill are surrounded by student housing. But the communities and residents don’t really mix.
“In Chapel Hill, public housing is so well integrated, that many students are unaware,” she said. “When you’re a student you’re in a sort of bubble.”
Now Lombardi wants to get to know her neighbors – and it’s because of where she works. She is the first student from UNC-Chapel Hill’s School of Social Work in a new field instruction course based at the Town of Chapel Hill Housing Department.
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Movies Under the Stars
See Kicking and Screaming outdoors on top of the Wallace Parking Deck, 150 E. Rosemary St., on Thursday, July 13. The movie will start when the sun goes down, around 8:30 p.m. Read more.
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Things to do in Chapel Hill
April Turner - Dancing Stories
2 p.m. Wednesday July 12
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Dr. Chapel Hill (919) 968-2777
Enjoy a performance featuring interactive storytelling, African dance demonstrations, and traditional African songs and rhythms. Recommended for ages 4+ 2 shows, 2-2:45 p.m. and 4-4:45 p.m. chapelhillpubliclibrary.org/
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Task Force Releases Report on American Legion Property in Chapel Hill (Chapelboro.com)
A new report on redevelopment options for property once owned by the American Legion in Chapel Hill is putting public opinion at the forefront of design discussions. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/news/development/task-force-releases-report-american-legion-property-chapel-hill
Rideshare Service for Kids Now Available in Chapel Hill and Durham (Chapelboro.com)
There is no question that parents are busy these days. With both parents working full-time jobs, finding a way to shuttle your kids from one after school activity to the next can seem impossible. Read more: http://chapelboro.com/town-square/rideshare-service-kids-now-chapel-hill-durham
Chapel Hill Residential Parking Permits Expire This Month (Chapelboro.com)
Parking permits for Chapel Hill residential parking districts are scheduled to expire on July 31st. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/news-around-town/chapel-hill-residential-parking-permits-expire-month
Chapel Hill Reverses Course, Calls Special Meeting to Consider Brunch Bill (Chapelboro.com)
Chapel Hill appears to have had a change of heart about waiting to opt in to the recently passed Brunch Bill. Read more: https://chapelboro.com/news/local-government/chapel-hill-reverses-course-calls-special-meeting-consider-brunch-bill
Carraway Village building a lifestyle on Chapel Hill’s northern edge (The Herald-Sun)
The foundation is being laid on Eubanks Road for a $100 million-plus community that will transform the town’s semi-rural northern border and attract visitors from across the region. Read more: http://www.heraldsun.com/news/local/counties/orange-county/article159286724.html
Council Special Meeting
The Chapel Hill Town Council will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, July 10, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda is available at http://bit.ly/2sRa0hA or by contacting Communications and Public Affairs at 919-968-2743 or email@example.com.
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Public Hearing to Consider an Ordinance to Permit the Sale of Alcoholic Beverages for On-Premises Consumption on Sunday Mornings Beginning at 10:00 a.m.
Enactment of the ordinance would permit establishments permitted by the State to sell, for on-premises consumption, alcoholic beverages on Sunday mornings beginning at 10 a.m.
The ordinance under consideration would permit sale of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption beginning at 10 a.m. Consideration of an ordinance to permit sale of alcoholic beverages at establishments permitted for off-premises sales would be deferred until the fall.
This is a Habitat for Humanity home built in the Northside Neighborhood and purchased by a low-income family earlier this year.
Town Increases Affordable Housing Funding
Now Accepting Applications
The Town of Chapel Hill is accepting applications to create affordable housing opportunities in the community through Friday, Sept. 1.
Awards will be made from the Town’s Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR), established by the Town Council in March 2015. The total funds currently available in the reserve are $1,164,642.
The Town of Chapel Hill will accept applications for the following priority project areas:
1. land bank and land acquisition
2. rental subsidy and development
3. homeownership development and assistance
4. future development planning
The Town’s fiscal year 2018 budget includes $1.16 million in funding available in the Affordable Housing Development Reserve, which represents a 69 percent increase over last year’s allocation of approximately $688,000. The Town’s total budget for FY18 for affordable housing activities is $5.7 million, which supports the Town’s 300+ public housing units and local and federal grant programs.
Since its creation in 2015, the AHDR has supported the development and preservation of 50 affordable housing units in Chapel Hill, with an additional 89 units in the pipeline over the next year.
The Housing Advisory Board will evaluate applications and present a funding recommendation to the Town Council for final approval in October 2017. There may be up to two additional funding cycles this fiscal year (July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018).
Applications and additional information is available at http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/housing-and-community/funding/affordable-housing-development-reserve.
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Public Comments on CDBG Annual Update Accepted July 17-31
The 2017-2018 Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Annual Update to the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan has been amended, following notification from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) of the Town of Chapel Hill’s final grant allocation amount. The document reflects a 2 percent decrease in allocation, from the original budget, with no change to the approved program plan activities.
The public is invited to review and comment on the document, which will be made available during normal business hours of operation for a period of fourteen (14) days beginning Monday, July 17, 2017, at the following locations:
- Town of Chapel Hill: 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. Chapel Hill, NC 27514
- Chapel Hill Public Library: 100 Library Drive, Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Please submit all comments by July 31, 2017 to Renee Moye, Community Development Program Manager, Office of Housing and Community, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill, NC 27514. All comments will be incorporated into the final document that will be submitted to HUD on or before Aug. 16, 2017.
Farmers Market coming to Cedar Falls Park
thanks to Marin Lissy, age 12
A new seasonal farmer’s market is coming to Cedar Falls Park, 501 Weaver Dairy Road, on Sundays.
Local farmers will sell produce from 4 to 6 p.m. Sundays beginning July 16 through Aug. 13.
Organized by Produce for Parks, the market is a collaborative community effort aimed at increasing access to healthy food in the community and to support local farmers.
Founded by a 12-year-old Chapel Hill youth, Marin Lissy, the market is co-sponsored by the Town of Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation, and funded by the Junior League of Durham and Orange Counties. It is also supported by the Chapel Hill Farmer’s Market, Farmer Foodshare and several independent farms.
The mini-market is a trial initiative that provides another option for healthy eating to recreational park users and nearby residents of Cedar Falls Park. It combines recreation and fitness activities with access to healthy and local food choices.
According to Lissy’s website: “A park is a natural gathering place where people play and enjoy the outdoors. That means that we have a captive audience at and around the park to provide healthy food. We can also draw in people who live in the area. Cedar Falls Park is in an area that is considered a fresh food ‘food desert,’ meaning there is no grocery store within a one mile vicinity of the area.”
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#MeetDowntown and Enjoy Free Saturday On-Street Parking in July
On-street metered parking will be FREE on Saturdays in downtown Chapel Hill during the month of July. The dates are July 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29.
How will you know?
About 200 spaces will be available; the meters will be bagged! These are all highly visible and desirable downtown parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy the #SummerInChapelHill.
The three-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect and will be monitored. Parking at Town decks and surface parking lots is not included in the freebie offering. And remember…public parking is always free on Sundays!
To make the downtown experience more enjoyable and accessible, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership have worked together to design and implement parking promotions including this program for July. For questions please contact the Parking Services Department at 919-968-2760.
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Chapel Hill Police Seek Information in Hit-and-Run
The Chapel Hill Police Department needs your help with information about a hit-and-run that took place early Wednesday morning.
Officers responded to the report of a person lying in the road near the intersection of Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Weaver Dairy Road at 4:51 a.m. Wednesday. Upon arrival, the person informed officers she had been struck by a dark sedan while she was crossing Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The victim suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was transported to UNC Hospital for treatment.
If anyone has information about this crime, please call either the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-968-2760 or Crime Stoppers at 919-942-7515. Calls to Crime Stoppers are confidential and anonymous, and the caller may be eligible for a cash reward up to $2,000 for information that leads to an arrest. You can also leave tips for Crime Stoppers at crimestoppers-chcunc.org/.
Be Bright at Night
It’s important to be seen when walking near roads, especially when it’s dark. Wearing bright clothing and reflective items will help people who drive identify you. It’s also important to cross roads at designated locations and wait for appropriate crossing signals.