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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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Project Update: Municipal Services Center

Post Date:08/10/2017 10:52 AM
ESTES DRIVE SITE TEST FIT MAP

Hold the Date: Sept. 7, Location TBD

The Town of Chapel Hill continues to inform the community about progress toward a potential Municipal Services Center– with an expectation that an engagement and design process will be ready for review by the Council and community this fall.

A new Municipal service facility would serve several Town administrative needs which could include police, parks and recreation administration and fire. The site under consideration is on Estes Drive Extension adjacent to existing University functions and owned by UNC-Chapel Hill.

On July 26, the University Board of Trustees approved a lease that sets the groundwork for the Town and University to move forward with a process. The lease establishes the basic business relationship for next steps and provides a framework for moving ahead. Many details of the site, project, and joint relationship will still need to be determined during Stage Two, described below. This lease would require additional review and approval by Town and State bodies.

 

Next Steps:

  • Save the Date for a Community Update Meeting set for Sept. 7, Location TBD
  • Establish a community engagement group
  • Share evaluation of the existing police station site compared to the Estes Drive Extension site
  • Refine concept for site with community engagement group
  • Conduct any basic site evaluation/exploration to inform the refinement process
  • Identify what information would be required during a regulatory process
  • Return to Town Council in fall (expected, Sept. 27) with proposal for project design, and regulatory process

Sign up for Town-Gown announcements at www.townofchapelhill.org/signup

For more information, visit http://www.townofchapelhill.org/EstesProject to find:

  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Project Schedule
  • A memorandum from UNC Chapel Hill regarding landfill locations
  • Materials from the March 6, 2017 public information session
  • Town Council meeting materials (Jan. 23, 2017)
  • University Board of Trustees meeting materials (Jan. 25, 2017)
  • Archeological Assessment (added to website on Aug. 8, 2017)
  • Comparison of Estes Drive Site and Current Police Station Site (added to website on Aug. 9, 2017)
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