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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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Tree Replacement: 313 E. Franklin St.

Post Date:09/26/2017 3:45 PM
 Trees in Chapel Hill

A large tree in front of the Chi Omega sorority house at 313 E. Franklin St. between Pickard Lane and Hillsborough Street is in poor health and is scheduled to be replaced.

The Town’s arborist has been closely monitoring the tree over the past year and has found that the tree’s health will not improve, posing a potential hazard to people in the area if it is not removed.

Town crews are scheduled to remove the tree the week of Oct. 23. During the removal of the tree, the right lane of westbound East Franklin Street (traveling toward downtown Chapel Hill) will be closed. The sidewalk along the north side of East Franklin Street will also be impacted. Crosswalks at Pickard Lane and Hillsborough Street will be available to detour around the work.

The replacement tree will be a species native to North Carolina. It will be planted in the fall, giving it the greatest chance to thrive. 

Tree City
The Town of Chapel Hill, which has a strong commitment to sustainability and interest in decreasing the urban “heat-island” effect, regrets when trees must be replaced. Our Tree Protection Ordinance identifies tree canopy as an important community value. We are proud that this year marks our 18th year as a Tree City, a designation from the national Arbor Day Foundation. Visit our Trees webpage at townofchapelhill.org/trees.

More Information
For more information, contact Park Maintenance Superintendent Kevin Robinson at 919-969-5104 or krobinson@townofchapelhill.org.

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