American Legion Property

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AMERICAN LEGION PROPERTY MAPAfter entering into an agreement to purchase the 36.2-acre American Legion Property on Legion Road, the Chapel Hill Town Council has initiated a public engagement process to learn about the community’s interests. Council has also established the American Legion Task Force to represent a spectrum of viewpoints in considering possible future uses of the American Legion property.

Task Force Report:

The work of the American Legion Task Force and the findings of the public engagement process were compiled into a Report to Council, completed in June 2017.

Click here for the Report
Click here for the Report Appendix

Recommendations found in the report include principles for development of the property, along with future considerations.


Charrette:

The first step of the public engagement process was a Community Charrette held on Saturday, April 8, 2017 at the American Legion Hut, 1714 Legion Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27514.

The purpose of this daylong public session was to:

  • Share technical information, including possible park and private development uses, property analysis for buildability, site conditions, opportunities and constraints.
  • Capture citizen input regarding future potential uses of the property.

More than 100 people attended the charrette throughout the day. Participants worked with the design consulting team in small groups to create conceptual sketches for the property. Information was presented about natural features and neighboring properties so that the sketches would be sensitive to the surroundings.

At the end of the day, the consultants shared seven sketches, encompassing a variety of options. Significant recreation facilities and conservation of the stream corridor were typical features in the concepts presented.

Check out the Draft Site Analysis Map which was used at the charrette as a base map for sketching ideas.


Process:

Following the charrette, additional steps in the public engagement process include:


Guiding Principles:

Adopted by Council on June 20, 2016 to guide any future development of the American Legion property

  1. Describe how proposed plan and timing of development would integrate with Town’s vision for future development in northeast Chapel Hill
  2. Conduct analysis of traffic impacts on Legion Road
  3. Describe how proposed multi-family project would contribute to mix of housing options in town
  4. Provide mix of uses in proposed development, including office space
  5. Detail how project would help maintain quality of life, including how the project would provide green space, trails, and/or indoor recreation space
  6. Explore potential partnerships with other public or private entities to provide needed community amenities

 
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Purchase of Property:

The Chapel Hill Town Council on December 5, 2016, authorized the Town Manager to sign a contract to purchase the 35-acre American Legion Property at 1714 Legion Road for $7.9 million to be paid in installments. Council further resolved that the property should be used for a mix of public and private purposes.

The Contract was signed by the Town Manager on December 6, 2016.  The Contract (included here) provides, in Section 9, that the sale is contingent on the approval of the General Membership of Chapel Hill Post 6, American Legion, Inc.  On December 15, 2016 the General Membership met and voted to approve the contract.  

 

Background:

In June 2015, the Town Council considered an option to purchase the American Legion Property for $10 million, and declined because of cost. To inform consideration of anticipated development proposals, on March 16, 2016, the Town Council held a work session to hear community interests in the property and to express Council interests for the future of the American Legion site. Guiding principles for any future development were subsequently adopted on June 20, 2016. An applicant then submitted a concept plan for a multifamily and office development in the summer of 2016. The Council reviewed and provided comment on that plan at their meeting on September 19, 2016.

On December 5, 2016, the Town Council agreed to purchase the American Legion property and expressed interest in public discussion about future uses for the land.


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