Franklin Street Prepares to Welcome New Chapel Hillians

Post Date:08/10/2017 4:26 PM

The Town of Chapel Hill is making minor fixes along both sides of the 100 block of East Franklin Street beginning this week in preparation of the incoming UNC students and their families.

The largest project will take place in front of Ms. Mong’s and Wells Fargo Monday and Tuesday, Aug. 14 and 15. The sidewalk in front of the businesses is being replaced to prevent future puddling when it rains.

Other maintenance will be performed along the 100 block of East Franklin Street through Thursday, Aug. 17. The maintenance includes work to remove tripping hazards and otherwise beautify our downtown.

Bike Rack/Fix-it Station
A contractor for the Town of Chapel Hill will install a bicycle-on-bus demonstration rack and separate bicycle fix-it station at 144 E. Franklin St. near the Bank of America ATM and University United Methodist Church. Installation is scheduled through Friday, Aug. 11, weather permitting.

Pocket Park near Chapel Hill Tire
A mini park was installed in front of Chapel Hill Tire at 502 W. Franklin St. – near the northwest corner of West Franklin and Roberson streets.

Activating the public space is an experiment led by the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill with assistance from Chapel Hill Tire.

The charming park – about 20 by 70 feet –includes seating, bike racks and seasonal planters. Three bike racks were installed in a corral in the street between the existing parking space and the curb; recycled tire planters create a visual barrier between the seating area and the street; and sets of curved benches fill the interior of the space. Summer campers from the Hargraves Center painted many of the tires for the park.


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