Highlights for Wednesday’s Council Meeting (3/6/19)

Post Date:03/05/2019 3:11 PM
CHAPEL HILL TOWN COUNCIL

The Chapel Hill Town Council will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 6, at Chapel Hill Town Hall, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., to consider an agenda that includes the following highlights. The full agenda and video access available at http://bit.ly/2VDw3Hs.

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UNC-Chapel Hill Semi-Annual Update

The Council will receive an update from UNC-Chapel Hill on major projects completed, projects in construction, and projects in design phases. On June 15, 2005, the Council adopted a resolution requesting semi-annual updates on University development activity.

 

Habitat for Humanity Funding

The Council will consider approval of Habitat for Humanity’s December 2018 funding request from the Affordable Housing Development Reserve (AHDR). The AHDR is dedicated exclusively to affordable housing development and preservation. Applications are accepted up to three times per year, and the Housing Advisory Board evaluates the requests. Habitat for Humanity is requesting $375,000 for land acquisition and predevelopment.

 

Kidzu Development Agreement

The Council will consider Kidzu’s request to pursue a development agreement for use of the Town’s property near Southern Village for a future children’s museum. A development agreement could anticipate the long-range needs of future Town interests in the property that Kidzu could lease from the Town, while setting out the immediate parameters and technical requirements for a museum and its infrastructure. Pursuing a development agreement https://bit.ly/2EmNi9T would allow both parties to identify additional topics for consideration.

 

Wallace Parking Deck

The Council will consider authorizing the Town Manager to include the construction of additional parking spaces along with the upcoming Wallace Parking Deck repair. This addition would provide 100 new parking spaces at an approximate cost of $600,000. The project would also convert the plaza level to surface parking.

 

Inter-Faith Council to Re-Occupy Historic Town Hall

The Council will consider authorizing Inter-Faith Council (IFC) to re-occupy the second floor of Historic Town Hall at no-charge for the duration of construction of IFC’s new facility. IFC is currently using Historic Town Hall’s basement and first floor for its Community Kitchen. Construction of the new facility in downtown Carrboro is estimated to be complete in one year.

 

Pilot Receiving and Considering Requests from Non-Profits for Capital Funding

The Town Council has received ad-hoc requests for capital funding in the past year but does not currently have a defined process to evaluate these requests against community goals and Town budget constraints. In order to support the Council’s ability to consider requests for capital funding, the Town staff has researched other community programs and drafted a pilot program for the Council to discuss. The pilot draws on our most similar process for funding outside agencies and incorporates lessons-learned from that experience.

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