Summary for Wednesday’s Council Meeting
The Chapel Hill Town Council met 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 is available at http://bit.ly/2VDw3Hs.
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UNC-Chapel Hill Semi-Annual Update
The Council received 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 approved 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 had requested $375,000 for land acquisition and predevelopment.
Kidzu Development Agreement
The Council approved 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 helps anticipate the long-range needs of future Town interests in the property that Kidzu may lease from the Town, while setting out parameters and technical requirements for a museum and its infrastructure. A development agreement (https://bit.ly/2EmNi9T) would allow both parties to identify additional topics for consideration.
Wallace Parking Deck
The Council authorized the Town Manager to include the construction of additional parking spaces along with the upcoming Wallace Parking Deck repair. This addition will provide 100 new parking spaces at an approximate cost of $600,000. The project will also convert the plaza level to surface parking.
Inter-Faith Council to Re-Occupy Historic Town Hall
The Council authorized 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 office space and 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 researched other community programs and drafted a pilot program for the Council to discuss. Additional research and discussion will happen before the Council makes any decisions.