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Downtown Business COVID Resources

Downtown is the economic and cultural heart of Chapel Hill. It is the gateway to UNC, the border with our sister town of Carrboro, the connection of the Town's historic districts, and a place for all to find something to eat, drink and be welcome.

Visiting Downtown? Check out the Chapel Hill/Orange County Visitors Bureau, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, the Town's Community Arts & Culture page for information on art and event happenings, and Park on the Hill for parking information.

Opening a business in Downtown? Visit the Town Permits Center for required permits, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and Town Economic Development to connect to the business community and available office space, and check out the Town's Downtown Business Waste Guide for setting up your waste collection.

Interested in Downtown development? Check out this map of current Downtown development.

Update on Downtown Street and Sidewalk Improvements

The Town and NC Department of Transportation will be making multiple improvements to Downtown Chapel Hill streets starting later this month.

DOWNTOWN CHAPEL HILLImprovements are coming to streets in the west end of Downtown Chapel Hill.

Sidewalk Repairs on W. Franklin Street – COMPLETE!

Minor sidewalk repairs are complete at 452 and 462 W. Franklin St. The repairs included leveling areas where trees have fallen in recent years and installing cement pavers.

N. Graham Street and N. Roberson Street streetscape improvements – COMING LATE MAY

The Town will be building new or replacing existing sidewalks, amenity strips, retaining walls, curb and gutter on the 100 blocks of both N. Graham Street and N. Roberson Street. The project will start in late May and last four to six months. More information on this project can be found on the Town’s website here.

W. Franklin Street resurfacing and restriping – POSTPONED to Summer 2021

The NC Department of Transportation must delay this project due to funding challenges caused by COVID-19. The resurfacing and restriping is now anticipated to occur in Summer 2021. More information about the restriping designs can be found on the Town’s website here.

For more information on the improvements, please see updates to the Town’s Getting Around webpage.

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The Town is part of a Downtown ecosystem, taking the lead role on planning and development, infrastructure and access, and a catalyzing role in variety and vibrancy. Below is an extensive list of all the projects Town staff have or are pursuing to create a canvas for activation:

Infrastructure & Access
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