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Traffic Update: Happenings Around Village Plaza

Post Date:02/13/2015 1:32 PM

PHOTO Village Plaza 
 PHOTO Red Hot and Blue Building

The building that housed the old Red Hot and Blue Restaurant will be demolished

PHOTO Village Plaza Parking Lot

The parking lot that is adjacent to the Village Plaza retail center is scheduled to close.

Attention motorists, bus riders and organic produce shoppers! Changes to parking and traffic patterns will begin this month around the Village Plaza retail center that is anchored by a Whole Foods grocery store off East Franklin Street.

Regency Centers owns and manages the retail center, which lies within the Town’s new Ephesus-Fordham District. The Town of Chapel Hill approved on Jan. 8 the district’s first development, Village Plaza Apartments, which will be constructed on a three-acre site on South Elliott Road adjacent to the retail center.

Construction in this area will occur in phases. The Town of Chapel Hill, Regency Centers, and East-West Partners, the developer of the Village Plaza Apartments, have been working together for more than a year to provide temporary parking during construction and road improvements.

In the first phase set to begin on Monday, Feb. 16, a construction fence will surround the Village Plaza Apartments site. This site is currently a parking lot roughly located between the ABC Store and the old Red Hot and Blue Restaurant – adjacent to the retail center housing Whole Foods.

Next, the former Red Hot and Blue restaurant will be demolished. The demolition is expected to take a week to 10 days, and the area will be prepared to provide about 40 temporary parking spaces in four to six weeks. These parking spaces will remain in place until the new the parking garage planned for the Village Plaza Apartments is complete. Eighteen months after the garage is open, Regency Centers has plans to begin the process of building a new 4,000 square foot building on the former restaurant site that meets the Town’s new development regulations.

In other transportation changes to the area, a new private road will be built between the Village Plaza retail center and the Village Plaza Apartments. This road will access the parking garage and provide a wider two-way access to connect with the existing road on the west side of Elliott Road and a new road at the rear of the building. This design is intended to improve the area for cyclists and pedestrians, as there will be new sidewalks, bike lanes and bike sharrows. An existing greenway trail will be relocated, and improved.

Future Road Improvements

To encourage reinvestment in properties within the Ephesus-Fordham District, the Town plans to invest about $8.8 million in transportation improvements. Town staff recently received confirmation that the NC Department of Transportation will pay up to $2.17 million toward the road projects. The improvements will offer more choices by expanding connectivity, so there isn’t just one way to go somewhere. The district will include pedestrian crossings and bike lanes, as well as amenity spaces, greenways and trails.

Transportation improvements are as follows:

  • Extension of Elliott Road across Fordham Boulevard
  • Fordham Boulevard at Superstreet Intersection
  • Realignment of Ephesus Church Road to Elliott Road extension
  • Extension of Legion Road to Fordham Boulevard
  • Roundabout at the future intersection of Ephesus Church Road and the Elliott Road Extension
  • Provision of bikelanes along Elliott Road and the proposed Elliott Road Extension
  • Relocation and upgrading of greenway along Booker Creek

Access Improvements

  • Disconnect southern leg of western service road at Ephesus Church Road
  • Consolidate number of parking aisles on Ephesus Church Road going through Eastgate Mall
  • Limit Ram’s Plaza and car dealership entrance on Ephesus Church Road to right in and right out

Connectivity Improvements

  • New road behind Staples and Village Plaza connecting to Elliott Road
  • New internal roads in Rams Plaza
  • New road by Hampton Inn connecting to Legion Road
  • New road connecting Legion Road extension to realigned Elliott extension-Ephesus Church Road

To access more details about the transportation projects, including maps and plans, visit

Tips for Shoppers at the Village Plaza Retail Center and Surroundings

Finding Parking – Be aware that parking will be reduced, especially during the six week period Feb. 16 to April 1. Some designated parking will be made available to employees working at Village Plaza. Be aware that Village Plaza reserves the right to tow individuals who leave the property without their vehicles. Please abide by the parking signage located throughout the property to avoid being towed.

Contacting the Property Managers at Village Plaza Contact Regency Centers at 919-831-4900

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