Opportunity Statement: The Town purchased the 36-acre American Legion Post 6 property in March of 2017. A consultant engaged by the Town is leading a public engagement process to produce conceptual options for future use of the property that reflect the community’s interests. The Task Force is a body representative of the community that can offer feedback on the work done by the consultant and assist with finalizing reports for Council consideration. The Task Force can also advise on next steps in the overall planning process. This contribution is needed to help the Town achieve Council Goals and determine the most fitting and appropriate uses of the American Legion Property.
Goal: The American Legion Task Force will participate in the public engagement process and work with the project consultant to develop future land use recommendations for the American Legion property, along with next steps in the planning process, that uphold the Council’s Guiding Principles for development of the property.
Task Force Recommendations
Second Session A report on the work of the American Legion Task Force in fall 2017 and the findings of a public survey will be presented to Town Council on November 29, 2017.
Recommendations found in the report include principles for development of the property, along with future considerations. The Task Force presented its recommendations to the Town Council on June 26, 2017.
The report included a recommendation for the Task Force to continue its work in the fall of 2017, with a focus on developing criteria for evaluating uses and partnerships. A follow-up Report to Council is anticipated in November 2017.
On March 31, 2017, the Town of Chapel Hill closed on the purchase of the 36.2-acre American Legion Post 6 property on Legion Road. Town Council has initiated a public engagement process to learn about the community’s interests for the future of the property.The American Legion Task Force has been established to represent a spectrum of viewpoints in considering possible future uses.
In June 2015, the Town Council considered an option to purchase the American Legion Property for $10 million, and declined because of cost. To inform consideration of anticipated development proposals, on March 16, 2016, the Town Council held a work session to hear community interests on the property and to express Council interests for its future. Guiding principles for any future development were subsequently adopted on June 20, 2016. An applicant then submitted a concept plan for a multifamily and office development in the summer of 2016. The Council reviewed and provided comment on that plan at their meeting on September 19, 2016.
As an outcome of continued discussion, the Town Council authorized the Town Manager to sign a contract to purchase the American Legion Property on December 5, 2016. The purchase price was $7.9 million to be paid in installments. Council further resolved that the property should be used for a mix of public and private purposes.
The public engagement process to determine future land uses was initiated in March of 2017. Town Council endorsed the schedule and the selection of a consultant to facilitate the process on March 6, 2017. The charge and composition of the American Legion Task Force was subsequently approved on March 13, 2017.
A community charrette was held on April 8, 2017 to gather input from the public. At their first meeting, the Task Force reviewed the public input received along with concept sketches developed at the charrette. The Task Force report and recommendations were presented to Town Council on June 26, 2017. One Task Force recommendation was for the group to reconvene in the fall and continue the discussion around priority land uses and the criteria for evaluating partnerships.
Task Force Meetings
Task Force meetings are open to the public and each meeting allows time for public comment. Please see the schedule below. Agendas will be posted on this page as well as on the Town Calendar a few days prior to each meeting. Action notes, minutes and meeting materials also will be posted on this page.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017, 2:00 p.m., Chapel Hill Public Library - Meeting Room C