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Downtown Investments

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The continual reimagining and improvement of Downtown is a Town Council priority. Below are Town initiatives that contribute to the vibrancy, infrastructure and community of Downtown Chapel Hill:

Initiative Description
Downtown Work Plan Specific projects underway.
Affordable Housing  Council initiative to adopt and support affordable housing programs. 
Bolin Creek / Tanyard Branch Trail Expansion The Bolin Creek trail expansion will connect to the Tanyard Branch trail and result in a connection between the Community Center on Estes Drive, the Northside Neighborhood and Downtown.
Capital Projects Numerous capital projects are underway in and around Downtown including Bolin Creek Trail Phase III, Hargraves Community Center, Rosemary Street Project, Streetscape, and Tanyard Branch Trail. Updates on all Town capital projects can be found here and a map of all development projects can be found here.
Commercial Development Strategy The CDS is an effort led by the Council Committee on Economic Sustainability to address retail development and job creation for Chapel Hill.
Downtown Art Program Public and cultural arts projects that are enlivening the Downtown experience.
Downtown Streetscape The $3 million Streets and Sidewalks bond earmarked for Downtown streetscape improvements.
Economic Development Promoting jobs and entrepreneurship in Downtown through and LaUNCh Chapel Hill.
Northside and Pine Knolls Community Plan Town partnership with representatives of the Sustaining OurSelves coalition to jointly create a process to develop a plan to respond to the issues brought forward by the community.
Northside Neighborhood Initiative  A network of powerful partnerships and investment related to this historically African American community adjacent to Downtown.
 Town Task Forces The Historic Town Hall Task Force and Town Properties Task Force have recently concluded studies of key Downtown properties.

Downtown Map in JPEG format

Used with permission from the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. 

For more information on improvements in Downtown, contact Sarah Poulton at


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