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Lloyd Farm: What Happens When You Let a Grocery Store Chain Do Urban Design

Lloyd Farm: What Happens When You Let a Grocery Store Chain Do Urban Design

After several years of hearing suggestions for improvements from adjacent neighborhoods, elected officials, advisory boards and citizens from all over Carrboro, the folks at Argus Development have submitted plans for what they have always wanted to build here – a grocery-anchored strip mall.  I first wrote about this project in 2014, nearly 18 months ago, and have talked to many Carrboro residents about it since. Very, very little about the proposal has changed and its … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Auto Traffic, Carrboro, Economic Development, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Street Design, Walking

Carrboro Advisory Boards Should Push For Gathering Space at Lloyd Farm

Carrboro Advisory Boards Should Push For Gathering Space at Lloyd Farm

Tonight, at 7:30 pm in Town Hall, the various Carrboro Town Advisory Boards will meet to review the Lloyd Farm rezoning proposal before it goes to the Carrboro Board of Aldermen later in June. This site represents a significant opportunity to do something compelling or make a lasting mistake for Carrboro. All in all, Lloyd Farm is a mildly better than average suburban strip mall concept with a bunch of single story buildings surrounding a large … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Biking, Carrboro, Density, Economic Development, Parking, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Public Transit, Street Design

Chapel Hill News Describes Very Typical Carrboro Infill Project as “Unusual Density”

Chapel Hill News Describes Very Typical Carrboro Infill Project as “Unusual Density”

There are a few rezoning hearings coming up at the Carrboro Board of Aldermen meetings in June. One of them is a project called Inara Court, slated for 102 to 104 Fidelity St, which is right behind the O2 Fitness property, on the same side of Fidelity Street. I am very familiar with the area as I previously lived at two different addresses on Fidelity. CH News Reporter Jean Bolduc’s description of the project in the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Carrboro, Data, Density, Economic Development, Local Media

ArtsCenter-Kidzu Building: A Compelling Idea That Needs Some Work Before Going Forward

ArtsCenter-Kidzu Building: A Compelling Idea That Needs Some Work Before Going Forward

The Short Take: The Town of Carrboro has been approached by two cherished local non-profits (Kidzu and The ArtsCenter) with a proposal to build a new “Carrboro Arts and Innovation Center” (CAIC) involving town funds from a not-presently-existent revenue stream.  The proposal has several issues that should discourage the Town from moving forward until these challenges can be resolved or greatly improved upon.  These issues are exacerbated by a lack of public policy guidance documents, … Read entire article »

Filed under: Architecture, Art, Auto Traffic, Biking, Economic Development, Music, Parking, Pricing, Street Design

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

Lloyd Farm Development: Can We Avoid a Missed Opportunity?

One of the more significant development projects in recent Carrboro history may reach the Board of Aldermen soon- the Lloyd Farm property.  Located across NC 54 from Carrboro Plaza and just west of the Carrboro Post Office, this is one of the largest contiguous areas of mostly undeveloped land left in Carrboro. Here’s the location in question: On September 11th I attended a meeting on the project at Town Hall.  Late that night, I forwarded some … Read entire article »

Filed under: Affordable Housing, Asheville, Auto Traffic, Biking, Carrboro, Children, Data, Density, Durham, Economic Development, Featured, Huntersville (NC), Parking, Philadelphia, Piazzas, Plazas, Parks and Squares, Raleigh, Walking

A Few Things to Think About When Planning for Downtown ACCESS, Including Parking

A Few Things to Think About When Planning for Downtown ACCESS, Including Parking

The Carrboro Board of Aldermen has pledged to take up downtown parking as one of their major issues to work on in 2014. Before they kick off this effort, I’d like to offer a few thoughts on how to frame this issue in a way that leads to a larger toolbox of potential solutions to get more people and wallets downtown. Why is Getting Parking Right in Downtown Carrboro Critical? Carrboro values local businesses and a local … Read entire article »

Filed under: Biking, Carrboro, Economic Development, Parking, Public Transit, Walking

Interim County Manager Recommends Downtown Carrboro Location for Southern Orange County Library Site to Move Forward

Interim County Manager Recommends Downtown Carrboro Location for Southern Orange County Library Site to Move Forward

For anyone who has been following the discussion of where the Southern Orange County Library will be located, the County Commissioners will pick up the discussion thread again on Tuesday evening, November 5th.  The library discussion is Item 7 in the 468-page PDF (55 MB!) agenda, and begins on page 369.  The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. at the Central Orange Senior Center, located at 103 Meadowland Drive in Hillsborough. At this point in … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Economic Development, Libraries, Orange County

Weaver Street Market GM Responds to Panzanella Closing Post

Weaver Street Market GM Responds to Panzanella Closing Post

A few days after my recent post on the decision to close Panzanella restaurant in Carrboro, I received the following reply from Weaver Street Market General Manager Ruffin Slater.  I have reproduced it below in full, without any editing, with his permission. Dear Patrick, Thanks for your email. I appreciate you sharing how much Panzanella has meant to you and your disappointment over the decision to close. The Weaver Street board creates the policies that govern the … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Culture, Economic Development, Food, Reader Mailbag

On Panzanella Closing and The Responsibility of Community-Owned Businesses

On Panzanella Closing and The Responsibility of Community-Owned Businesses

  Late this afternoon, via social media linked to a News and Observer article, came the gut punch news that beloved local restaurant Panzanella is closing.  On a personal level, this is just very, very sad.  Since DW and I got married over a decade ago, we have celebrated all sorts of major life events, and perhaps most of them– graduations, birthdays, wedding anniversaries, rare visits from cherished friends, you name it – at Panzanella.  With … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Culture, Economic Development, Food

Town of Cary Pursues New Downtown Library with Wake County’s Help

Town of Cary Pursues New Downtown Library with Wake County’s Help

While this blog’s primary focus is Carrboro, I think it is important to stand up and clap for what looks like a good decision in the making a few miles to our east in Cary. Specifically, the town is working cooperatively with Wake County to put the next iteration of their library in their downtown, and multiple town council members seem to understand the benefits of integrating the library with a broader set of community … Read entire article »

Filed under: Carrboro, Cary, Economic Development, Libraries, Orange County