Downtown Business Update: Fall 2016

Small Biz Saturday, Post-Halloween Survey & More
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Downtown Update: Fall 2016

Fall is in full swing with lots of exciting things happening downtown!  Many projects are underway bringing major changes to our downtown community, and with the holidays quickly approaching I wanted to give a quick update on some upcoming opportunities for your business to participate in.  

Post-Halloween Survey

Please take a minute to fill out our annual post-halloween survey.  You may have noticed a change in the event area with only East Franklin Street being closed this year.  
Let us know what you think here!

Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is November 26.  Promote your business as the holidays approach and take advantage of this national movement!
More info Here
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Holiday Window Display Contest

Start brainstorming your business's holiday window display now!  We will be coordinating this third annual downtown Holiday Window Display contest starting after Thanksgiving!  Signup info to follow soon.

Get a Facade Grant w/ New Signage Ordinance

This summer Chapel Hill Town Council approved a new Signage Ordinance making several new types of signs allowable as well as making other signs more flexible.  Read about the changes and apply for a grant here!

Tax Revaluation

Orange County is undergoing the revaluation process for all property. Learn what that means for your business and understand the process at the county's tax website.
Also, check out these helpful videos Orange County produced:

Chapel Hill - Carrboro Holiday Parade 


The 2016 Chapel Hill-Carrboro Holiday Parade is on Saturday, December 10, 2015, from 10 am to 12 pm. The parade starts on East Franklin Street, at the Morehead Planetarium and goes all the way to Carrboro's Town Hall. The parade is coordinated and presented by The Raleigh Jaycees. 

The parade is a great opportunity to promote your organization, business, or special event. There are several levels of sponsorship. The deadline for all registration is Nov. 17, 2016. 

Visit www.chapelhillholidayparade.com for more information. Questions can be directed to:chapelhillparade@raleighjaycees.org or call Karen Maxwell 910-728-5835
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Orange Co. Business Grant & Loan Programs

Applications Now Being Accepted! 

Orange County Economic Development Office offers both small and large grants to local businesses. The purpose of the Orange County Business Investment Grant Program is to stimulate successful non-farm business investment, development, and expansion in Orange County

By making grant funds available, the County will be growing its entrepreneurial ecosystem, supporting existing businesses, and early-stage venture growth, in order to increase jobs, opportunities and grow the commercial tax base in Orange County. 


Click here to download the complete grant guidelines (PDF). The next deadline to apply is December 31, 2016 by 5:00 pm.
Additionally, Orange County offers a Small Business Loan Program. It's a revolving loan fund designed to foster small business development and expansion of local companies that may have limited access to conventional financing.

For information, call the Orange County Economic Development office at (919) 245-2327 or visit
http://growinorangenc.com/

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Rosemary Street Improvement Project: NIGHT WORK

Night Work Scheduled for Mon, Oct. 24 into Thurs, Oct. 27.

Street milling, utility adjustments, patching and resurfacing of Rosemary Street from Henderson Street to North Merritt Mill Road will begin in the evening Monday, Oct. 24, and is scheduled to conclude Dec. 1, weather permitting.

Two-way traffic will be maintained throughout the project. Signs will be in place to alert people who drive of the road conditions (rough road) and traffic patterns (lane shifts), and flaggers will provide direction where necessary; people who drive should expect delays. Sidewalks will remain open during the project; the Town encourages people who walk, bike, and roll to use caution in the construction zone.

Night work (7 p.m. to 7 a.m.) will take place Monday, Oct. 24 through the morning of Thursday, Oct. 27. This work will consist of milling the existing roadway. On Monday night the eastbound lane and part of the center lane will be milled beginning at the Carrboro Town limit traveling east. On Tuesday night the westbound lane and part of the center lane will be milled beginning at Henderson Street traveling west. On Wednesday night the remaining section of the center lane will be milled.

The contractor has indicated that the majority of the remaining work will occur from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Some additional night work may be necessary, including from Henderson Street through the intersection of Rosemary and North Columbia streets. Due to the busy nature of this section of road, overnight work may be necessary. Timing of night work will be updated on the Town’s website at townofchapelhill.org/roadwork and on the Town’s social media. The contract allows work at any time (including nighttime) with the stipulation that no work occur on Sundays, Halloween, holidays, and UNC home football and men’s basketball games.

Chapel Hill Transit will detour the weekday and Saturday CW route (Columbia Street to Carrboro via Rosemary Street) to Franklin Street. The A and Saturday JN will follow regular routes during this project.

On-street parking spaces and bike lanes will not be available at times during this project, including a few spaces on Henderson Street. Upon completion, temporary paint will be reinstalled for existing bike lanes, and Town staff will join with stakeholders to conduct a holistic study of the downtown street network.

 

or more information:

Contact the Town of Chapel Hill Public Works Department at
919-969-5100 or publicworks@townofchapelhill.org

Looking for more Traffic News? Visit townofchapelhill.org/traffic.

The Rosemary Street Improvement Project -- funded with $1.6 million in street and sidewalk voter-approved bonds -- widens sidewalks; improves sidewalk ramps so they meet ADA standards; installs new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; replaces curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; and repaves the street.

For more information on this project, please visit the Rosemary Street section of  www.townofchapelhill.org/roadwork.

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Rosemary St. Improvement Project: What's Next?

Rosemary Street Improvement Project Update

The Town of Chapel Hill's Rosemary Street Public Improvement Project is on schedule and substantially complete for the curb and gutter, driveway, and sidewalk construction.  
  • The remaining work; including the brick work between the sidewalk and the curb, punch list items, and the retaining wall and sidewalk in front of Parking Lot #2 (East Rosemary Street & Columbia Street), is anticipated to be completed by November 1, 2016.
     
  • Duke Energy has begun installing the new street and pedestrian lights and is expected to complete the installation by the end of 2016.
     
  • Street patching, milling and resurfacing is tentatively scheduled to start later this week.  While the schedule is being finalized at this time, the contractor has indicated that the work will occur during daylight hours. However, the contract permits work at any time (including nighttime) with the stipulation that no work occur on Sundays, Halloween, holidays, and UNC home football and men’s basketball games. The work is anticipated to be completed by December 1st, however, the nature of this work is weather dependent. 

 Frequently Asked Questions:

How will the road be striped after repaving?  Will the Town complete the bike lanes along Rosemary Street?  
  • Following resurfacing, the Town will use temporary paint (lifespan of 12-24 months) to reinstall pavement markings for existing bike lanes and turn lanes on West Rosemary Street. As the Town seeks to improve its downtown bicycle amenities, staff and stakeholders will undertake a holistic study of the downtown street network to foster a conversation about the tradeoffs that are needed to maintain or improve circulation and mobility, including removal or reconfiguration of vehicle lanes, turning lanes, on-street parking and transit stops.  The Town understands that Rosemary Street was identified as the “low hanging fruit” in the bicycle plan and will continue to prioritize the completion of that corridor.
Will there be audible pedestrian crossing signals installed as a part of this project?  
  • Yes.  Audible pedestrian crossing signals will be installed at Rosemary and Henderson and Rosemary and Columbia streets. Further installation will be considered along West Rosemary Street after the completion of the AC Hotel. 
When will the new trees be planted?  
  • New trees will be planted later this fall or early spring.          

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For more information 
please contact:


Rae Buckley
Town of Chapel Hill
919-969-5007

rbuckley@townofchapelhill.org 

Meg McGurk
Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership
 
919-967-9440 
meg@downtownchapelhill.com.
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Have Face Time with the Chamber & the Downtown Partnership!

 

Have Face Time with CHDP & the Chamber!

Face Time with the Chamber & CHDP
Thursday, October 6
5:30-7:30 p.m.
at The Franklin Hotel
311 W. Franklin Street
 
Join the
Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce and the  Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership in the heart of Chapel Hill on the second floor of The Franklin Hotel for an evening of networking!

Food and beverage will be provided by The Franklin Hotel.

This is the Chamber's monthly networking event; free for Chamber members, $5 for non-members.  As The Downtown Partnership is the featured partner this month - the event is also free for employees of downtown businesses and organizations, and property owners.  

You'll also have an opportunity to connect with representatives from
TABLE NC, the Non-Profit Spotlight. Learn more about their efforts to provide healthy, emergency food aid to hungry children in Chapel Hill and Carrboro. All proceeds from non-member fee will benefit TABLE NC.

For parking downtown, visit
www.parkonthehill.com.

For more information contact Meg McGurk, Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership, at
 919-967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com.

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CHDP staff attended the Chamber's Inter-City Visit to Boulder, CO recently. Come talk to us about what we learned! 
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Downtown Merchants Halloween Meeting 2016

Halloween Merchants Meeting

Wednesday, Oct 5
3:00pm - Chapel Hill Court House
179 East Franklin Street
Halloween is on Monday, October 31st. Join us for a meeting to discuss safety measures that will be in place for our downtown community on Halloween night. This meeting is for owners, managers and other designated staff of downtown restaurants, bars, convenience stores, and retail establishments. The meeting will be held on:

 

Wednesday, October 5 at 3:00 pm


Chapel Hill Court House
179 East Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

At this meeting we'll have an opportunity to discuss safety measures, logistical information that will be in place that night, and answer your questions.

The Chapel Hill Fire Department will also be at the meeting to share information on how to avoid over occupancy, potential fire hazards like prohibited décor, and other issues you should be aware of for your business.

It is through this partnership every year that Halloween nights have been so successful and we appreciate the ongoing dialogue with each of you to make sure that this year's event is safe, too.

If you have any questions before the meeting please contact Officer Phil Smith 919-968-2864 or psmith@townofchapelhill.org.

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Tar Heel Downtown is Coming in September, Here's What You Need to Know

Info about Tar Heel Downtown - Sept 16
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Tar Heel Downtown Event Info

As a downtown business or resident located near 140 West we want to make sure you are aware of Tar Heel Downtown happening in September.  Now in its 4th year, Tar Heel Downtown is pep rally where students, alumni and residents gather Downtown to celebrate UNC Football.  

This year's event will be held Friday, September 16 - 6:00-9:00pm the night before the home opening football game against James Madison University.  The celebration will center around 140 West Plaza on the corner of Church and West Franklin St.
 

What to Expect



Street Closures

  • Church Street Closure - between West Franklin & West Rosemary St - noon - midnight
  • Brief Rolling Closure of West Franklin Street - between Columbia & Mallette St - 7:00 - 7:30pm 

Load-in

Load-in will begin at noon on the 16th.  


Live Music

Music and entertainment will be between 6:00 and 9:00pm


Load-Out

Stage disassembly and production strike will begin at 9:00pm with Church Street reopening by midnight


Downtown Business Ticket Discount


As a thank you for your support UNC Athletics is offering a special discount for the September 17 game.  Find tickets from $10-15 HERE
 

If you have other questions about Tar Heel Downtown contact:

Bobby Funk - bobby@downtownchapelhill.com
Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership

Amanda Fletcher - afletcher@townofchapelhill.org
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation
 

www.tarheeldowntown.com

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Summer In Chapel Hill: News & Updates

Summer In Chapel Hill: News & Updates

Rosemary Street Improvement Project: Streetscape work is in full-force right now bringing wider, safer sidewalks and new lighting. Crews continue to work daily transforming downtown for the better! Read More

Downtown Chapel Hill 2020 Work Plan: The Chapel Hill Town Council adopted the plan in June. Thank you to our many downtown champions who supported and contributed to the plan! Exciting elements include improving parking, wayfinding signage, pedestrian crossings; and attracting business and entrepreneurial activity.  Read More

Changes to Signage Text in Land Use Management Ordinance: Also in June, the Chapel Hill Town Council approved revisions bringing many business-friendly changes to allowable signs downtown. We’ve created a Quick Guide to Signage Downtown. We offer a matching grant for façade improvements and signs - apply online.  

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More Downtown News:
Contact Us:
Meg McGurk, Executive Director,
meg@downtownchapelhill.com
Bobby Funk, Assistant Director, bobby@downtownchapelhill.com
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Downtown Chapel Hill Sign Ordinance Quick Reference

In June 2016 the Chapel Hill Town Council approved a revision to the Town’s Sign Ordinance bringing many changes to the allowable signs in Chapel Hill. 

This guide should act as a quick resource to answer common questions about Chapel Hill’s Sign Ordinance.  This is not the full ordinance, and as of 7/1/16 the new ordinance has not been uploaded to Municode.  For now refer the agenda packet found at http://bit.ly/29aOL2A .  This contains the full language of the new ordinance. Remember, any sign installed in Chapel Hill must be permitted.  Click Here to get information about acquiring your sign permit.

The information in this guide is designed to give guidance for businesses in Downtown Chapel Hill (also known as TC-1,2 or 3).  Signage rules are slightly different for different zoning areas.  For design guidance for downtown businesses are welcome to contact Bobby Funk with the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership (919-967-9440: bobby@downtownchapelhill.com)

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership offers matching grants for façade improvements including signage improvements.  To apply visit http://www.downtownchapelhill.com/facadegrant

Five Things to Know about the New Sign Ordinance

  1. You may allocate up to 5% of your façade area for signage
  2. Wall signs may now be installed up to 54’ above the sidewalk
  3. Your sign allocation is no longer cut in half if it is internally lit
  4. Unified sign plans are no longer required for businesses on the same piece of property downtown 
  5. Graphics and logos on signs are no longer required to be registered with the State of North Carolina (artistic treatments where graphics don't specifically reference commercial information are not regulated and generally don't require permits)

General Signage Rules

You may use up to 5% of your façade area for signage.  The signage types that count toward your 5% allocation are Wall Signs, Awning Signs, Canopy Signs, and Projecting Signs:

Wall Signs – any sign attached or painted to the wall or window of a building.

  • Wall signs can be placed up to 54’ above the sidewalk. 
  • Signage in windows may take up no more than 15% of the area of the window
  • Max size for an individual wall sign is 250sqft (only applicable if 5% of façade area is greater than 250sqft)

Wall Sign

Awning Signs – a sign where graphics are attached to an awning

  • Not allowed above the ground story
  • Awnings must clear 8’ above the sidewalk
  • Messages can only be 12” tall
  • Width of the signage can’t be wider than 75% of the awning width
  • Text may be placed on the front, side or slant of an awning 

Awning Sign

Canopy Sign – a sign placed at the front edge of a canopy

  • Must not extend outside the overall length or width of the canopy, however, may extend above or below the canopy, provided the clear height is met.
  •  May be externally or internally illuminated
  • Messages can only be 24” tall
  • Width of the signage can’t be wider than 75% of the canopy width
  • Canopies must clear 10’ above the sidewalk
  • A maximum of 1 sign is permitted per canopy

Canopy Sign

Projecting Sign – a sign mounted to the wall of a building with a display that projects 12” or more from the structure

  • May be erected on a building corner when the building corner adjoins the intersection of two streets. Allocation of sign area from both frontages may be used for a corner projecting sign, provided it does not exceed the allowed height and width.
  • No portion may extend above the roof line or above a parapet wall of a building with a at roof. No portion may extend above the lower eave line of a building with a pitched roof.
  • On buildings 5+ stories, the projecting sign must be located below the window sills of the 5th story.
  • May be externally or internally illuminated (For internally illuminated signs, the background must be opaque or a substantially darker color than the sign message)
  • Height
    • Mounted below 2nd Floor:
    • Mounted between 2nd and 3rd Floor:
    • Mounted between 3rd and 4th Floor:
    • Mounted between 4th and 5th Floor: 16’
  • Max Width: 4’
  • Max Depth: 1’
  • Projecting signs must clear 10’ above the sidewalk

Projecting Sign

Projecting Sign


In addition to each of the sign types above, each downtown business may install a Shingle Sign if they wish.  A Shingle sign does not count toward your 5% façade area calculation.

Single Sign – A small projecting sign that hangs from a bracket or support and is located over or near a building entrance

  • Must be located within 5’ of an accessible building entrance
  • Hanging bracket must be an integral part of design
  • Must be located below the window sills of the 2nd story of a multi-story building or below the roof line of a 1-story building
  • May be externally or internally illuminated
  • Max height: 3’
  • Max width: 3’
  • Shingle signs must be located at least 25 feet from any other shingle sign or projecting sign

Shingle Sign

Sidewalk Signs - Sidewalk signs are allowable downtown

  • Max height
  • Max width
  • There may be no more than 1 sidewalk sign per
  • Sidewalk signs must not obstruct vehicular, bicycle or pedestrian traffic and must comply with ADA clearance and accessibility[
  • Signs must be removed and placed indoors at close of business each day

Other Details

For information about illumination, sign measurement, and other allowable sign types refer to the full ordinance found in the link at the top of this document. 

Target & Two Retail Tenants at Carolina Square Announced

Cousins Properties and Northwood Ravin Announce Three New Retail Tenants for Carolina Square Development

The concepts further energize the project, blending with the landscape of Franklin Street

 News Release from Cousins Properties, July 7, 2016 — Cousins Properties Incorporated (NYSE: CUZ) and Northwood Ravin announced today the execution of a 21,000-square-foot lease with Target Corp.; a 2,989-square-foot lease with Pieology, a made-to-order pizza restaurant; and a 2,940-square-foot lease with b.good, a farm-to-table fast-food chain, in the Carolina Square development at 123 W. Franklin St. in Chapel Hill, N.C. All three retail locations are scheduled to open in summer 2017.

 “We’re very excited about Target anchoring the retail portion of Carolina Square and how the leasing is progressing,” said Larry Gellerstedt, president and chief executive officer of Cousins. “The addition of Target, Pieology and b.good to the project provides our residents and customers, as well as the surrounding neighborhoods and our UNC community, a unique and highly sought-after offering.”

 Pieology is a made-to-order pizza restaurant featuring house-made crusts, signature sauces and dozens of fresh toppings. Customers can choose to create their own pizza or salad, or choose one of the restaurant’s creations. There are 40 different toppings to choose from, resulting in 13 trillion possible pizza combinations, and the cost comes in at $8 or less for most custom pies. This will be their third location in the Triangle.

 Also joining Carolina Square is the “real” fast-food chain b.good that specializes in local, natural and healthy quick serve food. This farm-to-table restaurant serves kale and grain bowls, seasonal salads, all-natural burgers, all-natural sandwiches, smoothies and more. The chain is also developing its own urban farm in Boston to supply produce to its 32 b.good restaurants, as well as with local community partners. b.good has two other locations in Raleigh, N.C.

 “Our residents will love the ability to go downstairs to Target for all of their necessities, grab a pizza at Pieology or get a healthy meal on-the-go at b.good,” said Jeff Furman, vice president of Northwood Ravin. “They will enjoy living in the heart of Chapel Hill, right in the middle of Franklin Street, and now being that much closer to these three new and exciting concepts.”   

 Currently under construction and on schedule to deliver in the second quarter of 2017, Carolina Square will include approximately 159,000 square feet of office space, 246 luxury apartment units and 43,000 square feet of retail space.

“We are thrilled to welcome new commercial office, retail and dining options at Carolina Square,” said Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger who spoke enthusiastically about having additional options to work, shop and eat within walking distance of downtown residences, campus and local bus service. “Carolina Square is one of several changes that will contribute to a more diverse and vibrant downtown. We appreciate the University and the developer’s efforts to put together a quality project and mix of uses that benefits downtown Chapel Hill.”

The Carolina Square office tower will have unparalleled views of Chapel Hill, as well as great onsite and offsite amenities for employees. Charlie Coyne of CBRE oversees retail leasing while Brad Corsmeier also of CBRE oversees office leasing.

“Carolina Square will serve our students in many ways, not only as a vibrant open door to creativity and the arts with The Core@Carolina space, but also as a space that will serve their basic needs right in the heart of downtown,” said Gordon H. Merklein, executive director of real estate development at the University of North Carolina. “I am looking forward to the addition of Target and other retailers who are specially tailored to provide for the needs of our students."

The 246 luxury apartment units will be kicking off residential leasing this summer 2016. The developers hope to have 100% occupancy by the time residents move in during summer 2017. If interested in leasing, contact the Northwood Ravin team by calling 919.354.3680 or by emailing carolinasquare@nwrliving.com.

About Cousins Properties Incorporated

Cousins Properties Incorporated is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust (REIT).  The Company, based in Atlanta, GA, primarily invests in Class-A office assets located in high growth Sunbelt markets, with a focus on Georgia, Texas and North Carolina. The Company has a comprehensive strategy in place based on a simple platform, trophy assets and opportunistic investments.  For more information, please visit www.cousinsproperties.com.

About Northwood Ravin

Northwood Ravin is a privately held luxury apartment development, construction and property management firm serving the Southeast. The Northwood Ravin team has developed, managed and constructed over 46 luxury apartment communities, each individually designed and crafted for its specific site and submarket. Its current residential portfolio is comprised of 18 projects and 7,552 units across six states in the Southeast representing a gross capitalization of approximately $2 billion. Known for its award-winning sustainable luxury apartments, Northwood Ravin prides itself on careful planning, precise execution and attention to detail. Northwood Ravin develops apartment communities and mixed-use venues with a singular focus: to create communities that foster healthy lifestyles, neighborhood involvement and appealing living environments.

Based in North Carolina with offices in Charlotte, Raleigh, and Tampa, Northwood Ravin has projects from Richmond, Va., to Nashville and Tampa to Dallas. For further information on Northwood Ravin, please visit www.northwoodravin.com.

 

Good Neighbor Initiative: Promotional Opportunity

Promotional Opportunity: Good Neighbor Initiative

The Good Neighbor Initiative encourages university students, living in neighborhoods that surround the downtown, to meet their neighbors and work together to make neighborhoods a place of pride and safety.

Students and year-round residents are given information concerning area services, garbage collection and recycling, local ordinances, alcohol laws and safety information during a neighborhood walk-around.
  
On Tuesday, September 13 the Good Neighbor Initiative will host a Block Party with up to 500 downtown residents at the Hargraves Community Center at 216 N. Roberson Street. The event involves a Community Pride walk around the neighborhood followed by a block party with food, music, and games - free and open to all downtown residents.

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership sponsors the Good Neighbor Initiative along with the Chapel Hill Police Department, the Jackson Center, UNC Office of Student Affairs, UNC Local Relations Office, Town of Chapel Hill, UNC Student Government Association & Carolina Union Activities Board, and Empowerment Inc. 

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To participate or if you have questions, please contact:  

Aaron Bachenheimer  

bachenhe@email.unc.edu 
 919-843-5827
How Businesses Can Participate:
  • Make a monetary contribution to sponsor the Block Party.
  • Contribute a gift certificate or an item for the raffle.
  • Promotions and/or contributions of alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and drug paraphernalia are prohibited 
Benefits to Participating Businesses:
  • Sponsors will be recognized at the event
  • Businesses that support at the $25 level or higher can have a presences at the event with promotional materials
  • Exposure to 500 downtown residents, many of whom will be new residents and potential future patrons. 
  • All donations are tax-deductible. 
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.  Learn more at www.downtownchapelhill.com/about-chdp

Free On-Street Parking on Saturdays in July

Free Saturday On-Street Parking this July!

On-street metered parking will be FREE on Saturdays in Downtown Chapel Hill during the month of July.

How will you know? About 200 parking meters will be bagged! These are all highly visible and desirable parking spaces with convenient access for residents and visitors to shop, dine and enjoy Downtown Chapel Hill.  Remember that the usual two-hour limit for metered parking will be in effect. And parking at Town decks and surface parking lots is not included in the freebie offering. 

Responding to concerns expressed by businesses and other stakeholders about parking availability, the Town of Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership have worked together to design and propose the pilot program.

As always, we encourage all downtown businesses to guide customers to www.parkonthehill.com for the best downtown parking information.  

Have a great weekend!
Bobby

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Promote this Free Parking to your customers! 

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2016 B.A.R.S Trainings

Free B.A.R.S. (Be A Responsible Server) Training

August 8 - October 17 - December 12


What: Chapel Hill Police Dept. will host a free B.A.R.S. Training Session
Where: Chapel Hill Courthouse, 175 E. Franklin St.
When: 7 pm on August 8, October 17, December 12

The training is FREE and you do not have to register. It is open to all employees, managers, and owners of businesses in Chapel Hill. 

The training will familiarize new and veteran employees of ABC outlets with alcohol laws and regulations; specifically covering sales to underage persons, fraudulent identifications, sales to intoxicated persons, and general ABC laws and regulations.  

The training will also include RAISE THE BAR; a bystander intervention training specifically for bar staff, giving them the tools to recognize and intervene when they see warning signs of drug facilitated sexual assault. For more information on Raise the Bar, visit: http://studentwellness.unc.edu/raisethebar

NOW OFFERING B.A.R.S. TRAINING IN YOUR BUSINESS
The Chapel Hill Police Department is now offering the B.A.R.S Training in your business, scheduled at a day and time that works for you!  If your staff scheduling doesn't allow you to make it to the August, October, or December B.A.R.S. Trainings, you can schedule a training for your entire staff at a more convenient time.  
 
If you would like to set up a business-specific B.A.R.S. Training or have questions, contact Officer Mike Mineer of the Chapel Hill Police Department at 919-932-2997 or mmineer@townofchapelhill.org.

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Introducing Elinor Landess

Elinor is the newest member of the Downtown Partnership team, serving as Campus and Community Coalition Director for Alcohol and Substance Abuse Prevention Issues. Look for more information on the work of the Campus and Community Coalition later in the summer. 
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Learn More About the Rosemary Street Improvement Project

Learn More About the Rosemary Street Improvement Project

The Town of Chapel Hill will begin the Rosemary Street Improvement Project this month. It  will make downtown safer and more pleasant for pedestrians.

Rosemary Street, between Henderson Street and Merritt Mill Road, will get wider sidewalks; improved sidewalk ramps to meet ADA standards; new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; replaced curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; and a repaved street. Improvements include a brick amenity strip with street trees, bike racks, and trash and recycling containers.

To  view project plans & photos, and ask questions, join us:
 
Wednesday, May 25, 2016
Drop-in between 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Downtown Partnership Office
308 West Rosemary Street, Suite 202

There will not be a formal presentation; instead the open office hours allows you to drop in for as long or as little as you want. 

If you have questions, please contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com. 

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To learn more about road work in Chapel Hill, visit www.townofchapelhill.org/roadwork

To learn more about construction work in Chapel Hill, visit  townofchapelhill.org/construction 

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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership brings together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.  Learn more at www.downtownchapelhill.com/about-chdp

Feel of Franklin Street: Promotional Opportunity

Promotional Opportunity: Feel of Franklin Street 2016

 
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TO PARTICIPATE:
Please e-mail  thb@unc.edu
by Monday, May 9 with the following information:
  • contact name
  • business
  • mailing address
  • phone number
  • website URL
  • Details of the deal or promotion that you will offer   
QUESTIONS:
Please contact Jenn Mallen, Director
New Student & Carolina Parent Programs,
jlmallen@email.unc.edu
919-962-8304

The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and Office of New Student & Carolina Parent Programs (NSCPP) at UNC have partnered to host THE FEEL OF FRANKLIN STREET during the Week of Welcome (WOW),
August 19 to August 28, 2016. WOW is an annual celebration that takes place at the beginning of the fall semester to welcome more than 4,800 new students and their families as they arrive to UNC and Chapel Hill.
THE FEEL OF FRANKLIN STREET is a week-long promotion that brings students and families into participating restaurants and retail locations downtown to receive free or reduced priced menu items and merchandise. Welcoming them into your business the very first week they arrive in Chapel Hill and on campus, and solidifying them as repeat patrons for years to come!  

Sponsorship Amount: $100

Benefits to Your Business:
  • A free WOW emblem for your store-front window to indicate participation. 
  • Listing in the Tar Heel Beginnings Guide distributed to over 8,000 students living on campus.
  • Increased exposure for your business by reaching more than 17,000 UNC students.
  • Listing on the New Student & Carolina Parent Programs Website (nscpp.unc.edu)
  • Promotion through WOW social media outlets. 
  • Creating a long-term relationship between new students and their families with your business.
Suggestions of Ways to Participate:
  • Create a special WOW menu item at a discounted price. NSCPP can provide you with the WOW logo.
  • Offer merchandise at a reduced price
  • Offer a BOGO - Buy One, Get One Free item
  • Create a window display of Carolina-themed or Carolina blue items offered at a discount
  • In addition to the free or reduced item, make your business inviting to these new students! Hang a Tar Heel flag or Carolina blue balloons outside your business, put a welcome message on your sandwich board on the sidewalk. 
  • Please be considerate of those who may have special dietary needs or customs. 
  • Alcoholic beverages, tobacco products, and drug paraphernalia are prohibited from being a part of this promotion.
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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com.   

Tar Heel 10 Miler Info



 
From the Town of Chapel Hill, 4/20/16: 

The Town of Chapel Hill and the University of North Carolina have worked with Endurance Magazine to again prepare for the 2016 Tar Heel 10 Miler event, which will be held this Saturday, April 23rd.  The event will draw approximately 7000 runners and there will be many road closures and traffic diversions and detours along the course.  

RACE START TIMES:
7:15 AM - 4 Mile Run
7:45 AM - 10 Miler

The Chapel Hill Police Department and UNC's Department of Public Safety will have officers stationed at various intersections to guide motorists and ensure public safety. Motorists are advised to seek alternate routes to avoid delays between 6:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m.  Detailed Traffic Info - CLICK HERE.

All of the impacted areas are expected to be clear and normal traffic will have resumed by 10 a.m. on SaturdayFor more information go to www.tarheel10miler.com or www.endurancemag.com. 

Contact Info:
Rebecca Warriner, Race Director, rebecca@endurancemag.com or 214.564.6654
Amy Charney, Event Director, amy@endurancemag.com or 617.650.5249
 
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 The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership works to bring together the resources of the Town, University and downtown community to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development. Contact Meg McGurk at 919-967-9440 or meg@downtownchapelhill.com.  
 
 
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