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: firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership offers matching grants for façade improvements including signage improvements. To apply visit http://www.downtownchapelhill.com/facadegrant
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.
Awning Signs – a sign where graphics are attached to an awning
Canopy Sign – a sign placed at the front edge of a canopy
Projecting Sign – a sign mounted to the wall of a building with a display that projects 12” or more from the structure
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
Sidewalk Signs - Sidewalk signs are allowable downtown
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.
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 email@example.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.
Summer is coming...and Chapel Hill, including downtown, will see major construction and road work projects begin. At times these projects may feel disruptive, but they are infrastructure improvements that will have long-lasting benefits for our community.
Better traffic flow, safer and accessible sidewalks, improved bicycle lanes, and more lighting; are all priorities for our downtown. The road construction projects across Chapel Hill this summer will bring infrastructure benefits valued at more than $6 million, after the dust clears.
Construction in Chapel Hill typically is planned during summer when UNC-Chapel Hill and the public schools are not in session. Projects are coordinated with other agencies to minimize inconveniences to all.
Questions or concerns?
The Town of Chapel Hill has assembled a team to manage the projects and share information helpful to people who walk, bike and drive. Downtown Partnership staff are working closely with the team to keep the downtown community informed.
Town of Chapel Hill Emergency Management Coordinator Barry McLamb at 919-968-2705 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Downtown Partnership at 919-967-9440, Meg McGurk,email@example.com or
Bobby Funk, firstname.lastname@example.org .
Road Construction info for all of Chapel Hill is posted at www.townofchapelhill.org/roadwork
General construction info for all of Chapel Hill is available at townofchapelhill.org/construction
Chapel Hill Transit is the public transportation provider that serves Chapel Hill, Carrboro and UNC- Chapel Hill. For more about road construction impacts to bus routes, visit www.chtransit.org, email email@example.com or call a customer service representative at 919-485-7433.
Traffic News! Signing up to receive updates is easy and free. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.townofchapelhill.org/signup Twitter users can follow the traffic advisories @chapelhillgovand look for #CHtraffic
Rosemary Street Public Improvement Project
Start Date: Mid May 2016
End Date: December 2016
Led by the Town of Chapel Hill, Rosemary Street between Henderson Street and Merritt Mill Road, will get wider sidewalks; improved sidewalk ramps so they meet ADA standards; new pedestrian level light fixtures with LED lights; replaced curb and gutter sections and driveway ramps; and a repaved the street. Improvements include a brick amenity strip with street trees, bike racks, and trash and recycling containers. Funded with $1.6 million in street and sidewalk voter-approved bonds, the improvements are outlined in the Downtown Streetscape Master Plan. The Town has been working to acquire right-of-way or public use easements to connect sidewalks on Rosemary Street.
For complete information and updates on the project CLICK HERE.
Water Pipe Replacement on East Rosemary, Henderson, and Hillsborough Streets
Start Date: Mid May 2016
End Date: Spring 2017
OWASA will be digging trenches in the pavement, installing new pipes, refilling the trench and restoring the pavement, etc. in the work area. Meters serving residents and businesses along the new lines will be connected to the new pipes after they are tested and approved for use. The contractor will work initially on Hillsborough Street, then on Henderson Street and then East Rosemary Street. There will be significant impacts on residents and vehicular traffic. For complete information and updates CLICK HERE.
Fiber Installation: Chapel Hill has been selected as one of the destinations for both AT&T gigabit Internet and Google Fiber. AT&T installation has been occurring since late 2014. Google’s network design is underway. THROUGHOUT 2016 More: http://www.townofchapelhill.org/town-hall/departments-services/communications-and-public-affairs/current-issues/who-is-digging-in-my-yard
AC Marriott Hotel on Rosemary Street
Start Date: Summer 2016
End Date: Fall 2017
OTO Development, LLC will construct a 4-story AC Marriott hotel with 123 guest rooms and 2 levels of below grade parking (112 spaces). The development will comply with the Northside Neighborhood Conservation District regulations, including reduced heights and increased setbacks adjacent to residential properties. The 0.75-acre site is an assemblage of three parcels and located on the north side of W. Rosemary Street between Church Street and Pritchard Avenue, adjacent to La Residence restaurant.The project has a construction budget of $17 million with a duration of 14 months. The General Contractor for the project will be Lend Lease (US) Construction. During construction pedestrian traffic will be re-routed to the South Side of Rosemary Street to maintain pedestrian safety. Traffic markings on Rosemary Street will be modified during the project to maintain 2 way traffic and minimize impacts from construction activities. For development updates CLICK HERE.
Carolina Square Development
Start Date: October 2015
End Date: Fall 2017
Carolina Square, formerly known as University Square, will include one 11-story and two five-story buildings with about 246 apartment units, 159,000 square feet of office space, and 42,000 square feet of retail space. The project will have landscaped green space within an urban park including public art and structured parking decks with 880 total spaces. Granville Towers remain as housing for UNC students. For more information and updates on construction CLICK HERE.
The Downtown Partnership has published their 2016 Annual Report. Read and download below:
The Partnership has just approved their new Agency Plan of Work. Check it out below:
Give your staff the skills to keep your business safe for all.
The Downtown Partnership, Chapel Hill Police Department, and NC ABC Commission have collaborated to offer a comprehensive free training for all servers and sellers of alcohol.
This training will be conducted by the NC ABC Commission and the DMV License and Theft Bureau to help ABC retailers be better prepared to reduce underage drinking. The same materials and information will be presented at two times on:
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
10 am-12 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive
We will have coffee and pastries available for attendees. To RSVP - CLICK HERE.
The training will focus on these areas: