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News & Meetings for Downtown Community

October News & Meetings: For Merchants & Property Owners
October Events: Tar Heel Downtown, Bike Plan, Halloween, & More
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October is packed with events and meetings that have a direct impact on the future of our downtown community. I hope you'll join us to learn more.  If you have questions contact Meg McGurk, Executive Director, at 919-967-9440 or
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Tar Heel Downtown Event on Franklin Street
Tar Heel Downtown will take place on Thursday, October 17 from 4 pm to 7 pm on the block of 100 West Franklin Street. The street will be closed from Columbia Street to Mallette Street and filled with family-friendly activities before the UNC vs Miami football game. For complete event information visit:
Chapel Hill Bike Plan: Needs Downtown Business Input!
Interested in Chapel Hill's plans to create a more connected, bikeable community and what that will mean for our downtown? You'll want to participate in "Bike to the Future 2," the release event for the Town's draft Bike Plan on Thursday, October 24 at  pm at the Chapel Hill Public Library, 100 Library Drive. Community members are welcome to review the draft plan and its recommendations.  


Rosemary Imagined Meeting

Join other downtown business and property owners for the Rosemary Imagined input session on Tuesday, October 29, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Hargraves Community Center (216 Roberson Street, Chapel Hill). Rosemary Imagined is an innovative community-led planning initiative that will refine our thinking of how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. 



Halloween Information for Businesses
Halloween is on Thursday, October 31st. Homegrown Halloween, in its sixth year, is the shared effort among the Town, University and downtown businesses to keep Halloween on Franklin Street as a community gathering with enjoyable, safer crowd sizes. Complete details about the evenings operations.
Downtown Chapel Hill & Carrboro Holiday Parade Information
The parade will be on Saturday, December 14 from 10 am to 12 pm, starting out of Morehead Planetarium on East Franklin Street and ending at Town Hall in Carrboro on Main Street. Businesses can create a float or sponsor a float as a promotion. Deadline for entries is November 21.   
Look Before You Lease Program: 
Look Before You Lease is a service offered by the 
Town of Chapel Hill's Fire & Inspections 
departments. They will do a walk-through with you of the space you are considering leasing. They will conduct an eyes-only inspection; informing you of potential issues to consider about the space BEFORE you lease or even buy it. To schedule a walk-through call the Inspections Department at 919-968-2718. 
Keeping You Informed of Downtown News
At the Downtown Partnership we work to constantly improve our systems of communicating with all of our partners and the general community. Recently we created a new page on our website dedicated to keeping our downtown community informed of news, events, and more:
  • Calendar of relevant community meetings
  • Dedicated blog for downtown community
  • Programs & services we offer businesses
  • Available Property - for lease & sale
  • Economic studies and data
  • How to Open a Business in Downtown Chapel Hill Guide

Who else at your business should be on our email distribution list - manager, shift supervisor, property managers? Make sure they are staying informed of downtown news too. Send us their contact information.

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The Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership is working to bring the resources of the Town, University and downtown community together to maintain, enhance and promote downtown as the social, cultural, and spiritual center of Chapel Hill through economic development.