Downtown Economic Development Initiative

Lot 5 Artwork Community Meeting

The Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission invites you to preview the artwork planned for the Lot 5 Downtown Economic Development Project.

Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission

Lot 5 Artwork Community Meeting

5:00 to 6:00 pm

Monday, January 28, 2008

The Chapel Hill Public Library, Downstairs Meeting Room

During the community meeting, highly acclaimed public environmental artist Mikyoung Kim will present the Arts Master Plan and a preliminary art piece for Lot 5. This condominium, retail and parking complex, at the intersections of West Franklin, Church and West Rosemary Streets, is a private development project by Ram Development Company. Ram has committed one percent of this project budget to the artwork.

Kim’s master plan identifies two areas for artwork. She will work within the main plaza of Lot 5, and a second artist will be selected in early February to create art along Rosemary Street. Both projects will highlight the processes of nature through the use of water and light.

For more information about the project, please visit these websites:

· Chapel Hill Public Arts Commission (

· Mikyoung Kim


· Ram Development Company


· Town of Chapel Hill, Downtown Economic Development Initiative (


Monday, January 28, 2008 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm


C.H. Public Library

How to deal with density

I've been thinking a lot about the evolution of our community to a more urban mode of development. I think this is generally a good thing because it allows us to continue to grow without sprawling ever-outward, and also supports more pedestrian-oriented land uses which will build the critical mass needed to support fixed-guideway (rail or dedicated busway) transit. This continued growth (at a moderate pace, of course) is essential to maintain at least a modicum of affordable housing options. We can't just close the gate behind us now that we've got ours.

But of course this doesn't mean that anything big is automatically good. Similar to Carolina North if it's done right urbanization can revolutionize our community. But if done poorly it could ruin many of the things we love about living here. So I have a growing concern that our current planning and development review process is built to manage the suburban-style growth that we have seen for the last couple of decades.


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