Friends of Downtown

Friends of the Downtown Candidates Forum


Thursday, August 25, 2011 - 10:00am to 12:00pm


The Franklin Hotel

Friends of the Downtown monthly meeting

Friends of the Downtown Meeting
Thursday, July 29, 2010
10:00 AM, coffee starting at 9:30 AM
Franklin Hotel, 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill
The Friends of the Downtown will be hosting Dan Douglas, Director of Urban Planning and Urban Design for Kling Stubbins, the consulting firm hired by the Town of Chapel Hill and the Downtown Partnership to develop the Downtown Development Framework & Action Plan; a guide for downtown development for the next five to eight years. ( Douglas will present the draft plan for public comments and questions.
The Friends of the Downtown August 26th meeting will feature a speaker discussing the future development at University Square; 123 West Franklin (
Parking is available behind the hotel. For information on public transit options - please click here  Friends of the Downtown meetings are free and open to the public. 
For more information please contact Pat Evans at patevans (at)


Thursday, July 29, 2010 - 5:30am


Franklin Hotel, 311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

Friends of Downtown Candidate Forum

From a Downtown Partnership e-mail:

Downtown Candidate's Forum!
Thursday, September 24People on Bench
9:00 am to 12:00 pm
University Presbyterian Church, Fellowship Hall
With the election season in full swing in Chapel Hill, many of the candidates for Mayor and Town Council have picked Downtown Chapel Hill as a key component of their campaign platforms. Join the Friends of the Downtown for a Candidate's Forum where caandidates will be discussing what they believe are the most important issues for downtown. There will be time for the audience to ask questions. Coffee and refreshments will be served. Entrance to the church is at 110 Henderson Street, through the Campus Ministry door. Parking is available in the Wallace Parking Deck on the corner of Henderson Street and Rosemary Street. For more information please contact Pat Evans at



Thursday, September 24, 2009 - 5:00am


First Presbyterian Church Franklin Street, Chapel Hill

I agree with Roger Perry!

In speaking to the Friends of Pat Evans, err, I mean Friends of Downtown, Meadowmont developer and Board of Trustees Chair Roger Perry identified the same problems that I have been talking about in regards to Chapel Hill's downtown.

"You have to treat downtown with deference," Perry said. "You've got to put more money into downtown than into outlying areas." That means more and better lighting and, in the case of one particular area, sidewalks.

"That we don't have sidewalks along Rosemary all the way is nuts," he said. "We're tying an arm behind our backs." [...]

Perry saved his most critical words for the "irresponsible ownership" of some downtown buildings. Without mentioning specific names, he riffed on "absentee owners" who don't act as good stewards of the town or their properties, allowing buildings to slip below fire code standards and otherwise exhibiting no sense of urgency in filling vacancies in prime retail locations.

Friends of Downtown Meeting

Am I the only person who thinks it's funny that they expect the friends of downtown to drive to this meeting?

Friends of Downtown Meeting
Thursday, January 31
10:00 am
The Franklin Hotel
The Franklin Hotel is located at 311 West Franklin Street. Parking is available behind the hotel. Please get a tag for your car from the front desk.


Thursday, January 31, 2008 - 5:00am to 6:00am



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