Lot 5

Lot 5 drawings available to the public... in the Mayors Office

The Town of Chapel Hill now has some drawings that visualize the plans for the high-rise mixed-use development they are constructing downtown on parking lot #5, known as the Downtown Economic Development Initiative. In my opinion, this is a visionary project that has suffered from not having enough public input at the right times.

So how does the Town make this critical information available to the public? Oh, it's "on display" down at Town Hall. So those of you who work downtown or have a lot of free time during the day can stroll down to the Mayor's office and check it out. The rest of us will have to make due with looking at photos of the plans on the N&O and Herald web sites.

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 (http://www.chapelhillarts.org/programs_percent_curr_5.php)

· Mikyoung Kim


· Ram Development Company


· Town of Chapel Hill, Downtown Economic Development Initiative (http://townhall.townofchapelhill.org/projects/dedi)


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


C.H. Public Library

Chapel Hill speaks out on the Downtown Development Initiative.

The Chapel Town Council has a big meeting tonight. I meant to blog about it in advance, but since I didn't I will start this thread and hope to post live comments as it goes along.

Here's the agenda. I'll stick with this at least through the Public Forum on the Downtown Development Initiative.

An urban downtown

Are we ready? As a lover of urban spaces, I must say I am pretty excited about the proposals brewing for downtown Chapel Hill and Carrboro. (I have linked to respective towns' websites who have pretty good information, and maps!)


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