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Next meeting:

Downtown 2020 – The Latest! 

April 28 at The Franklin Hotel


Join Rae Buckley, Assistant to the Manager for Organizational and Strategic Initiatives for Chapel Hill, to hear the latest about Downtown 2020, the community vision for the future of our downtown and the action steps to get there.

As a town planner for the last 10 years, Rae has been involved with planning initiatives in Northside, Pine Knolls, Glen Lennox and Greenwood, among others.

Rae is especially interested in getting our feedback. For more information check out the plan online.

This month's meeting will be on the second floor of The Franklin Hotel. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30, with our speaker starting promptly at 10 a.m. You'll also hear the latest downtown Comings, Goings and Rumors!

The Franklin Hotel, second floor
311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
(919) 442-9000
Location and Bus: W Franklin St at Kenan St  

Due to renovation, the hotel's parking lot is closed. There is free parking, as available, only until 12:00 in the lot behind the hotel. Towing will resume at that time. Additional parking:


Downtown Chapel Hill — Where the Town Comes to Life.

The mission of Friends of the Downtown is to develop and promote downtown Chapel Hill as a place for community interaction and economic vitality.





Whimsical views of Downtown Chapel Hill


SCK Design



Elaine O'Neil Textile Collages

Candidate Forum:

Gregg Gerdau  

Remember to Shop Downtown!

Thanks to the many Downtown Merchants who have donated door prizes for our meetings.

Click for a list of our great Downtown merchants.

Parking Information and Map

There now is free night parking at a number of downtown lots. For a map and complete listing of lots and costs, meters and valet parking go to



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