Chapel Hill
Friends of the Downtown


Thursday, August 31

Candidates Forum

Hosted by Gregg Gerdau,
this is the kick-off event for the election season, focusing on questions of interest to the Downtown.  

Each Candidate — Town Council challengers, incumbents and the Mayor — will have two minutes to introduce themself, followed by a question from the moderator and a related follow-up question from the audience. If time permits, the moderator will ask the candidates a second question with an audience follow-up question.

Gatherings of the Friends of the Downtown take place on the second floor of the Franklin Hotel. Coffee and conversation begin at 9:30, with our speakers 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
Bus: W Franklin St at Kenan St   |   Free parking behind the hotel


If you would like to contact the Chapel Hill Town Council about any pressing issues or to view their past and future agendas, go to the link at the bottom of this page. 

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.

The focus of Friends of the Downtown is on economic growth, job creation, co-marketing opportunities, increasing influence with local government and increasing the awareness of Downtown Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Franklin Street is the core of the downtown, hence our website name:





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.

Please support our Downtown Merchants. They bring vitality to the Downtown and support our Friends group. (This is also a link to the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership website with lots to explore.)

To contact our Town Council click here.

Here you can also view meeting calendars, minutes and videos, and get similar information on Town boards & commissions.


Parking Information and Map

There is now 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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