Downtown Chapel Hill: Where the Town Comes to Life


Monthly Meeting: Thursday, April 24

Coffee at 9:30 am    |    Free Meeting at 10:00 am

The Latest on Redeveloping University Square

Gordon Merklein and Jason Frost present the latest news about the redevelopment of University Square, also called 123 W. Franklin.

The Franklin Hotel
311 West Franklin Street, Chapel Hill, NC
Bus: W Franklin St at Kenan St

Meetings are free and open to the public, with parking available in the lot behind the Franklin Hotel (ONLY on the side facing the hotel) and in the hotel's gated lots as available. Parking is also available in the new Town lot behind Chipotle and in the Town lot next to 411 West.

Businesses, residents and other interested parties created the Friends of the Downtown to focus 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.

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

Chapel Hill 2020

DESIGNChapel Hill 2020 is continuing the implimentation of the comprehensive plan by holding small area focus groups where the public can participate further. Click here for a current calendar.

Rosemary Imagined is focusing on how Rosemary Street fits into the development and growth of downtown Chapel Hill. Community input is encouraged at their regular meetings.



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