Friends of the Downtown: 2016 Programs

January 28, 2016 – Pam Hemminger, Chapel Hill’s newly elected mayor, presented ideas affecting Downtown Chapel Hill and the town in general. Much of the discussion focused on building heights and on re-defining the form based code in Ephesus-Fordham area.

February 25, 2016 – Gary Crunkleton, owner of the well-known and highly praised Downtown watering hole, The Crunkleton, spoke about the growth of his business, the importance of customer service and his goal of providing a great experience for the community.

March 31, 2016 – Jan Bolick, General Manager of WCHLChapelboro, shared an overview of our hometown radio station – its past, present and future. She also requested ideas to improve the radio station and website; and ways WCHLChapelboro can help us.

April 28, 2016 – Rae Buckley, Assistant to the Manager for Organizational and Strategic Initiatives for Chapel Hill, presented the work that is about to begin under the Downtown 2020 process, including sidewalk improvements and upgrades to Rosemary Street.

May 26, 2016 – Mark Moshier, Principal at Legacy Real Property Group,discussed development issues in Downtown Chapel Hill and the community. He presented a public/private proposal that his firm submitted to Chapel Hill for a office/music/residential building located next to 411 West if the town can locate nearby land to build a city parking deck.

June 30, 2016 – Jeff Furman, Director of Operations and Vice President of Development for Northwood Ravin gave and update on the construction of Carolina Square and about the leasing to date. Chief Chris Blue presented the summer free parking project, beginning in July.

September 29, 2016 – Four Community / University / Business Leaders, gave  reactions and insights gained from the 2016 Inter-City Visit & Leadership Conference in Boulder, CO.

October 27, 2016 – Breakfast at Breadmens. The latest news of Downtown was presented by several different sources.

December 1
, 2016 – Jane Wester, Editor-in-Chief of the Daily Tar Heel, discussed  changes at the Daily Tar Heel, including the increased use of social media, and the role of the paper in the community.