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File #: [20-0186]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 2/24/2020 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 3/4/2020 Final action: 3/4/2020
Title: Consider Authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding for the East Rosemary Downtown Redevelopment Project.
Attachments: 1. Draft Staff Presentation, 2. Draft Memorandum of Understanding, 3. Staff Presentation, 4. Council Questions with Staff Response, 5. Emails from the Public, 6. A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE TOWN MANAGER TO MAKE MINOR NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES TO AND SIGN A NON-BINDING MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING FOR CONSIDERATION OF REDEVELOPMENT ON EAST ROSEMARY STREET AND TO PROCEED WITH THE DRAFTING OF AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AG
Related files: [20-0238], [21-0184], [21-0292], [21-0293]


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Consider Authorizing a Memorandum of Understanding for the East Rosemary Downtown Redevelopment Project.
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Staff:
Department:
Maurice Jones, Town Manager
Manager's Office
Dwight Bassett, Economic Development Officer
Economic Development/Manager's Office
Amy Oland, Director
Business Management

Overview:
On the east end of Downtown, Grubb Properties acquired the 137 East Franklin office building and parking deck in 2019 with the intention of turning the building into Class A office space that would attract innovative companies with an eye toward technology and biotechnology.

Grubb is now considering a larger redevelopment project on East Rosemary Street that would build upon the inspiration behind the 137 East Franklin Street Building. Their vision would transform East Rosemary Street into an Innovation Hub in Downtown Chapel Hill.

The East Rosemary Downtown Redevelopment Project would require the exchange of the Town's ownership stake in the Wallace Parking Deck for Grubb Properties' ownership of the 137 East Franklin (CVS) Parking Deck and adjacent parcel(s). The project could potentially result in the creation of a new 200,000 square foot office building (on the existing Wallace Deck site) and a new parking deck (on the existing CVS Deck site) with upwards of 1,100 parking spaces to meet the growing needs of our Downtown businesses. Additionally, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) is exploring the possibility of joining this Innovation Hub and committing to other uses at the 137 East Franklin building. UNC is also in the early stages of designing a new Admissions Center which would be adjacent to Porthole Alley on East Franklin Street.

In 2019 the Town Council passed a set of strategic goals and objectives that focused on seven goal areas. Many of those goals and objectives align directly with the proposal before the Council this evening.

The Town of Chapel Hill has affirmed in recent years its commitment to strengtheni...

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