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File #: [20-0643]    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Discussion Item Status: Passed
File created: 9/15/2020 In control: Town Council
On agenda: 9/30/2020 Final action: 9/30/2020
Title: Consider Authorizing an Economic Development Agreement for the East Rosemary Downtown Deck & Redevelopment Project. Special Note: There may be minor changes to the Economic Development Agreement and the Wallace Deck Lease that may be shared early next week with the Council and Public.
Attachments: 1. Draft Staff Presentation, 2. Economic Development Agreement, 3. Wallace Deck Lease/Management Agreement, 4. UNC Letter of Intent, 5. Construction and Reimbursement Agreement, 6. Lot 2 Construction Laydown Site Agreement, 7. Preliminary Construction Approach, 8. additional materials-10-Updated Legal Agreements, 9. Staff Presentation, 10. Council Questions with Staff Response, 11. Emails from the Public, 12. A RESOLUTION COUNCIL TO AUTHORIZE THE TOWN MANAGER TO MAKE MINOR NON-SUBSTANTIVE CHANGES AND TO SIGN AN ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT FOR CONSIDERATION OF REDEVELOPMENT ON EAST ROSEMARY STREET (2020-09-30/R-7) as amended
Related files: [21-0022], [21-0184], [21-0292], [21-0293], [21-0559], [21-0568]


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Consider Authorizing an Economic Development Agreement for the East Rosemary Downtown Deck & Redevelopment Project.

Special Note: There may be minor changes to the Economic Development Agreement and the Wallace Deck Lease that may be shared early next week with the Council and Public.
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Staff:
Department:
Maurice Jones, Town Manager
Town Manager
Dwight Bassett, Economic Development Officer
Town Manager
Amy Oland, Director
Business Management
Bob Jessup, Attorney
Sanford Holshouser

Overview: The Town of Chapel Hill is committed to strengthening its fiscal and economic sustainability by enhancing downtown. The Town encourages developing new office space, which was stagnant for over a decade, to help strengthen the economy of downtown.

Several new projects will assist with improving the office market for Chapel Hill in general.
- Well Dot Inc. announced its plans to invest $3 million to establish a new operations and corporate center along Franklin Street in Chapel Hill that will create about 400 high-paying jobs over a five year period of time.
- Grubb Properties is building a new 100,000SF office building at Glen Lennox and other office buildings are in consideration.
- Downtown needs office space to begin to move the economy toward a vibrant and business supported district.

This current vision for East Rosemary project came about from Grubb Properties acquisition of the 137 E. Franklin/136 E. Rosemary building and parking deck. There have been many conversations about the possibility of this becoming an innovation hub for downtown with participation by UNC and other organizations. As a part of that idea and vision, Clay Grubb had his team to explore a larger vision that included the redevelopment of East Rosemary in general. He was asked to focus on a singular project that could begin to change the east end of downtown. This vision landed is to begin with a new office building with wet lab and 1100 space parking deck.

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