CHAPEL HILL — There are details to work out, but the Town Council on Monday encouraged a proposal to build a mixed-use complex one-quarter the size of Southpoint mall on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
Bill Christian and Associates presented a concept plan that includes 110 dwelling units, a hotel, office and retail space on MLK Boulevard across from Westminster Drive.
Neighbors and council members expressed concern about the effect on the adjacent Northwoods V subdivision and the potential loss of mature trees.
The trees are "magnificent on the same order as Polk Place, McCorkle Place" at UNC, said council member Jim Ward, curator at the N.C. Botanical Garden.
The concept plan allows the council to give the developer feedback before he returns with a formal application. The council seemed open to the general idea of dense development in that location.
"This type of development is going to, in the long run, enhance our community dramatically," said council member Bill Strom.