CHAPEL HILL A new 90-foot apartment building is starting to take shape on South Elliott Road, where a few tall trees flanked an asphalt parking lot for more than a decade.
Construction crews erected concrete support pillars reinforced with Rebar cages last week for the 266-unit Village Plaza apartments and parking garage. The building includes roughly 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space and will sit roughly 10 feet from the road when complete.
Elliott Road will be widened 11 feet in front of the building to accommodate bike lanes and nine new on-street parking spaces, said Mike Taylor, senior engineer with the town’s Public Works department. Similar changes could happen to the other side of the street if those properties are developed in the future.
Crews also are building a new, private road between the apartments and Village Plaza shops to provide garage access and link to a future road behind the shopping center. Both roads will have on-street parking and sidewalks. An existing leg of the Booker Creek Greenway, behind the shopping centers, is moving closer to the creek.
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The project is the town’s first approved under a 2014 form-based code, which is a checklist of district construction requirements and a guide to how buildings should relate to their surroundings.
Three other one-story projects have been proposed: a retail and restaurant building that could replace the Eastgate BP service station, and a CVS and adjacent retail building at Rams Plaza. Those projects, submitted in January, are awaiting final easement agreements and could be approved this fall, town staff said.