Chapel Hill News

Chapel Hill extends deadline for Village Plaza project decision

The deadline for approving the town’s first form-based code project in the Ephesus-Fordham planning district has been extended by three weeks to Dec. 3.

Lee Perry, development director for East West Partners, asked the town on Tuesday to give the Village Plaza apartments project an extension. The South Elliott Road project, if approved, would bring 265 apartments and 15,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space to the district. It also includes a 463-space attached parking deck.

The Booker Creek Greenway, which crosses the site, would be moved to within 100 feet of the creek and six to 10 feet off a new street behind the building. The developer also would build a private road connecting Elliott Road to the new street.

The three-acre site is the former location of the Plaza Theater, which was demolished in 2003. East West Partners is working with Trammell Crow Residential, a Texas-based multifamily real estate company.

Town Manager Roger Stancil was expected to approve or deny the South Elliott Road project by 5 p.m. Wednesday. The code gives town staff and the town’s Community Design Commission up to 60 days to award or deny a permit for submitted projects.

The commission approved the project’s certificate of appropriateness last month.

Perry said Wednesday the delay gives East West Partners time to make a few last-minute adjustments and to ensure the project meets the form-based code requirements. He declined to be more specific but said the changes are minor. If the project is approved, construction could start early next year.