Chapel Hill News

Village Plaza apartments decision delayed again

East West Partners, for the third time, has asked the town to extend the deadline for approving its mixed-use project in the Ephesus-Fordham planning district, this time to Dec. 31.

The original deadline for Town Manager Roger Stancil to approve or deny the developer’s application for a form-based code district permit was Nov. 12. The deadline previously was extended to Dec. 17.

Lee Perry, development director for East West Partners, emailed the town last week to ask for another 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 staff and the town’s Community Design Commission, under the town’s new form-based code rules, have up to 60 days to award or deny a permit for submitted projects.

The commission approved the project’s certificate of appropriateness in October.

Perry previously said East West Partners was seeking a delay to make time for 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, he said. Building plans still would have to be approved.