Chapel Hill News

ArtsCenter may move into Carrboro library, offices project

Town officials are talking with The ArtsCenter about moving to a downtown parking lot being considered for Orange County’s future Southern Branch Library.

The joint project proposed for 203 S. Greensboro St. also would include town offices, officials said. They noted that another site being discussed with ArtsCenter officials is the Century Center, at 100 N. Greensboro St.

The town has been working with Orange County for some time to iron out the details of a development agreement that could bring a new Southern Branch Library to the site of the current town-owned parking lot.

The agreement will outline the building’s design and construction and details of how the facility would be operated. A timeline presented to the Board of Aldermen in December estimates construction would begin in 2018.

The ArtsCenter portion of the proposed building could include performance spaces, arts classrooms and studios, “creating a destination for the arts and the creative community,” officials said.

“This collaboration would create a cultural and community hub for the arts and public services for the residents of Carrboro and the region,” ArtsCenter Executive Director Daniel Mayer said. “While there are many decisions still to be made, we are enthusiastic about working with the Town of Carrboro to provide more arts opportunities to more citizens.”

The nonprofit ArtsCenter was founded in Carrboro in 1974 and is the largest employer of artists in Orange County, officials said. The organization serves more than 100,000 people and students throughout the area.

ArtsCenter officials previously were talking with the Kidzu children’s museum about working together on a Carrboro Arts & Innovation Center (CAIC) for East Main Street. The aldermen approved a UNC School of Government feasibility study of the project in late 2015, funded by Kidzu and the ArtsCenter.

The results of that study were not available, but Carrboro planning Director Trish McGuire said the CAIC is not a project any longer.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

Road work closes South Greensboro Street

Construction work has closed the southern end of South Greensboro Street to traffic for 60 days that started Monday, March 6.

The N.C. Department of Transportation will replace an existing storm drain pipe under South Greensboro Street with a larger, aluminum arch culvert to reduce the risk of flooding in the area. The work is being coordinated with drainage upgrades for the construction of the South Green development on South Greensboro Street.

The NCDOT will close South Greensboro Street between Merritt Mill Road and Old Pittsboro Road, and will have a signed detour route in place. Town officials suggest drivers use West Main Street and South Merritt Mill Road.

The work also will affect Chapel Hill Transit’s J Route. Get updated transit information at bit.ly/18kKZSm.

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