The Town Council will discuss a number of items Monday, including the Ephesus-Fordham redevelopment district, the American Legion land and a Downtown 2020 strategy.
The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall Council Chambers, 405 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. A full agenda is at bit.ly/23c0NgL.
Town staff has been working with advisory boards, residents, property owners and the Chapel Hill-Carrboro Chamber of Commerce on how to redevelop the Ephesus-Fordham district into “a dynamic, walkable, mixed-use center for the community.”
The town is planning several projects as part of that emerging vision, including a transportation network and the possibility of making Booker Creek, which crosses the district, an attraction for residents and visitors. The work also includes revised form-based code standards and new design guidelines for development projects.
The council also will talk Monday about the possibility of a columbarium at the Chapel Hill Memorial Cemetery, the town’s interest in the American Legion property, and a dozen multi-year planning initiatives, including the Downtown 2020 strategy.
The strategy is a multi-year plan for preserving the character of Franklin and Rosemary streets, while bringing in more residents, businesses and entertainment. Several projects are happening this summer, including new paving, sidewalks and bike lanes on Rosemary Street, improved lighting and pilot parking programs.
More about the Downtown 2020 strategy can be found at bit.ly/1q2J9h1.
The Town Council could sign off Monday on a new marker honoring slaves and free people of color buried in the town’s Old Chapel Hill Cemetery on the UNC campus.
The Naming Committee – composed of Mayor Pam Hemminger and council members George Cianciolo and Donna Bell – chose an inscription June 1 from a number of community suggestions.
It comes from a poem by George Moses Horton, a former slave who sold his poems to UNC students and became the first African-American poet published in the South.
The final marker could be bigger than one the town's Cemeteries Advisory Board installed Feb. 4. That marker was removed Feb. 29 in response to concerns about its wording and lack of community involvement in the decision.
The Rev. Robert Campbell spent the following months talking with residents and relatives of those buried in the cemetery’s historically black section about how to best identify and recognize the people buried there.
The town would pay $4,100 from its Cemeteries Fund to construct, engrave and install the new marker. Chatham Monuments would craft the marker over the summer in time for a public installation event Sept. 18.