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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Durham Chamber of Commerce lauds SCOTUS gay marriage decision

Posted By on Tue, Jun 30, 2015 at 11:55 AM

Creative Commons LicenseBack in 2012, the Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce was the first North Carolina business group to declare its opposition to Amendment One, a short-lived, voter-approved ban on gay marriage. Fittingly in 2015, the group is celebrating the Supreme Court's epic decision last week to order that gay marriage be permitted across the country. On Tuesday, Chamber Chairman Bill Brian described discriminatory policies such as Amendment One as "obstructions to talent attraction." The chairman's statement echoed those of major business leaders such as Apple, Facebook, Google and Coca-Cola, all of which officially stated their support for marriage equality...

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Tuesday, May 27, 2014

New solar farm for Orange County?

Posted By on Tue, May 27, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Orange County commissioners will hold a public hearing tonight on a proposed solar farm on a 50-acre tract just north of Chapel Hill. The hearing will begin the process for builders to obtain a special use permit for the property, which is located off Mount Sinai Road near Cascade Drive. The applicants, Arizona-based Sunlight Partners LLC, intend to use roughly half of the land to build solar arrays, which will feed into the public power grid. County Planning Director Craig Benedict said Orange County currently has one similarly-sized solar farm already in construction in the White Cross area. Officials are...

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Friday, January 24, 2014

Liberty Warehouse developers roll out plans

Posted By on Fri, Jan 24, 2014 at 12:09 PM

Roughly 150 or so Durham residents craned forward to look Thursday night as Liberty Warehouse's prospective developers unveiled their site plan at the Durham County Public Library. The verdict? Not much surprise and a somewhat mixed reaction. During a community meeting convened by Preservation Durham, builders from Chapel Hill-based East West Partners explained their intentions to convert the historic tobacco warehouse near Durham's Central Park into a 320,000 square-foot, mixed-use complex. Highlights include 246 apartments, 24,000 square feet of retail space and a 391-space parking deck at the project's center. At its tallest, the building will stand five stories....

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Carrboro Family Dollar hits another snag

Posted By on Wed, Aug 1, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Carrboro planners may have rebuffed a Family Dollar developer's designs for settling in an Alabama Avenue historic neighborhood, but local opponents of the discount store aren't breaking out the party hats and streamers just yet. "We've been having these small victories," said community resident Anissa McLendon. "But we can't celebrate 100 percent, maybe we can celebrate about 80 percent." McLendon, along with a band of fired-up neighbors, has led protests and even a march to stymie Raleigh-based builder Will Stronach's plans to build a 8,100-square-foot Family Dollar in the largely residential community. The discount store would be built on less...

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Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Study shows growth in NC nonprofit arts & culture

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 12:04 PM

North Carolina’s nonprofit arts and culture industry generated $1.24 billion in direct economic activity, and the Triangle region led the state, accounting for just under a third of the total amount in 2010. Moreover, in a time when economic growth has been scarce, jobs in the state’s creative industry have grown by more than 3.5 percent since 2006. Those numbers were among the findings announced Monday in Winston-Salem when the North Carolina Arts Council released the results of a statewide study into the economic impact of the arts. The study, “Arts and Economic Prosperity IV,” also found that arts and...

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Durham's first Super PAC has ties to Southern Durham Development

Posted By on Thu, Apr 26, 2012 at 3:02 PM

If you’re a Durham County resident, you may have received campaign mailers supporting the slate of Michael Page, Brenda Howerton, Joe Bowser and Rickey Padgett for county commissioner. Here's the mailer: mailer_no_address.pdf That mailer was paid for by the innocuously named Durham Partnership for Progress. But innocuous it is not: DPP is actually an independent expenditure political committee—commonly known as a Super PAC—organized by developer Tyler Morris, a majority shareholder in Southern Durham Development. And not coincidentally, DPP is bankrolled, so far, by Southern Durham Development, which plans to build the controversial 751 South project in the sensitive Jordan Lake...

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Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA ends formal discussions with YMCA of the Triangle

Posted By on Tue, Apr 3, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Young man (and other concerned parties), there's no need to feel down. The Chapel Hill Carrboro YMCA announced Friday that it ended its pursuit of a formal relationship with the YMCA of the Triangle. Talk of teaming up, including a possible merger, riled the community for 18 months. The Raleigh-based YMCA of the Triangle, which runs a dozen Piedmont-area YMCAs, does not list sexual orientation as a protected class in employment materials. Jennifer Trapani, president of the Chapel Hill-Carrboro YMCA Board of Directors, said the decision to no longer seek a partnership was mutual. The controversy played a part in...

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

In "Carrboro Commune" CVS takeover, no arrests, no SWAT team, plenty of controversy

Posted By on Sun, Feb 5, 2012 at 1:39 AM

A group of 20 anti-capitalist protesters occupied CVS-owned in property in downtown Carrboro for three hours Saturday night before walking out at the strong encouragement of town police and Carrboro Mayor Mark Chilton, who each told them they would be charged with breaking and entering if they did not leave. The demonstration concerned a forthcoming rezoning application from CVS to build a two-story, 24,000 square foot building at 201 N. Greensboro St., to house a 24-hour drug store and office space. The anarchist demonstrators, who call themselves "Carrboro Commune" and align with "Occupy Everything," would rather the site be used...

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Saturday, February 4, 2012

Breaking: Anti-capitalist occupiers say they've taken new Carrboro CVS

Posted By on Sat, Feb 4, 2012 at 5:24 PM

Press release below. More to come, I'm sure....

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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

N.C. DOT holds public hearing Tuesday on new billboard law

Posted By on Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 9:23 AM

The N.C. Department of Transportation will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 13, regarding a new state law that allows billboard companies and other outdoor advertisers to clear more trees around their signs. The law has already been passed. But members of the public can now weigh in on how billboard owners should contribute to planting new trees, shrubs and other vegetation on the sides and medians of highways to help make up for what they removed. Previous rules allowed billboard owners to trim trees within 250 feet of their signs to allow a clear view from roadways. The...

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Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Rowand art gallery vandalized; personal art collection to be auctioned

Posted By on Wed, Nov 30, 2011 at 12:24 PM

Update: The Joe Rowand Art Gallery was vandalized Saturday, Nov. 26, according to a Chapel Hill police report. Two large flower pots were broken, the business' banner sign was torn and the building was spray painted. Damage is valued at $1,100. No arrests have been made. The report is here. policereport.pdfThe Indy redacted some personal information for privacy reasons. After declaring personal bankruptcy last year, Joe Rowand, former president of the now-defunct Somerhill Gallery, is auctioning 164 pieces from his own art collection Dec. 2–3 at Leland Little Auction and Estate Sales in Hillsborough. Rowand filed for individual bankruptcy around...

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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Group calls for end to Carrboro's anti-lingering ordinance

Posted By on Tue, Oct 25, 2011 at 2:27 PM

Three dozen Carrboro community members, including social justice activists, day laborers and elected officials, assembled in solidarity at the corner of Davie and Jones Ferry roads Tuesday morning and called for an end to the town’s anti-lingering ordinance. The controversial local law, which passed in 2007, forbids anyone from standing, sitting, reclining, lingering or otherwise remaining on that corner after 11 a.m. Day laborers often assemble on that corner trying to find work. Supporters of the ordinance say it’s needed to address a few people, many of whom aren't looking for work, who allegedly drink and cause public disturbances on...

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Chapel Hill food truckin’, What a long strange trip it’s been

Posted By on Tue, Oct 18, 2011 at 12:52 PM

Chapel Hill inched closer to allowing food trucks within town limits Monday night at a Town Council public hearing. Council members received a proposed ordinance, already approved unanimously by the town Planning Board, which would: -allow food trucks to be located downtown in private lots, at least 100 feet away from a restaurant entrance, as long as the trucks and the lot owner each have a permit; -allow one food truck per 30 parking spaces in other commercial districts, with permits; -require food truck vendors to comply with local, county and state tax regulations and to display health permits at...

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Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Commissioners to consider 751 South sewer service request at Sept. 26 meeting

Posted By on Wed, Sep 7, 2011 at 4:04 PM

County commissioners have asked for more information by their Sept. 26 meeting so they may decide whether to commit sewage treatment services to the proposed 751 South development, a large project planned for almost 170 acres near Jordan Lake. An engineer for Southern Durham Development has asked commissioners to allow the development to connect to county pipelines and send up to 600,000 gallons per day of wastewater to the Triangle Wastewater Treatment Plant on N.C. 55. The developer's request comes to the county a month after Durham's City Council postponed any decision to provide utilities to the development until a...

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Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A year on, Chapel Hill still doing prep work on food trucks decision

Posted By on Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 3:47 PM

If Chapel Hill were a restaurant, it would be dawdling in the kitchen while diners impatiently waited for their meals. After 11 months of deliberation, town officials still may not decide on legalization of food trucks until an Oct. 17 public hearing, at the earliest. File photo by Jeremy LangeParlez-Vous Crepe owner Jody Argote serves up some fare at Johnny's in Carrboro, where food trucks have been allowed for three years.Trucks flourish in neighboring Durham and Carrboro, but they are less welcome in Chapel Hill, where mobile vendors can operate only if they have special-event permits or if they park...

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Monday, July 4, 2011

Challengers join the fray in Orange County elections

Posted By on Mon, Jul 4, 2011 at 12:46 PM

The candidate-filing period opened with a flourish Friday in Orange County as mayors from Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough all signed up to defend their seats and challengers emerged in the Chapel Hill Town Council and Board of Alderman races. In Chapel Hill, Lee Storrow and August Cho filed as expected, and Laney Dale, a tech entrepreneur who moved to town four years ago, joined the race for the four open positions on the nine- member, including the mayor, council. Photo courtesy of Laney DaleDale, a member of the Parks and Recreation Committee, says he wants to make a bigger...

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Thursday, June 16, 2011

Greenbridge set for June 27 auction

Posted By on Thu, Jun 16, 2011 at 6:26 PM

The “best life in town,” as the commercials promised, is being sold to the highest bidder on June 27, when Bank of America plans to foreclose on Greenbridge—the 10-story, 217,000 square foot residential and retail development on West Rosemary Street in Chapel Hill. The property will be put up for public auction at the Orange County Courthouse at 10 a.m. that day, following months of financial troubles for the developers. File photo by Jeremy LangeThe property will be sold to the highest bidder, who will have to deposit either no more than 5 percent of the price bid or $750...

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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Together N.C. holds send-off party for North Carolina's progress

Posted By on Wed, Jun 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM

Cloaked in Hawaiian T-shirts with tongues planted firmly in cheeks, leis around necks, cone-shaped party hats on scalps and noisemakers in mouths, members of the progressive Together N.C. coalition threw a send-off party to North Carolina on Wednesday morning on the Halifax Mall, bidding adieu to the state’s ability to thrive, they said. Photo by Joe SchwartzTogether N.C.'s Rob Thompson apologizes to South Carolina for mocking the state's level of public education funding and says with the North Carolina budget now, "The joke is on us."Standing around a table with a banner reading “Farewell to NC’s Progress,” members of the...

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Friday, June 3, 2011

When it rains, it pours: more leaks for Greenfire?

Posted By on Fri, Jun 3, 2011 at 6:23 PM

Three weeks after the collapse of the roof at Liberty Warehouse on Rigsbee Avenue, two more properties controlled by Durham-based Greenfire Development could be under scrutiny for leaky roofs. The city's building inspectors received a report Thursday about water leaks at two warehouses on Foster Street, said Rick Hester, assistant director of Durham Neighborhood Improvement Services. An inspector will be assigned next week to check out the claim that roofs at 609 Foster St. and 619/621 Foster St. are leaking when it rains. By phone Friday, Greenfire Managing Partner Michael Lemanski said he was aware of minor leaks at...

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Friday, May 20, 2011

Telecommunications giants 1. People 0. Perdue lets HB129 become law

Posted By on Fri, May 20, 2011 at 3:21 PM

Governor Bev Perdue will let House Bill 129, the anti-municipal broadband bill become law today, opting to neither sign nor veto the legislation before the midnight deadline. She issued a statement (full text below) saying she both wants every North Carolinian to have Internet access and seeks rules to prevent cities from having “an unfair advantage over providers in the private sector.” File photo by D.L. AndersonCrews in Wilson installed fiber lines in 2008 for the town-run broadband Internet service. Municipalities such as Wilson, where broadband is already in place, received exemptions in the bill.Her decision is a crushing blow...

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Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Revised Senate bill nixes digital billboards but would expand tree cutting

Posted By on Wed, Apr 27, 2011 at 6:22 PM

photo courtesy of John SchelpA billboard ad near N.C. 147 last year in Durham. This blog entry has been edited and updated from its original version to include additional content. A Senate bill expanding the law on outdoor billboards cleared a Senate committee Wednesday, but only after the bill was stripped of language that would have allowed billboard companies to replace traditional signs with electronic or digital ones. Had the language remained and passed this legislative session, it would have superseded any local policies against digital billboards, including any opposition from Durham city leaders, who voted unanimously last summer not...

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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

State investigating dry cleaning chemical contamination near Weaver Street business

Posted By on Wed, Apr 6, 2011 at 5:23 PM

Independent Weekly file photo UPDATE, 4/7/11: Carrboro town officials released another statement Thursday afternoon to note that N.C. DENR will soon announce a public information session on the contamination issues. N.C. DENR will also contact property owners, businesses and residents of potentially affected properties to coordinate additional environmental testing and mitigation measures at no cost. N.C. DENR asks that anyone seeking more information contact Cathy Akroyd, public information officer, at (919) 508-8438 or cathy.akroyd@ncdenr.gov Carrboro town officials announced late Wednesday that the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources is evaluating the spread of contamination from dry cleaning chemicals near...

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Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Tar Heel state passed over as Kansas City wins Google fiber project

Posted By on Wed, Mar 30, 2011 at 3:57 PM

Durham workers and residents gathered at the DBAP a year ago to win Google's attention. Google announced today it selected Kansas City, Kan., for a free fiber-optic network that promises Internet speeds 100 times faster than those currently available to most homes and businesses in the U.S. It's a project worth millions. The news likely dashed the hopes of the more than 600 communities across the country that asked to be considered for the project, including Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Carrboro. We wrote about Google fever last March. The frenzy to get Google's attention prompted a lot of stunts....

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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Senate bill to allow digital billboards remains in committee after Wednesday talks

Posted By on Wed, Mar 23, 2011 at 5:34 PM

file photo by D.L. AndersonThis billboard advertising the Dixie Gun & Knife from summer 2010 on the Durham Freeway sparked controversy over its placement. Several state senators expressed concern Wednesday over a bill that would allow digital billboards across the state’s interstates and highways, regardless of local rules that might prohibit them. The bill’s sponsor, Senate Majority Leader Harry Brown of Jacksonville, said he just wanted feedback Wednesday, and no vote was taken. He is expected to revise the bill and bring it back to the Senate Transportation Committee. Several senators said their major issue was the idea of taking...

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Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Chatham residents, Wake mayors, business leaders debate pipeline

Posted By on Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 3:54 PM

(This story was updated Feb. 9 at 5:30 p.m.) MONCURE—More than two dozen people spoke before the Chatham Board of County Commissioners Monday night at a public hearing a plan to run an 8.1-mile underground pipeline from Western Wake County through Southeastern Chatham County. Western Wake Partners—the towns of Apex, Cary, Morrisville and Research Triangle Park-South—are constructing a $327 million wastewater treatment plant in unincorporated New Hill, but they need to build the pipeline to funnel treated wastewater to the Cape Fear River. About a dozen landowners would need to give up 40-foot-wide easements to bury the pipes, which are...

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