Community members and CHALT advocated tirelessly to ensure that a portion the beautiful 36 acre American Legion Post 6 property would be a park. See CHALT petition from Sept 2016. The Council approved the purchase of the land in a December 5th, 2016 resolution.
Now the Town is taking a first step in determining the future use of the property with community members. Members of the Chapel Hill community are invited to a charrette – a public design and planning activity — on Saturday, April 8, to share their ideas about the future use of this town asset. The charrette will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Legion Hut at 1714 Legion Road. A report-out will be held at 3:30 p.m. to provide a recap of the day.
Coulter Jewell Thames has been engaged as a consultant to gather public input, identify common themes, and create conceptual options for programming the site. These options will be further explored by a task force made up of Town Council, advisory board, and community representatives. A community report is expected in May, followed by a report to the Town Council later that month.
Community members are encouraged to attend the charrette at their convenience. The charrette includes several components throughout the day, accommodating those who can only stay briefly. First, there will be an overview presentation on the physical suitability of the site for various uses. Participants will then work in small groups to discuss opportunities and constraints and to sketch their ideas. Later on, key insights will be shared with the larger group. There will also be the opportunity to share written input throughout the day.
The Town Council has established guiding principles for future uses of the American Legion property. These principles generally provide that any future development of the site should provide a mix of uses, maintain or enhance quality of life, provide community amenities, account for traffic impacts, and integrate into the Town’s overall vision. The Town Council also determined that land would be used for both public amenities and private development opportunities.
The guiding principles were adopted by the Council in December 2016 before the Town purchased the property. The Council began to consider future uses of the American Legion property in summer 2016 when a developer submitted a concept plan for an office and multi-family development on the land. A concept plan is a requirement in Chapel Hill’s development review process that comes before an official development application. Ongoing discussions eventually led to the Town’s decision to buy the land.
More Information Details on the community charrette are posted on the Town Calendar. Additional information on the public engagement process can be found here. For more information, contact Corey Liles in the Office of Planning and Sustainability.
Much of this information courtesy of the Town of Chapel Hill.
Town signs off on Legion Road, Durham Herald, Dec 2016