Topics: Rogers Road Community

The Rogers Road Neighborhood, a low income and minority community that straddles Chapel Hill and Carrboro, housed the Orange County landfill for over 40 years. In 1972, Orange County officials approached the neighborhood about hosting the landfill. Eventually, the two groups struck a deal: if the neighborhood housed the landfill for 10 years, Orange County would provide water and sewer hook ups for the neighborhood's neediest residents as well as a community center for families in the area. 

But after 10 years, the landfill still wasn’t full, and county leaders opted to extend the life of the landfill — a process that continued until June 30, 2013 when the landfill finally closed. Throughout the 2000s, Rogers Road was the center of a national debate about environmental racism, the process by which businesses and municipalities degrade land near low income communities that might not have the resources to fight back. In 2010, the Orange County Health Department conducted a study that found that nine of 11 wells in the Rogers Road area were contaminated.

The Orange County Board of County Commissioners, the Chapel Hill Town Council and the Carrboro Board of Alderman have since tried to work with one another about the appropriate payment plans for the promised amenities for the neighborhood. Plans for a community center started to take shape after county commissioners approved funding for the construction of the center in 2012.

Rogers Road recommendation underway

After several decades of waiting, the historic Rogers Road neighborhood might finally receive the water and sewer district promised by Orange County in 1972. 


Snow days leave hungry kids stranded

For many families a snow day means sleeping in, playing in the snow and drinking hot chocolate.


Orange County Board of Commissioners hear update on Rogers Road

The Orange County Board of Commissioners addressed several topics — including Section 8 housing, the Rogers Road sewer project and the Orange County Water and Sewer Authority facility — in a wide-ranging meeting Tuesday night. 


Carrboro Board of Aldermen approve grant for Rogers Road resident

A local business and a nonprofit are working together to improve the living conditions of Carrboro resident Lillie Brown.


Rogers Road community eligible for grant

Orange County completed the final step toward establishing reliable water and sewer connections for members of the Rogers Road community at a meeting Monday.


Chapel Hill residents evaluate plan for The Edge

Chapel Hill residents spoke out Monday night about a proposed development on Eubanks Road that could include more than 900,000 square feet in over 20 buildings. 


Rogers Road community center opened on Saturday

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The Rev. Robert Campbell and David Caldwell, both longtime Rogers Road residents and community activists, remember their childhood playing in woods surrounding their neighborhood, collecting wild fruits to eat or take home and store for the winter. 


Chapel Hill extends extraterritorial jurisdiction to include Rogers Road

The Chapel Hill Town Council unanimously voted to extend the town’s extraterritorial jurisdiction to include a portion of the Rogers Road neighborhood during their meeting last week.


Carrboro Board of Aldermen talks Rogers Road

The Board of Aldermen gave the go-ahead for the town manager to sign interlocal agreements relating to engineering and community outreach programs for the Rogers Road community.


Council sets Rogers Road hearing for next month

During their first meeting in the newly renovated Town Hall on Monday night, the Chapel Hill Town Council set the date for a public hearing on the Rogers Road extraterritorial jurisdiction (ETJ) for Oct. 15. 


Town of Chapel Hill to discuss Rogers Road funds

The Chapel Hill Town Council could follow Orange County in contributing a portion of funds to the Rogers Road community if the council schedules a long-awaited public hearing tonight.


Orange County gets go-ahead to contribute to Rogers Road Community Center

Orange County is finally contributing its money to the Rogers Road Community Center -- two years after the funding was budgeted.


Rogers Road Community Center breaks ground

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The threat of a storm couldn’t overshadow the promise of progress on Thursday during the groundbreaking ceremony for the Rogers Road Community Center. 


Aldermen pass resolution for OWASA collaboration

Before town and county governments can move forward with promised plans for the Rogers Road neighborhood, residents say they need to know their role.


7 years in, Rogers Road waits on EPA action

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Unclean air and water. Inadequate police and fire protection. Insufficient political representation. Scant bus service.


Local government fails to include Rogers Road on joint public hearing agenda

Zack Kaplan is tired of the Rogers Road neighborhood being swept under the rug.


Experts explore coal ash hazard in Orange County's landfill

The same muck that contaminated the Dan River last month used to cover Orange County’s landfill for more than 15 years.


Carrboro Board of Aldermen discuss Chapel Hill's budgetary concerns for Rogers Road sewer extension project

The Town of Chapel Hill estimates the outreach for the Rogers Road sewer extension project will cost between $30,000 and $50,000 — but the Carrboro Board of Aldermen says they don’t see the need to spend that much.


New bids sought for Rogers Road Community Center

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Bids came in too high for a redesigned community center in the Rogers Road neighborhood, so Orange County commissioners are headed back to the drawing board.


Rogers Road hearing may be delayed again by Chapel Hill Town Council

The Chapel Hill Town Council might postpone a public hearing on the Historic Rogers Road neighborhood for a second time this year at its meeting tonight, this time delaying the hearing until fall.