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Friday August 19th

Campus Forum to Center on Growth Plan

The Faculty Council, student government and Employee Forum will host the forum at 5:30 today in Carroll Hall.

The Development Plan, which includes portions of UNC's Master Plan, details campus growth for the next eight years.

The forum will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the Carroll Hall auditorium. It will allow students, faculty and community members to be aware of the University's plans for campus growth.

"It's important to understand the changes going on right now," said Student Body President Justin Young. "There's a lot of visible construction going on, and (the forum) will help put into perspective why we're doing what we're doing."

The forum also will help clarify the University's need for growth.

"There's been miscommunication, not only with the students about the construction, but with the town and the University's need for growth," Young said.

The construction could add about 5.9 million square feet of building space to the almost 14 million existing square feet on campus. Some of the key projects include new residence halls, student family housing and the Ramshead project, which will provide new parking, student dining, recreation and grocery facilities.

The plan also includes additions to Memorial Hall, a new arts area around Hill Hall and the Ackland Museum, the replacement of Venable Hall and three new UNC Health Care buildings.

The plan has not been void of debate. Town residents have expressed concern at past meetings, sometimes vehemently, about proposed growth along South Campus, particularly in the Mason Farm Road area.

The Chapel Hill Town Council is scheduled to vote on the plan Oct. 3. It must approve the plan before construction of any of the projects can begin.

The Town Council will hold a public hearing Sept. 19 to give residents another chance to air their concerns before the council makes a final decision.

The City Editor can be reached

at citydesk@unc.edu.

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