A study of the commons led by the Carrboro Public Works Department revealed problems such as surface erosion, flooding, lack of parking, sustainability, traffic accommodation and a need for more lighting and electrical access, said David Jantzen, the town’s landscaping and grounds supervisor.
The Town Commons is home to Carrboro Town Hall and hosts a variety of events, including concerts, private events, political rallies, Carrboro’s tree lighting ceremony and the Carrboro Farmers’ Market.
“These type of things that happen are important for the community,” said Trish McGuire, Carrboro’s planning director. “It is a pretty interesting and vibrant location.”
Jantzen said some of the proposed changes include incorporating more bicycle parking, providing more shade access, adding more lights, installing more electrical outlets and growing low-maintenance plants.
The farmers’ market has occupied the Town Commons since 1996. The market was moved to the space when it negotiated with the town to build pavilions at the commons for the market.
Carrboro Vision 2020, a guide for Carrboro’s future policies, classifies the Town Commons as an area for music events as well as the location of the farmers’ market.
But problems with the current state of the Town Commons make it difficult to host events there.
“Right now, when we get inclement weather, the place gets muddy,” said Erin Jobe, manager of the farmers market.