Downtown Chapel Hill will get a new hotel this fall — along with a newly refurbished Porthole Alley, now a pedestrian-only walkway. A grocery store is slated to begin construction in 2018 and streets all over town are being repaved.
On the corner of West Rosemary and Church streets, an AC Marriott Hotel is being built. It will be the second hotel to open in downtown Chapel Hill and is expected to increase tourism and revenue downtown.
“Having another hotel is great for tourism and as well for the weekday business activity that happens,” said Meg McGurk, executive director of the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership.
McGurk is assisting with the renovation of Porthole Alley, located near the Carolina Coffee Shop and the Ackland Art Museum. She said Porthole Alley will reopen this fall as a pedestrian only walkway.