Parker Louis, LLC, the current owner of the property, worked with Durham Area Designers Inc. to create plans in both 2007 and 2011. The developers hope to include many of the elements that the designers suggested, including commerce for nearby residents and parents of children at Morris Grove Elementary, a variety of housing types and a continuation of the open feel of the area.
In 2011, Parker Louis participated in a meeting with the Town of Carrboro to consider development options for their 26.2-acre lot. The meeting inspired the town to consider a new zoning district that would better accommodate the rapid growth and demand for new housing and businesses in Carrboro.
The town wrote an amendment to establish the FLX district in 2016 that detailed a number of requirements for these types of properties. To be rezoned as a FLX district, the developers must follow through with a number of reviews, revisions and public hearings.
The current draft includes four subdistrict-use areas: two residential, one mixed-use and one commercial.
Currently, Parker Louis envisions 12 acres of property for small, single-family cottages with open space throughout. About 6.7 acres of the property would be reserved for three-story family homes with the potential for an office or church space. Another six acres could potentially serve as a place for senior living or a daycare, with additional commercial and office space as well.
The cornerstone of the property may become a “general store” style restaurant with outdoor space. The structure could include features such as a large outdoor area, an old-fashioned porch, an area for live music and a coffee spot. It would serve as a gathering spot for runners, bikers and drivers alike.
The developers hope to give the property a “rural feel” with green space throughout. Board of Aldermen members also encouraged the developers to include affordable housing and to work closely with town experts, such as Chapel Hill Transit, to create efficient amenities on the property.
Any members of the public that have input on the project will have several opportunities as the project moves through the official rezoning process.
“The Site Specific FLX District will detail much of how a project will look, and will go through an extensive review process from the public before being brought to the Board of Aldermen for a vote,” said Lavelle. “The draft master plan presented to us at our board meeting on Tuesday night encompassed many of the features our Board would be looking for in a project in this district.”
The next meeting for the project is the joint advisory board review this Thursday at 7:30 p.m.