Following a summer of community meetings filled with concerns about traffic, the Chapel Hill Town Council is considering modifying a special use permit for the ongoing Wegmans development project on Fordham Boulevard.
The application, filed in September, proposes to create a street connection through the adjacent State Employees Credit Union site to connect Wegmans to U.S. Highway 15-501. This modification was discussed at a public affairs meeting on Monday.
The council originally approved the Wegmans redevelopment project in 2017, and it's undergoing construction. The current construction plans show a 102,010-square-foot store and over 700 parking spaces. The primary point of access for the store is a traffic circle that will be built on Old Durham Road.
Michael Sudol, planner II with the Town of Chapel Hill, said the purpose of this new modification to the special-use permit is to create a new access point from U.S. Highway 15-501 at the intersection with Eastowne Drive.
Lew Brown, president of the Meadows Homeowners' Association, one of the neighborhoods impacted by the Wegmans construction, asked at the meeting about the impact of the new intersection on local traffic, specifically how having more cars turning left while coming in off U.S. Highway 15-501 will slow down thru-traffic on the road.