The Chapel Hill Town Council expressed concerns over how well a potential student apartment complex would fit within the Town’s Future Land Use Map and transit goals at Wednesday night’s meeting.
The council also adopted a resolution in support of preventing hate crimes and standing by the Asian American Pacific Islander community, in response to recent shootings in Atlanta.
Proposed apartment complex
The proposed apartment complex, The Flats, would bring approximately 200 new apartment units and a 450-space parking deck to southern Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard.
The developer, Progressive Capital Group, said the project will contribute to affordable housing in the area and follow the Town's Future Land Use Map (FLUM), which plans for the next 30 years of land use in Chapel Hill.
Progressive Capital Group, represented by Russ Greer, sought feedback from council members at Wednesday's meeting.
Town Council members expressed several concerns over how well the project would fit in Chapel Hill. Council member Hongbin Gu was vocal in her opposition to the site's large parking deck. She said students will already have the East Rosemary Street parking deck, which will be built by 2022, so the apartment complex shouldn't need as many parking spots.
Mayor Pam Hemminger agreed, pointing out the Town's bus system that provides easy access for students to and from their cars parked in other areas.
Gu said the Town Council wants a developer that would be willing to go along with its transit goals.