The Chapel Hill Town Council discussed a petition requesting a plan for the American Legion Property to accommodate both public and private use in their meeting on Wednesday.
The American Legion Property is a 36.2-acre parcel of land that is located on 1714 Legion Road, near Ephesus Park and Colony Woods. If enacted, this plan would be the first use for the land since the Town purchased it in 2017 for $7.9 million.
The petition, brought forward in May by Chapel Hill Town Council members Camille Berry, Tai Huynh, Paris Miller-Foushee, Michael Parker and Mayor Pro Tempore Karen Stegman, recommends that the front portion of the site be sold for private and commercial uses, such as commercial office spaces and middle-income housing.
It recommends that they dedicate the generated tax revenue from that development to fund a park and affordable housing in the remaining portion of the property.
Assistant to the Town Manager Ross Tompkins said the front portion of the site would be about nine acres.
Stegman said that the discussion of selling a piece of the American Legion Property to recoup some of the costs of purchasing it was the plan for the land before she joined the council in 2017.
After the presentation by Hopkins, the council addressed two questions regarding the petition.
The first question discussed was whether or not to proceed with the potential uses requested by the petition.
Amy Ryan, one of the council members who did not sign the petition, was not in favor of selling part of the land. She said that she would rather hold onto the land, even if selling part of it would speed up the development of the park.