A new shopping center along U.S. Highway 15-501, south of Chapel Hill, is in development and on track to open this summer.
The development, 501 Landing, is located across from the Chatham Downs shopping center and is being developed for retail, medical and office use by BOLD Development Group.
The development is about 10 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill, Pittsboro and UNC's campus. Residential neighborhoods, including Briar Chapel, Governors Village, Southern Village and Fearrington Village, are in close proximity.
The shell of the property is under construction, featuring two 7,200 square foot buildings with 12 suites, half of which have already been leased. Three spaces are allotted for Seeds of Wonder Spanish Immersion Daycare, two for Ignite Wellness Chiropractic Center and one for Mi’s Nail Spa.
The parcel was rezoned in 2021 to allow for commercial uses. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners cited an opportunity for economic growth that was detailed in the Chatham County Comprehensive Plan, Plan Chatham, which was adopted in November 2017.
Jason Sullivan, the planning director for Chatham County, said the comprehensive plan was adopted to target areas for commercial developments that would be favorable for both businesses and local residents.
This parcel of land was located in an area considered a “community center node,” so business was encouraged there.
"There are other areas of the county where business-type developments are discouraged," Sullivan said. "This just happened to be in a location where they are encouraged."
The property was originally a designated R-1 residential zone, and an application was submitted in late 2019 to the Chatham County Planning Department to rezone the parcel. This rezoning was against the advice of the Chatham County Planning Board, and development was initially met with some controversy among residents.