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People are congregating outside, talking and smoking. A small crowd sits in the lounge, watching the evening news and waiting for a receptionist to allow more people to file into the small dining room. The Inter-Faith Council Community House serves three hot meals a day, 365 days a year, and offers temporary lodging for at least 56 people nightly.
Some have disputed whether the University needs to grow at such a rate.
A year ago, University officials had a rough idea of what they wanted the UNC campus to look like 10 years from now.
Less than 30 minutes after the approval, another burden was lifted from UNC's shoulders. In a separate 8-1 vote, the council abandoned the Smith Center special-use permit, which required UNC to set aside a 200-foot vegetative buffer between the Smith Center and Mason Farm Road.
During his first year at UNC, Moeser's tenacity again has drawn mixed reviews.
The Chapel Hill Town Council will vote on the plan Oct. 3. If it is approved, UNC will be able to implement the first phase of its Master Plan.
The Development Plan, which includes portions of UNC's Master Plan, details campus growth for the next eight years.
In the Master Plan, a 50-year blueprint for internal campus growth, the University indicates that a four-lane road and a 60-foot transit corridor eventually will be built on the southern perimeter of campus.
The Chapel Hill Planning Board issued a final recommendation on UNC's Development Plan on Tuesday night, stating that the town should only support the plan if 33 changes are made to it.
There were the Danzigers in the 1950s and the Julians in the 1970s.
The Development Plan, which includes portions of the University's Master Plan, details campus growth for the next eight years. UNC officials hope the Chapel Hill Town Council will approve the plan by early October.
University officials met with the Chapel Hill Planning Board and residents Tuesday night as town officials continue to sift through the University's proposed inch-thick development plan.
Groups around the Triangle have organized protests, movie viewings, panel discussions and prayer vigils, trying to have their voices heard in an international conversation.
State legislators continue to debate a bleak revenue picture this week as they try to protect the state?s superior bond rating.
A House proposal also indicates a large tuition increase for out-of-state students in UNC-system schools.
The Senate budget proposal indicated a 9 percent tuition increase for all students, but House budget writers submitted an amendment that would increase out-of-state student tuition by 15 percent. This proposal would raise $24 million, but without any in-state student tuition increase.
Several legislators strongly disapprove of this measure, however.
If local admirers get their way, a bridge that takes U.S. 15-501 over Morgan Creek will soon be named after musician James Taylor. A museum exhibit could open shortly thereafter.
?The bridge is located very close to his home,? said Owen Gwyn, chairman of the museum board. ?He grew up there, kind of on the banks.?
Taylor was born in Boston, but his family moved to Chapel Hill in 1951 when his father, Isaac, became the dean of the UNC Medical School.
Former UNC Professor Herman G. Baity sold most of his land to the University more than 25 years ago. Soon, the University may accomplish a Master Plan goal by breaking ground on the Baity property and making space for a new married-student housing complex.
In a wooded, park-like setting, the Baity property is located on a hill just off Mason Farm Road. It is a secluded area, featuring the Baity estate, with the Smith Center just visible through the trees.
Much of the land was sold to the University in 1974 by Baity and his wife, Dr. Elizabeth Chesley Baity.
With a high unemployment rate and a declining economy, North Carolina's superior Triple-A bond rating could be in jeopardy.
Last week, Mayor Rosemary Waldorf announced she would not seek a fourth two-year term as mayor of Chapel Hill, and several council members have decided to run for other offices or not at all.
In an 8-1 vote, the council adopted a new Office/Institutional-4 zoning district. In a separate 8-1 vote, the council moved to rezone UNC, placing it in the newly created district. Councilwoman Joyce Brown cast the lone dissenting vote in both measures.
The House passed its version June 28 by a 91-27 margin. But senators have spoken harshly against the House-proposed budget and pointed out many areas of strong contention.