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Chapel Hill Town Council



The Chapel Hill Town Council will vote on a project that would redevelop the nonoperational Marathon Service Station and the Tar Heel Mobile Home Park into a new gas station, storage building, and convenience store. The Marathon Service Station is pictured on Saturday, March 6th, 2021.

Chapel Hill Town Council to vote on MLK development that could threaten mobile home park

As of Tuesday, the Chapel Hill Town Council is set to vote on the project’s rezoning proposal on March 10. Council members differ on whether they’ll approve the project. But they agree the project doesn’t align with the Town’s land use goals.   They also share the concern for the long-term security of the residents, as the developer has voiced their intention to sell the property and potentially displace the residents if the project is not approved. 

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Chapel Hill Town Council split over Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. redevelopment project

The project would redevelop the nonoperational Marathon Service Station and the Tar Heel Mobile Home Park by building a new gas station, convenience store and a multi-story self-storage building. Council members agreed that the project didn't align with the Town's land use goals and voiced other concerns, but their votes came down to whether or not they felt it was the best way to protect the park's residents.

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Trinity Court public housing community remains vacant due to structural damage on Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020. Trinity Court is set for demolition and rebuilding starting in 2022.

Trinity Court public housing remains vacant after 2019 redevelopment announcement

Though Chapel Hill seeks to expand public housing units, it is not accessible to all. The Trinity Court public housing community is set for redevelopment, and has been vacant since 2018 Chapel Hill is working with community partners to alleviate housing insecurity Elizabeth O'nan, a Chapel Hill resident and disability rights activist, said public housing is not always accessible

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